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 2015

California Extreme 2015

July 18-19, 2015

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Saturday 11am - 2am

Sunday 11am - 9pm

Get in 1/2 hour earlier by pre-registering!

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2015 Speaker lineup posted!  Check out the Speakers page for more info!

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Pre-registration is now closed. You can still buy tickets at the door the day of the show - please see the ticket page for more information! 

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Signups for all volunteers is open - visit the volunteer page to sign up!

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Hotel Registration is now open!  Click here to access the hotel information page and for access to on-line reservations. Book early to get a room!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We are already sold-out of the contracted block. The Hotel has added more rooms at different group rate to accommodate the increasing demand.

ADDED! We now have rooms at the Marriott hotel for $89 per night and the Hilton Santa Clara for $119 per night. See the Hotel page for more information. 

Thank you for your support of the show!!

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Thank you to all who made the 2014 show a success!!  Click on Pictures for pictures and videos from 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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