Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
June 22nd 2019

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.


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2019 VRGE Guests

JOHN HANCOCK
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 30 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 close to 100,000 for non profits over the years. 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 weekly showcasing his collection and talking video games.

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KINSEY BURKE
Kinsey Burke is an avid video game collector hailing from Seattle, WA. She has been a contributor on the popular YouTube Channel Metal Jesus Rocks for 5 years and recently started her own channel (KinsZilla) dedicated to her love of video games and craft beer! She has also worked in the games industry doing freelance event management. PR, and social media marketing for a number of years.

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JOSH HAMBLIN
Josh Hamblin (the GameFather) is an successful video game store owner from Portland Oregon. He grew up a Nintendo boy, loving the NES more than any other system. He runs a lively Facebook group for many of his sales and ships all over US and Canada. Specializing in the rare and obscure he is always looking for a challenge from collectors. He's known for knocking door to door, traveling state to state looking for games. A favorite of his fans are his Mystery Boxes filled with games and swag that never disappoint.

REGGIE WILLIAMS
Radical Reggie is an avid collector of various game types. He is especially a big fan of import gaming. Reggie is also a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served his country. Reggie continues to delight everyone that follows him with his knowledge of retro and current gaming while keeping it real and down to earth. He’s very proud of his great collection of games that he’s acquired throughout the years, and is happy to share his passion of video games with the world.

THE RUNAWAY FOUR
The Runaway Four were conceived as a mixtape love-letter to classic video game themes old and new. The four piece synth-rock outfit take 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.

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OPUS ARISE
Bringing the worlds of metal and symphonic music together to create a grandiose sound of heavy rhythms, sweeping melodies and dissonant chaos. Opus Arise is honored to return to VRGE once again to bring an epic wall of sound.

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VANCOUVER CHIPMUSIC SOCIETY
Get ready for an exciting hour of live music by local musicians who specialize in original music made with or inspired by vintage console hardware! This showcase will feature a wide variety of approaches and genres.

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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.

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

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VIKING GUITAR
VIKING GUITAR takes old-school video game music and reforges it as blistering heavy metal. Formed by composer/audio engineer Erik Peabody and featuring veterans of the game remix community (Grant Henry and Dan Taylor from "Metroid Metal", Ryan Postlethwait of "Mega Beardo" and Adam Henry of "Evil Lemur"), VIKING GUITAR has appeared at multiple high-profile gaming events, including main stage performances at PAX, MAGFest, and Rockage. Grab your axe, grow a beard, and join Viking Guitar for high-energy nostalgia! KEEP THE WORLD METAL!

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THE FICTIONALS
The award-winning Fictionals Comedy Co. have been entertaining sold-out audiences throughout Vancouver and beyond since 2010. The Fictionals’ trademark brand of improv pushes the boundaries of comedy, including successful collaborations with burlesque dancers, comic book artists, slam poets, a Chinese String Orchestra, and even professional wrestlers. Website