ZapCon, A Classic Arcade Gaming Convention, Comes to Downtown Phoenix in April
All of it was pure bliss, and none of it exists today as it did back then. The modern arcade has shifted focus to redemption games (ticket spitters), as they can no longer compete with the home console market. All but one of the old guard pinball manufacturers have disappeared. There are precious few places to play the classics and even fewer where one can get the "classic arcade" experience.
That is why we have created Zapcon. We want to relive the joy of going to the arcade, and to share that joy with younger generations who couldn't experience it first hand. We want to give collectors and restorationists a chance to show off their wares and to buy, sell, or trade with other like minded enthusiasts. Most of all we want Zapcon to become an annual event that will promote and preserve classic arcade and pinball culture for years to come.
The event - which takes place on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7 - will offer attendees the chance to play hundreds of arcade and pinball games for free (provided you pay admission), as well as a variety of tournaments and competitions. That includes the "Pinball Rodeo," a massive battle those eager to test their silver ball skills on a "special selection of highly customized pinball machines."
We recommend heading for Castles & Coasters and brushing up on your bumper abilities on any of the North Phoenix joint's numerous pinball games in the months leading up to ZapCon, because you might just wind up facing off against some Tommy-esque wunderkind.
ZapCon takes place on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. Admission is $15-$20 for a one-day pass, $25-$30 for the entire weekend. See www.zapcon.com for more info.