Classic Arcade Games Show
California Extreme 2004
August 7-8, 2004
What is California Extreme?
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.
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Why a games 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
California Extreme was born with a desire to share fun coin op
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. Take a look at pictures from