Panel Announcement: Retro Future – Pixel Art in the Modern Era

12039453_871197972957527_8165947607841365295_nModern video game graphics and technology can transport you to worlds never thought possible and high-fidelity textures, animations and lighting effects are more realistic than ever. Despite all this, new video games are released with pixel-based graphics regularly on mobile devices, portable systems and home consoles. Is it all really just nostalgia? Join Nate and Meg from “Sprite Lovers” on Youtube as they take a look at what makes pixel art so alluring.

This panel and more discussion panels to come at RetroGameCon 2015!

Chipocrite Is Coming to RetroGameCon 2015 (Performance and Panel)

11954834_859389980804993_619879417236732b6864_nHappy to announce that Chipocrite will be performing at RetroGameCon 2015 and will also be hosting a really cool and educational panel: “An Intro to Chip Music, a.k.a. How to Make Music with Game Boys”

Who is Chipocrite?
Well…Chipocrite is a chiptune musician who uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by other instruments, to create complex audio masterpieces. He has performed at numerous concerts, events and conventions Blip Festival, MAGFest and this November 14th, RetroGameCon!

In his part informative, part instructional, part interactive presentation, Chipocrite will provide an overview of chip music — a style of music in which artists re-purpose and push the boundaries of old video game hardware to create new and original compositions.


You’ll learn about the style’s roots, hear it in its modern context and get started learning how to make your own chiptunes using Little Sound DJ, the ubiquitous music tracker/sequencer software for the Nintendo Game Boy. At the end of the presentation, you might even have a chance to interact with LSDJ and make your own chip remix live!

We are glad to have him join us this year, and excited for his performance during the convention!


Can’t wait until convention day to hear his music?

Check out his music now:

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A panel you will not want to miss!

Sammus is coming to RetroGameCon 2015

Sammus announcement copyNew RetroGameCon Announcement:

Nerd-core Rap Artist/Producer

Sammus will be coming to Retrogamecon!

Who is Sammus?

Sammus is an upstate New Yorkbased rap artist and producer creating a major buzz in the nerd-core/videogame music scene.
Her production is characterized by her use of uniquely chopped samples, and video game-like synths. She has been called the “rap Aisha Tyler” because of her smart lyrics that often draw on her love of games and cartoons.

As her Metroid-inspired name reflects, it is her hope that listeners and future fans will be pleasantly surprised by the contrast between the person society says she should be as an artist and who she actually is. Sammus has done collaborations with superstar nerd-core artist Mega Ran, DJ Cutman and November 14th take the stage at RetroGameCon!

We are happy to have her join us this year, and excited for her live performance convention day!

Curious about how her beats and nerd-core flow?

Check out her music now:

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RetroGameCon 2015 16-Bit VIP Ticket Package Info!



We’ve upgraded the 16-Bit VIP ticket, and it looks great!
When you order your VIP ticket package, you will receive:

– 1 Hour early admission on to the convention floor

– A special VIP badge to wear convention day

– An official RetroGameCon 2015 t-shirt (Final Fantasy-Inspired design) to also wear convention day

– A sweeeeeet tote bag also with Final Fantasy-inspired design

– A large assortment of quality “swag” items in your bag

– 5 free raffle tickets for our huge selection of charity raffles items benefiting Ronald McDonald House

– The chance to INSTANTLY win 1 of 3 “Golden Ticket” prizes at the convention

These special, limited in quantity, VIP packages will be available to you for just 50 bucks!

VIP ticket packages, as well as general admission ticket sales, will be made available for purchase right here on our website August 31st!

If you haven’t already…start getting excited!!

‪#‎RetroGameCon‬ ‪#‎RGC2015‬ ‪#‎16bit‬ #Syracuse

The Angry Video Game Nerd Will Return to Syracuse for RetroGamecon 2015

11783641_10153490294865350_105828626_oThe RetroGameCon planning committee is proud to announce…

The Angry Video Game Nerd WILL RETURN to Syracuse for RetroGamecon 2015!


Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, and formerly known as Angry Nintendo Nerd) is an American comedy retrogaming web series, created by and starring James Rolfe. The series centers on Rolfe’s character, “The Nerd”, a “short-tempered” video game fanatic who delivers commentary and sketches on retro video games he considers to be of poor quality. The show would later encompass reviews of gaming consoles, peripherals, and short lectures about video game history and culture.

We are more than excited to host his attendance and will have details about his arrival, and scheduled activities, as convention day draws near!

#RetroGameCon #RGC2015 #TheAngryVideoGameNerd

Salt City Series Presents: Salt City 2015 2nd Impact (Fighting Game Tournament)



Salt City Series returns in association with RetroGameCon 2015 to bring you the premier Fighting Game Tournament for Syracuse, NY!


Venue Fee: TBA
This covers your fee into RetroGameCon, so stay and enjoy the convention!
$10 Dollar Entry Per Game:

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Xbox 360)
Ultra Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360)
Mortal Kombat X (PS4)
Smash Bros Melee (Gamecube)
Smash 4 (Wii U)

*Game list subject to change

For event news and info:

To be connect and be apart of the Syracuse FGC community:

Featured Panel For RetroGameCon2015: The New 8-bit Heroes


What does it take to develop a brand new NES game? Considering the limitations of the 30 year old console, is it even a worthwhile pursuit? In a time of photo-realistic  graphics, credible virtual reality, online playability, and infinite game mechanic possibilities, why has the NES aesthetic retained its relevance? These are just a few of the questions posed by the documentary The New 8-bit Heroes.

In 1988, 8-year old Central New Yorker Joe Granato designed a Nintendo game. Like so many his age, he sent the plans for this game to Nintendo of America, fully expecting to see his visions realized. And like so many his age, his plans were returned to him with a polite rejection form letter. Crushed, the illustrations were filed away and eventually lost to time. Almost thirty years later upon a return visit to his former home in Whitesboro, he stumbled upon what was left of these designs. He realized that as a programmer in his adult life, he now had the capability to bring the world to life. But could he actually build it for a legitimate gray cartridge? The New 8-bit Heroes documentary follows his independent game development team as they interact with homebrew developers the world over to discover the complexities of creating Mystic Searches, a brand new addition to the NES library of gray cartridges.

So far, various prototypes for Mystic Searches have shown up being played on ABC’s The Goldbergs, in the IGN studios, and at several retro gaming conventions across the US. As a homecoming for Granato, he will be unveiling a final prototype at RetroGameCon, discussing the significant ties that this new 8-bit game world has to Central New York, and offering insight into how others, even those with zero experience, can get started developing their own NES games.

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