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 2019

California Extreme 2019

July 27-28, 2019

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Saturday - 11 am to 2 am
Sunday - 11 am to 9 pm
Pre-register and get in at 10 am!!


Tickets will be available at the door.

Updated the Speakers Page with info on all the talks that will be happening at CAX 2019!


Updated the Tournaments Page with info on the Pinball Tournament, the XY Vector Game Tournament, and the Panic Park Tournament!


We are now accepting volunteers for Load in / Load-out (game moving, etc.) and also Administrative tasks (registration booth, info desk, etc).
You can earn 1 free day admission by donating a small amount of your time!

The Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott are now accepting reservations. Please visit the Hotel Info page for all the details and book your room now!


If you would like to see pictures from CAX 2018, please visit the Pictures Page!

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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