|The COVID-19 Situation|
|Today, following the guidance of the CDC regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mesa announced they are closing the Mesa Convention Center through April 30, 2020. This means that Zapcon 8, scheduled for April 25-26th, 2020, is cancelled.|
Unfortunately, we don't see any viable rescheduling options for this year, and will be turning our attention towards coming back better than ever in 2021. While it saddens us that we won't be able to put on a great show for you this year, this is clearly the correct decision given the severity of the current situation and the risks that would be associated with the show at this time.
We are ever grateful for the tremendous support we've received from the entire community over the life of our show. Zapcon doesn't exist without the support of the contributors, the vendors, the volunteers, and our attendees. We want to thank you for your past and continued support.
Zapcon is produced by the Classic Game Preservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and sharing the classic arcade and pinball experience to all. As you might expect, losing the show this year will put a strain on the financial side of things. For those who want to support the show in 2021 and beyond, we will be announcing some ways you can help, look for that as we work out the details.
Again, thank you for your support in these difficult circumstances. Above all, keep yourselves and each other safe.
|What is ZapCon?|
|It's a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play! April 25-26th, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona.|
May 7, 2019
Another Zapcon down! We feel like it was our best show yet, and we hope you feel the same. Thank you to our guests, our vendors, our volunteers, and especially our game contributors. We couldn't do it without you. <3
April 14, 2019
This year's schedule is now LIVE! You can find it in the (surprise!) SCHEDULE tab.
Admission and shirts are also available in their respective homes above.
See you in less than three weeks!
December 11, 2018
Join us this Friday at Cobra Arcade Bar for Zapcon Night! Drink specials and free tokens if you wear your Zapcon shirt or badge!
There'll also be a Random Fighters tournament hosted by This Old Arcade. Free to enter with trophies and prizes on the line!
April, 27 2018
This Saturday Kick off Zapcon Night season with us at StarFighters Arcade! The event starts with an IFPA pinball tournament, doors at 1:30, start time is 2pm. It will be 8 rounds of group match play. $11 to enter, but FREE if you wear your Zapcon shirt or badge!
Afterwards join us for the normal Starfighters Saturday hours, also FREE if you wear your Zapcon shirt or badge!
See you there!
April, 27 2018
The dust is settling on another successful Zapcon and we'd like to thank everyone who came and shared the joy of classic gaming with us for the weekend. ESPECIALLY everyone who went through all the trouble to bring games. We know it ain't easy, and we are incredibly humbled that you chose be a part of our little event.
Love and respect to you all. <3
April, 20 2018
ZAPCON PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
Passes will be continue to be available at the door.
T-shirts will also be available while supplies last!
April, 4 2018
There seems to be a bit of confusion, so to set the record straight, ZAPCON 6 PRE-REGISTRATION IS STILL AVAILABLE! :D The only difference is now you are limited to a nameless badge and black unisex shirts.
Head over to the SHIRTS/ADMISSIONS page and get yours today!
April, 3 2018
TODAY will be your last chance to order a personalized badge or shirts that aren't black and unisex. We have to place our order with the printers. Starting tomorrow you'll only be able to preorder blank badges and black unisex shirts.
Head over to the SHIRTS/ADMISSIONS page and grab them while you still can!
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