|What is ZapCon?|
|It's a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play! April 12th and 13th, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.|
April 8, 2014
There's a lot of stuff going on downtown this weekend, so parking may be a challenge. Here are some options we've dug up:
STREET PARKING is free on the weekend if you can find it.
PARK-N-RIDE: There's a light rail stop very close to the Renaissance.
VALET AT THE RENAISSANCE: $10/day for ZapCon attendees (overnight costs extra)
PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER: $12/day for cars. Trailer parking is available.
CHASE LOT (corner of Monroe and 1st): $1/20 min., max of $14
REGENCY (corner of Adams and 1st): $2/hr, max of $12
US AIRWAYS CENTER: $7-$12/day
April 4, 2014
Pre-registration and shirt pre-sales are shutting down at midnight on April 6th. What are you waiting for?
March 22, 2014
The SCHEDULE page is live now. Check it out!
March 14, 2014
Firebird Pinball is running a "Best of Zapcon" contest! Two categories: Best pin and best arcade/skill game. Attendees get one vote in each category. Winners get trophies and prizes, so bring your "A" game!
February 10, 2014
Shirt pre-orders are now available! Get yours in the "SHIRTS" section.
February 2, 2014
Want to come to Zapcon, but strapped for cash? We need volunteers! Sign up on the ADMISSION page.
January 17, 2014
Three films announced for this year so far: The Video Craze, 100 Yen, and Ball Saved: Preserving an American Pastime. I'm still working on a few more, so stay tuned!
January 16, 2014
Phoenix New Times blessed us with a little early press coverage. Check it out here.
January 5, 2014
Pre-registration is now open! We are also now accepting game submissions and volunteers. Only 3 months to go... What are you waiting for?!
September 25, 2013
We got a Phoenix New Times Best Of this year!
Also, for those of you into the "social media", I've been doing a lot better at keeping up with ours. You can follow us on twitter: @Zapcon_AZ, and on Facebook.
August 2, 2013
We are pleased to announce that ZapCon 2014 is a go! More details will be provided as soon as more details exist.
April 8, 2013
We made it! ZapCon was a great success, and a good time was had by lots of folks.
Check out pictures here.
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.