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What is ZapCon?
It's a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play! April 16th and 17th, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona.
Pre-Registration is Now Closed.
Passes and T-shirts will be available for purchase at the door. See you soon!
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November 17, 2016
Tonight is ZAPCON NIGHT! See you all at Cobra Arcade! We'll start the Random Fighters Tournament at 8:30pm, so be there ready to rumble!
November 15, 2016
Join us this Thursday at Cobra Arcade for ZAPCON NIGHT and take part in our RANDOM FIGHTERS TOURNAMENT! It will be a bracketed fighting game tournament, but the catch is each match is played on a random fighting game.

Are you a wiz at Street Fighter 2? Well, what about Killer Instinct?!

Are you unbeatable in Mortal Kombat 2? How about Karate Champ?!

Cobra has 7 or 8 fighting games to chose from, so the mix-up should make it fun for button-mashers and pro's alike (actually, my money is on the button-mashers). The tournament will be free and open to all. The top two competitors win a sweet custom pint glass-trophy by Moto's Glass!

See you Thursday!

November 3, 2016
Once again we'd like to spread awareness of local classic arcade & pinball culture and to thank all of you for supporting Zapcon, so the Classic Game Preservation Society and Cobra Arcade present another ZAPCON NIGHT!

Join us at Cobra Arcade 8pm November 17th and WEAR A ZAPCON T-SHIRT OR BADGE TO GET FREEPLAY ON ALL THE GAMES!

Stay tuned for more exciting Zapcon Night updates. We hope to see you there, and spread the word!

September 18, 2016
Thanks to everyone who came to the first ever Zapcon Night. It was great seeing so many Zapcon shirts and badges! Stay tuned for more events in the coming months!
September 17, 2016
Tonight's the night... Hope to see all of you at Starfighters Arcade in your Zapcon gear!
September 15, 2016
Still on the fence about going to ZAPCON NIGHT? Will FREE PIZZA help you make up your mind?

Thanks to the Mesa Marco's Pizza and Starfighters Arcade no one goes hungry! Until we run out.

See you on the 17th!

September 9, 2016
Are your Robotron reflexes at their peak? Are you untouchable in Joust? Do you laugh in Sinistar's big ugly face?

Well bring your sweet skills to Starfighters Arcade for Zapcon Night and join in the Wizard of Williams tournament! The competition is free to enter and the top three players who demonstrate their mastery of Williams arcade games will win a custom pint glass trophy by Moto Glass!

See you on the 17th!

August 31, 2016
In an effort to spread awareness of local classic arcade & pinball culture and to thank all of you for supporting Zapcon, the Classic Game Preservation Society and StarFighters Arcade present: ZAPCON NIGHT!

Join us at Starfighters Arcade 7pm Saturday, September 17th and WEAR A ZAPCON T-SHIRT OR BADGE TO GET IN FREE! If that wasn't enough, we have some exciting Zapcon Night updates coming soon!

We hope to see you there, and spread the word!

April 22, 2016
Check out our photo gallery of ZapCon IV!
April 19, 2016
Thanks to everybody who made it out to the show this weekend! Thanks to all of our awesome and supportive vendors! And most of all thanks to all of our super-awesome game contributors! We would be nothing without all of you. <3<3<3 (yes... 3)
April 15, 2016
ZapCon starts tomorrow! Please join us for a weekend of classic gaming fun, and check out The Hobbit Pinball by Jersey Jack!
April 4, 2016
Just added to the tournament Roster: Cyber Troopers Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram! Check the SCHEDULE page for details.
March 22, 2016
For you competitive pinballers out there, here are the details for the IFPA tournament:
Sat.
Qualifying for A, Classics, and B division runs all day
Qualifiers 1 through 16 will play in the A division finals (double elimination, best 2 of 3 games)
Qualifiers 17 through 24 will play in the B division finals (single elimination, best 2 of 3 games)
In the Classics division, the top 12 players will compete in the finals. (top 4 seeds get first round bye)

Women's and kid's division qualifying runs from 10AM to 6PM
The top 4 qualifiers in each division (women's and kid's) will play one four player game to determine the champion at 6PM

Sun.
9AM - Classics finals (double elimination, best 2 of 3 games)
9AM - B division finals (single elimination, best 2 of 3 games)
10:30AM A division finals (double elimination, best 2 of 3 games)
The higher seed will have choice of game or order
The loser of each game will have the option to choose the game or order for the next match.

March 21, 2016
Want to get a weekend pass for ZapCon but short on cash? Want to help us put on an awesome show on a shoestring budget?

We're looking for volunteers! Give us a few hours and we'll give you a weekend pass! Contact wes [at] zapcon [dot] com to sign up. :)

March 14, 2016
Pre-registration and shirt pre-orders are now available! Get 'em while they're hot!
March 8, 2016
This year’s game list is now live. Keep an eye on it in the GAMES section of our site to watch it grow as we get closer to showtime!
February 13, 2016
We're having a 2 player GravitreX high score competition this year at ZapCon, and the top three teams get custom trophy/pint glasses by Moto Glass!

Head over to The Grid or 8-Bit Aleworks and start training!

February 1, 2016
We have some new incentives for game contributors this year. In addition to the standards we’ve offered the last three years, we’re now also offering:
  • a free t-shirt if you bring 5 or more games!
  • access to the “Contributor Only” game time the Friday night before the event!
  • you'll be entered into a drawing to win free arcade game for every game you bring
Come join in the fun!

contact wes [at] zapcon [dot] com for more information.

About ZapCon


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.

Wes,
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Photos from ZapCon 2013 and 2014

See more photos here and here and here and here and here!

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