David Crane joins RetroGameCon 5!


David Crane is a legendary game designer and programmer who created several mega-hits for the Atari 2600, including Pitfall!, the second best-selling game on the Atari behind Pac-Man!

Pitfall sold over 4 million copies in the 1980s and was a breakthrough in the platformer genre which went on to inspire countless video games, and it’s legacy as one of the best early video games continues through today.

In 1979, David also co-founded Activision, the world’s first third-party video game developer, and today the largest publisher of video games in the country. He is also known as the co-founder of Absolute Entertainment, which produced several successful games in the 1990s including David Crane’s Amazing Tennis and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia for the NES, plus several of the Simpsons games for the Game Boy and NES systems.

David will be joining us at RetroGameCon 5 to discuss those early days, and to meet with attendees and sign some cartridges!

It’s a huge honor to welcome David, a true pioneer of the video game industry, to Syracuse! We can’t wait to meet him!

RetroGameCon 5 Vendor Spaces are SOLD OUT!

RetroGameCon 5 vendor/exhibitor spaces are sold out!
We have an incredibly diverse and awesome bunch of folks signed up for this year’s marketplace and can’t wait to show you all of our great vendors, exhibitors, and artists on November 18th & 19th!
VENDORS: you can still apply to be placed on the waiting list, and usually the first few who do so end up getting in at the last minute.

Cosplay Contest & Guest Judges!

RetroGameCon 5 Announcement!

We’re pleased to announce that RetroGameCon 5 will feature a HUGE cosplay contest with over $1000 in prizes!

As usual, we will be hosting a number of extremely talented cosplay special guests at the show, including our 2017 Guest Judges DestinyambersmzeldarulesRabbit in the Moon Cosplay, and Harv Cosplay!

We will post more details about the cosplay contest soon, as well as our other cosplay-related activities. We can’t wait to see all of the amazing talent this year!


Music At RetroGameCon 5!


Today is the first official day of summer and that means things are ramping up for RetroGameCon 5!

News and info about this year’s epic 5-year anniversary show will be coming fast in the coming months, and we’re starting out by announcing some of our awesome musical guests!

Chipocrite, AKA Paul Weinstein returns for his third year performing at RGC! Paul has performed his chiptune masterpieces at many shows such as the Vans Warped Tour, Blip Festival, MAGFest, PAX, and AnimeNEXT, as well as providing the soundtracks for commercials, video games, and online videos. He is currently working on the soundtrack for “Earthnight”, a highly anticipated rogue-like runner game coming soon to PS4 and other devices!

Also joining us will be the one and only Danimal Cannon, who you may know from Armcannon, Metroid Metal, his TEDx Talk, or from getting your face shredded off at any number of conventions/shows he’s played at. His work has been featured on sites like OverClocked ReMix, and on many video game soundtracks. If Danimal Cannon’s music is new to you, check out the song “Axis” from his fourth studio album, Lunaria, which was released last year.

We’re also please to announce that Epic Game Music will be joining us on our main stage this year. Epic Game Music is a show that takes all your favorite video game music and remixes the songs into original masterpieces of sonic goodness. From the retro game era to the current console generation Epic Game Music’s guitar covers breathe new life into all corners of gaming music. Join James Ronald as he battles his way across the history of game music with his trusty electric battle guitar of justice!

Last, but not least, our house DJ, DJ Silenze will be spinning video game inspired music all day on the show floor of RetroGameCon 5.

More announcements coming soon!

RetroGameCon 5 (November 18th & 19th) Vendor Applications are Live!

If there is one thing RetroGameCon is known for more than anything else, it’s the HUGE vendor marketplace filled with hundreds of tables of video games, one-of-a-kind artistic creations, and more! It’s one of the top reasons to make the trip to RGC, and each year we strive to make our vendor marketplace front and center at the convention.

RetroGameCon 5 (November 18th & 19th, 2017) Vendor Sign-ups are live! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please fill out the vendor application.


Upcoming Event: International Tabletop Day 2017!

RetroGameCon & Play the Game Read the Story present: Geek and Sundry’s International Tabletop Day 2017!

Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 11:00AM until 9:00PM as we gather at PTG:RTS (689 North Clinton Street, Syracuse – same building as Spaghetti Warehouse) for a day filled with fun gaming activities!

We’ll have board game free play with a huge lending library of games to choose from, plus:

Tabletop tournaments (tba) with awesome prizes

Charity raffle baskets ($1 tickets)

A bake sale for charity

Video game free play with classic/retro consoles by RetroGameCon and modern console free play by New York Gamers Federation!

…and more events TBA!

100% of any proceeds from the raffles and bake sale go to Extra Life, which benefits the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital here in Syracuse.

This is a very kid-friendly event, with TONS of board games for gamers of all ages.

It is also a great opportunity to socialize with like-minded individuals from around the area and make new friends through gaming! If you are looking for a group to play a game with at the event, just find any RetroGameCon team member with a “staff” shirt and we’ll set you up with people to game with!

Everyone who attends this event will get a free ITTD/RGC button (while supplies last)!

We hope to see you there on April 29th! This is going to be awesome!

-RetroGameCon & Play the Game, Read the Story

RetroGameCon 5: Coming November 18th-19th, 2017 in Syracuse, NY!

Hey, gamers and convention-goers!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve secured dates for this year’s convention!

On Saturday, November 18th, and Sunday, November 19th, we’ll be celebrating our FIFTH anniversary with RetroGameCon 5 at the Oncenter in downtown Syracuse!

We can’t believe it’s been nearly 5 years since the first RetroGameCon, and we are incredibly humbled to have grown from a small swap meet at Driver’s Village in 2013 to a 3000-person, weekend-long event with all kinds of popular gaming celebrities, cosplayers, and musicians.

We’re well aware that the bar is high for our 5th show, and we’re already working hard to make this our best convention yet!

The best place to keep tuned to RetroGameCon for news and updates is the facebook page, at www.Facebook.com/RetroGameCon.

We’ll also put any important updates on this website as they come down the pipeline.

See you all in November! We can’t wait!


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