The Old-School Arcade is Making a Temporary Comeback
Anyone who had a case of PAC-MAN fever in the 80s knows the inexplicable thrill of standing for hours in front of an arcade game. The creators of ZapCon understand the pure joy of the arcade experience, and they sure know how to hit the gaming rewind button. If you long for the bleeping, blipping and whining of those retro machines, this event is right up your alley.
ZapCon takes place April 29 and 30 at the Mesa Convention Center. It’s a weekend-long nostalgic revival of classic arcade and pinball games. Every game will be programmed to free-play, but there is an entrance fee. Saturday admission is $30 for adults and $15 for children, and Sunday admission is just $20 for adults and $10 for children. www.zapcon.com
The event features hundreds of games, but the real crowd-pleasers are the throwbacks. There are so many classic titles; you’ll think you’ve rocketed back in time. If you used to spend your days blasting asteroids, chomping power pellets or digging tunnels, this is your chance to beat your high scores. If you weren’t part of the video game boom, you can certainly make up for lost time at ZapCon.
There will also be plenty of newer options, including rarities and the downright peculiar. Whether you prefer shooting a pinball around the walking dead or searching for spies in a complex elevator system, ZapCon will fulfill your desire for the bizarre. Many of the games are custom made and contributed by private owners, so expect to see some really special machines.
Although this event seems to cater to a specific age group, anyone can join the revelry. Parents and grandparents can expose their gaming roots to the younger generation while reliving a part of their own youth. If you’ve never felt the bliss of heading to the arcade with a pocketful of quarters, you can share the experience with someone who has.
ZapCon is a unique pinball and arcade party that turns back the calendar on today’s video game trend. It combines beloved icons, old-school ambiance and enough titles to satisfy anyone’s button-smashing needs. Doors open at 10 a.m. both days, and they close at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. This gives you loads of time to escape reality and enter the magical world of paddles and joysticks.
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