There’s a pretty decent selection of Retro Gaming events over here in the UK now. Play, NERG and Revival are the most popular during the calendar year. At each, there is a wide selection of things to see and do: guests, vendors, pinball, consoles, arcade machines, talks and interactive set ups.
This year saw the latest instalment of the Revival series of events in Walsall – a handy location for both north and south based retro fans. I went to last year’s event, and wasn’t that impressed. I felt like everything was shoehorned into a small space, and it was difficult to get onto machines – at times, it was literally shoulder to shoulder in there. This year was different, as things were rather more spread out, and the opening up of another room that wasn’t available last year, made all the difference.
And I’m pleased to report there was plenty to see from a classic arcade gaming perspective!
Here’s a few highlights that I thought were worthy of mention:
Of course being in Europe, you’d expect to see some of our native cabinets on show. This year, we were lucky enough to be treated to a clutch of Zaccaria machines. Check out the wild artwork on these cabinets:
There was a small but solid lineup of pinball tables available to play. They were popular all day:
My mate Alex from Nintendo Arcade was at the event. He pulled together several Nintendo cabinets in a dedicated area. This was a combination of pieces from his own collection and other collectors good enough to bring their cabinets along to the show:
Some more highlights from the show floor:
Another cool thing to see was a small selection of candy cabinets:
So there you go. Revival turned things around this year in my estimation – the cabinet selection was much improved and space issues from last year were definitely addressed. I won’t go into detail on the other stuff at the show – but everything you’d expect was there, including a fully stocked bar, lots of vendors, plenty of consoles to get to grips with and some interesting guests hosting talks throughout the weekend.
Alex released a video recently where he reviewed the event – there’s some footage of the cabinets on show too. You can check that out below: