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, video game inspired art, collectibles, clothing, & much more.

(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.

PANELS (Confirmed so far)

The Nintendo Playstation Console Prototype Story Time and 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.

(TBD)

RETRO COLLECTING with 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. The show has raised over $34,500 for Children’s Justice and Advocacy center, which works with kids who have been abused. John also has made guest appearances on several Youtube channels, such as MetalJesusRocks, Gamester 81, and Happy Console Gamer. John also is an instructor at Portland Community College teaching Computer Science and sharing his passionate love for video games with his students. In his free time (haha) he also is a writer for Video Game Trader Magazine.

(TBD)

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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.

(TBD)

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES (Confirmed so far)

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!

(TBD)

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LIVE CHIPTUNE SHOWCASE FEAT. BRYFACE + FASTBOM
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 also be joined by fellow chip musician Fastbom from Sweden, who comes armed with some Game Boy tunes of his own, plus some tasty Commodore 64 jams as well! Watch these two artists overcome the sonic limitations of their respective hardware to unleash music that spans a multitude of modern and old-school genres.

(TBD)

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FASTBOM

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.

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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.

(TBD)

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TOURNAMENTS (Info coming soon)