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 2018

California Extreme 2018


July 28-29, 2018

(tentative) 

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California Extreme is pleased to announce July 28-29, 2018 as our tentative dates for CAX
2018.

These dates are unfortunately the same weekend as ReplayFX.  For this year, the conflict is unavoidable.

There are a lot of constraints on us for available dates.  July works best for our participants, and historically worked well as we have always sought to avoid conflict with other events. We truly regret this inconvenience.

Mark your calendars and we hope you can join us on July 28-29.  We will
announce later when dates are finalized and when the hotel will be accepting
reservations.

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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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