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    Many have sent e-mail asking and everyone has been waiting most patient. So it is my pleasure to finally announce...

    Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition 2009!

    Tulsa, OK ľ August 1, 2009ľ Classic video games will once again rise from history as mid-America's one and only OVGE returns for the sixth Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition.

    On October 24, 2009 video game collectors and enthusiasts from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and even further will come together at the Spirit Bank Event Center in Tulsa to celebrate the history of the video gaming industry. ôBefore the OVGE, people from the surrounding states had to travel across the country for an event such as this,ö said Jesse Hardesty, founder and organizer of the OVGE. Doors will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Cost of admission for ages eight and above will be $5 dollars at the door.

    In 1972, the video game industry began with the release of the Odyssey by Magnavox, the first multi-video game system for the home. However, in the early Ĺ80s an overflow of games and poor sales forced many companies to close resulting in drastic drops in prices for their merchandise. Companies still in business could not compete with the low pricing and lost money from their over stocked inventory causing the great crash of the video game industry in 1983. Since the rebirth of the industry in 1985, with the introduction of the Nintendo Entertainment System, video game sales have flourished.

    Still, many video game players are returning to classic video games. With the advanced graphics of todayĺs video games, why are so many people fascinated with the classics? ôEven though modern game systems have amazing graphics and sound, the most important aspect of any video game is that it actually be fun to play. Because classic game systems, like the Atari 2600, had very simple graphics, game designers had to focus on the game-play. Those same games that were fun in the late Ĺ70s and early Ĺ80s are still just as much fun today,ö stated Albert Yarusso, modern video game programmer and co-founder of AtariAge.com.

    "With video gaming being todayĺs main form of home entertainment, the history behind it should not be forgotten,ö said Hardesty. ôThe Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition is providing the youth and their parents a chance to visit and interact with that past.ö Numerous video game systems, computers, and arcade machines, will be set up for the public to play. Vendors and exhibitors will have memorabilia on display with many items for purchase.

    The OVGE is organized by a group of gaming enthusiasts who want to share their hobby and passion for classic and modern video games with the public.

    This is our largest venue to date and there is plenty of space available, so contact us now to reserve your space at the show!

    Look to the website for the latest information as we get it! See you in October!

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    I hope I can make this years event. I flew in for the day last year from St Louis, but SWA change their schedule to where I cant do that this year.

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    I sent you an e-mail to ovge@cox.net the other day but have not heard back, put me down for two tables.

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    Jordan,

    I did get your e-mail. I have many to reply to. My apologies, I have my boys with me this week and we literally just got back about 30min ago from White Water Bay. Point is, I've been rather busy with them this week and haven't really been up on my e-mail as I should

    Just shoot me another e-mail if you could with what you plan to bring to display so I can finally get some exhibitors on the site.. hehe

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    Sounds good, I was just concerned that my e-mail may have hit the spam filter. For some reason I have a lot of trouble with that. Are we going to be able to setup the night before like in the past? From the wording on the website it did not sound like that was going to happen.

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    No there isn't any setup the night before. All setup will have to be done the morning of the show this year. None of the venues really have Friday available in addition to Saturday, and the one venue we do have wants twice as much money for Friday night. Just too cost prohibitive this year. But I have made arrangements to have the room opened as early as about 5am if need be.

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    What's the deadline if I want to pay for an exhibitor table?

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    On the off chance that there was any doubt on anyone's part, I'll definitely be back this year, with DVDs and games aplenty up for grabs.

    In the past I've brought stuff like my Odyssey2 collection (complete with exteremely rare stuff), a working Atari Video Music, the original Magnavox Odyssey, a working Famicom, Coleco tabletops, and so on...question is, what do YOU folks who are coming to the show want to see?

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    Count me in for a table displaying Colecovisions, Homebrews and a set of Custom Controllers.
    It will be great to see everyone again!
    Last edited by purenergy; 08-27-2009 at 01:28 PM. Reason: Planning to have a table!
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    Glad you asked about Friday setup iw as curious when we at the time were thinking about getting a table, but wont due to a lack of wares at this time. But we ( me the wife and daughter) will definitely be coming down from Springfield for the day, and spending the night. Probably going to go to Casa Bonita for supper as is the custom when in that area. any suggestions for game stores to visit as I doubt we'll spend the whole day at the show.

    Been a few years sicne our last one, hope to meet you all there!
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    Good to see that this is happening! I'll try to make it for sure.

    There's far too few events in the area to miss out on one.

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    Looking forward to seeing you out there, Neist!

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    Nothing set in stone and I won't know for sure until after the first week of October, but Friday night setup is now a good possibility! Long as the event center continues to not have anything happening Friday before the show, then they will let us setup night before and lock it up for us.

    So.. as of now, it would be best to prep for a Friday night setup than to not and then have it as an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -^CrožBow^- View Post
    Nothing set in stone and I won't know for sure until after the first week of October, but Friday night setup is now a good possibility! Long as the event center continues to not have anything happening Friday before the show, then they will let us setup night before and lock it up for us.

    So.. as of now, it would be best to prep for a Friday night setup than to not and then have it as an option.
    That's great news! I'll keep my fingers crossed!
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    Glad to see that this is happening again!

    This show is one of the few highlights of the year for me... seriously. I look forward to it every year! You can bet i'll be there, and as always, I will be one of the first in line!

    I'm already saving my money and counting down the days!!! Maybe i'll get to meet some more fellow DPers this year!
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    Count me in as going and looking forward to seeing everyone again (or for the first time if we've never met).

    The kids and I will be running our own booth this year, but I don't want to go into a lot of detail yet. I sent Crossbow a blurb about it and I'm just waiting for him to put it on the website first.

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    Pantechnicon,

    I do have your information thanks! I've just been waiting for some more info to be confirmed before I add all the details. There is a lot to add to the exhibitors side of things and the like.

    Still plenty of space left for any interested!

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    Don't forget, OVGE folks, you can pre-order any PDF or CGE DVDs you want and pick them up at the show. This way you've got a copy reserved, rather than having to beat the crowd.

    I'm still open to suggestions on what nifty stuff I should bring. Someone's suggested Tron swag already, which I'm thinking about...we'll see!

    I will be bringing the vast majority of my collection with me, as it's up for grabs these days; if everyone likes I can post a list before the show. I'm still working on doing inventory and pricing on stuff - both boxed and loose carts for a number of consoles and computers. My friend Kent may be bringing his stash of PC DOS games - the vast majority of them boxed with docs - as well. There'll be no shortage of cool stuff. On the non-game-related side, I'll have some DVDs and carded action figures up for grabs too.

    Look forward to seeing the whole gang there - there are a number of people I haven't seen in years who are promising/threatening to go, and I'm definitely looking forward to catching up with everyone.

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    As for the exhibitors section, I just emailed Crossbow about the Colecovision competition that will be featured at my table, with some cool prizes!

    PDF: Pre-order sent!
    (still hoping you display some Tron stuff...)
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    I look forward to seeing Flack and Phosphor Dot along with Jesse and everyone else this year.

    Planning this year hasn't been terribly efficient but we hope to bring some fun stuff again.

    Thanks Jesse for all your hard work!

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    I'm still getting ready - look at what I finished working on today!



    Don't forget to pre-order your copies for OVGE and CCAG!

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    Several updates to the OVGE website to include current list of known exhibitors and vendors. Flack I still need to know what you want me to put up there for you so I can let the world know you plan to be there! hehe

    Look over the website and remember...

    ONLY 4 TABLES LEFT!
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    Crossbow I appreciate your plug for my art website! Right now I'm not sure if I'm going to have a lot of new art for sale, but I will be bringing a lot of my collection and at least one console for free play. Probably my childhood Vectrex or maybe my 2600 with one of my rarer games going.

    Also, please keep us informed on the availability of Friday setup. I know it will probably be a last minute thing, but I've got a room Friday night at the Hampton and will get there a bit earlier if we get setup that night.
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    FYI: pre-orders for the PDF and CGE DVDs for OVGE close on Monday - if you want a reserved copy of anything, get your order in by Monday night! Thanks to those who have placed their orders already.

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    Pre-order in! Can't wait for the expo!

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