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Vendors, Free Video Games, Auctions And RetroFest, An Homage To PowerFest Are Some Of The Biggest Highlights Of The Aug. 28 to 30 Event


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 11, 2015 — The Game On Expo will be Arizona’s first ever multimedia gaming convention, and it will be happening Aug. 28 to 30 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. The expo will feature retro gaming and card games to brand new exclusives.

Throughout the event, there will be plenty for fans to do such as panels featuring various special guests, a free to play arcade and console area, an interactive gaming museum and of course, a massive vendor hall.

Some of the main attractions at the Game On Expo are the RetroFest, which will be a reimagining of Nintendo’s famous 1994 tournament, PowerFest. Participants will be competing against one another in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Kart and Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Mike Iarossi, the winner of the original tournament, will be in attendance and participating at this event as well.

One of the other main highlights of the event will be the debut of the RETRO Video Game System, which will be the first cartridge based video game system made in nearly twenty years. This will gave Arizona gamers some early, exclusive access to brand new games and hardware long before they are made available to the public.

Saturday at the Game On Expo will feature a video game auction where people can bring their video game related items and auction them off. The auction will also be helping to benefit the Extra Life charity.

Any vendors who are interested in showcasing at the event can register at The expo is also looking for volunteers to help promote and work the event. Volunteers will be compensated with a free exclusive T-shirt and a single day pass to the event. To sign up as a volunteer, visit

Tickets for the Game On Expo are available now through the event’s official website at Prices range from $15 for a single day on Friday or Sunday to $50 for a full event VIP ticket. Children's tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate in addition to the purchase of an adult ticket.

The first ever Game On Expo is happening August 28 through 30 at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at or the official website at

Ryan Scott is a contributor to Modern Times Magazine. He lives in Mesa.
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