Classic & Retrogaming Fair, Belgium

When it comes to classic computing systems and arcade machines, I don’t mind driving hundreds of kilometers to attend a retro computing fair. This time however, one was taking place just 20 minutes from where I live: “The Classic & Retrogaming Fair” in Duffel (Belgium).

I knew there would be some classics on display (hence the name of course) and more importantly, I also knew it would be a great occasion to meet up with some fellow retro computing fans that I’ve met online and have become friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

After a short drive (it was even less than 20 minutes, as being Sunday, there was not that much traffic), the doors of a great expo opened and I was greeted with the sight of classic computing heaven. Boxes, brought in by the truckload, filled with 8 bit classics, early consoles and handhelds as well as the occasional rarity were put on tables, ready for eager collectors to browse through.

I quickly made my way around the first hall of the fair, taking in the atmosphere and caught sight of Roby, a fellow Commodore enthusiast and collector of vintage computers and consoles. It was great to catch up and have a discussion on the retro computing scene and brag a little about our greatest retro finds.

We ended up buying a set of collectible Atari game pints together from the seller “nextdoor” :-)

On the other side of the hall was “Rastermania”, a company specialized in the repair of classic coin-ops. As an 80s arcade machine is high on my wish list, I think I’ll put these guys’ website in my favorites as they sure know what they’re doing when they get to work on an old arcade PCB board. Turns out that one of the guys behind the booth was C_64, another fellow Commodore enthusiast. Needless to say, we ended up doing the C-talk.

Then another booth caught my eye, as they had some old Videopacs on display with games that I had never seen before. As it turns out, these were actually new games, built by Martijn of Revival Studios. The games made the Videopac do things that were never seen before, like have splash screens, full voice capabilities and much more.  Check out the video on the right to see it in action… truly amazing!
Needless to say, this is also one that I’ll be keeping a close eye on as Martijn also has plans for some Commodore (16/64) games in the near future.

Before I knew it, already 2 hours had passed (time flies when you’re having fun) and I still needed to take a look at the second hall of the fair. Here again, boxes filled with games and peripherals for the NES, Dreamcast, etc. lined the walls. Some of the games and consoles were being sold for really low prices. To give you an idea, when on eBay you end up buying say a NES, you pay perhaps 25-30 Euro for the shipping cost. Here, that was the price of the console itself! Talk about some bargains to be found here!

All this browsing and trips down memory lane gets one thirsty, so I ended up at the bar with Roby where we talked some more about Commodore over a few beers and looked forward to the next event, which is the “Retro Game Fair” in Deurne (the Netherlands) where many more treasures await… It’s already in my agenda!

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