Standing in the middle of the Pavilion at the Louisville Arcade Expo, surrounded by dozens of classic arcade games and pinball machines, your senses are overwhelmed with the urge to play a game. The lights from the machines cast a flickering glow across the room, and as you walk around the pavilion you occasionally pick up on a tune from a game you loved from your childhood, bringing with it a flood of warm memories of the dawning of the video game era. Although this was only their third year, the Louisville Arcade Expo keeps getting bigger and better. For the low price of $15 for one day, and $35 for the weekend, all games were set on free to play, offering gamers of all flavors unlimited entertainment.
If you consider yourself a hardcore gamer (and what self respecting kid from the 80’s and 90’s doesn’t) attending the Louisville Arcade Expo this weekend should be on par with the feeling you got when you finally beat Mike Tyson in Punchout. Remember that day? (You DID finally beat him right?) This is truly one event you won’t want to miss as there are going to be over 100 pinball and arcade machines set on free to play, classic consoles from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, classic computer games from the Apple II, Commodore 64 and others, and to top it off, kids 10 and younger get in free with an adult admission!
Last Friday was the first ever Shave and a Haircut 8 bit event held in Louisville, KY and it was a great opportunity for us to demo and receive feedback on the multiplayer versions we’ve been working on for Compromised. There was hardly a moment when someone wasn’t playing the game, and most of the time there were 2-4 players engaged in combat. Getting this type of feedback over the past two weeks has been instrumental in iterating on the player experience and making numerous game design and character improvements.