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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Free game play at the 2010 Houston Arcade Expo

I did a story about classic arcade games making a comeback years ago for KTRK and While working the story, I met and interviewed Keith Christensen. He's behind a cool annual event in Houston that brings these old gaming machines back to the masses (While I was working the story, I learned about a famous Houstonian who has a full classic arcade with pinball machines in their home. Wish I could tell you who, but I was sworn to secrecy).

Christensen and The Houston Area Arcade Group (HAAG) are holding the 9th Annual Arcade Expo this coming October. There will be over 200 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades and console video games ready for attendees to play for free or even buy.

That's right you can celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary by playing the real thing! And where else in Houston can you find playable systems like Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ColecoVision, Vectrex, Intellivision, Sega, NES and Xbox 360s all in the same place?

If your inner geek isn't excited enough, dudes and dudettes dressed in Star Wars costumes will be at the show. Yes, you can actually meet your favorite member of the Empire & the Rebel Alliance!!!

2010 Houston Arcade Expo
Oct 8th: 6pm until 2am
Oct 9th: 10am until 2am
Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza

Admission is $30 for a weekend pass or $20 for a single day, which gets you access to over 150 arcade games and pinball machines all set to free play! COMMENT: Click to leave your thoughts on this post here