In between Wordstock events, I ran over to the other end of the Oregon Convention Center for the Retro Gaming Expo. This was my first time attending, and I really didn’t get to spend nearly enough time there. Half of the expo hall was devoted to vendors—people selling old video games, consoles, and controllers, as well as game-related art, shirts, and even soaps! The other half was the Supercade, a free-play area with old consoles, arcade games, and pinball machines.
Here are some photos from the weekend—click on any of the thumbnails for a close-up and captions!
At the end of the weekend, I was over in the Supercade area playing TRON, which I remember watching people play when I was a kid but had never tried myself. They gave us a few countdown warnings that the show was closing … and then pulled the plug on all the arcade games at once. I overheard somebody say: “That was so mean! But it’s really the only way you could do it.”
Next year I hope to spend a little more quality time checking out the Supercade before closing time.