California Extreme 2006
California Extreme is the "Classic Arcade Games Show". In a nutshell, it's an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. It's two days that celebrate this exceptional entertainment medium, featuring tournaments, speakers, parts vendors, and an opportunity to play games you may have not seen for years. All the games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won't need 'em." --California Extreme Homepage
To find out more about the show, visit their homepage at: http://www.caextreme.org
Thursday July 6th at 7:00PM ET
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The live chat transcript is posted here.
Chris Kirmse, Tom Bazzano, Ken Chaney & Tom Bobaci will be stopping by to chat with Xfire users on July 6 at 7:00pm ET.
About the participants
- Chris Kirmse co-created Meridian 59, the first 3D MMORPG. He also created MAME32, the Windows port of the popular arcade game emulator. Recently, he co-invented Xfire and he continues to lead the development team.
- Tom Bazzano is the Director of QA and CS for Xfire. A 10+ year veteran of the gaming industry, he's worked for Sega, Digital Pictures, 3DO, and Yahoo! Games before joining Ultimate Arena / Xfire. He's been collecting arcade games since 1993, and has a collection of 20+ classic arcade games and Pinballs.
- Ken Chaney & Tom Bobaci are California Extreme show organizers.
Arcadeshop.com a great resource for parts, reproduction artwork, and all things classic arcade related. They now even sell reproduction cabinets for some of the more popular classic games. Check out their website at www.arcadeshop.com
The Real Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts is a legend in the home enthusiast/collector market. He's supplied us with parts for many years and is generally known to have the best prices, and excellent service. The website doesn't have many pictures for browsing, but if you're looking for electronic parts for arcade games, Bob's got it: www.homearcade.org
Happ is one of the largest vendors of arcade parts and equipment on the internet. They sell to both wholesale and retail, but retail prices on their site are often higher than the exact same products sold through other sites such as Bob Roberts. Their website is www.happcontrols.com
Killer List of Video Games:
Located at www.klov.com this comprehensive site lists every video game made (as far as we know) and can be indexed by year, manufacturer, and game title amongst others. The site gives gameplay details about each game, as well as having plenty of pictures of the various game cabinets, sales flyers, and other historical bits of interest. Klov has also started linking to PDF versions of the original manuals for most of the games on their site, making it even easier to find and print a manual for whatever game you might end up owning!
Video Arcade Preservation Society
The Internet Pinball Database
This site is much like KLOV.com but for Pinball. You can search on any pinball made by manufacturer, game name, year, etc. The site provides a ton of info on each game, including tons of pictures, scans of the original manuals and flyers, rom images, and rules sheets. Website: www.ipdb.org
This website has many resources for pinball enthusiasts. It has one of the most well known classifieds sections for pinball on the Internet today. You can search on whole machines for sale as well as individual parts, manuals and flyers. They also produce a yearly Pinball 'price guide' or bluebook, for those serious about buying pinballs. www.xmission.com/~daina/pinball.html
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