My friend Albert over at AtariAge is one of the organizers for the new Austin Gaming Expo. If you're into classic gaming at all, you'll want to check this out. Especially if Vegas is too far for you to go to, this might be closer.
Here is the press release:
A CELEBRATION OF VIDEO GAMES, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT
Austin, TX -- As the video gaming industry now surpasses the 10 billion dollar mark, videogame enthusiasts will converge this summer in central Texas for the Austin Gaming Expo. Kicking off its first year, this premiere event in the making caters to young and old, classic and contemporary gamers alike. Attendees will take part in a celebration of video games, the world's most popular form of electronic entertainment.
The Austin Gaming Expo is being held on July 26, 2003 in Austin, Texas, centrally located to all of Texas’ major cities. This event is the first of its kind for the state of Texas, and will feature a large number of vendors and exhibitors showcasing both classic and modern video games and consoles. AGE co-organizer Tim Wilson states, "Austin’s central location in Texas makes it a great venue to hold a gaming event of this nature."
Featured sponsors of this event include:
- The Atari History Museum
- Goodwill Computerworks
- Pixels Past
- Video Game Bible
"Classic video gaming fans across the southern United States have desired an event like this for years, and we are pleased to be able to finally grant this wish", says AGE co-organizer Albert Yarusso, who is also one of the co-founders of the popular Atari fansite AtariAge.com.
Highlights of the Austin Gaming Expo include:
- Vendors with a wide variety of videogame merchandise for sale
- Large number of game systems setup for play, both Classic and Contemporary
- New game releases and demos from notable Homebrew authors
- Large assortment of video arcade and pinball games all set to free play
- Game tournaments on consoles of all types
- Giveaways and door prizes
- Buy, Sell and Trade with other gaming enthusiasts
The Austin Gaming Expo is being held at the Marriott Austin North, a modern hotel with many amenities for attendees and those wishing to stay overnight in the Austin area. The show hours are from 10am until 8pm and admission is $5. Vendor tables are available for $30 for any individuals or businesses.
For more information, please visit the Austin Gaming Expo website at: