The Arcade lives on at California Extreme 2011

PHOTOS: Take a look inside North America’s premiere coin-op celebration

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The first thing you realize you miss is the sound. Bleeps, Bloops, tappity-taps, and Ka-chunks %26ndash; it%26rsquo;s probably been ages since you%26rsquo;ve heard a goddamned arcade running at full swing. Thank the Lord Almighty forCalifornia Extreme, the Bay Area%26rsquo;s annual celebration of all things coin-op. Your price of admission? $30 to $40 bucks, or less, if you bring your own arcade cabinet. And so many do! All refurbished and runinglike the day they were manufactured, and that%26rsquo;s not including unreleased prototypes.


Above: Like this TIMES TWENTY!

To say nothing of the fantastic panels, guest speakers, celebrity appearances, and game shows, you simply haven%26rsquo;t lived until you%26rsquo;ve walked onto a showfloor filled with HUNDREDS of arcade games set to free play! So to try and capture the shebang, I walked around the CAX 2011 hall snapping as many pics as I could. These were the ones that weren%26rsquo;t horrendous.


Above: Surely, even you younglings will recognize a couple of these?


Above: You can never have too many Robotron 2084s


Above: The whole Pac-Family was there! Not pictured: The rare, awful VG/Pinball hybrid that is Baby Pac-Man


Above: Here's a light gun game most people immediately vaguely remember...


Above: That's right, it's Cosmic Gang! Made famous in the movie... ah crap, I forget!


Above: Oh, Nintendo was certainly there. They didn't really have a choice


Above: Cocktail cabinets are old even by arcade standards


Above: Ah, and they're ideal for the lazy gamer who can stand standing


Above: Boxing Bugs. Isn't it about time we brought it back?


Above: Perhaps you recall games like Prop Cycle and Top Skater from the waning days of arcades?


Above: Okay, maybe gaming has always been gimicky...


Above: It wouldn't be arcade without Pinball, now would it


Above: Kill 'em (b)all!


Above: "Ball 1, ENGAGE!"


Above: Yeah, some of this stuff goes waaaaaaay back

SORRY! We had to split this into two pages. But keep going... it's pretty cool

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