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Get Ready for the Big Show in Las Vegas!

Written By: Elliott S. Thomas

Sept 4th, 2014

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On September 12th, 2014 the Classic Gaming Expo returns to Las Vegas for three straight days of video game nirvana. The extremely popular event is entering its 15th year as the premiere retro gaming event. This is the show that started it all. CGE is a celebration of the products and the people that made the industry what it is today. With so much to do and see at the show we have created this preview to highlight just some of the great events you will find at CGE 2014.

Attractions:

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One of the best reasons to attend this show is to visit the amazing Video Game History Museum. This travelling exhibit collects hundreds of rare and unique items from the past 40 years of gaming history. It is truly a sight to behold, something that every gamer should see at least once in their lifetime. The museum preserves the living history of the video game industry, from it's humble roots in the Pong era to the dawn of modern gaming.

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Free to Play Arcade: CGE will feature its largest ever free to play arcade. That's right, all your favorite classic arcade games will be on display and they will be set on FREE PLAY for you to enjoy!

Pinball fans take note, the Pinball Hall of Fame will also have over 40 classic tables and arcade games on display in the hotel lobby. Its a pinball wizard's dream come true!

Free Play Classic Video Game Consoles: Dozens of video game consoles and vintage PCs spanning the past 40 years of gaming history will be on display and free for you to enjoy. You will be able to play some of the best games for each platform. There will also be special gaming competitions held throughout the 3 day show.

Celebrities:

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The Atari Alumni Panel will feature some of the biggest names in Atari history. Industry veterans David Crane, Aaron Hightower, Keithan Hayenga, Bob Polaro, Don Traeger, Howard Scott Warshaw, Steve Woita and more will be on hand to discuss their work in the gaming industry. The panel will be MC'd by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel, authors of the book Atari: Business is Fun and the upcoming sequel, Atari: Business is War. This is sure to be one of the most fun and informative events at the show.

Intellivision Alumni, the Blue Sky Rangers, will reunite for a special panel at the show. Leading the pack will be Keith Robinson, legendary Intellvision programmer and the current head of Intellivision Productions.

Events:

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A special Cosplay Contest will be held at the show and a $250 prize will be awarded to the winner! The contest is being hosted by Anime Revolution and the Sabakon Expo. Be sure to register early for your chance to win! (Register Here)

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Of course no gaming expo would be complete without LIVE Music. The show will feature special musical guests performing your favorite classic video game themes along with their own original tunes. The roster of great musical acts includes 8-Bit Weapon, ComputeHer, Evil Weizel, Aidy of The British IBM and Keith Apicary.

Get ready for action as CGE will host several Gaming Competitions throughout the course of the three day show. Contests include a Mario Kart 64 tournament, the Arcade Challenge and a special Kaboom contest.

Friday Night Swap Meet: On Friday guests can register to sell their own items at the show. The cost for entry at the Friday night swap meet is $20 per hour. Be sure to bring all your classic gaming goodies to sell and trade with your fellow attendees.

Charity Auction: On Saturday night CGE will host its annual Charity Auction. This is where you will find some of the absolute best items for sale at the show. The auction is a highlight of the expo for many serious gaming collectors. This is a once in a lifetime chance to get your hands on some truly exceptional merchandise. You will also helping some great charities with your purchase.

Exhibitors:

Exhibitors Galore: Dozens of great exhibitors will be attending the show this year. The roster includes guest from your favorite pod casts, youtube celebrities, artists, gaming experts and of course many outstanding dealers with tons of great merchandise. Guests include the Retro Gaming Round Up, The Intellivisionaries, RETRO Video Game Magazine, Johnny Jimenez, Hyperkin, Innex, Curt Vendel and Marty Goldberg, Gamester81, Anime Revolution and many, many more. You can check out the full list of exhibitors HERE.

Exclusive Merchandise:

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Joust for ColecoVision is making a world exclusive debut at CGE 2014! For the first time in gaming history the complete game will be offered in cartridge form. It will come packaged in a custom box and will include a manual. This game is built from a recently discovered prototype. Homebrew developer Team PixelBoy has worked to complete the project creating a brand new title screen along with full in game sound. This highly anticipated collectible will be limited to just 200 units! This is the only time this game will be made available to the public. It will definitely sell out fast so get to the show early to secure your copy.

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Good Deal Games will have a number of games for sale including a signed limited edition run of their new game FAIL BOAT for the Atari 2600 which will debut at the show. Only 30 signed copies of FAIL BOAT will be made available at the show. Be sure to get your copy early because they are certain to sell out fast!

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ColectorVision Games will have a number of great titles for sale at the show including Nibbli, Telebunny, and a Pong / Computer Space 2 Pack. They will also be giving away limited edition copies of Gamester81: The Video Game, featuring the ever popular YouTube celebrity in his first video game adventure!

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Songbird Productions will be offering a special CGE Limited Edition version of their game Protector: Resurgence for the Atari Jaguar CD. This run will be limited to just 50 units! Its a must have item for any serious Jaguar enthusiast.

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Finally DigThatBox.com will be offering a small run of our exclusive 2014 Collectible Arcade Tokens. The tokens will come in special limited edition Classic Gaming Expo packaging, and the best part is they'll be totally FREE! Supplies will be extremely limited so be sure to show up early to get your hands on our highly coveted collectible tokens. See you in Las Vegas!