Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
May 27th 2017

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.


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Saturday, May 27th 2016: 10:00am - 9:00pm

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

(Pre-reg 10:00am* - 9:00pm)
*Approx. 11:00am for at-door access.

ARTIST ALLEY
A wide array of artists selling video game inspired art, collectibles, clothing, & much more. Located on the 4th Floor.

(Pre-reg 10:00am* - 9:00pm)
*Approx. 11:00am 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 10:00am* - 9:00pm)
*Approx. 11:00am 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.

(10:00am - 9:00pm)

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PANELS

VANCITY VGM TRIVIA
Think you know video game music? Think again. Come partake in this incredible panel that challenges your skills and knowledge in the world of video game music. From the NES to the PS2 to the Gameboy to the Wii U, this panel will truly test your skills like no other. Three participants (each switching each round) will face off in a variety of themed challenges, with each round crowning a winner. This panel will require your participation so join in for fun, challenging and nostalgic rounds of Vancity VGM Trivia. Hosted by Mateo “Illus” Vega, best known for his podcasting work on Radio Nintendo and Radio Whirlwind. Mateo has dedicated years to managing and maintaining video game music video stations online, as well as running charity marathons. He also hosts a YouTube channel in which he adds lyrics to video game tracks, in attempts to make them sound as if they were from an anime.

12:00pm

Youtube

BEATEMUPS, THE CHANNEL, THE PANEL, A Q&A WITH WOOD HAWKER
Australian born Video Game Collecting YouTuber, now living between USA and Canada! Wood Hawker grew up with Nintendo and developed a deep love and passion for video games and collecting gaming history. Now he creates content for the Channel 'Beatemups'. Game hunting, Vlogs, Video Game Pick Ups and Reviews and what ever else he feels like making that week!

1:00pm

STAYING PASSIONATE ABOUT COLLECTING WITH THE IMMORTAL JOHN HANCOCK
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.

2:00pm

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.

3:30pm

QUESTION BLOCK TRIVIA
Test your Video Game might at Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo with Question Block Trivia! Hosted by Gregory Milne (The Radical, Quizplace) and Daniel Chai (The Fictionals, Vancouver TheatreSports League), Question Block Trivia is three rounds of retro gaming goodness, from Atari to Zork! Mini games, final boss, and sweet prizes for the victors. Grab a friend, a P-Wing and join in the fun!

5:00pm

FANDOM FEUD - RETRO VIDEO GAME 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.

6:30pm

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MINUS WORLD - VIDEO GAME IMPROV
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.

8:00pm

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

LIVE CHIPTUNE SHOWCASE FEAT. BRYFACE + BASE64
Get ready to move your feet during this hour of completely original chipmusic, played live off of a range of computer/gaming platforms! Local electronic musician bryface will be performing chiptunes he wrote using the Game Boy, the NES/Famicom, the Nintendo DS / 3DS and more. bry will be joined by base64, a visual artist specializing in various forms of live glitch art. Also, check us out at the Vancouver Chipmusic Society table on the 4th floor before and after the performance to learn more about our events as well as how to make chiptunes of your own!

1:00pm

BRYFACE

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.

2:30pm

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OPUS ARISE - LIVE 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!

4:30pm

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MISSINGNO - LIVE 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.

6:00pm

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THE RUNAWAY FOUR - LIVE PERFORMANCE
The Runaway Four is a mega-medley machine, churning out the best of classic video game music in one seamless, nostalgic performance.

7:15pm

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TOURNAMENTS (Registration at event only, no additional tournament fees)

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

Tournament start = 12:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

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 = 12:00pm

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: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

Twinkle Star Sprites
This competitive SHMUP from the Neo Geo will bring a new genre to our tournament list, played on an arcade cabinet.

Tournament start = 1:00pm

Presented by: Hung Dinh

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
One of the most combative puzzle games ever, always a popular choice.

Tournament start = 2:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

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

Tournament start = 2:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Super Mario Kart
The kart racing game that started it all is here to get your engines running.

Tournament start = 3:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

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

Tournament start = 3:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Ice Hockey
Requested for many years, we finally added a hockey game. An NES classic.

Tournament start = 3:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

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

Tournament start = 4:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

Tecmo Bowl
Another top request for NES, this football classic will bring back a lot of memories.

Tournament start = 4:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Street Fighter Challenge
Multiple versions battle it out on an actual arcade cabinet. Who will be the ultimate Street Fighter?

Tournament start = 4:00pm

Presented by: Hung Dinh

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

Tournament start = 5:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
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: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

Mortal Kombat 2
This classic bloody fighting game was a fan favourite and considered one of the best in the series.

Tournament start = 6:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks

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

Bushido Blade
No time limit, no health gauge, no mercy. Draw your blade and only one shall live.

Tournament start = 6:00pm

Presented by: Save Point Gaming

Mario Power Tennis
An interesting new addition, one of the lesser know but most loved sports Mario is known for.

Tournament start = 7:00pm

Presented by: Vancouver Street Battle with Canadian Joysticks