What an exciting event and fun time the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo was this past weekend.
The herculean effort involved in putting on a 3 day game centric expo is staggering. Space for hundreds of pinball machines and video games, as well as the con-current IFPA pinball tournament. Break out rooms for special guests like Richie Knucklez, Billy Mitchel (who was actually a great person despite how he was portrayed in a recent documentary), and Walter Day; as well as some pinball designer legends like Barry Oursler, and John Trudeau, and the singer/songwriters Buckner and Garcia of Pacman Fever fame.
I love how the enjoyment pinball and arcade games crosses cultural, and socio-economic lines.
I talked with Preston (His minimalist game room posters are amazing) about my Missile Command game one afternoon, and what had brought it to death. He is both an arcade and pinball collector, and he gave me some direction on what to look for, and ideas on what to look at actually needs to be fixed to hopefully bring it to life. This weekend I’ll be off shopping for parts to try to give that a go.
I am looking forward to next year, and participating on a larger scale than I did this time around.
*Barry Oursler designed (alone and on teams) pinball machines: Jackbot, Gorgar, Pinbot, Doctor Who, Comet, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and many many more.