Special Guests

DAVID CRANE

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!

GARRY KITCHEN

Garry Kitchen is another legendary figure from the early days of home video game consoles. Garry designed the first video game making toolkit, Garry Kitchen’s Gamemaker, for the Commodore 64 in 1985. Mr. Kitchen is also known for developing the first home console port of Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600, plus the hit Atari 2600 games Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker, & Space Jockey.

Along with David Crane, he was the co-founder of Absolute Entertainment and Skyworks Technologies, an early Internet adver-gaming company (remember Candystand.com?). Mr. Kitchen currently works as an independent technical expert in legal matters concerning video games and video game industry history, and is on the board of advisors for the National Video Game Museum.  

NORMAN CARUSO, THE GAMING HISTORIAN

We’re happy to announce that The Gaming Historian is returning for this year’s show!

With over 28 million views, Norm’s channel breaks down interesting video game topics from a historical perspective.

His panel was a favorite among attendees last year, and we can’t wait to welcome him back for our fifth year anniversary on November 18th & 19th!

Check out The Gaming Historian‘s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/gaminghistorian

NADIA VERRUCCI

Nadia Verrucci is an award winning actor, singer, choreographer, and director. Ms. Verrucci has been the voice of JUNO, the primary antagonist of the Assassin’s Creed franchise since 2009, appearing in Assassin’s Creed II, III, Brotherhood, Revelations, IV: Black Flag, Unity, Rogue, and Syndicate!

Nadia‘s other credits include voice work on DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED, FARCRY: PRIMAL, WATCH DOGS II, and FOR HONOR. She also had a recurring role on the popular supernatural Syfy drama BEING HUMAN.

We can’t wait to welcome Ms. Verrucci to our show!

REREZ
Rerez is a YouTube channel presented by Shane Luis all about video games. Presenting you the newest, strangest and most unique gaming topics. Featuring high quality reviews of new video games, consoles, previews, oddities, rare titles, unknown hardware, classic and retro games, and much more!

Home of Positives & Negatives, Rerez Talks, Cooking 4 Gamers, Garry Gamer and regular episodes of Rerez!

PETE DORR

Pete has been creating videos for nearly a decade, and was one of the first content creators for classic game collecting on YouTube.

We’re happy to welcome him back to RetroGameCon this year, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to talk about in his panel!

Check out Pete’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PeteDorr

and watch him play live on Twitch:

https://www.twitch.tv/petesgameroom

MYRATHEON COSPLAY

Myratheon Cosplay is a professional armor maker, photographer, and Star Wars fanatic from Lil Rhody! Cosplaying since 2013, she’s already accumulated multiple Best in Shows for her craftsmanship, created multiple screen accurate costumes, and even started a business doing cosplay commissions for a living! She loves answering questions for new and experienced cosplayers, sharing tips and tricks to make costume construction more efficient.

She’ll be joining us as an exhibitor where you can see some of what she creates, and as a special guest panelist! Make sure to stop by her table at the show and say hi!

CHARLES URBACH

Charles Urbach is a writer and colored pencil artist with more than two decades of work in design, publishing, and illustration. A former resident of Auburn, NY, Mr. Urbach developed a unique approach to artwork that includes digital image editing during the sketch phase, with traditional fine arts media and techniques for the final artwork, resulting in a polished look of traditional paintings. Charles has designed miniatures for Heroclix, done many illustrations for Magic: The Gathering cards, and artwork for many games including Everquest, Star Wars: Galaxies, Legend of the Five Rings, Infinite City, Noble Treachery, A Game of Thrones, Call of Cthulu, & Lord of the Rings. Mr. Urbach’s work has won awards at many major genre conventions including GenCon, DragonCon, Origins Game Fair, ConVergence, MarCon and other events across the world.

DANIMAL CANNON

You may know the one and only Danimal Cannon 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. Progressive metal chiptune at it’s finest.

EPIC GAME MUSIC

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!

DESTINYAMBER

RetroGameCon’s official Head Cosplay Judge, Destinyamber is a cosplayer based out of Syracuse who loves video games, anime, and obscure Japanese shows. She has been cosplaying since 2015 and has guested at several area conventions. She loves to show that cosplay is for everyone and anyone at any skill level can have fun dressing up as their favorite characters.

SMZELDARULES

smzeldarules “S.M.Z.R.” is from Buffalo NY and has been cosplaying since 2006 – all because of an online friend inspired her to start dressing up as Final Fantasy characters. She has been a promotional cosplayer and cosplay guest for many Western NY conventions and costuming events since 2015. She cosplays for fun, and retro & obscure JRPGs are her lifeblood. She is also one of our cosplay judges for RetroGameCon 5!

RABBIT IN THE MOON COSPLAY

One of our guest cosplay judges for RetroGameCon 5, Western New York native Rabbit in the Moon Cosplay is a master level craftsman who has been active in the community for almost 15 years and has made over 150 costumes. When she isn’t busy sewing, crafting armor, or forging weapons she enjoys watching anime (especially Macross), playing video games, and caring for her prized giant koi fish!

JOE GRANATO

Joe Granato is a professional videographer, filmmaker, musician, and documentarian. An Upstate NY native, Mr. Granato is the mastermind behind the successful Kickstarter project The New 8-Bit Heroes, a documentary about the development of Granato’s childhood dream, a new game for the NES called The Mystic Searches. The project is set to be finished this year, just in time for RetroGameCon!

CHIPOCRITE

Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass, drums, and/or other instruments, to create complex audio masterpieces. He has performed at numerous concerts, events and conventions, including the Vans Warped Tour, Blip Festival, MAGFest and AnimeNEXT; provided soundtracks for commercials — including a nationally televised GameStop ad — as well as video games and online videos; and released three EPs in addition to his first full-length album, “Wordplay,” in December 2014. Chipocrite is currently working on the soundtrack for “EarthNight,” a rogue-like runner game coming soon to PS4 and other devices.

GRIMSIE42

Scott, AKA Grimsie42, has been an avid player and collector of video games for many years and shares his experiences with fellow gamers on YouTube. His channel features “The Quest for NES” which is a series of videos following Grimsie’s quest to complete the NES collection, featuring special YouTuber guests. On his channel, you can find garage sale pickup videos, exclusive interviews with some of YouTube’s most popular gaming personalities, and more!

KARA’S COSPLAY

Cosplayer, Costume/Prop Maker, Geek. Hailing from Central NY, Kara started cosplaying in October 2013, but has always loved dressing up as her favorite characters. She enjoys designing & creating the costumes just as much as she enjoys wearing them! Kara is in love with the entire cosplay community. She loves to meet fellow cosplayers & admire their amazing talent! She also loves meeting fans who share in the same fandoms! She is constantly blown away by the support & enthusiasm of her followers, and still is so amazed that people actually like all her silly little costumes! Kara is still a rookie in the cosplay world, but she hopes to continue improving her skills. She is constantly working on at least a half dozen costumes at once; always preparing for her next convention.