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December 30, 2005

Pink Godzilla - A Seattle Gaming Treasure

With fewer and fewer independantly owned game stores in and around Seattle these days, Pink Godzilla in Seattle's International District is a breath of fresh air for gamers. For those who are into imports and retro systems, Pink Godzilla is a godsend. Current gen systems and all but forgotten systems such as the TG-16, Saturn, Dreamcast, etc. can be found there. They even carry the latest Dreamcast relases from Japan (yep, they are still publishing games for the Dreamcast). Everything from game related plush toys to Nintendo calculators and collectable videogame memoribilia can be found there.
They also feature sevaral import enabling devices for US based systems so that the great games that were never released in the US market can be played on your American game system. If they don't have it, they will see if they can order it for you. I'd check this place out and avoid ebay and expensive shipping from abroad. It is great to see a store of this caliber in our backyard. If you live within a 100 miles radius of Seattle, you owe it to yourself to check this place out. Words alone cannot describe what they have. For those unfortunate to live beyond the range of Seattle they also have a website. Check them out. I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

December 27, 2005

NWCGE To Sponsor Sakuracon 2006!

This is a test entry that also serves up some tasty news!

This year's Anime and gaming convention, Sakura-Con will have one of it's gaming rooms hosted by NWCGE! Members of NWCGE will be on hand throughout the 72-hour non-stop event providing anime and game fans of all ages with the chance to play some of the greatest games from the past 25 years!

The console gaming room will feature a comfortable retro feel, and allow con-goers the opportunity to sit back, relax, and indulge in little Combat, Frogger, Galaga, Robotron and more! NWCGE staff will also be hosting contests and competitions for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. Sakura-Con will be from March 24-26, a month after NWCGE's own Classic Gaming Expo held at the Holiday in this February 25th and 26th.

Seattle Atari Championship

Northwest Classic Gaming Enthusiasts is pleased to announce their annual show, NWCGE 2K6, will be held Saturday, February 25th and Sunday February 26th, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. Come see the beginnings of the video game industry and how it has evolved from the early days of Pong and Atari to today's present system offerings from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Play, compete for prizes, and meet gaming fanatics just like YOU. In addition, you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade videogames of all different systems. Mark your calendar!

Annual NorthWest Atari 2600 Championship Sunday, February 26th, 2006 XX a.m. - XX p.m.
Compete for fantastic prizes and see if you've got what it takes to be declared the world champion! More than a Hi-Score contest, the NW Atari 2600 Championship has become an annual tradition among local gaming enthusiasts, covering all skills from joysticks to paddles, hi-score contests to direct head-to-head Combat, all through several rounds of play. Qualification - Elimination - FINALS! At the end of the day, there can only be one winner. Do YOU have what it takes? All ages are welcome to compete. If YOU can hold a joystick, YOU can win!

Contests and Prizes Galore
So you think you have what it takes? Try your hand at new games for the Colecovison and win. What's that...? your forte is Intellivsion, well then you are in luck. There will be an Intellivision Hi-Score contest as well as contests for Nintendo, Atari, Commodore, XBOX, Playstation and more. Prizes donated from our local supporters and many from across the country. Win prizes ranging from new Colecovision and Atari games to new ones for the XBOX, PC, Playstation 2 games and game systems. Yep, we've got 'em all.

Friday, February 24th
TBD > Vendor setup

Saturday February 25th
6:00 am > Vendor Setup
9:00 am > Open
9:00 am - 4 pm > Contests TOO MANY TO LIST HERE!
2:00 pm > XXXXXX Contest (XXXX)
4:00 pm > Contest Winners Announced and prizes awarded *
4:30 pm > Drawing for XXX
5:00 pm > Close
5:00 - 6:00 pm > Swap meet

* Contestants must be present to win
Random Prizes to be given out during the day

Sunday, February 26th
10:00 am > Open
12:00 pm > XXXXXXXX Keynote on XXXXXXX
1:00 - 4:00 pm > Atari 2600 Championship
5:00 > Close

Random Prizes to be given out during the day

Holiday Inn
17338 International Blvd.

December 12, 2005


Meet the NWCGE Staff - A nice bunch of guys... really :)

Lee is one of the original founders of NWCGE. He is an Aerospace engineer, father, mountaineer, devoted husband and a big classic gamer. Upon meeting Lee, many are surprised to learn that classic games are his secondary hobby. His main love is in mountaineering and conservation. His climbing resume includes all the major volcanic peaks in Washington state and is always setting his sights on other mountaineering challenges.
His main classic gaming interests are in anything Atari from Pong to the Jaguar. He loves to tinker with applying new technologies to classic videogames. Many in the classic gaming circle consider Lee somewhat of a classic gaming guru, especially in the Northwest. It is a title that he has reluctantly learned to accept.

Hans is long time classic gaming fan with roots that extend to Central Europe. Because of this, he has amassed a large collection of classic video games from overseas. His Odyssey (Jopac/Vidpac) collection is to die for. You name it, he has it. Despite the fact that he works for Microsoft, he is actually a likeable guy. Contrary to popular belief, Hans does not own large amounts of valuable stocks and is still working on his first million.
His contributions to NorthWest classic gaming scene are tremendous. He always has extras to share and is willing to do most anything to help out a fellow gamer in need. Someday, Hans plans to have his classic gaming collection organized and displayed in his house.... as soon as the new wing is added to his mansion.

Rob is another enthusiastic NWCGE staff member who has been an avid participant form the start. He is a devoted husband, father, boater, skier and a major collector of anything classic game related. He has extensive collections of Commodore, TI/99, Apple II, NES and SMS games. He is especially proud of his boxed Bandai Intellivision (released exclusively in Japan).
Rob is known affectionately by local collectors as "papa Mario". He sports a Mario like mustache and is just as lovable. When he isn't playing classic video games, he can usually be found traveling around North Western Washington in an Aid Unit helping distressed folks with medical problems. Many times there have been sightings of the Aid truck parked outside one of the local thrift stores in the area, presumably to help out the less fortunate - or so he states.

Rick is a passionate Atari 2600 collector. Despite his claims to having a life outside of video games, no one has been able to report evidence in support of this claim. In spite of this, Rick meets all the requirements required of a NWCGE staff organizer. He has enthusiasm, energy, enthusiasm, commitment and lots of enthusiasm.
He defected from Southern California to come to the Northwest and so far no one here has had the guts to ask him to leave. Maybe it is because of his kind demeanor and his enthusiasm to do the menial tasks that nobody here wants to do. In any case we all do love him and hope he continues to blend in the Northwest culture. Oh yeah, did we mention he has loads of enthusiasm for video games. Just don't pull his finger if he asks you... he needs it strong and healthy to hold the joystick steady. He is one of the top NWCGE record holders.

Jarett is the newest NWCGE staff member and was brought on board to provide renewed enthusiasm to the NWCGE staff. Jarett offers something that none of us has..... and as soon as we figure that out, we will let you know. As far as we can tell he is a busy young man in college, studying business and performing one of the most perverse psychological experiments known to mankind. Unbeknownst to his classic gaming friends he is secretly conducting tests on them to support his thesis. Despite what Freud said about sex and and the human psyche, he is out to prove that man is not driven by lust, but by digital pixels. So far, it seems, we have not let him down.
His family is just as energetic as he is. Not only do they help him out, traveling with him to various gaming expos across the country, they actually seem to enjoy it. Ah, there's the rub, be careful our fellow gaming friends, for you may just find yourself as another footnote in his thesis... We dare you to prove him wrong.

John Hancock is a long time video game collector, and a hell of a nice
guy. His collection of games is only exceeded by his huge breadth of
game knowledge, and his willingness to share the hobby he loves so
much with others. John has been a critical part of the NWCGE
convention, donating his time, equipment, and expertise each year, as
well as assisting in running tournaments and other functions. His
friendly, outgoing personality has made him popular with both staff
and attendees. He runs popular game tournaments in his spare time, and
has had several game related articles published in the press.

NWCGE - Who are we?

We are the Northwest Classic Gaming Enthusiasts - a group of people interested in the hobby of collecting and playing classic videogames. And while we focus on classics we don't stop there, we like all videogames. So anything from the pre-Atari days all the way to the Xbox 360 is of interest for us! We also like old home computers like the Atari 8-bits, Commodores, Apples etc., many of us are into PC-gaming as well.

Northwest means anything from Northern California over Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana to Southwest Canada. We have one person from Utah in there as well, we are flexible!

NWCGE Charter

NWCGE Charter
The North West Classic Games Enthusiasts (NWCGE) is a not-for-profit organization. NWCGE is a NW-centric group created in 1997 with the interest of preserving the cultural and historical aspects of the videogames.

Although the focus is primarily geared towards "classic" gaming technology which includes the preservation of historical hardware, games, game ideas and core concepts; NWCGE also recognizes the importance and fun all of the modern systems have to offer such as PCs, N64s, Saturn, Amiga, XBOX, Playstation, etc.. which are continually defining the future of video games.

In each year of it's existence, NWCGE has hosted a classic gaming expo in and/or around the Seattle area known as the NWCGE Expo. NWCGE is very proud to host the Annual Atari 2600 Championships, a truly unique and one-of-a-kind event not found anywhere else. In the past, several key folks in the industry from Atari, Sega, Microsoft, Nintendo have been guests at the annual NWCGE expos. Most notably, Joe Decuir (Atari 2600, Atari 400/800, Amiga hardware designer) has given a keynote presentation at the NWCGE Expo.

I sincerely hope that you can join us in celebrating one of the most enjoyable and creative forms of entertainment ever to be invented. NWCGE folks are a fun, honest and geeky bunch.

If it has pixels... we're for it.

-Lee Krueger
Founder of NWCGE

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