Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
June 23rd 2018

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.

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2018 VRGE Guests (so far)

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 is a mega-medley machine, churning out the best of classic video game music in one seamless, nostalgic performance.


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.


Heavily influenced by sci-fi and horror movies, classic video games and synthesizer music of the 80’s, 20SIX Hundred incorporates a retro flavor to his dark Synthwave sounds from a future long forgotten.

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The Fictionals, well known for their ultra-successful "Improv Against Humanity" are here to bring us a brand new retro video game inspired show of hilarious improv.