2017 VRGE Guests
Terry Diebold, a former Advanta Maintenance worker, acquired the Nintendo PlayStation prototype as part of a lot during Advanta's 2009 bankruptcy auction. The prototype was reportedly left behind by former CEO and president of New York-based Sony Interactive Entertainment's Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson who became a board member at Advanta. On Reddit in July 2015 it was reported by Dan Diebold (co-owner & son) that one of the original Nintendo PlayStation prototypes with a controller was in his father’s attic. The system was later confirmed as operational and the unit plays Super Famicom and Famicom cartridges as well the test cartridge that came with the unit. Terry will be bringing the system to VRGE as their first appearance in Canada.
John Hancock is a known collector and enthusiast in the video game community. John has a well-documented collection of over 10,000 games and complete collections of over 25 different systems. Over 98% of his collection has been found in person. John was part of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo organizer board for over 6 years, when then he started his own charity video game show, Cowlitz Gamers for Kids. The show has raised over $50,000 for non profits over the years. The show currently benifits Arc of Cowlitz County, which provides services to kids with disabilities. John also has made guest appearances on several Youtube channels, such as MetalJesusRocks, Gamester 81, and Happy Console Gamer. John also has been active with his own Youtube Channel which he uploads two video a week showcasing his collection and talking video games.
THE RUNAWAY FOUR|
The Runaway Four is a mega-medley machine, churning out the best of classic video game music in one seamless, nostalgic performance.
missingNo is a 7 piece video game cover band based in Vancouver that brings a whole new outlook to the genre; utilizing a unique array of sounds with its three piece horn section. Drawing from an eclectic mix of styles, missingno captivates listeners with nostalgia and just the right amount of fresh ideas to keep their audiences guessing and wanting more.
Bringing together the worlds of metal and symphonic music to create a grandiose sound of heavy rhythms, sweeping melodies and dissonant chaos has been the goal of Opus Arise since it's creation. With big, progressive epic suites from Castlevania, Metroid, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy, they are stoked to return to VRGE with full force!
Bryan specializes in composing chipmusic using original hardware and has been a longtime student and evangelist of the artform. His music - equal parts danceable and cerebral - has garnered renown amongst the global scene of chip musicians and has led to him performing at chipmusic festivals around the world, in cities such as Los Angeles, Tokyo, Melbourne and London.
Chipmusician from Sweden. Rocking the chip scene since 2011, having already performed with luminaries such as Zalza and Wiklund. Fastbom came to Canada to pursue his dream of becoming a visual effects artist, but the Gameboy and passion for chiptunes wasn’t left behind. He’s also a DJ and organizer of a monthly nightclub in Stockolm called ”Syntax Error”, which specializes in chiptune and video game related events.
The Fictionals, well known for their ultra-successful "Improv Against Humanity" are here to revisit their wild retro video game inspired show of hilarious improv.