Retroist Crew at CA Extreme

I was super-excited for the California Extreme Arcade and Pinball Show in Santa Clara. I wouldn’t have known about it if blinddog had not posted about it in the forums. Once he did, though, I was more than happy to join him there.

I got to the show about an hour early and pretty quickly found blinddog by his Red Baron shirt. I identified myself by holding up a Rubik’s Cube, the universal symbol of Team Retroist. Seriously. I just held up the Rubik’s Cube, and blinddog knew who I was.

Blinddog preregistered and so got in early. I waited in the registration line, listening to The Zerbinator’s first Spider Webs podcast. Once we were in, we went straight to a showing of The King of Con, Dwayne Richard’s documentary in which he disputes Billy Mitchell’s claim on being the first to get a perfect Pac-Man game. Walter Day was in the audience, and it got ugly, so we got out.

We then took a tour of the huge floor of games. There was all kinds of stuff there, and despite pleas from the Retroist crew to get plenty of pictures, this was the best I could do:

A little later I ran into Walter Day. He was looking for the games room and asked me where it was. I asked him for a picture and got one.

In all, it was a great day. I got to play some of the games I wrote about in Arcadian, met a Retroist writer, and just had fun. Thanks to blinddog for the heads up and for hanging out, and I hope more of you can join us next year!


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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9 thoughts on “Retroist Crew at CA Extreme

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Thanks for the cool video roundup and pics, guys!

    Wish I was in the West, right now.

    Great to see so many people around beloved cabinets and hear the soothing chip sounds of my teens in the background.

    And great Walter Day pic, Doug.
    I just might ‘shop myself in there, given your cool shirt.

    Any news of what followed with his row on the high score contender?

    And I just wanna say, I might start walking around with my cube to see if fellow Retroists might spot me in my native canuckland area.

    Great way to make friends too.

  2. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    Awesome! I’ve heard of this event so it’s great to see Retroist reps represent. I really like it when there are “field reports” done for the site. Hopefully there will be more events like this someone can attend and do a post.

  3. Great post, Doug! I agree with Six Million Dollar Jedi’s statement, hopefully we can have some more “field reports” in the near future. We also need to start thinking about the next Retroist Meet-Up for this year. :)

  4. blinddog says:

    Nice write up Doug. I’m glad you made it out.

    I think I was able to keep the high score on Timber for the night, the one game that I’m kind of good at.

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