California Extreme is the "Classic Arcade Games Show". It's an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won't need 'em.

California Extreme 2020

California Extreme 2021
Update #2
 
It's beginning to appear we will be able to hold CAX this year, however, it will not be July, but later in the summer (hopefully we can officially announce very soon). By pushing it back, it allows all the rules and regulations to sort out and become more clear.
 
Of course, since the pandemic is not completely over, there may be some restrictions we will need to impose due the size of our event. Also, things can change quickly, so checking often is recommended. We should know more soon! 
 
Update
 
As you are aware, things are changing rapidly on the COVID-19 scene, especially with the recent CDC announcement regarding vaccines and masks. How this affects this year's show is still hard to pin down.
 
We are currently researching all of our options for this year. This includes possibly moving the show to a later date or revamping the show to a somewhat different format. Much depends on how quickly things will open and what the current county guidelines for large gatherings will be.
 
Your safety is especially important to us and we want to present a safe environment for everyone involved. We hope to know more soon. Keep checking this website for more information as it becomes available.
 
The Extreme Team 

Why A Game Show?

Arcades were once a fixture on the American urban landscape, and games were plentiful in rural cities too. The closest heir of today is the so-called "Family Entertainment Center", which is populated with a myriad of devices designed only to take your coins quickly and leave you with a pile of tickets, which you exchange for cheap, trashy toys. This is entertainment? California Extreme was born with a desire to share fun coin op games that are in the hands of private collectors, and to hopefully spread the word that pinball machines were once plentiful, and that videogames were not synonymous with "martial arts" and violence. Buy/sell/trade! The show is a great place to bring games you want to sell, and also a good place to add to your collection, or even start it! Not all games will be for sale; many collectors bring games to show (or show off!) that they would never sell. So .. Can I play the stuff? Yeah .. Everything is on free play. You can play from the moment you arrive until we shut off the power at closing -- Play as many games as you want, in whatever order you want to. There are *HUNDREDS* of games, all set to play for free. This is a your chance to try those older games, or the newer games that you'd never put money into in an arcade. There are also many games that never got produced, and are very hard to find.

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