Austin Gaming Expo 2003
Over the weekend, my brother and I attended the Austin Gaming Expo which took place in Round Rock, Texas. Most of it was related to classic gaming, with a big emphasis on the Atari 2600, but there was more modern stuff there (in fact, there were two seperate Halo tournaments going on).
It was nice for me personally, since I don’t get to see my brother much (as I live in Garland, TX and he in Norristown, PA). My brother flew to Dallas, and the two of us drove to Austin for the show. We didn’t buy much, only 5 Atari 2600 games. That drives our collection (my brother’s and mine) to something like 475 games. Our complete collection of Atari 2600 cartridges can be seen here.
Anyway, the show was great, although two things I felt were negative. First it was too small. Too many people showed up, and it quickly became a sea of humanity. Plus there wasn’t enough trading for my tastes. There needed to be more traders/sellers. There was some of that, but not nearly enough. Speaking of that, if anyone reading this happens to have an extra copy of Red Asteroids for the Atari 2600 (That’s the Red label PAL cart – Picture of it here – please let me know. I want one.
I’m looking forward to the 2004 show, it should be much better. Oh, and hi to John Romero who I bumped into in in the lobby after the show was over.
Update Aug 2006: The 2600 site I used to have which I reference in this site no longer exists, so I pulled out the (now broken) links.