Feed Your Inner Nerd at the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 4:27 pm

You know that box of old video game consoles that’s been collecting dust in your garage for the past 10 years? Or the stash of wires and cartridges that’s been hidden underneath your kid’s bed, that he or she refuses to give up because “they might be worth something one day, Mom!”?

Bring them to the 4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo happening this Saturday and Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center. The day has come.

The Retro Gaming Expo is the place to buy and sell all kinds of retro video games. You’d be surprised that the games your kid devoted weekends to beating might now be considered “collectibles.”

The event features more than a hundred arcade games, too, like House of the Dead 2, NFL Blitz 2000, Donkey Kong, Pac Man, and a bunch of others. All the games are set to free play.

Fancy yourself a Super Smash Bros or Mario Kart fiend? Several competitions and tournaments are being held. The Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament offers cash prizes to 1st through 8th place. You might want to break out a stress ball and do some thumb exercises in preparation.

Heaps of YouTube gaming personalities and Twitch streamers will also be in attendance, with panels and signings happening throughout the weekend.

For example: Alex CND is a Nintendo video game vlogger and travels around the country in his RV. He once waited an entire month to be the first in line to get a Nintendo Switch. That’s dedication.

Or, take Steven Williams, otherwise known as Boogie2988, who plays an obnoxiously loud gamer character named Francis on his YouTube channel that has more than 4.5 million subscribers.

Tickets are free for kids 12 and under with adult paid admission. We get it—you may not want to spend a weekend watching your kid indulge his inner nerd, and that’s OK. But realize this:

As you wander around the Expo’s corridors filled with gaming lore, you’re sure to rub shoulders with cosplayers, passionate gamers, and virtual (no pun intended) professors of video game history. People who’ve found their life’s purpose and pursue it.

So don’t be shy. Take your kid (or just yourself) and become immersed in a pop-up fantasy land of retro video game mania.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 Green St. Visit www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/tickets/.

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