Convention Update: June – August 2018
TOO MANY GAMES – OAKS, VIDEO GAME SUMMIT – CHICAGO IL, REPLAYFX – PITTSBURGH, CLASSIC GAME FEST – AUSTIN, LETS PLAY GAMING – IRVING, GAME ON EXPO – PHOENIX, LONG ISLAND RETRO GAMING – GARDEN CITY
by Old School Gamer
Summer kept the Old School Gamer crowd hopping with 3 expos in one day and tons of others during July and August.
TOO MANY GAMES OAKES, PA BY BILL LANGE
The Too Many Games (TMG) gaming expo took place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania over the weekend of June 22nd. I attended the event on Saturday morning for about four hours. I wandered around with Jamie Lendino, author of the recent book “Adventure: The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming”, for an hour or so, talking about everything Atari! We later met up with writers Brett Weiss and Leonard Herman, both of whom are OSG contributors, at their booth. In addition to meeting with attendees and selling their latest books, Brett and Leonard were also handing out free printed copies of OSG magazine and signing up subscribers.
TMG is a huge convention with vendors, console gaming, guest speakers, cosplay, tournaments, concerts, and even wrestling among other events and attractions. There were many YouTube and podcasting celebri- ties on hand, giving talks, selling merchan- dise, signing autographs, and taking photo- graphs with their fans. There was just about anything you would expect at a gaming con- vention. It was crowded, noisy (especially near the wrestling area), full of energy, and a lot of fun!
I really enjoyed the vendor area at TMG, as it has what may be the largest vendor area of any convention in the Northeastern United States. Many cons lately have been heavy on vendors selling clothing. I had my eye on multiple items, but ultimately, I just picked up a nicely boxed Atari 5200 Trak-ball controller and a handful of Atari 5200 cartridges, as well as the book “Videogames: In the Beginning” by the late Ralph Baer, the father of home video games. If you plan on attending this event in the future, I’d suggest getting your tickets online beforehand and arriving early to get a good parking space.
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