Monday, July 8, 2024

Meet Gaming Legend & Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell at Classic Game Fest in Austin!

Are you a fan of classic video games and the industry pioneers who made them possible? If so, you won't want to miss the opportunity to meet Nolan Bushnell, the legendary co-founder of Atari and a true icon in the gaming world, at Classic Game Fest in Austin on Saturday, July 20th. This is a rare chance to interact with the man who played a pivotal role in creating the gaming industry as we know it today.

Nolan Bushnell is scheduled for a panel and Q&A session where he will share his incredible journey, insights into the early days of Atari, and the impact of his work on the gaming industry. This is your chance to hear firsthand stories from one of the most famous figureheads in all of gaming. Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to the world of video games, Bushnell's stories and experiences are sure to be both entertaining and enlightening.

But that's not all! For those who want an even more exclusive experience, there will be a special VIP-only meet and greet with Nolan Bushnell. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with an icon, ask him questions, and maybe even snag an autograph. It's an experience no gaming enthusiast should miss, especially if you are in driving distance of Austin or you can grab a reasonably priced flight.

I have the honor of being a guest at Classic Game Fest as well. I will be there all three days, signing my books and sharing my passion for classic video games. Speaking of books, I first met Nolan Bushnell back in 2009 at the ScrewAttack Game Convention. He was incredibly cool and very nice, making a lasting impression on me. During our conversation, he expressed his surprise and delight that McFarland had published a textbook-quality hardcover book focused exclusively on Atari and other pre-NES consoles: Classic Home Video Games: 1972-1984. His appreciation for the preservation and recognition of early gaming history was truly inspiring, and it’s an encounter I’ll never forget. 

In recent times, we were in the same documentary, Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story, which was very exciting and something my 12-year-old self would not have believed.

Classic Game Fest is shaping up to be an incredible event for anyone who loves video games, with a diverse lineup of panels, vendors, console games, live music, arcades on free play, and special guests, including Howard Scott Warshaw (E.T., Yars’ Revenge), David Crane (Pitfall!, Freeway), Garry Kitchen (Keystone Kapers, Atari 2600 Donkey Kong), Dan Kitchen (Crackpots, Atari 2600 Double Dragon), and G. to theNext Level (YouTuber), among others. Make sure to mark your calendars and join us for a weekend full of nostalgia, fun, and fantastic opportunities to add to your collection and connect with fellow gamers and industry legends like Nolan Bushnell. See you there!

Classic Game Fest

Palmer Events Center

Austin Texas

July 19-21, 2024

Get tickets HERE.

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