R3PLAY 'The Arcade, Retro & Video Gaming Expo' - Blackpool

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R3PLAY 'The Arcade, Retro & Video Gaming Expo' - Blackpool

Post by SirClive » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:04 am

Exciting new Arcade, Retro & Video Gaming Expo heading to Blackpool!

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R3PLAY (pronounced “Replay”) is a brand new show celebrating four decades of gaming history. Presented in association with Retro Gamer and gamesTM magazines, this unique event will offer gamers of all ages the chance to experience gaming systems from the 1970s to present day. Hosted by TV personality and videogame fanatic Gail Porter, the R3PLAY Expo will take place at The Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre in Blackpool on 6/7 November 2010 – the final weekend of this year’s famous Illuminations.

More than 300 systems will be available at R3PLAY comprising the finest possible selection of consoles, coin-ops and computers from all over the globe (with all machines set to free-play). Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in prize gaming competitions, listen to Q&A sessions with guest speakers, participate in workshops, view galleries of video game artwork, win fantastic raffle prizes, tender bids in a special auction and much, much more! Ticket holders will also be able to purchase games, systems, accessories and memorabilia via a number of specialist seller stands.

R3PLAY is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the “3 C’s”:
  • CONSOLES
    Ranging from the humble Atari 2600, through the SEGA vs Nintendo console wars of the 1990s, to the all-conquering behemoths that are the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Video game consoles from all corners of the world will be showcased at R3PLAY allowing visitors to play on rare and obscure machines they may never see again!
  • COIN-OPS
    Arcade and Pinball Machines have captured the nation’s imagination since the first mass-produced classics of the 70s and 80s. R3PLAY not only looks at the retro classics, but thanks to the support of leading arcade communities, there will be plenty on offer for the new generation of arcade gamers, too.
  • COMPUTERS
    The UK was a world leader in 80s computing and R3PLAY will celebrate the diverse history of Acorn, Amstrad and Sinclair, as well as their international competitors such as Commodore and Atari. Furthermore, fans of PC-based gaming will be able to enjoy both the very latest releases, in addition to classics such as Commander Keen, Descent and the original network version of Doom (Deathmatch anyone?). The National Museum of Computing will also be on hand, raising awareness of computing history in the UK.
Adult ticket prices are £12 for single-day entry and £20 for a weekend ticket, with reductions for children and families. It is expected that the full allocation of tickets will be sold in advance through the dedicated website: http://www.R3PLAY.info

Organisers, the Computing & Gaming Events Union (CGEU) have already staged a number of arcade/video gaming and computing events, raising thousand of pounds for charitable causes in the process. At R3PLAY, the CGEU will be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

R3PLAY presents a fantastic social networking environment for gamers, a perfect location for casual play as well as intense competition.

Further announcements regarding activities, sponsors/partners, lists of systems and special guests will be made over the coming weeks.
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Post by witchfinder » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:07 am

Not sure about this, I hear the guys organising it are a bit dodgy...


Only joking, I am totally there - can't wait! :D
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Post by The Master » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:15 am

I've got to decide on one event out of all the ones coming up for the rest of the year.

I reckon it's gonna be this one. That should be a selling point in itself :P
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Post by Cauterize » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:16 am

I'm so there! :D

What's gonna make this one great is it's location. If we feel the need to, we can go on a small field trip finding all the decent cabs once the event closes for the evening!
Although it's not up to date, I did write up a list/photograph the highlights of what cabs are still surviving in Blackpool on my blog ages ago and it's still really good for gamers down there.

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Post by SirClive » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:19 am

Cauterize wrote:f we feel the need to, we can go on a small field trip finding all the decent cabs once the event closes for the evening!
Already done the leg work on that mate :D
http://www.cgeu.info/gallery/index.php/ ... /Blackpool

Though it was out of season so we only got the ones on the front. Hopefully the backstreet ones will have more retro stuff.
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Post by Cauterize » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:24 am

SirClive wrote:
Cauterize wrote:f we feel the need to, we can go on a small field trip finding all the decent cabs once the event closes for the evening!
Already done the leg work on that mate :D
http://www.cgeu.info/gallery/index.php/ ... /Blackpool

Though it was out of season so we only got the ones on the front. Hopefully the backstreet ones will have more retro stuff.
Fantastic! Good work :)
I'm hoping there is still the OutRun 2 (4 Player setup) in Coral Island by the time we get there.

Just to add to the list then:
http://retrogamedepot.com/blog/retro-ga ... -blackpool
(I should have noted where most of these are, but my memory is good incase anyone needs to know!)

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Re: R3PLAY 'The Arcade, Retro & Video Gaming Expo' - Blackpool

Post by DPrinny » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:29 am

Time to spread the word about this one.

Save me a ticket (both days)ill get the money to you when I have it

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Post by witchfinder » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:38 am

The Master wrote:I've got to decide on one event out of all the ones coming up for the rest of the year.
No excuses about transport etc, this is THE event to get to this year. It's gonna be HUGE!
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Post by The Master » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:39 am

witchfinder wrote:
The Master wrote:I've got to decide on one event out of all the ones coming up for the rest of the year.
No excuses about transport etc, this is THE event to get to this year. It's gonna be HUGE!
Excellent, sorted then. Now who's gonna give me a lift? :D
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Post by Arcadian » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:55 am

The Master wrote:I've got to decide on one event out of all the ones coming up for the rest of the year.

I reckon it's gonna be this one.
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Post by Greyfox » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:04 am

Will have to see what my accountant says about this and then the wife :lol:

Hopefully I'll get the go ahead and again take on the challenge of drinking, taking pictures, trying to get a game in there and chat with friends, this would be a disaster for anyone to miss out on this event, I here huge preparations have been put in here for this show, so I hope can make it, or die trying!!
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Post by RMLF » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:07 am

Im 1000 Million Percent going to this, I have no excuse, its A hop, skip and a jump on the train! So no need to stay over :P

20 quid.. where do I sign up Site not working yet is it :P
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Post by Arcadian » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:12 am

Ralph Milne's Left Foot wrote:Site not working yet is it :P
Nope! But it's nearly ready! :wink:

Give it a couple more days then we should be good to go (been working on it flat-out since 6am!).

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Post by RMLF » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:23 am

Arcadian wrote:
Ralph Milne's Left Foot wrote:Site not working yet is it :P
Nope! But it's nearly ready! :wink:

Give it a couple more days then we should be good to go (been working on it flat-out since 6am!).

Yes Sir! A waiting already lol
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Post by witchfinder » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:25 am

Arcadian wrote:It was the Dalek that swung it for you. Admit it.

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Bloody hell Dave, is there nothing you won't do to promote this event? ;)

Did the Dalek actually know you did that?
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