Sunday, August 12, 2007
I threw together a little video of the California Extreme Arcade Expo, which I attended this last Saturday, August 11, 2007 in San Jose. It was retrogaming heaven! It was worth the price of admission just to be able to play some of my old favorites like I, Robot and Xenon. Discovered some new favorites in Orbitor 1 and Uo Poko.
Orbitor 1 is a crazy pinball machine with a playfield made of molded clear plastic that causes the ball to "orbit" two bumpers in the center. Uo Poko is a simple, well-executed clone of Bubble Bobble/Bust-a-Move.
Attached to the Expo was a mini film-festival of gaming documentaries. I saw two of them and recommend both. I was blown away by the quality of Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball and overcome with homesickness watching the Portland-centric High Score, a movie about a guy going for the high-score in Missile Command.
Also posted on YouTube and on Vimeo.
Music by Pong.
For more coverage of this event, I recommend the ever-delightful 1Up Show. Also check out Reboot's show about the Expo.