Monday, February 27, 2012

Freeplay Returns . . . Again!

Hey Superfans!

March is a busy month here at Fantasmo HQ. Not only do we have our Universal horror double-feature on the 16th, but we’ll also be hosting the second annual Freeplay gaming event. The program will take place at Chesapeake Central Library (298 Cedar Road) on Saturday, March 31st. You may remember Freeplay 2 was scheduled back in August, but a pesky hurricane got in the way. Well that old hurricane may have won the battle, but it did not win the war. Freeplay is back stronger than ever!

For those who did not make it out to our inaugural event, Freeplay is a full day and evening filled with classic video game consoles, arcade machines, movies, and guest speakers. If you miss the experience of going into the arcades of the 80's, it will be a true trip down memory lane . . . and if you missed it the first time around you can now experience what all the fuss was about!

The fine folks of South Eastern Virginia Gaming make this event possible, and this year expect to be bringing even more machines than last time. In particular, due to their popularity at the first Freeplay, they are making a special effort to get more pinball machines!

Here is just a sample of the games to expect:

Arcades: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Robotron: 2084, X-Men (4-player), Police Trainer, Fighting Vipers, Cruis’n Exotica, and more!

Pinball: Tron Legacy, The Dark Knight, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hook, and more!

Consoles: Pong, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari Jaguar, NES, Super NES, Colecovision, Intellivision, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Playstation, 3D0, NEC, and more!

Computers: Commodore 64, Tandy, Atari, Apple II, Texas Instruments, and more!

Special video game movie screenings during the day include:

11:00 a.m.: Mortal Kombat

1:00 p.m.: Final Fantasy: Advent Children

3:00 p.m.: Double Dragon

Panel discussions will include:

Arcade & Pinball Repair

Gaming Comedy and History

Competition & High Score Gaming with Dave Hernly of Auric Arcade

The gaming and programs will run from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., after which there will be a special evening Fantasmo featuring Tron Legacy at 8:00 p.m. and Scott Pilgrim at 10:00 p.m.

So come out and join your Team Fantasmo for a full day of free gaming, free game movies, and free game programs . . . you can leave your quarters at home! You can also share your thoughts on the Freeplay 2 Facebook page! See you there!

And for those of you attending Galaticon that Saturday, come on over afterward there will still be plenty of action during our second half : )

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