Flock of Nerds and Party Play Gaming joined forces and journeyed to Waterloo for the highly-regarded Waterloo Video Game Swap at RIM Park last weekend. It was just as incredible as we thought it would be, which is saying a lot, since we had heard a lot about the event and people were getting dangerously close to ‘over-hyping’ it.
The hype was successful as the turn out for the event was almost as surprising as the quality of the event itself. Going through the aisles of the convention room was, at its peak, as difficult as the Canadian Fan Expo on Saturday afternoon. There are a lot of fans of vintage games out there and most of them showed up to the Waterloo Game Swap.
The draw for the fans was definitely rare finds and amazing deals, both were present. I saw a complete Little Samson sitting on one table, a complete Aero Fighters on another and my personal favourite, Bonk 3 sitting on a table focused on Turbo Grafx 16. I’ve never actually seen a copy of Bonk 3 before and even though I knew the $300 price tag was too rich for my blood, I couldn’t help but take multiple laps past the table just to look at it in all of its glory. It was…beautiful. *single tear*
We did overspend on amazing deals and rare games, but regret absolutely nothing. We ended up with games for the PS2, Wii, NES, SNES, Turbo Grafx 16, Sega Genesis and even Xbox…oh yeah, and we bought an Xbox. The mastermind behind Party Play Gaming, Frazer, even won a Retron 5 as a door prize turning his entire trip into a profitable one.
Here’s a video we made of the event:
If you’re lucky enough to live close enough to make the trip, I would strongly suggest you do so. There is another show in September so you don’t even have to wait a year to check it out. Leave a comment and let us know if you were at the event and picked up anything or if you weren’t able to make it and want to know if we saw anything you are looking for.
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