Austin, Texas - What's going on everybody! It's Jazzy Ne' back to give you the inside scoop on our latest adventure at Classic Game Fest in my hometown! What do you think of when you hear the words "classic games"? If you're as old as I am, you probably think back to when you got your first Sega Genesis, an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), or even a Gameboy! Others may go back to the original Atari 1600 or their first time trying out a pinball machine (talk about a super throwback). Well this past weekend, Desmond Childs and I got a chance to embark on a convention that does nothing but celebrate the history of gaming in all it's forms. It is a combination of classic game appreciation along with present and future gaming tech, panels, artistry, and live music.
We were lucky enough to obtain a vendor booth and get a firsthand look at the action. Now the event lasts for only two days, but there are plenty of things going on at once that can keep you entertained - if you plan accordingly! You have access to plenty of old and new school game tournements, a variety of vendors including game trading and sales, terrariums, digital and printed art, clothing, gaming-themed furniture, and cosplayers just to name a few. The live music aspect included Nerdcore hip-hop, Synth wave, alternative rock, AND an OCARINA! Like I could go on and on. We didn't get a chance to attend the panels, but the overall feedback from the Women in Game Development panel and even the Joust panel was that they were "insightful, and very telling of gaming culture in 2018". You even have a chance to get in some free play on your favorite arcade games (think Marvel vs. Capcom 2), pinball machines (Star Wars anyone?), and meet local game developers looking to pitch their creations to the masses and create the next most-wanted indie game.
Just to give you a quick background - CGF was started 11 years ago by the owner of the local retro gaming store Game Over Videogames, David Kaelin. He saw a need to share his appreciation of games that we today consider to be classics. Thanks to a shared passion within the gaming commnunity, Classic Game Fest has brought together gaming companies and fans alike who have history with "old school" console, arcade, and PC gaming. People from all over Texas and across the nation travel here to see what Austin has to offer during this special weekend in July. This year's guest list included some heavy hitters such as Warren Davis, John Newcomer, Christina Revis, and Alexander Brandon. I did mention that Women in Game Development panel right? My little heart hurts that I missed it! But alas we were able to enjoy other aspects of the convention.
You know it would be a sin for us to have a good handful of our favorite artists and NOT catch up with them right? Right. But yes we were able to see our boy DJ R.O.C.K.M.A.N. rock the crowd along with performances from Bitforce, Descendents of Erdrick, MC Ohm-I & Creative Mind Frame, Zerowolf, David Erick Ramos (Ocarina Master), 88 Bit Piano, The Returners, and our fave the almighty Mega Ran! I can honestly say that the music was just as live as the last year I was able to attend and I can appreciate the Dave K. and his team appreciate the Nerdcore genre and all that it entails. To have that platform at an event such as this is a great move for the geek and the lover of hip hop. I, for one, am proud to see more faces like mine at these events. CGF is very family-oriented and that vibe is upheld throughout the entire event. My kids were able to meet a lot of these artists and really get into what Nerdcore music has to offer. I mean who wouldn't want to get down to a rock'n'roll remix of the Pokemon theme song? I know we did and you can see us doing so on our Instagram page.
Photos from our adventures at Classic Game Fest should be up on the Book of Faces by now. If not, then it will be soon enough (got a lot of photo stuffs to organize still). For more information on the next Classic Game Fest, head to their website by clicking here or look for them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube! And if you're in the market for quality games that you may not be able to find anywhere else, then please check out Game Over Videogames. Browse hundreds of classic gen titles, consoles, and accessories all in one place and have it delivered right to your door!
Until next time - peace!