CGE 2K7 – First Hand Account
Author :        Date : 10-Nov-07

It had been 3 years since the Dark Watcher attended the Classic Gaming Expo.  The people behind the event went on a hiatus, but made a return in Las Vegas.  We jumped into a rental and made the long drive to "Sin City".   They say that what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas. For the most part this is true, but we will gladly share some of the less sinful events that occurred at CGE 2007.  The 10th anniversary event was all that we expected and more.

CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7

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It felt good getting our claws into some of the classics.  The Turbografix-16 with CD add on was along side the Turbo Duo.  The Jaguar with CD add on and an Arcadia clone called Schmid TVG 3000.  The Nintendo NES was also on display next to its Japanese counterpart Famicom.  The Famicom Disk System add on and the combined Sharp Twin Famicom were also accounted for.
CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7
Speaking of NES, we got the opportunity to play test the Generation NEX console clone.  Check out the size comparisons and their redesigned NES Advantage joystick.  Not bad folks.  Not bad at all.  Now a joystick was what we least expected from the Vectrex.  Check out that beast!  The Vectorcade was a pricey fiberglass molded joystick designed by Brett Wallach and sold by www.PlayVectrex.com.  They stopped production in August of 2002.  We also got our claws on the European only Commodore 64GS and tons of development / pre-production cartridges.
CGE 2K7

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There were gadgets a plenty.  Imagine taking home this big Master System game kiosk capable of switching between 16 cartridges.  Why not take home the Intellivision Videoplexor.  This handy device allowed you to switch between 8 different games and provided handy storage for your other cartridges.  Even more of a surprise was the Personal Game Programmer PGP-1.  This is essentially a Game Genie hack / cheat device for the Atari 2600.  Your looking at one of only 3 in existence.  Forget your zapper or SNES SuperScope.  Check out the M.A.C.S M16!  This is an actual decommissioned rifle that has been modified for the SuperNES.  The Army used these along with 2 training cartridges back in the day for marksmanship training and ammunition conservation.
CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7

CGE 2K7

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The Classic Gaming Expo is not just about the classic gaming consoles themselves.  There are numerous vendors selling innovative products.  There were many impressive controllers and console remakes.  However, what impressed us the most was the work of Dave from CustomPortables.com.  This guy has an amazing talent of modifying game consoles and transforming them into portable gaming machines.  Check out his amazing work.  He does sell these custom units on his website.

All in all CGE 2007 was a great event.  We were only in attendance for one day (hey…we had some Vegas partying to do), so we could not cover as much as we wanted.  We did take more photos that we want to enter into our "Work in Progress" Handheld History.  We do look forward to the next Classic Gaming Expo.  Hopefully, we will be in attendance again in 2008.

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