Classic Game Fest is an awesome two-day convention held in Austin annually to celebrate retro gaming culture in all it’s forms. There are no Xbox Ones or Alienware. Instead, there are Power Gloves and cartridges as far as the eye can see. And it’s a marvelous thing!
If you’re following me on Instagram, you got to see a bit of our family experience. It’s going to take me a series of posts to share all that Classic Game Fest had to offer. 🙂 So where do we start? With the games! DUH!
We made out like bandits considering we set a spending budget of $200 for Classic Game Fest. Now that doesn’t include leaving the con to eat and things like that. That was just money intended for shopping at the convention. And within that, we managed to score some awesome new peripherals and games (and much, much more; keep an eye out for future posts). Y’all know there is nothing I love more than a good deal. Take a look!
- NES Advantage- Can you say adjustable turbo? At $5, this thing was a steal!
- NES controller- We needed a second USB one after the kids got DJ008 one for Father’s day.
- SNES controller- Also USB connection. DJ008 is putting together a Hyperspin machine for our living room.
- XBox 360 remote- Our Xbox 360 lives in the guest room and spends more time as a Hulu viewer than a game console now, so it made sense to finally get a remote for it.
- Star Ocean: The Second Story- You guys… I never finished this game. The copy I borrowed from a friend had a scratch on the first disk, so once I beat the boss at the end it was never able to finish the cut scene and load the second disc. That has bugged me to this day, but I never found this game at a low enough price to get it. FINALLY… THE BLERD WILL FINISH THE SECOND STORY!!!!
- Star Ocean Till the End of Time- This game was $8. I was not leaving it on the table.
- NBA Give ‘n Go- DJ008 picked this one. I don’t generally play sports games because I suck horribly at them and I’m ok with that.
- NARC- This cartridge is a port of the old 80’s arcade game. DJ008 picked this one too.
- Rad Racer- So now I’ll just admit that I didn’t actively get into gaming until Sega and Playstation. DJ008 picked all the NES stuff. I’ve just been slowly attempting to go back and pick up on things I missed.
- Driver- Grand Theft Auto without hookers!
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell- DJ008 likes stealth games (MGS all day), but never got into Splinter Cell. Now is as good a time as any, I guess.
- Dance Dance Revolution DDRMax2- Candy is my jam… ’nuff said.
I think we got a good haul at Classic Game Fest, don’t you? Come back in a few days to see the nerdcore music, clothes, jewelry, and everything else we got in Austin!
This past weekend, San-Japan happened in downtown San Antonio. Let me just say, this annual anime convention is an experience like no other! For one, it’s a 24-hour experience! Maybe this is common and I’m just unaware, but I’d never seen a convention go all night long before. I just wish we’d had a babysitter so we could experience late-night geek life! I guess I’ll have to plan better for next year. (Note to self: Invest in babysitters and energy drinks)
The theme for this year was Samurai 7, an anime that I’ve only seen a couple episodes of. I debuted my Sailor Saturn cosplay, and my husband dressed as a Steampunk DJ. Our son was a button-mashing no0b, haha. Our cosplays are discussed in a separate post. In the meantime, San-Japan did soooooo many things right! I definitely got my money’s worth (and spent much more than I originally planned). So let’s talk about how they impressed me.
- Open space- San-Japan took place in an entire convention center PLUS portions of the hotel next door. This offered breathing space for everyone, which is something other cons I’ve been to didn’t do. You could walk around without rubbing anyone inappropriately, despite the fact that there were thousands of people in the rooms at any given time.
- 24-hour events- There was ALWAYS a panel, watch party, workshop, tournament, or other worthwhile event going on. From masquerade balls to sparring circles to karaoke, there was always something for everybody.
- Affordable admission- My badge only cost $50 for the entire weekend, and had I ordered it earlier, I could’ve paid as low as $35. That’s an INSANE deal!
- Pre-judging the Cosplay Contest- I love cosplay contests! What I don’t love, is sitting there for 3 hours just to get through the first stage of displaying all the costumes and then sitting around for another hour while the judges wade through their notes to figure out who won. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t start at 7pm, but really I just want to snap some awesome photos and see who won! San-Japan had cosplay contestants report during the con for a step called “pre-judging” where they got an in-depth look at the cosplays and got to ask whatever questions they had about construction. This meant that at the actual contest, contestants spent a grand total of 20 seconds on the stages each, and all the competitors were displayed in a timely manner. YES! It still took quite some time because the list of people was long, but it would’ve been sooo much longer if they hadn’t done it that way.
I had a great time at San-Japan. I only wish that I had more energy and hours in the day to attend more events, and maybe more guts to participate in a contest of some kind. I also wish money grew on trees, because the pile of loot I brought home is nothing compared to the pile of loot I wanted and left on the tables. My only gripe is that most of the celebrity appearances were very obscure people. The kind of folks who have cult followings but most lay-people wouldn’t actually know. It didn’t take away from my experience, but it would’ve been nice to see some bigger names. Maybe that’s just me being an anime novice…
Now check out my awesome collection of new geek swag!!