This February was a trip to relive nostalgic memories as we went to the first Retro Gaming Expo. It was a two-day event filled with merchandise, sellers, quick tournaments, and cosplay; everything in the event is retro game-themed madness.
Bear in mind that retro gaming is a thing already here but it seems that it started to garner more attention and popularity, which might be due to Millenials having more time and money to buy stuff for their collection they’ve loved since childhood.
So what did we see at the Expo?
There are sections that we have seen around the expo hall: the first one is the gallery in the middle of the hall, showcasing console games and they’re all arranged chronologically. I heard that they were picked straight from the collections of the event organizers.
The next section is the merchants and they’re LOTS OF THEM!
As expected, half of the expo hall is filled with sellers and their massive amount of items to unload and sell. There are countless Nintendo and Sega consoles, cartridges, and other goodies. I remember saying to my SO that if I have half of my salary, I might have collected Sega consoles and Famicom games. It was fun seeing some PSOne and PSTwo items as well.
There are also rare items that are priced a bit lower than their market price but those items got sold out in the early hours of the event — honestly, they’re profitable when reselling. During our two-day visit, the most expensive I ever saw were various Limited Edition or Deluxe console sets that cost around $500.
The third section of the event is the Free Play area where you can test out the cartridges that you bought and test them there, or play with other people and try versus like Street Fighter 2 or co-op games like Streets of Rage or Contra.
There was also a trivia contest that happened only on the first day so we missed it.
Anyway, it was a chill gaming expo and we had fun.
So, this is to end what we’ve seen at Retro Gaming Expo, and we are hoping to see them again in the future. You can check their Facebook page @RGX2019 to see future events!