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Attention: Musicians!

Does your act specialize in video game music? Have you thought about performing at RetroGameCon? We’re looking for a couple more musical acts to round out this year’s show on November 3rd & 4th.

If you’re interested, fill out the application below!

Please note that we are only able to accommodate a limited number of performances – we will respond as soon as possible to all applications received.

Find our musical performance application here. 

 

RETROGAMECON 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

RetroGameCon 6 will return to The Oncenter for Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2018!

After an amazingly successful convention in 2017, we are super hyped and ready to create a great show for everyone this year.

We’ve heard all of your feedback, and we are ready to bring you:

* Incredible guests & music
* Unique panel presentations
* Tons of great vendors and exhibitors
* MORE GAMES
* and the best line-up of tournaments and contests ever!

It’s never too early to start planning your con schedule, and RetroGameCon 6 is NOT a show you want to miss!

Mark your calendars for November 3rd and 4th, and join us in downtown Syracuse for RetroGameCon, Upstate NY’s video game convention!

Join our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE, and let us know in the comments what you want to see at the convention this year!

Cosplay Contest at RetroGameCon 5 ($1000 in Prizes!)

RetroGameCon 5 Cosplay Contest Info!

Cosplay will be a main attraction at RGC, and our contest is loaded with over $1000 in prizes!

The Cosplay Contest will feature both Adults (SATURDAY 11/18) and Kids (SUNDAY 11/19, 16 and under).

The Adults contest has two sub-categories: Craftsmanship & Exhibition.

Exhibition is for those who would like to walk on stage to showcase their cosplay, without having to participate in pre-judging criteria. Exhibition is not eligible for prizes.

Craftsmanship is eligible for all prizes and will be judged on accuracy, originality, fit, and quality of construction.

ADULT PRIZES: Best in Show is awarded to the overall best-judged cosplay, and will take home $200 CASH! Best Expert and Best Beginner will take home $50 cash each, plus a prize bundle from our sponsors. 2nd place in both Expert and Beginner will receive a prize from our sponsors as well. Each of our 4 judges will also be presenting a “Judge’s Award”, based on something unique about a cosplay that doesn’t fit into the other categories. These awards include awesome prizes from our sponsors as well!

KID PRIZES: Kids prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus 4 Judge’s Awards. Kids do not receive cash prizes, but we have some amazing prize bundles from our sponsors lined up with kid-friendly merchandise to go to the winners.

We’ve invited some amazing guest judges to help with our contest this year. We’d like to thank judges DestinyamberRabbit in the Moon CosplayHarv Cosplay, and smzeldarules for judging our contest, and Myratheon Cosplay for being our host/emcee!

RetroGameCon 5 Special Guests Announcement!

RetroGameCon 5 SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCEMENT!

With just under 1 month left until the biggest gaming event in Upstate NY, we are happy to announce TWO MORE amazing special guests!

Master Daniel Pesina, the actor who played Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot, as well as being one of the co-creators of the legendary fighting games Mortal Kombat & Mortal Kombat II is coming to RetroGameCon!

Daniel is joined by actor, entrepreneur, and bodybuilder John Parrish, who portrayed Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs in MKII, MK3, Ultimate MK3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, MK4, and Mortal Kombat Advance.

These two motion capture pioneers and Kombat legends will be joining us on November 18th & 19th!

Get your tickets now with a pre-sale discount:

https://www.showclix.com/event/RetroGameCon

RetroGameCon 5 Special Guest Announcement!

RetroGameCon 5 SPECIAL GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT!

Well, we already sort of announced it, but if you missed the news, we’re glad to let you know that Pat Contri, aka Pat the NES Punk, host of the Completely Unnecessary Podcast, producer of The Video Game Years, and author/creator of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library is returning to RetroGameCon for our fifth-year anniversary show on November 18th and 19th!

He’ll be there to meet and greet with attendees, and will also be bringing back his popular panel presentation.

Come meet Pat and other great special guests at the show!

Tickets: https://www.showclix.com/event/RetroGameCon

RetroGameCon 5 Keynote Presentation by David Crane & Garry Kitchen!

RetroGameCon 5 Keynote Presentation Announcement!

Join us on day 1 (Saturday, November 18th) at 2:00PM in Panel Room A downstairs as RGC 5 special guests David Crane & Garry Kitchen present a retrospective of their experiences as programmers and entrepreneurs in the early video game industry!

David is well known as an iconic programmer and game designer for Atari, creating the 2nd best-selling game for the Atari 2600, Pitfall!, as well as a variety of other hit games for the console, as well as A Boy & His Blob for NES, and David Crane’s Amazing Tennis for the N64. David was also a co-founder of Activision, the world’s first independent video game developer, and today the largest publisher of video games in the U.S.

Garry, also a legendary game designer from the early days, is the creator of Garry Kitchen’s GameMaker for the Commodore 64, as well as developer of many popular Atari 2600 games such as the original arcade port of Donkey Kong. He also went on to create NES classics like Battletank & The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, as well as Super Battletank, and Super Battletank 2 for the SNES.

Together David and Garry were also the founders of Absolute Entertainment, a game publishing studio responsible for dozens of titles on a variety of classic gaming consoles. The pair were also the founders of Skyworks Technologies, a company that pioneered advergaming and created the classic early flash game website, Candystand.

DON’T MISS IT! Get your tickets for RGC 5 now!

https://www.showclix.com/event/RetroGameCon

 

Classic Trilogy Tattoos will be at RetroGameCon 5!

In case you didn’t hear yet…

We’re pleased to announce that Classic Trilogy Tattoos will be coming to RGC 5!

Classic Trilogy, operated by Syracuse’s own Thom Bulman, is a premiere local tattoo shop specializing in creating geeky video game, comic book, and pop culture art through the work of Mr. Bulman and several other exceptionally talented Syracuse tattoo artists.

Aside from creating nerd masterpieces every day, Bulman and fellow Classic Trilogy artist Derek Zielinski were featured on Season 9 of Ink Master on Spike!

We can’t wait to welcome these guys to RetroGameCon on November 18th & 19th!

Check out Classic Trilogy Tattoos on Instagram here:

https://www.instagram.com/classictrilogytattoos/?hl=en

Get your tickets to RGC now! Pre-sale discount here:

https://www.showclix.com/event/RetroGameCon

VIP / Staff After Party!

VIP After Party Announcement!

This year’s VIP & Staff after party will take place at The Mission Restaurant at 304 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse.

This post-show event is for staff, special guests, and VIP ticket holders AGES 21+ only and takes place on Saturday, November 18th, from 8:30PM until 12:00AM and will feature live music by Chipocrite and a FREE taco buffet and cash bar.

Yes, we said it. Free taco buffet. Let it sink in.

The Mission is a Mexican restaurant in a re-purposed church (the oldest in Syracuse) and you can’t miss it – it’s right in the heart of downtown Syracuse next to Columbus Circle. A 5 minute walk from our venue, The Oncenter!

As of this posting, our VIP tickets are 50% sold out!

Buy tickets here:

https://www.showclix.com/event/RetroGameCon

RetroGameCon 5’s Amazing Guest List!

RetroGameCon 5 has a great line-up of special guests, musicians, and cosplayers for 2017! Join us on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th and meet two legends of the gaming industry, David Crane Garry Kitchen!

Also joining us is actor Nadia Verrucci, the voice of Juno from the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

We’re also welcoming the incredibly talented Charles Urbach, an award-winning artist who has done artwork for Magic the Gathering and many great tabletop / card games.

Plus, meet some of your favorite YouTubers like The Gaming HistorianPete DorrRerezGrimsie42, and James from Epic Game Music!

This year’s show also features musical performances by Chipocrite, Danimal Cannon, and Epic Game Music!

Don’t forget to say hi to our amazing cosplay special guests Destinyambersmzeldarules, Rabbit in the Moon CosplayMyratheon CosplayHarv Cosplay, and Kara’s Cosplay!

There’s still time for us to add more guests and we may have more coming up soon. Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with RGC announcements.

This is going to be our best show ever!

 

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