RETRO WORLD EXPO, GALAXIES OF GAMING, PORTLAND RETRO GAMING EXPO
RETRO WORLD EXPO HARTFORD, CT
BY RYAN BURGER
Held at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford, the Retro World Expo is an event for anyone in the Northeast that is into retro gaming! It is very easy to get to with a nice spread of hotels in the area and set in an eclectic outdoor park zone downtown with nearby restaurants. This fun event was produced by a trio of “Humble RWX Leaders” (as it lists on their website) Kris Krohn, Bil McKee and Lace Cortez. The hospitality towards all of their exhibitors and attendees did not go unnoticed by those we talked to.
Its main focus is classic and retro gaming, but it also has a nice mix of other “comicon”- type activities like comic books, collectibles, cosplay and more. While we were there for both days of the show (after setting up on Friday), Saturday was the busiest day for everyone at the event. Sunday had a nice pace, where we were able to catch up with some friends we had met earlier in the year.
Although it’s in a smaller metropoli- tan area than some of the other shows we’ve attended, it has grown nicely in the last couple years since its “humble” beginnings in 2015, and pulls retro enthusiasts from hours around. The special guests that they brought out this year included many of the cast members of Mortal Kombat, popular podcasters such as “Wrestling with Gaming’s” Yahel, John Dalia and Pat Conti, from the Video Game Years along with other places, and plenty of others. Plus I got to spend some more time with Tim Kitzrow, the BOOM SHAKALAKA announcer from NBA
Competitions at Retro World Expo
By Old School Gamer
Jam, Mutant Football League, and more. There were a lot of free play open gaming on consoles and arcade machines, tourna- ments on some more popular games, and of course another fantastic expo floor where you could purchase all kinds of things retro gaming and geek!Retro World Expo was my second time in the Connecticut area for an expo and it was a blast, Old School Gamer is looking forward to coming back again next year. Although the dates aren’t announced yet, assuming its in early September we are there.
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