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Vancouver’s Retro Gaming Expo digs into old-school video games

Galaga. Pac-Man. Pong. Street Fighter. Sonic. Mario. There’s not enough room to write out every single beloved video game, but this weekend old school enthusiasts will be able to relive the past and tip their hat to the games of yesteryear.

The Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo is taking place Saturday, April 5 with a day packed full with retro gaming vendors and entertainment.

“It’s a celebration of retro gaming,” said Brian Hughes, founder of the expo and owner of Gamedeals Video Games. “There’s going to be a lot of vendors selling retro games and retro collectibles, but because of our venue we set it up more like a party.”

The expo is open to all ages, though it’s a licensed venue with drinks on site as well as live improv, gaming trivia, live music, an art show, and even a video game-themed burlesque show at the end of the night – but only for those 19 or older.

There will also be gaming tournaments for fan favourites such as Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and Super Street Fighter 2.

Courtesy of Nerdography.ca

Courtesy of Nerdography.ca

It’s an idea that spawned after Hughes, a long-time fan of retro gaming, started to question why Vancouver didn’t have something to celebrate that past.

“I went to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, which is the best in North America, and I started thinking, ‘Why doesn’t Vancouver have something like this?’” Hughes said. “Then I quickly realized I’m the only one with the desire and the capability to put this on.”

Now three years later the show goes on, and this time Hughes anticipates a full house with 500 guests. That would make it three years in a row where they sold out.

The Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo takes place Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at The Columbia in New Westminster.

Tickets are available for $20 from www.vancouvergamingexpo.com or in person at Gamedeals Video Games at 407 Columbia St. in New Westminster. Tickets can also be bought at the door, but entrance is restricted until after 10 a.m.

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