Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
June 23rd 2018

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.


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Saturday, June 23rd 2018: 11:00am - 9:00pm

DEALER HALL & ARTIST ALLEY
A wide array of dealers selling video games, indie video game developers, collectibles & much more.

(Pre-reg 11:00am* - 9:00pm)
*Approx. 11:30am for at-door access.

FREE-TO-PLAY RETRO GAMING
Plenty of video games from a variety of retro consoles, modern compilations of retro favourites, and a selection of popular older games.

(Pre-reg 11:00am* - 9:00pm)
*Approx. 11:45am for at-door access.

8-BITS OF DESTINY: ART SHOW & AUCTION
Look at and bid on an amazing array of retro video game inspired art from a talented group of local artists.

(11:00am - 9:00pm)

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PANELS (More to come...)

THE NINTENDO PLAYSTATION CONSOLE PROTOTYPE STORY TIME & Q&A
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.

Time TBD

Presented by: Terry Diebold

WHAT DOES COLLECTING LOOK LIKE MOVING FORWARD?
John Hancock is a known collector and enthusiast in the videogame community. John has a well-documented collection of over 10,000 games and complete collections of over 24 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. John also has made guest appearances on several Youtube channels, such as MetalJesusRocks, Gamester 81, and Happy Console Gamer.

Time TBD

Presented by: John Hancock

IMPROV ANTIQUES ROADSHOW with THE FICTIONALS
Dust off those retro games and vintage collectible treasures! The Fictionals are live at VRGE to tell you all about your hidden treasures in the Improv Antiques Roadshow! Our gaming historians will tell you all about your rare finds and hidden treasures, then use them to inspire the comedy scenes! What will we discover this time? It's up to you!

Time TBD

Presented by: The Fictionals

CULT FOLLOWING LIVE with THE FICTIONALS
Join The Fictionals for a special presentation of Cult Following Live at VRGE! Using the hit party game created by Bravely Told Games right here in Vancouver, the comedians will create new and ridiculous cults and the audience will decide the one true winner! All together now: "The leader is good! The leader is great! We surrender our will as of this date!"

Time TBD

Presented by: The Fictionals & Cult Following

FANDOM FEUD - RETRO GAMING EDITION
The "Family Feud" inspired gameshow that tests your pop-culture knowledge, with hilarious consequences! VRGE will feature a special video game themed edition, where YOU have a chance to play and win prizes.

Time TBD

Presented by: Fandom Feud

TECHNICALLY CORRECT - RETRO GAMING EDITION
Welcome to Vancouver's newest trivia based game of nerdy one-upmanship! We pit 3 contestants against each other in a battle of obscure trivia knowledge. Players take turns trying to answer difficult questions about retro video games in different sub-categories. The trick is that you don't need to know the exact answer to score points, you only need to be more TECHNICALLY correct than the previous answer. Do you have what it takes to win the prize?

Time TBD

Presented by: Technically Correct

THERE IS NO EASY MODE (Video Game Trivia)
Our host Chris Nyarady of Geeks vs Nerds Vancouver will test your knowledge of retro game trivia in an event that should be enlightening, entertaining, and if you know your stuff... will end with fabulous prizes.

Time TBD

Presented by: There Is No Easy More

VANCITY VIDEO GAME MUSIC TRIVIA
Think you know video game music? Think again! Challenge your knowledge in the world of video game music. Participants will face off in a variety of themed challenges but only one can be crowed the winner. This panel will require your participation so join in for fun, challenging and nostalgic rounds of Vancity VGM Trivia. Host Mateo Vega has dedicated years to managing and maintaining video game music video stations online, such as Radio Nintendo. He also runs the YouTube channel, Fiddledo, in which he adds lyrics to video game music and rambles about various video game topics.

Time TBD

Presented by: Mateo Vega

RGB - MAKING OLD GAMES LOOK PRETTY ON YOUR HIGH-END TV
Embark on a quest to get all of your retro video games to appear in the best possible image quality, from upscalers to scanline doublers, console quirks to expensive adapters, learn what works & what doesn't and get all the details to see all the details.

Time TBD

Presented by: Cari Keigher

ALL ABOUT CHIPTUNE: NEW MUSIC USING OLD HARDWARE
In this panel we delve into the world of chip music, aka chiptune - the practice of controlling or emulating older game console sound chips to create modern music that pushes the boundaries of the original hardware. Learn about the history of chiptune, the variety of approaches to making chip music, the various local and global communities of talented chip musicians, as well as the chiptune-focused concerts and workshops we put on right here in Vancouver! Panel hosted by members of Vancouver Chipmusic Society and BitcouverFM.

Time TBD

Presented by: Vancouver Chipmusic Society

JOSH & REGGIE ON THE COLLECTING SCENE
Josh Hamblin (the gamefather) will be hosting a panel with his good friend Radical Reggie. They will discuss the current collecting scene as they touch on topics like: scalping, how to find rare games, convention do's and don'ts and of course the seemingly ongoing battle between collectors/gamers/resellers. Don't miss out as there will be prizes to several lucky attendees.

Time TBD

Presented by: Josh Hamblin

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES & MORE

BRYFACE
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.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

OPUS ARISE
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.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

20SIX HUNDRED
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.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

JEWEL MAIDEN
Jewel is an artist, cosplayer, and DJ specializing in chiptune and video game EDM production.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

THE RUNAWAY FOUR
The Runaway Four, a four piece synth-rock outfit taking an eclectic, all-inclusive approach to crafting tight and clever medleys that will appeal to gamers of all ages and tastes. Each arrangement develops a theme or narrative exploring the history and tropes of well-loved video games, with an immersive live performance incorporating intricate costumes and dazzling synchronized visuals to further engage the audience. First Performance of the night.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

VIDEO GAME COMEDY SHOW
A special gamer-themed comedy show hosted by Alex Biron featuring a number of professional comics performing sets geared to the VRGE crowd. Not to be missed.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

THE RUNAWAY FOUR
Second Performance.

Time TBD (3rd Floor Main Theatre)

TOURNAMENTS

Mario Kart 64
The evolution of Mario Kart that re-defined the genre.

Tournament start = 12:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Tetris
The classic puzzle game of champions.

Tournament start = 12:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Rampart
Build your walls, protect your castle, fire your cannons, and defeat your opponent.

Tournament start = 12:30pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Starfox 64
Normally enjoyed in single-player, we're busting open the multi-player mode in this space shooting classic.

Tournament start = 1:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Super Smash Bros Melee
Smash Bros at it's finest, with a tournament for Casuals and an additional tournament for the Hardcore players.

Tournament start = 1:00pm.

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
This westernized version of Puyo Puyo adds a new puzzle tournament, complete with characters from the Sonic franchise.

Tournament start = 2:00pm.

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
One of the highest-rated games of all time, this skateboarding classic will test your skills with the board.

Tournament start = 2:00pm.

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Goldeneye 007
Old-school multiplayer FPS that helped define the genre with a multitude of modes to enjoy.

Tournament start = 2:30pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Super Bomberman
A multiplayer classic with a short fuse, this game is the bomb.

Tournament start = 3:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Clayfighter Series
A tournament of all 3 Clayfighter games: Round 1+2 Clayfighter Tournament Edition, Round 3+4 C2 Judgement Clay, and Final Round Clayfighter 63 1/3rd.

Tournament start = 3:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Sonic 2
A Split-screen race with our favourite hedgehog, a Genesis classic that's all about speed.

Tournament start = 4:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Super Smash Bros 64
The smash that started it all, back again for another around.

Tournament start = 5:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Mario Kart Double Dash
More Mario Kart action with the Gamecube version returning again this year.

Tournament start = 5:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Super Street Fighter 2
The one Street Fighter everyone has played, with all the characters, in glorious HD, with a tournament for Casuals and an additional tournament for the Hardcore players. Who will be the true World Warrior?

Tournament start = 6:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Dr. Mario
The pill popping classic returns... but who will claim the top spot this year?

Tournament start = 6:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming