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2001 PHILLYCLASSIC CLASSIC VIDEOGAME SHOW ANNOUNCED - The Atari Times

2001 PHILLYCLASSIC CLASSIC VIDEOGAME SHOW ANNOUNCED


Gaming in PA
by David Newman

March 1, 2001
For Immediate Release

Contact David Newman
davidnewman@adelphia.net
610-527-1673
http://www.phillyclassic.com

PHILLYCLASSIC CLASSIC VIDEOGAME SHOW ANNOUNCED

Philadelphia, PA (March 12, 2001) -- The organizers of PhillyClassic, The East Coast Classic Gamer's Event, have announced the dates of the 2001 show to take place at the Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport on Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21, 2001.

"Have you ever been sitting around with your friends and wonder 'What ever happened to our Atari stuff?' Have you felt that pang of regret over giving away your classic systems? Miss playing those "old" games that were so much fun? This is the show for you" co-organizer Marc Pallante said.

With the resurgence in popularity of everything from the 1970's and '80's, such as disco, bell-bottoms, and the VW Bug, classic video game systems such as Atari, ColecoVision, and Intellivision, are once again enjoying a second life. "Not only are the original game systems popular once again, but compilations of classic games on modern platforms such as Sony Playstation and Windows PC's have been making a new generation of gamers aware of their roots" said co-organizer David Newman.

PhillyClassic is dedicated to giving video game fans, both new and old, a great weekend of playing arcade and home console games, competing in tournaments, and buying, selling, and trading classic gaming systems, software, and accessories.

Open to the public, PhillyClassic offers everyone of every age a chance to relive the electronic past. "PhillyClassic is a hands-on show, not a traveling museum. Come see and play the systems you grew up with and loved. We're going to have many classic console game stations set up and ready to play with literally dozens of the most popular games from the 1970's and '80's. Looking to try something a little more obscure? How about playing an actual AdventureVision or a Vectrex? Used to own a computer instead of a console? We'll have Atari and Commodore computers as well! The show is not exclusive to classics either. Come and play some of the modern game systems like Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo 64 and even Playstation 2. There will also be plenty of full-sized coin-operated classic arcade games set on free play" Pallante said.

Admission is $6 in advance, $7.50 at the door, and will allow attendees to play all day, enter tournaments, participate in a classic gaming auction, and meet fellow gamers, vendors, and videogame celebrities. Prizes will be awarded to the tournament winners, and there will be random drawings for door prizes awarded throughout the day. For those interested in displaying their wares for sale, or just for show, display tables will be available for $10.

About PhillyClassic - PhillyClassic is the brainchild of David Newman. After hearing numerous outcries from the gaming community for a big-time East Coast event, he and co-organizer Chuck Whitby set up and coordinated the first PhillyClassic event last year. It was a huge hit, and this year promises to be bigger and better. Two new staff members - Jeff Folejewski and Marc Pallante - have volunteered their time to make this event an annual success. For continually updated news and information about the show, see the official website, www.phillyclassic.com.



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