Experience the Ultimate Colorado Pinball and Gamer Festival
Play hundreds of pinball, retro console and classic arcade video games June 9-11, 2017
Clear your calendar the weekend of June 9-11, 2017, for three amazing days in Denver, Colorado, with hundreds of pinball, retro console and classic arcade video games to play for free with admission. Play a huge game list and variety of themes in pinball machines and classic arcade video games -- No Quarters Needed.
Need a "Things to do" for the weekend of June 9-11, 2017?: Grab the friends and escape, bring the family, make it a weekend away, an awesome date night, or dare we say play hooky from work? Game on!
Experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of hands-on games. Play hundreds of games for fun, or compete in tournaments for all ages and skill levels with trophies and cash prizes. Meet special pinball and gamer celebrity guests from industry and across this amazing community.
Admission, shirts, and Open Tournament BUY AT THE SHOW
It is like the sportsman's expo for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.
Play all the games you want. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join PinChat seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests -- designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore. Play with arcade legends Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, and Joel West; learn from the best modder, Ben Heck; chat with John Trudeau, designer of the new Stern Ghostbusters and many pinball favorites. Then venture over to play an entire span of retro console gaming -- Super Mario Bros anyone?
Join your friends and fellow gamers in this amazing community of people at the Rocky Mtn. Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo June 9-11, 2017.
News from the previous show
The world premiere of the Ghostbusters PREMIUM pinball machine will be at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, June 10-12. Be the first to play this awesome new game and meet the designer John Trudeau. Brought to you in collaboration with Game Exchange of Colorado and Stern Pinball. Play on the game will stream live from the show on Twitch.
Play Heighway Pinball's latest release Full Throttle, meet company founder Andrew Heighway to hear about the future pinball release, Alien, based on the Hollywood blockbuster Alien movies.
Rob Zombie Spook Show International pinball machine will be at the festival June 10-12. Play the first one west of Texas!
Can you beat The King of Kong? Meet the arcade player of the century in person, watch him play, and try to top his score: Arcade legend and star of The King of Kong, Billy Mitchell is coming to play PacMan, Donkey Kong and more! His character is iconized in popular films such as Pixels and Wreck-It Ralph. Joining the arcade-star cast is Walter Day and Joel West.
Founder of Twin Galaxies, the Guinness Book of World Records for video games, Walter Day is the forefather of competitive arcade gaming. He is known for his referee jersey attire and is figured in pop-culture as the beloved arcade tech Mr. Litwak from Disney's film Wreck-It Ralph. Come hear from Walter how to keep track of video game world records and hear anecdotes of his fascinating journey.
Berzerk and Frenzy world record holder, Joel West is one of the original competitive gamers. The documentary "Chasing Ghosts" features Life magazine's 1982 National Video Game Team's multi-state tour and World Video Game Championships, both of which Joel West and Billy Mitchell were part. Come hear Joel tell you how to master the maze of Berzerk.
Mags, blogs, and podcasts oh my! Welcome your personal favorites with PinGame Journal's Jim Schelberg (seminar: Hiding your gun while drunk and barenaked), The Pinball Podcast's hosts Don and Jeff (seminar: Live pinball pontification), and Pinball News's Martin Ayub.
Denver Retro Gamers Meetup and Swap The festival is excited to host this community of retro gamers that meets up regularly throughout the year. This community of knowledgeable enthusiasts is known for coming together with gaming discussions and trade. They are hosting a game swap 11 a.m. Saturday at the festival in the 6th Floor Concierge Lounge (no festival admission ticket required).
Multi-state Rocky Mtn. Throwdown Several leagues in Denver and the surrounding states are getting together to have a friendly, multi-state league tournament at the festival. Are you going to represent in the Rocky Mtn. Throwdown?
Best of the West We challenge our neighbor states to be a part of the Colorado festival and to bring games out to the show. Choose your state's top 8-10 games to compete in a Best of the West competition. A team of one judge from each state will work together to pick winners to receive prizes and ribbons. We want to see you there Utah, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska ...
Extra Life Denver This guild exists to help sick and injured kids by recruiting gamers in the Denver area to join the Extra Life movement. Come meet them as they play video games for this great cause and learn more about joining their guild.
Get the full special-access experience with the new gamer packages, featuring bonus hours, exclusive invitations, and special access.
Single buy-in, limited qualifying, and 100% payout in the new sanctioned formats for Open, Classic Solid State, and EM tournaments. Open Tournament buy-in is available online when you purchase your admission ticket or at the show. A big shout out to Ryan Wanger for taking the reigns as the sanctioned tournaments' director. Tournaments follow standard PAPA/IFPA rules. Tournament buy-in does not include festival admission. Prize payout is 100% with trophies.
Learn from the best modder in the biz Ben Heckendorn, internet star and console modder, is beloved in the pinball and gamer community for his art direction, code work and design of America's Most Haunted by Spooky Pinball. He is now working on the much anticipated new game Rob Zombie's Spookshow International while hosting two podcasts and an online TV program with element14.
The Hobbit pinball machine back-shop talk with Butch Peel, who will give insight into designing it and other favorites, including Wizard of OZ by Jersey Jack Pinball.
Hone your pinball skills and knowledge Go to school with pinball pro Ryan Wanger on how to play pinball, learning game rules, tips, and tricks to impress your friends and become a better player. Mark Gibson will help you take a look inside the inner-workings of a pinball machine and the physics behind your favorite games with his talk on Fun with Pinball.
Star Wars fans unite We've heard rumor that the 501st Legion will be joining the festivities Saturday. Maybe a certain black-clad force of the dark will be prowling around.
Pinball pontification Come meet and hear Don Walton Jr. and Jeff Rivera, hosts of The Pinball Podcast, an online program dedicated to hard-hitting, soul-shaking, pinball pontification. We heard something about elephants and not wearing pants.
Catch the Night Mutilator, aka Ryan Policky, as he leaks out some pinball tips/factoids videos for this years show, and also watch in terror as he interviews numerous celebrity guests.