Oklahoma Video Game Expo 2012 Recap

The Oklahoma Video Game Expo of 2012 has come and gone. If you weren’t in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Saturday, you missed out on one heck of an awesome gaming convention. This year’s show had just over 40 tables available, and all of them were occupied. That translates to around 3,000 square foot of space that looked like this:

At each year’s show I try to do a “themed” table. This year’s table (since I’m from Oklahoma and all) was dedicated to the Oklahoma City Thunder. At my table I had three retro systems going, each one running old school basketball games. On the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) I had Double Dribble; for the PlayStation, I had NBA Showtime; and, for the Commodore 64, we had several games available, including Street Sports Basketball and One on One.

Pretty much any system imaginable was on hand, either to play or to buy. Fellow retrogamer Brandon Staggs had a wall of Star Trek games up and running for people to play, on everything from the Atari 2600 to the Vectrex and various Nintendo systems.

If you like your games bigger than that, the show also had several privately owned pinball machines and arcade games that people brought to show and set up on free play.

In my opinion, the 2012 OVGE was one of the best shows yet, and with next year marking the 10th anniversary of the show, you can bet it will be the biggest one yet!

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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12 thoughts on “Oklahoma Video Game Expo 2012 Recap

  1. Flack…I so wish I could have made it to the Expo this year! Thank you for sharing these photos though because it looks like I may need to save a bit of money so I that next year I can walk away with some great treasures.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    Looks like an amazing event. Wish I could’ve been there. I’m glad to see that the Star Trek table even had the Vectrex version. That’s classy!

  3. plcary says:

    Sorry I didn’t make it. I could not convince the wife of how much fun she would have there!
    @VicSage. Maybe next year we can carpool!

  4. Drahken says:

    Heh, a playstation being placed in the same context as NES and c64.

    I’m not a convention person, regardless of what the convention is about.

  5. Drahken says:

    btw, What’s the donkey kng clone in the last pic? Looks like the name is (something) jungle or jump.

  6. Atari Adventure Square says:

    The Expo looks finger-twitchin’ good.

    Thanks for the pics, Flack.

    Hope I can make it at some future date.

  7. @Drahken: The last picture is of three cabinets: Donkey Kong Jr. (orange), Donkey Kong (blue), and the red Neo Geo.

    Oh, and good eye on the PlayStation. It’s a blue development model, never sold. Typically the blue dev units are NTSC and the green ones are PAL, but exceptions have been found. This one came from Acclaim, after they filed for bankruptcy and auctioned off their assets. At one point in time I owned 5 of them. Dev units are slightly different in that they contain no copy protection, so they will play any PlayStation CD-R. I have read that the dev units contain more RAM for debugging purposes, but I have also read that this was just a myth.

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