For those of you who don’t yet know what Classic Game Fest is, it is one of the largest retro gaming conventions in the country! It’s a 2-day celebration featuring classic video games, retro game tournaments, costume contests, live video game music, and tons of video game/ merchandise vendors.
I’d like to start off by mentioning what happened as my boyfriend and I were walking to the convention hall. On our way to the front doors, we walked past a lot of people who were leaving for the day. One father with his little son was passing us when he stopped and asked if we had preordered our wristbands. We hadn’t, and so he pulled off his wrist band and gave it to us!
Now, these wristbands were only $20 for two days, but it made me super happy nonetheless! That meant we only had to pay for my boyfriend’s wristband and we were in.
Once inside, I had the attention span of a fly. Everywhere you looked there was something to grab your attention. I was pulled this way to look at t-shirts, and that way to look at handmade creations. All of these were video game related, of course! Oh, the money I could’ve spent at this place, haha.
I did purchase a couple of things from vendors inside.
Created by: The Gnarly Garden.
Chelsea Powers creates custom sculpture and ceramic art, so go buy something gnarly!
Here are other goodies of hers:
Purchased from: Shark Robot.
They have original geek art on t-shirts, posters, bags, ect.
PS: I purchased an 2XL in a woman’s t-shirt and it barely fits. Really, CGF, really?
You can find all sorts of geekery at this convention. Just take a look at these other Vendors!
Vendors weren’t the only great thing about CGF. They had several different Classic Video Games available to play, and they had a few tournaments going on. Super Smash Bro’s, Mortal Kombat, and Killer Instincts were among those tournaments, and they projected these up on the walls for everyone to watch.
Of course, there was a Costume Contest!
What was my favorite thing about CGF? The live Video Game Musicians that played on the stage!
Unfortunately, I only saw two. The first was when we first got there and was Descendents of Eldrick. They played rock versions of different video game songs, and they were awesome. We listened to a few songs at the stage and then jammed out as we walked around checking out all the vendors.
The second artist was David Erick Ramos, a youtuber who plays ocarinas. We actually hung around and grabbed seats to hear him perform. I’m definitely glad I did! He is very talented, and plays everything from video game music to his own original pieces. It was really mesmerizing to listen to.
Here is his YouTube channel: David Erick Ramos
I have to give major kudos to my boyfriend who isn’t into video games but went with me anyway. He survived 4 hours in an overcrowded convention where his girlfriend dragged him here and there due to her temporary overexcited ADD. He also didn’t make fun of me as I talked to him about things that sounded like they were in a different language. Gamer lingo, FTW!
Needless to say, Classic Game Fest was a blast! If you have a chance to go, then go. You won’t regret it!