Classic Arcade Games Show

California Extreme 2005
August 6-7, 2005
San Jose, California


Last updated July 22, 2005

(7/22/05) Attention Arcade Enthusiasts!

Video games and pinball machines are set to invade San Jose ... soon!

The CA Extreme arcade collectors' show is just two weeks away, and the show is forming up to be a great weekend of play, discovery, competition, and camaraderie.

Updates: T-Shirt, Speakers, Pre-registration and PAPA combo specials

The T-Shirt design is finally done, and several options are to be offered. You can check out the artwork mockups at: Several shirt colors will be available, and there is an option for a cool retro monochrome screening or a more friendly color printing. Give us feedback on your preference, and if you pre-register we'll hold the shirt of your preference. Drop us a note if you already pre-registered and we'll make sure you get the shirt you want!

The Atari Film Festival returns with fresh footage unearthed from the archives featuring some great Commercials, game test footage, and the height of fashion sensibilities! Al Alcorn, Ed Rotberg, Owen Rubin, and Kelly Turner are scheduled to help you fully appreciate what you'll be watching. (Hey Atari alum ... let us know if you'd like to get involved!)

Pinball creators Greg Dunlap, Ted Estes, and Steve Ritchie will be on hand to discuss game design. Find out about how a rule set evolves for a game and why your favorite shot is so easy or impossible to hit!

We've got a full lineup of speakers on topics from history to restoration techniques, and expert players to reveal the tricks to getting phenomenal scores on both video and pinball machines.

PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED The deadline to get in your pre-registration has been extended to August 1st. There are a number of benefits to pre-registration. -Shorter line to get in to the show. -Half hour early admission to the show floor both days. -Five bucks off the price of T-shirts. -Slick graphic laminated ID badge. -Free Stuff! Get a free handheld video game compliments of Classic Arcade, "I Got Next" show token, etc.

In addition, this year we have teamed up with PAPA ( to offer free drawing tickets at the show for those who pre-register for BOTH shows. How cool would it be to win a FREE Pinball Machine or Ultracade Arcade Legends Video Game just for registering to be places you'll want to be anyway?

There will also be parts and complete machines for sale, including Marco Specialties (, Mario VanCleave (Pinthetic), and Don Mueting and Rob Hawkins from Pinball Collectors Resource. Also, a number of different pinball tournaments along with some world record score attempts will be featured.

Spread the word - the show is coming up August 6 & 7.

If you have a game you'd like to show off or share, your participation is greatly appreciated - bringing games gets you discounted or free admission - let us know what you've got.

We are looking to rent a large (approximately 54') trailer with a liftgate. If anyone has a trailer we can rent or has an account to rent a trailer, please contact us at

Happy gaming,
The Extreme Team

PS The Hilton has a reserved block of rooms for California Extreme attendees at $79/night, and it's filling up fast. They have offered the rate through Monday July 25. The rate may be extended, but if you plan to stay there, book now just to make sure

(4/2/05) Show dates announced!

California Extreme is back for its 9th year
August 6-7, 2005 (First weekend in August)


Not much other news right now .. stay tuned as the show gets closer

If you're not on our mailing list (we don't share it), send us email with your snail mail address and we'll send you a postcard when we do our mailing.

We're planning another great show! If you want to get involved in the planning of this year's show, send us email!

This year's show is planned for August 6-7, at the San Jose Convention Center, Parkside Hall. This is the same place that the show has been the last 5 years. This year's show will be our 9th annual.

The 2003 show was a blast with over 350 games on free play!
The 2004 show was even better with over 400 games on free play!

A big "Thank You" goes out to everyone that brought games to previous shows to share. These people put in a lot of time and effort, and help make the show what it is today. If you attended CA Extreme in '97 or '98, you can certainly see how much it has grown. Again, thanks! If you've never brought games to CA Extreme, what are you waiting for?!?!

The CA Extreme staff


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