NEWS - Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Classic Gaming Expo Coming Up

VALLEY STREAM, NEW YORK – August 4, 2004 – It will very likely look like a wild class reunion as over 50 of the people who helped lay the foundation for the multi-billion-dollar video game industry gather at the seventh-annual Classic Gaming Expo (CGE). These gaming pioneers will meet their fans, greet former colleagues and share their experiences from the earliest days of video gaming. Included in the stellar lineup are Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers; David Crane, Allan Miller and Bob Whitehead, three of the four founding game designers of Activision; Al Alcorn, designer of Atari’s Pong; Jay Smith, designer of the only vector-graphics game console, Vectrex; and many more. It is believed that the August 21 & 22, 2004 show at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will mark the largest single gathering of video game industry founders at a fan event ever. “We are deeply touched by the outpouring of support for Classic Gaming Expo from the people who started it all,” said John Hardie, co-founder of CGE Services Corporation. “I and my fellow organizers, Sean Kelly and Joe Santulli, never dreamed that such a gathering would be possible, but the people who had the foresight to imagine a new form of entertainment and make it a reality have also shown they are willing to look back and preserve the history they made and share it with the fans that so admire their work.” In the history of Classic Gaming Expo many of the most respected names in video gaming history have attended the show and given keynote speeches on their roles in the history of video gaming. Ralph Baer, father of TV video games, has attended multiple times. Nolan Bushnell, founder of the first all-video-game company, Atari, made an appearance at CGE in 2003. Activision’s numerous game designers from the first half of the 1980s have also been regular attendees and supporters of CGE. The list of celebrity attendees reads like a who’s who of the early years of the video game industry. For a full list of the video gaming celebrities attending CGE 2004 visit the CGE celebrities Web page at: Classic Gaming Expo 2004 will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, August 21 and 22, 2004 and is open to anyone with a love of video games. Additional information on attending the show can be found at CGE’s Web site:


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