Events

General admission hours will be 10am to 7pm Saturday November 18th, and from 10am to 6pm Sunday November 19th.

There are countless activities for gamers of all ages at RetroGameCon, from cosplay contests to ultra-competitive gaming tournaments. Here are some of the things to do at RetroGameCon:

Vendors: Nearly 100 unique vendors with over 200 tables of games, consoles, and art to browse.

Exhibitors: Indie game companies, as well as industry giants like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo can be found on our exhibition floor

Special Guests: Video game industry legends, popular gaming YouTubers, artists, incredibly talented cosplayers, and musicians all attend RetroGameCon as guests.

Cosplay: RetroGameCon features several cosplay contests, including a kid’s competition, plus other cosplay activities like the Cosplay Dating Game, a costume repair station, and more!

Music: RetroGameCon 2017 will feature musical performances by Danimal Cannon (Armcannon, Metroid Metal), Epic Game Music, Chipocrite, and Syracuse’s best DJ, DJ Silenze.

Tournaments: Smash Bros. (multiple platforms) by Syracuse Smash, with big cash prizes! Retro tournaments with awesome prizes & custom trophies in the free play area! Magic: The Gathering tournament and numerous tabletop game tournaments sponsored by Play the Game, Read the Story

Panels: Unique and interesting panel presentations on a variety of gaming-related topics. We spend a lot of time and effort brainstorming and recruiting talented and knowledgeable panelists for this portion of the show.

Console free play (Sponsored by Microgame Play & Trade): Our video game console free play area has over 40 game consoles and TVs with games from all eras for you to try. Our selection for the free play area changes each year!

Tabletop free play (Sponsored by Play The Game, Read the Story): RetroGameCon isn’t just about video games. We have a huge tabletop free play area with a generous lending library, plus staff on hand to help you learn new games! Our tabletop free play area also usually has giveaways and prizes, just for playing games!

Charity: Our featured charity is Extra Life, which helps heal sick kids locally at Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Our convention features an “Extra Life Stage” where attendees can come play games on a huge 12′ projector screen while being streamed for an internet audience, with free giveaways throughout the show.

Kid’s Area: RetroGameCon is a family friendly event, and for the little gamers in our lives, we have a place where parents and their kids can participate together in making video game related crafts, coloring, and playing kid-friendly tabletop games. Please note: children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times – we do not provide a day care service. 

Pinball (Buffalo Pinball, CNY Pinball Club, Wizard’s Pinball): You can usually find at least a few pinball machines set up at RetroGameCon, sometimes even a high score challenge, a machine or two up for sale, or a live-streamed episode of “Bro, Do You Even Pinball” by Buffalo Pinball!