Got Mario? Retro Video Game Expo Comes to Metro Vancouver

6960232_origFans of old-school video games like Street Fighter, Mario Kart and Tetris are in for a treat. These games – and other classics from the ’90s (and earlier) – are set to take centre stage this month at a unique conference in Metro Vancouver dedicated entirely to retro video games.

The Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo, April 18 in New Westminster, is a full day and night of vintage video game tournaments, art and memorabilia. This is the third instalment of the expo, which gets bigger every year thanks to Vancouver’s huge gaming community.

Unlike many other gaming expos, however, this one has a distinct party vibe. Attendees often arrive dressed in costumes.  The venue, the 1927 Columbia Theatre in New Westminster, is fully licensed, and the drinks are flowing.  And not one but three live bands will be taking the stage, performing classic video game tracks from the Mario franchise, Final Fantasy, Zelda and more.

Of course, the centrepiece of the expo is a series of classic video game tournaments where attendees go head to head for top honours.   Continue reading:
Got Mario? Retro Video Game Expo Comes to Metro Vancouver

Improv comedy meets video games in new show

Minus World Improv

The Fictionals’ Daniel Chai, holding his Question Block of Mystery which he promises to use at Minus World Improv at the Rio Theatre Nov. 6. Photo courtesy Daniel Chai.

Two things Vancouver excels at come together Nov. 6 when improv comedy meets video games.

In Minus World Improv, Vancouver’s Fictionals Comedy Co. engage in some video-game themed improv. The show includes live gaming tournaments on the big screen and more.

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Improv comedy meets video games in new show

Video Game Burlesque March 29 – 30

Video game burlesque Vancouver

Video Game Burlesque at the Legion on Commercial Drive, Vancouver, Feb 10 2012. Robyn Hanson photo

Last year, the VanDolls hosted their first Video Game Burlesque show. The turnout surprised even the performers when the first show sold-out and the Dolls had to add another.

On March 29 and 30, the VanDolls are bringing back this popular melding of girls and games. This time, instead of a retro theme that saw the VanDolls doing routines based on Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and even Ms. Pac-Man, the ladies are dipping into newer games. We chatted with troupe member Ruffelsilkskin, who told us a little about what to expect.

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Video Game Burlesque March 29 – 30