California Extreme is the "Classic Arcade Games Show". It's an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All 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 2014

California Extreme 2014

July 12-13, 2014

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara


Pre-registration is now open! See the tickets page to pre-register and get the pre-registration perks!


Hotel Reservations are open - click here to reserve your room. Book early as we sold out in previous years.  Update - the rooms in our block are sold out for the $90 rate - info on alternate hotels is found on the Hotel Info page.


Volunteer!  The link for the administrative volunteers is available here and the one for load-in/load-out is here!


Thank you to all who made the 2013 show a success!!  Click on Pictures for pictures and videos from this year's show! 

Click here for story from Kevin Lee of Polygon.

Click here for a time-lapse of this year's show!


Why A Game Show?

Arcades were once a fixture on the American urban landscape, and games were plentiful in rural cities too. The closest heir of today is the so-called "Family Entertainment Center", which is populated with a myriad of devices designed only to take your coins quickly and leave you with a pile of tickets, which you exchange for cheap, trashy toys. This is entertainment? California Extreme was born with a desire to share fun coin op games that are in the hands of private collectors, and to hopefully spread the word that pinball machines were once plentiful, and that videogames were not synonymous with "martial arts" and violence. Buy/sell/trade! The show is a great place to bring games you want to sell, and also a good place to add to your collection, or even start it! Not all games will be for sale; many collectors bring games to show (or show off!) that they would never sell. So .. Can I play the stuff? Yeah .. Everything is on free play. You can play from the moment you arrive until we shut off the power at closing -- Play as many games as you want, in whatever order you want to. There are *HUNDREDS* of games, all set to play for free. This is a your chance to try those older games, or the newer games that you'd never put money into in an arcade. There are also many games that never got produced, and are very hard to find.

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