Almost a year ago now I posted about the idea of having an arcade game stream marathon. A lot of things have changed since then; I moved to a nice big house (!!), bought 4 or 5 more candy cabs and tons of streaming equipment, and of course I find myself with some considerable free time 3-4 days a week which is nice for working on personal projects.
I would be interested in holding a multi-day streaming event for fans of 80s, 90s, and 00s arcade games, including various shmups, puzzle games, platformers, and so on. Similar to something like the recent Wasshoi stream but on a longer time-scale, we'd ideally have some of the top Western (and maybe even Japanese players, if they're interested in coming out) players perform superplay/tatsujin/whatever runs of their main games, with live commentary from other experienced players. LOCATION:
Seattle Retro Gaming Expo @ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
The Seattle Retro Gaming Expo has graciously offered us booth space and fast internet at their event, so we have decided to move the event there! Seattle Center is directly accessible via light-rail and a quick monorail ride from downtown, and has a variety of restaurants and hotels at all price ranges nearby.DATE: July 21-24, 2016
(Main days: July 23rd and 24th)
As some of you know I travel around the country playing major pinball tournaments. This date has been selected because it's during a dead time for all that stuff, and it's also the part of the year where Seattle has great weather and is generally pleasant. Depending on interest, it would be possible to extend the event backwards (i.e. starting earlier in the week).HARDWARE PROVIDED:
Stream PC with 3 240P-capable capture cards
2x Blast City cabinets
New Net City cabinet (can be set for JAMMA or JVS)
Astro and New Astro City cabinets
Aero City cabinet
2 superguns and a wide selection of PVMs for practice/casual gamin'
I have an extensive selection of parts for use in these cabs, so if you prefer Sanwa/Seimitsu/whatever buttons/sticks I can arrange to have them set up.
The general plan will be to have 2-3 cabinets set up in the stream room at a time, so that hardware changes (PCB switching, various wiring, control changes) for the next run can be made partially during a run to reduce setup time.
PCBs will not be provided unless someone local has the game and is willing to loan it to me. However, depending on special circumstances (i.e. your game is awesome and needs to be seen) I might decide to purchase PCBs for use at the event if you regularly play MAME or a port and still want to play at the event. Otherwise, everything will be bring your own PCB
. I've traveled on planes many times with PCBs and it's never gone wrong.ACCOMODATIONS:
In the house I have a room which can probably fit 2-3 people comfortably, but beyond that I can't provide anything extra. Priority for these rooms would go to Japanese players if they attend since they undoubtedly will have traveled farther than anyone else. If there is enough interest I can try and set up a group rate at a nearby hotel, but otherwise you might be on your own.
If you are interested in attending and performing runs, please fill out this form
. There is no limit to how many games you can submit, so if you think you have even 4 or 5 (or more!!!) games that you're reasonably proficient at and want to run live, please submit them! The worst that can happen is that we say no.
If you're just looking to come and hang out, please post in this thread.