Checking out 2018 Seattle's Retro Gaming Expo
I got the opportunity to attend another retro gaming expo recently. This was the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo held over fathers day weekend in Seattle, WA. This is another great local retro gaming convention for fans of all ages.
While this convention is smaller than Portland Retro Gaming Expo, I still had a great time. One of the main sponsors is the Living Computer Museum. I highly recommend checking them out next time you are in Seattle. They have a lot of PC and video game history on display.
The best part of SRGE was the vendors who were selling all sorts of games from retro to modern, there were artwork vendors and a few vendors demoing games. While the amount of vendors was about a quarter of what PRGE has every year, there were plenty of good options. There was a small free play arcade area and a nice sized free play console area. The console area had a lot of options. I took advantage of the free space and played Sunset Riders on the arcade and Marvel vs. Capcom 1 on Dreamcast.
There were also some presentations, two of them featured John Hancock and John Riggs. It was $30 to attend for both days and like Portland Retro gaming expo, those who bought weekend passes got in an hour early on Saturday. This let my brother and I peruse the booths earlier.
Another Castle, one of the bigger retro stores in the Seattle area, had a huge booth with lots of discounts. I picked up a few things: PS3 games, a few misc PS2 accessories I needed and a few Wii games. There was a booth selling repro carts and they were doing a busy business all weekend despite the high prices and questionable methods that center around games of these sort.
I saw some rare gems: a Hello Kitty Dreamcast, a yellow rare PS22, a blue PS2, a Japanese Saturn, a region free Turbo Duo that had been recapped. Vendors were making deals on Saturday and Sunday.
While I didn't spend a lot, I picked up a few things I needed such as Jedi Power Battles on Dreamcast and Psi-Ops for OG Xbox. Overall, I had a good time and I’ll definitely come back in future years. I think this is a good expo for collectors or fans of retro gaming at any age.