Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo
June 23rd 2018

A celebration of retro gaming like no other.

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2018 VRGE Guests

Terry Diebold, a former Advanta Maintenance worker, acquired the Nintendo PlayStation prototype as part of a lot during Advanta's 2009 bankruptcy auction. The prototype was reportedly left behind by former CEO and president of New York-based Sony Interactive Entertainment's Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson who became a board member at Advanta. On Reddit in July 2015 it was reported by Dan Diebold (co-owner & son) that one of the original Nintendo PlayStation prototypes with a controller was in his father’s attic. The system was later confirmed as operational and the unit plays Super Famicom and Famicom cartridges as well the test cartridge that came with the unit. Terry will be bringing the system to VRGE as their first appearance in Canada.

John Hancock is a known collector and enthusiast in the video game community. John has a well-documented collection of over 10,000 games and complete collections of over 25 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 $50,000 for non profits over the years. The show currently benifits Arc of Cowlitz County, which provides services to kids with disabilities. John also has made guest appearances on several Youtube channels, such as MetalJesusRocks, Gamester 81, and Happy Console Gamer. John also has been active with his own Youtube Channel which he uploads two video a week showcasing his collection and talking video games.


The Runaway Four were conceived as a mixtape love-letter to classic video game themes old and new. The four piece synth-rock outfit take an eclectic, all-inclusive approach to crafting tight and clever medleys that will appeal to gamers of all ages and tastes. Each arrangement develops a theme or narrative exploring the history and tropes of well-loved video games, with an immersive live performance incorporating intricate costumes and dazzling synchronized visuals to further engage the audience.


Bringing the worlds of metal and symphonic music together to create a grandiose sound of heavy rhythms, sweeping melodies and dissonant chaos. Opus Arise is honored to return to VRGE once again to bring an epic wall of sound.


Bryan specializes in composing chip music using original hardware and has been a longtime student and evangelist of the artform. He is the primary curator of Vancouver Chipmusic Society, a collective that highlights chip music and other retro arts by way of holding concerts, workshops and other events around the city. Be sure to check out the "All About Chiptune" panel he'll be hosting, as well as the Vancouver Chiptune Showcase in the Anvil Theatre where he'll be performing along with fellow chip musicians Matt Graves, Pongball and Dream Course!


Heavily influenced by sci-fi and horror movies, classic video games and synthesizer music of the 80’s, 20SIX Hundred incorporates a retro flavor to his dark Synthwave sounds from a future long forgotten.

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Jewel is an artist, cosplayer, and DJ specializing in chiptune and video game EDM production.


The award-winning Fictionals Comedy Co. have been entertaining sold-out audiences throughout Vancouver and beyond since 2010. The Fictionals’ trademark brand of improv pushes the boundaries of comedy, including successful collaborations with burlesque dancers, comic book artists, slam poets, a Chinese String Orchestra, and even professional wrestlers. Website