GAME ROOM SHOW 2006
by Brian Spindler
The first annual Rochester Game Room Show came together after months of planning by the members of the Western New York Pinball & Arcade Group and American Sports Media. On move-in day the excitement was building as the first vendors and pinball machines showed up.
The 23,000-square foot hall was a vendor’s delight as there were several garage doors for cars and trucks to pull into and unload while staying warm and dry. During the day Minett Hall was gradually transformed into a pinball paradise.
There were 170 pinball machines and 60 arcade games set on free play to greet the public when the show opened on Saturday.
Visitors could play Hercules, the world’s largest pinball game, Stern’s new World Poker Tour, Safecracker, Simpson’s Pinball Party, and many more newer games.
There were also rare games such as Rocky and many EM games including Gottlieb’s Ace High.
Over 2,000 people attended the show and over 70 games were purchased on Saturday alone. There was a Monopoly pinball contest for children and a Safecracker contest for adults. A free pinball machine was given away on Saturday, an arcade game on Sunday, and 2 slot machines as well.
Everyone who attended loved playing games, making new friends and talking pinball.
The folks in Rochester were lucky that it was good weather and may be better served moving the show up a few weeks to April. It would be great to add a Friday Night admission and stay open later on Saturday.
Next year's show is scheduled for 23rd - 25th March 2007.
© Pinball News 2006