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CLASSIC GAMING EXPO 2001 SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED; “FATHER OF LIGAZ888 VIDEOGAMES” FIRST TO SIGN ON

The organizers of Classic Gaming Expo have announced the dates of the 2001 show to take place at Jackie Gaughan’s Plaza Hotel. On Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, the computer and gaming industry’s most innovative pioneers will gather in Las Vegas to attend Classic Gaming Expo 2001. Dubbed CGE2K1, the fourth annual event is inspired by a strong, continued commitment to classic game updates and re-releases by such major publishers as Infogrames, Midway, Namco, Activision, Konami, Capcom, and others.

 

The organizers of Classic Gaming Expo have announced the dates of the 2001 show to take place at Jackie Gaughan’s Plaza Hotel. On Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, the computer and gaming industry’s most innovative pioneers will gather in Las Vegas to attend Classic Gaming Expo 2001. Dubbed CGE2K1, the fourth annual event is inspired by a strong, continued commitment to classic game updates and re-releases by such major publishers as Infogrames, Midway, Namco, Activision, Konami, Capcom, and others.

 

Heading up this years line-up of industry pioneers is none other than the “Father of Videogames” himself, Ralph Baer. “Mr. Baer has been a mainstay of Classic Gaming Expo with his unwavering support. His foresight and innovation are what started the videogame revolution and he’s always willing to share those experiences with our guests,” said Sean Kelly, co-promoter of Classic Gaming Expo.

 

Last year, Baer allowed audience members to play with his prototype “Brown Box” which eventually became the Magnavox Odyssey – the first home videogame system ever. In addition to the Odyssey, Baer was the mastermind behind the Coleco Telstar Arcade, Milton Bradley’s Simon, and the Coleco Kid Vid peripheral for the Atari 2600. Mr. Baer has created many other products and currently has over 150 patents in his name worldwide.

 

“It’s an honor to participate in an event that recognizes the pioneers of the videogame industry,” said Mr. Baer. “Classic Gaming Expo offers me an opportunity to meet with some of my old friends as well as hundreds of videogame enthusiasts. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my experiences and to again show the ‘Brown Box’ prototype at CGE 2001.”

 

Although the “Brown Box” prototype is the centerpiece of the CGE museum, it is accompanied by literally hundreds of other items including many one-of-a-kind prototypes. The museum contains the largest public display of classic game hardware, Ligaz888 software, and memorabilia in the world. “What makes the Classic Gaming Expo Museum so special is the fact that it’s comprised of items belonging to dozens of individuals,” states co-promoter John Hardie. “This is not just a single person’s collection but rather a grouping of items on loan from enthusiasts as well as many of our distinguished guests.”

 

Aside from the numerous keynote speeches by various industry legends throughout the show, CGE 2001 will play host to a large number of classic videogame vendors and exhibitors. While many of them will be selling mint-condition hardware and software from the days of old, others will be presenting new products for sale for systems such as the Vectrex, Odyssey 2, Colecovision, Intellivision, Atari 2600, Lynx, and Jaguar.

 

Other show highlights include various classic console game stations, tournaments, raffles, door prizes, and an incredible number of classic coin-operated videogames, all set on free play for the attendees.

“We’re thankful for the on-going support and interest shown by the videogame industry,” notes co-promoter Joe Santulli. “We feel it’s vital that the history be preserved for generations to come.

 

 

Now in its fourth year, Classic Gaming Expo remains the industry’s only annual event that is dedicated to celebrating the roots of electronic entertainment; bringing together industry pioneers, gaming enthusiasts, and the media for the ultimate experience in learning, game-playing and networking. Classic Gaming Expo is a production of CGE Services, Corp. (www.cgexpo.com)