Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
May 28th 2016

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.


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Saturday, May 28th 2016: 10:00am - 10:00pm

DEALER HALL
A wide array of dealers selling video games, video game inspired art, collectibles, clothing, & much more. NEW FOR 2016: More vendor space in one giant room with easier access, better lighting, and some new vendors.

(Pre-reg 10:00am* - 10:00pm)
*Approx. Noon for at-door access.

8-BITS OF DESTINY: ART SHOW & AUCTION
Look at and bid on an amazing array of retro video game inspired art from a talented group of local artists. Viewing & bidding throughout the day with final live auction at TBD.

(10:00am - TBD)

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FREE-TO-PLAY RETRO GAMING
Plenty of video games from a variety of retro consoles, modern compilations of retro favourites, and a selection of popular older games. NEW FOR 2016: More systems in a new space, PLUS a selection of retro PC games from our friends at THE HACKERY.

(Pre-reg 10:00am* - 10:00pm)
*Approx. Noon for at-door access.

PANELS

GEEK INTERESTING "Ready Player 2"
Welcome to Geek: Interesting, the comedy quiz show about all things geeky, nerdy, dorky, and other flavors of awesome! In this episode, quizmistress Abbey St. Brendan presents her panelists with a series of interesting questions about the player 2 experience in retro games. These questions are specially selected, grain-fed, and hand-raised to be far too difficult for people to answer, so the panelists receive points for being ‘interesting’ instead, with jokes, stories, and absolute grade-A nonsense. Of course, the right answer is interesting by definition, but being boring – being wrong in a way the producers predicted – rings the klaxons and costs huge points!

(11:00)

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SUPER META FIGHT GAME
Our top local MetaGame/SuperFight players will compete in a new format blending the two games into one entertaining package. Listen to their arguements, watch them pull logic out of thin air, let them try to make you believe, and judge them accordingly.

(12:30)

RETRO COLLECTING with JOHN HANCOCK
John Hancock is a known collector and enthusiast in the videogame community. John has a well-documented collection of over 10,000 games and complete collections of over 24 different systems. Over 98% of his collection has been found in person. John was part of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo organizer board for over 6 years, when then he started his own charity video game show, Cowlitz Gamers for Kids. The show has raised over $34,500 for Children’s Justice and Advocacy center, which works with kids who have been abused. John also has made guest appearances on several Youtube channels, such as MetalJesusRocks, Gamester 81, and Happy Console Gamer. John also is an instructor at Portland Community College teaching Computer Science and sharing his passionate love for video games with his students. In his free time (haha) he also is a writer for Video Game Trader Magazine.

(2:00)

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GAMESTER 81 Q&A
In 2008, John "Gamester81" started a video game review show on YouTube called Gamester81 where he reviews rare and retro video game systems and games. He is also one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers Podcast which is a bi-monthly podcast for people and video games of all generations. Last year, John joined CollectorVision Games as Head of Marketing and Business Partner. CollectorVision Games produces and develops video games for systems including the the Atari 2600, CollectorVision, Intellvision, NES, SNES and soon Wii U and Xbox Live.

(3:30)

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THERE IS NO EASY MODE (Video Game Trivia)
Our host Chris Nyarady of Geeks vs Nerds Vancouver will test your knowledge of retro game trivia in an event that should be enlightening, entertaining, and if you know your stuff... will end with fabulous prizes.

(5:00)

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FANDOM FEUD
The "Family Feud" inspired gameshow that tests your pop-culture knowledge, with hilarious consequences! VRGE will feature a special video game themed edition, where YOU have a chance to play and win prizes.

(7:00)

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MINUS WORLD - VIDEO GAME IMPROV
The Fictionals, well known for their ultra-successful "Improv Against Humanity" are here to revisit their wild retro video game inspired show of hilarious improv.

(9:00)

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

OPUS ARISE - LIVE PERFORMANCE
Bringing together the worlds of metal and symphonic music to create a grandiose sound of heavy rhythms, sweeping melodies and dissonant chaos has been the goal of Opus Arise since it's creation. With big, progressive epic suites from Castlevania, Metroid, Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy, they are stoked to return to VRGE with full force!

(12:30)

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PETER CHIYKOWSKI - LIVE PERFORMANCE
When he's not making comics, Peter is usually writing new geeky songs about grown-up things like Mario Kart violence and taking Netflix as a monogamous lover. His first album, Borken Telephone, will be available in March 2016 and features collaborations with 17 artists, including The Doubleclicks, Kirby Krackle, Adam WarRock, MC Frontalot and more.

(2:30)

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LIVE CHIPTUNE SHOWCASE FEAT. BRYFACE + FASTBOM
Get ready to move your feet during this hour of completely original chipmusic, played live off of a range of computer/gaming platforms! Local electronic musician bryface will be performing chiptunes he wrote using the Game Boy, the NES/Famicom, the Nintendo DS / 3DS and more. bry will also be joined by fellow chip musician Fastbom from Sweden, who comes armed with some Game Boy tunes of his own, plus some tasty Commodore 64 jams as well! Watch these two artists overcome the sonic limitations of their respective hardware to unleash music that spans a multitude of modern and old-school genres.

(4:00)

BRYFACE
FASTBOM

MISSINGNO - LIVE PERFORMANCE
missingNo is a 7 piece video game cover band based in Vancouver that brings a whole new outlook to the genre; utilizing a unique array of sounds with its three piece horn section. Drawing from an eclectic mix of styles, missingno captivates listeners with nostalgia and just the right amount of fresh ideas to keep their audiences guessing and wanting more.

(6:00)

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THE RUNAWAY FOUR - LIVE PERFORMANCE
The Runaway Four is a mega-medley machine, churning out the best of classic video game music in one seamless, nostalgic performance.

(8:00)

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TOURNAMENTS

Super Smash Bros 64
The smash that started it all, back again for another around.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 6pm

Super Smash Bros Melee
Smash Bros at it's finest, with a tournament for Casuals and an additional tournament for the Hardcore players.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 12pm (Singles Casual), 12pm (Singles Hardcore $5 entry), 3pm (Doubles Hardcore $5 entry).

Tetris
The classic puzzle game of champions.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 6pm

Dr. Mario
The pill popping classic returns... but this time with a FINAL BOSS!!!

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 3pm

Super Street Fighter 2
The one Street Fighter everyone has played, with all the characters, in glorious HD, with a tournament for Casuals and an additional tournament for the Hardcore players. Who will be the true World Warrior?

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 5pm (Casual), 5pm (Hardcore $5 entry)

Super Mario Kart
The kart racing game that started it all is here to get your engines running.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 4pm

Mario Kart 64
The evolution of Mario Kart that re-defined the genre.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 12pm

Mario Kart Double Dash
More Mario Kart action as the Gamecube version finally joins the race.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 7pm

Rampart
Build your walls, protect your castle, fire your cannons, and defeat your opponent.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 1pm

Toobin'
Race against your opponent down the rapids, avoiding obstacles and paddling to victory.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 7pm

Goldeneye 007
Old-school multiplayer FPS that helped define the genre with a multitude of modes to enjoy.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 3pm

Bomberman
A multiplayer classic with a short fuse, this game is the bomb.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 7pm

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
Compete for top scores in the classic skateboarding game where physics are merely a suggestion.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 11am

Dead Or Alive
Re-live the glorious polygon physics with the original fighting game that inspired a series of sequels where the fighters play volleyball.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 6pm

Soulcalibur 2
This classic fighting series is loved by fans, and who doesn't want to fight as Link?

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 5pm

Tekken 2
More classic fighting sure to bring back memories.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 2pm

Bust A Move
Also known as "Puzzle Bobble, this coloured bubble popping series is played worldwide with countless sequels for most platforms.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 1pm

Halo
The game that put the Xbox on the map in all it's first person shooting glory.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 4pm

Joust
A simple fighting concept from medeval times... except on flying birds.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 11am

Duck Hunt
Going back to the old days with the original "shooter". Those ducks won't know what hit them.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 7pm

Killer Instinct
Before the Xbox One remake, there was this SNES original. This animalistic fighter will have you clawing your way to the top.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 1pm

F-Zero GX
Bringing high-speed racing into the Gamecube era, this classic will bring back the nostalgia of futuristic racing.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 3pm

Bushido Blade
No time limit, no health gauge, no mercy. Draw your blade and only one shall live.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 8pm

Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow
Battle your friends in the original Pokemon games, now wireless on 3DS. (BYO3DS)

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 2pm

Marathon
One of the original multi-player deathmatch first-person shooters from Bungie (makers of Halo).

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 12pm

Quake 3 Arena
Classic first-person shooter from id Software with a killer soundtrack.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 3pm

Starcraft
The military science fiction real-time strategy game that spawned a legendary series, in it's original form.

Registration at event only starting at 10am.

Tournament start = 6pm