Panel Announcement – The New 8-bit Heroes

The New 8-bit Heroes

Central New York native Joe Granato is currently realizing a childhood ambition of developing an actual game for the Nintendo NES. A team of modern creatives (published fantasy author, film score composer, comic illustrator, etc.) see if they can retrofit their abilities to create a compelling game experience despite all of the 30 year old console’s constraints. Joe will talk about the methods of making a NES game using modern tools and the challenges and rewards of developing for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Joe Granato, Creator of The New 8-bit Heroes

Pre-ticket sales are now available!

UPDATE: Sorry, Presale tickets are now closed. Tickets will be the same price at the door: $5 for general admission and $20 for a family pack which includes 2 adults and up to four kids. Children six and under are free.




Click link to buy tickets!


Upgrade to 16-Bit! RetroGameCon will offers an upgraded VIP ticket package, the 16-Bit Ticket! This special ticket for the event is just 35 bucks and gets you the following:

– 30 minutes “early” access to the convention (9:30am)
– The official RetroGameCon 2014 t-shirt
– A special “VIP” badge to wear around the event
– 5 free raffle tickets for any of our many raffle prizes
– The RetroGameCon 2014 “Swag Bag”: A bunch of geeky gamer goodies, stuffed into a collectible tote bag with the RetroGameCon logo!

If that wasn’t enough…

The 16-Bit Ticket also includes a chance to find a special “golden ticket” inside the tote bag. The 3 lucky 16-Bit Ticket holders who find a golden ticket will instantly win one of several exclusive prizes!

The 16-Bit Tickets are limited to only 100, pre-order available soon only 35 bucks @

Your support goes towards helping us make RetroGameCon bigger and better every year!

Next Panel Announcement! The Console Wars

A panel to discuss the battle of all time!

The Console Wars: Past, Present, and Future
What started out as arguments at the school lunch table and a few cheap shots between companies quickly erupted into The Console Wars. Whether you love it or hate it, the only thing certain is that it’s not ending anytime soon. In this presentation/discussion panel, we take a look at the history of The Console Wars, the struggles of today, and voice our thoughts on how we think it will play out into the future. Join us in voicing your opinion on this staple of the gaming industry. Fans of all consoles are encouraged to attend including PC gamers.

Vince Terio
Justin Conte
Paul Tschudi
Mike Stith

Another Panel Announcement! The 16-Bit Wars – Two-Faced Games

While Sega and Nintendo may be best friends today, we will talk about the Bit Wars like it was just yesterday. Although many of the games that were the same in name played the same on both systems, some managed to be completely different. In this panel we’ll take a subjective look at games from both companies, and talk about these odd cases of the same game with two identities. Games will include examples such as Adventures of Batman and Robin, Aladdin, Sparkster, Shadowrun, and more.

Adam Nelson, Infinite Lives

Game Making Panel Announcement

Game Maker Studio Workshop

You will learn how to make 2D side scrolling games with Yo-yo Games Game Maker Studio. It’s a robust program that Michael will take you through the basics of and put you along the path to making your own 2D game.

Michael Hayes has made games for Nintendo e-shop and Xbox Live.

Michael Hayes

Cosplay Panel Announcement

Cosplay from Concept to Creation
Always wanted to show off a whole new side of yourself? Have a video game, anime, or movie character hiding inside? Cosplay is all about embodying a character. Our team of experts can help you figure out where and how to start.

This panel will be set up lecture-style with topics covering embodiment of character, sketch and idea to creation, construction of costume, and prop making. There will be time for questions and answers at the conclusion. Examples of costumes and props will be available for you to view.

Have a question you want answered? Please check back and you’ll be able to email them from here soon!

Bruce Wayne, Cosplayer
Jennifer Syas, Artist and Costumer
Kate McKay, Artist and Seamstress
Mako, Cosplayer

Zelda Panel Announced

its a zelda world logo

It’s A Zelda World
In this panel, the past, present, and future will be discussed about the ever growing Legend of Zelda franchise and fan base. We will touch on the the awesome to the downright ugly of this video game phenomenon. Join the fun as one fanatic gives you his journey from the original game in his childhood living room to becoming a central focus on his success in the video game market.

James McKay,  Clutterducks Emporium

A wild panel appears!

We’ve got some panels officially set! First confirmed panel is the Retro Roadshow. Last year’s was a hit, and it’s back again this year!

An “Antique Roadshow” with retro games. Bring your rare, obscure, import, or just plain weird gaming, comic book, toys, etc. stuff in! Check out other people’s unique items as well!

Pre-registration will be available. Please keep an eye out for announcements.

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