Only two more weeks until California Extreme, the world’s largest classic arcade game convention! For one weekend every September, the San Jose Convention Center is transformed into 18,000 square feet of pure classic arcade and pinball goodness (big panoramic photo). The games are all on free play, the hall is dimly-lit, and the air is thick with nostalgia.
Last year, the show took place less a week after September 11, so the turnout was smaller than expected, but still bigger and better than the previous year. (See the full list of games from 2001.) This year should be the best yet.
The only problem is that I’m forced to choose between California Extreme on September 7/8 and Fray Day 6 the week after. (Not enough vacation days left to see both, sadly.)