Every time I hear about groups of arcade collectors coming together to play, it’s always far away from where I live. These events are always great fun though, allowing you to get together with real enthusiasts and not just whoever, to play and discuss your favorite games. While this primarily covers classic arcade gaming, they will also have many game consoles on hand. What’s cool is that collectors will be bringing their own arcades to the meet, so it’s like building your own huge classic arcade game room for a day. Here are the details straight from their website:
” Southern California Classic Collectors (SC3) is hosting its next collector’s meeting on Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 6:00 PM ’til 11:00 PM. Once again, the gathering will happen at Steve Hertz’s home in Claremont. If you attended last October’s meeting, we’d love to see you again. If you weren’t there, we hope you can make it this time!
What can you expect at this meeting? Steve’s incredible coin-op collection is once again going to be the centerpiece (you can’t have a garage full of dozens of top-quality cabinets and expect it not to be). Steve’s busily cramming even more machines in there even as we write this, if you can believe it. But we operate on the philosophy that “more is better,” at least where games are concerned, so we’ve also arranged to have a full complement of MAME titles playable on a 65-inch HDTV screen. We’re also keeping the row of historical home consoles we displayed at the last meeting. Vectrex, Atari 2600, Intellvision — we’ll have ’em, and more.
How to Attend
All you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get directions to the meet! We just need to know your name and how many people you’re bringing. You don’t need to bring anything else, although we encourage everyone who can to bring drinks (soda, water, beer), and of course your extra games if you’d like to trade. We’re also asking folks to bring their Nintendo DS consoles (see below). We’ll be taking up a collection for a pizza fund, so bring about ten bucks if you want to eat.
Bring Your DS!
If you have a Nintendo DS, bring it! We’re hoping to assemble as many DSes as we can to engage in some head-to-head wi-fi merriment! So, obviously we could use some wi-fi enabled games as well (Mario Kart DS will definitely be on hand).
Who Are We, Exactly?
If you aren’t familiar with SC3, we’re just a friendly group of videogame enthusiasts who like nothing better than to get together to talk, trade, and play games. We’ve got a soft spot for games from the “classic” days of the early 1980s, but we love games of all eras, from Pong to PlayStation 3. If you love videogames, you’re welcome to attend!
SC3 has made a point of keeping our meetings relaxed and informal, but the atmosphere will include some beer drinking and there may be some R-rated game content. This is an adult get-together where supervised minors will be accepted. Parents should take this into account and please let us know if you have questions.”
Some pics of games that will certainly be there: