|What is ZapCon?|
|It's a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play! April 21st and 22nd, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.|
March 12, 2018
Zapcon 6 badges and shirts are now on sale! go to the SHIRTS or ADMISSION page to purchase. As always, the personalized badges get you into the show early, as well as perks throughout the year at Zapcon Nights.
Additionally, this year we're offering color shirts that are only available via presale. There will only be black shirts for sale at the show, so be sure to get yours now!
February 23, 2018
March 23rd is the final Zapcon Night before the actual Zapcon!
There'll be an IFPA Match Play pinball tournament starting at 7pm, which is FREE if you wear your Zapcon shirt or badge!
Even if you're not into competitive pinball, come hang out with your fellow gaming enthusiasts at The Grid and have a pint!
January 12, 2018
Join us tonight at Bonus Round for Zapcon Night! There'll be a Killer Queen tournament with pint-trophies on the line! Show up with your Zapcon shirt or badge and get some food and drink specials!
Some of the fondest memories from my childhood were when I or one of my friends could talk a parent into dropping us off at the nearest arcade for a few hours. We'd do our best to stretch $5 worth of tokens as far as possible. Sometimes that meant playing a game that wasn't that great, but you were really good at. Sometimes it meant spending your in between game time taking long, slow strolls up and down the aisles soaking in the lights and sounds, watching the attract modes of games you were curious about, or watching other people play in hopes of picking up a new killer technique or of seeing a level or mode you haven't been able to get to. Sometimes it meant spending a ridiculous amount of time waiting in line to play the arcade's hot new game.
All of it was pure bliss, and none of it exists today as it did back then. The modern arcade has shifted focus to redemption games (ticket spitters), as they can no longer compete with the home console market. All but one of the old guard pinball manufacturers have disappeared. There are precious few places to play the classics and even fewer where one can get the "classic arcade" experience.
That is why we have created Zapcon. We want to relive the joy of going to the arcade, and to share that joy with younger generations who couldn't experience it first hand. We want to give collectors and restorationists a chance to show off their wares and to buy, sell, or trade with other like minded enthusiasts. Most of all we want Zapcon to become an annual event that will promote and preserve classic arcade and pinball culture for years to come.
Classic Game Preservation Society