California Extreme 2008

Shaggy July 21, 2008 9

I nearly forgot that CAX 2008 took place this past weekend – it’s the best arcade show in the country and here I am forgetting about it. Naturally, I was unable to go but for those that were able to, it sounds like it was absolutely awesome. I am not surprised to hear that The Act (in an original test cabinet nonetheless) was one of the most popular games at the show (which again attests to the fact that this game does have staying power with gamers despite what happened during the game’s test phase) but beyond that having 30,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to nothing but arcade games is a something that I think that any gamer would enjoy going to. The game selection was staggering, combining both well-known and lesser known classic games into one place(including some very rare games like Quantum & Inferno), along with quite the selection of cocktail games and pinball games. They even had a Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix was there, which I don’t know much about other than that it is supposed to be released on the Xbox 360 & PS3 so it was a little surprising to see it in arcade form.

Here is one review I have seen of the show, it’s pretty good as it has a lot of pictures and there is even a video which I am embedding here (by user DrunkJeff1)

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  1. Slonie July 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    It was pretty dang cool. I only knew about The Act via your blog, so I was stoked to see it in person. It was right next to a bunch of Laserdisc games, and always had a crowd around it.

  2. Shaggy July 21, 2008 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    It’s pretty cool that it was in the location test cabinet, I wish I could have footed that bill.

    I also noticed the network of The Grid games. That is one I would love to have – then again I’d love to have most of the games that were there. 🙂

  3. Slonie July 21, 2008 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    My (lousy-quality) photos:

  4. editor July 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    What a video – great to watch, would love to have seen some coverage in the media!!!

  5. Shaggy July 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the link slonie!

  6. Slonie July 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Hey, no problem!

    I think there were the same two guys on the middle Grid cabinets the entire time I was there…I jumped on and played a few rounds (fairly badly) since I had never tried it before. However, if there had been a set of linked War: Final Assault cabinets there, it would have been all over 😉

    To be clear: War is the only non-pinball that I’ve ever fed $5 bills into…

  7. Shaggy July 21, 2008 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Hehe, I also have spent quite a bit of money on War: Final Assault before. I know it didn’t do really well for Atari but I loved that game when you had a full deathmatch. I haven’t played The Grid (or OutTriggers for that matter) but I would like to as I like FPS games and I would like to see how the trackball control works as opposed to the joystick control that War used.

  8. Molloy July 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Maaan, I could lose a week in that place. So many pinballs as well. I found an Indiana Jones machine near my house thats on 50cent per credit, and gives free credits at really low scores. Must have spent two hours solid on it last weekend.

  9. bossyman15 August 17, 2008 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I was there! I too agree that The Act was the top game there! I did beat that game from start to finish in one run! 🙂 and would do it again!
    my 2008 pictures

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