Recap – Louisville Arcade Expo 2012

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2012-03-04-69Now that the lights, sounds and crowds of the 2012 Louisville Arcade Expo are behind us, this presents the perfect time to revisit for those who didn’t get to attend.  There was so much going on this year, that it was kind of hard to take everything in and make sure that all aspects of the show were captured.  Hopefully this summary will give a good recap of the overall experience and show just how much has changed from last year’s show.

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‘Project Chicago’ – it almost didn’t happen….

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Much of the story for this post comes from something that everyone in the collecting/playing/restoration community will likely experience from time-to-time:  a greedy seller.  At the time, I didn’t realize that it would have such a great ending, though.  I was prepared for the worst and wound up getting the best.

The back story on this starts where many an arcade acquisition begins…. Craigslist.

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Lonnie McDonald makes some history in Louisville

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lonniemcdonald-joust-zanzabar-16Lonnie McDonald was recently in Louisville to promote the latest leg in his journey to score 10,000,000 points on every upright Joust machine listed in the Aurcade game tracking database.  I was fortunate enough to be onsite the night that Lonnie was at Louisville’s Zanzabar and was able to spend a little time talking to him before he settled in to begin the process of posting another 10 mil’ score.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Retro Spotlight : ArcadeRx & The Louisville Arcade Expo

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This is the first of what I intend to be a series of “Retro Spotlight” interviews that focus on local collectors and industry alumni.

Matt Fleitz, Joe Stith and Jeremy Fleitz from The Louisville Arcade Expo. - Image courtesy of the Louisville Voice Tribune

Matt Fleitz, Joe Stith and Jeremy Fleitz from The Louisville Arcade Expo. - Image courtesy of the Louisville Voice Tribune

For the first foray into honing my interview skills, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a couple hours with brothers Jeremy & Matt Fleitz and business partner/Luigi impersonator extraordinaire, Joe Stith. These guys are the brainchild (and strong backs) behind the Louisville Arcade Expo and also own the Expo’s parent company, ArcadeRx.

The guys were very gracious to invite me over to their shop and allow me to ask those ‘hard-hitting’ retro questions that we all want answers to.

And they offered up free beer.

Between all the discussion and the shop tour, I was able to get my version of almost “20 questions” answered up..

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Louisville Arcade Expo 2012 – Here’s all you need to know…

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LAX2012-BannerThe 2012 edition of the Louisville Arcade Expo is heading back to town for the weekend of March 2-4, 2012, and it promises to be bigger and better than last year.  If you happened to attend last year’s inaugural event then the format will be much the same of what we classic/retro gamers love – rooms packed with rows and rows of classic arcade games, pinballs and console gaming action all set on free-play and ready for hours and hours of fun.

If you need a quick refresher on the 2011 show, check out my recap – http://www.brokentoken.com/events/recap-louisville-arcade-expo-2011/.

What will make this years event different is not so much changing up any of the core events, but instead the focus is on improving the venue, game selection, expanding the floor space and generally making everything “better” where possible.

Follow the break to find out all the new goodness that will be this year’s expo…

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