Nerd Culture

ZapCon 2015: A Field Guide to This Weekend's Event in Mesa

They certainly don't make video games like they used to way back when. While modern-day blockbuster titles like Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto V pack high-tech thrills, lifelike graphics, and sophisticated A.I., there's a definite appeal to the games from the golden age of arcades in the 1980s or earlier, and not just because of the vintage or quaint nature of such things.

ZapCon, the two-day classic arcade and pinball convention, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, and offers the chance take a trip to yesteryear and get your hands on more than 200 different quarter-munchers of a vintage nature, most of which are supplied by locals who collect and restore such games.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.