First-Ever Retro Video Game Event To Be Held in Huntington
Buy/Trade/Sell—and Play! Vintage Video Games
–Fun for All Ages–
Saturday, October 17
10 am – 6 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington
Want to buy retro video games? There will be thousands to choose from. Have a closet full of old video games you want to turn into cash? Find out what they’re worth. Psyched to play Super Mario Brothers again? You won’t want to miss this: the first-ever Keep Pluggin Video Game Event: Buy/Trade/Sell/Play! to be held Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 am – 6 pm at 109 Browns Road at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington.
In addition to thousands of retro video games and systems for sale from dealers and collectors (think: Nintendo, Sega, Intellivision, Playstation), the event will feature video game tournaments for cash prizes (play Tetris, Mario Brothers and Super Smash Brothers Wii U), free arcade play (Ms. Pac Man, Space Invaders), a handheld gaming lounge to hang out with fellow gamers as well as a “Most Original T-Shirt” Contest—the “uniform” of choice for most gamers.
“Retro gaming is growing by leaps and bounds on Long Island,” says Ben Farrell, the 22-year-old Keep Pluggin event founder, himself a collector with hundreds of games and countless more in his extensive inventory. “Young adults—the kids who grew up with these video games–are the biggest collectors since it taps into childhood memories. Parents also bring their kids to the shows to share the fun. Then there are the serious collectors who see the value in buying and trading hard-to-find games and systems. Some games can sell as high as thousands of dollars.”
Farrell is not unfamiliar with the collecting business. He is son of Ken Farrell, the long-time owner of the very successful Huntington-based Just Kids Nostalgia, a pop-culture collectibles shop, which is now exclusively online.
What’s considered a “retro video game”? “Usually, games and systems developed in the 1970s through the ‘90s—that could mean games played on arcade, home consoles as well as portable devices,” says Farrell, “but anything that is not available any longer counts.”
“A recent, similar event in Hauppauge that was expected to attract hundreds drew thousands,” added Farrell.
The Keep Pluggin Video Game Event is part fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, a liberal religious community. Admission is $5; dealer tables are available for $50 (Contact Ben Farrell at 631-335-1505 to reserve a dealer spot.)