Replay FX Retro Gaming Convention Pittsburgh PA

I attended Replay FX, a retro gaming convention in Pittsburgh PA. I really enjoyed my time there, and definitely plan to return next year as well. The convention includes hundreds of arcade games, console games, and board games. All of the electronic games are from the 80s-90s with no modern games in sight so it’s definitely aimed at Retro gamers.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

They had tournaments for Dr Mario, Tecmo Bowl, and Smash Brothers, to name a few. They also had a cosplay competition. There are large cash prizes for all of the competitions. We didn’t enter any competitions this time, but I did cosplay, just for fun. I brought out my Love Live School Idol Festival Kotori Cosplay Costume again – I’ve been wearing it a lot lately, and also plan to wear it again soon for Animu at the Zoo also in Pittsburgh, PA.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Some popular games that we saw other than the ones mentioned above, included Pac-Man, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Paper Boy, Soul Calibur, Mr. Do, Dig Dug, Maniac Mansion. Mario, Sonic, Battle Toads, Zookeeper, Tetris, Xandu, Centipede, Metroid, Dark Stalkers, Virtua Tennis, Tekken, Donkey Kong, lots of racing games, and tons of different Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmani style arcade games. There were also hundreds of pinball games.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

All of the games are free of course, because you’re paying for admittance to the convention. There are lots of vendors too selling stuff – some of the things they’re selling may be questionable – like rom/emulator things that come preloaded with thousands of games – pretty sure that’s illegal to sell lol. I almost bought one though, because it is pretty cool – I’ve seen similar on wish and aliexpress. Or you can of course get your own roms online for free – which is illegal if you don’t own the actual games – but in my case, I do own like 80% of the games still I have all my consoles, from 80s, 90s, 2k, etc. But of course I can’t have them all hooked up all the time, too many wires, not enough space, etc, which makes having the roms very handy.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

The board games were out in a separate more quiet space and provide a nice break from the flashing lights and sounds of all of the electronic games.

Back in the main hall they also had a giant ferris wheel that lit up later in the evening. I didn’t ride it, because it was a very unique ferris wheel – it flipped upside down…. It looked scary as heck to be honest lol. Each car rocked and shook back and forth and occasionally turned completely upside down. The cars are all enclosed of course so you don’t fall out, but still uhm no thanks lol.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Later in the evening, they also had live music, but it was hard to hear over the sounds of all the people and all the games.

There are food concessions on site, including alcohol, but it’s over priced, and most of the food is terrible. You can bring your own food – even if it’s against their rules, no one checks bags there.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Which brings to the next point, with all the crazy things happening in our country, you’d think they would have SOME type of security there…. There were no metal detectors, no one checking bags, and I didn’t see a single guard or any kind of personnel…. With thousands of loud chaotic games and thousands of people…… this is just a recipe for disaster… And it would be hard to contain or control the chaos, there’s 2 escalators, 1 up/1 down, and maybe some stairs somewhere but I didn’t see/know where. And the escalators and halls and everywhere were super crowded. It’s billed as the largest retro gaming convention in the US.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

I didn’t really think about that at all while I was there though, and felt perfectly safe, but in retrospect, looking back, I wish they had more security in place. You just can’t trust crazy people these days. I don’t want to get into politics of it… But I will say video games are not to blame. Think about it… They have the exact same games in dozens of other countries, Europe, Asia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, even South America – and you know what they don’t have? Mass Shootings… you know why? Because they have gun control laws and mental health care (or any kind of health care for that matter).

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Games are not to blame… I don’t play super violent games like shooting games, call of duty, rainbow six,  and whatever else, they just aren’t fun or interesting to me (no story, no cute graphics, snoozeville lol) … So I could care less about if people sell them or play them… But I just think it’s ridiculous that they think banning them will do any good to stop these events from happening. United States needs to look at the rest of the world and “get it together” when it comes to these 2 things, gun control, and health care including mental health care, before it is too late.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

We also are more diverse than most other nations. And for some reason, a large number of Americans don’t like other Americans who are different from themselves, and it’s not just white people either. My hispanic boyfried told me that he and his friends consisting of another hispanic and 2 asians and 1 white person, were rejected/kicked off a soccer field by some indian people the other day.  All this hatred and racism towards each other is at the heart of all this violence, and until we address those issues, these problems are only going to escalate. Even if we do get reasonable gun control laws and better health care, we still need to find a way to stomp out racism.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Anyways I diverted a little bit from the topic here… but yeah… the only complaint I REALLY have with Replay FX is that it might be highly unsafe due to lack of security measures especially in midst of current events in our country right now. I would like to see metal detectors, guards checking bags at the gates – even if that means I can’t bring my own food/drink next year, and guards walking around up and down inside the convention also. We have to be smart and be safe. That whole convention center really needs to step up security. I was there 2 weeks ago for my boyfriend’s sporting tournament and again no security, no bag checking, etc.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

I’ll still go next year, and still have a good time. I won’t live life in fear of what could happen. That’s what terrorists want. Live each day to the fullest with no regrets. If I were to die at a gaming convention, at least I would die doing what I love lol.

But in all honesty, Replay FX is great. For $35 for an adult day pass, or $100 to go all 4 days… And unlimited gameplay once you’re inside…. it can’t be beat. We spend more than $35 at Dave and Busters and it’s gone in an hour or two. Replay FX is also open late into the night, midnight this year, and opens at 9am, which is great. For 35 bucks you can play unlimited games for over 12 hours. Like I said, it can’t be beat for great value and more bang for your buck! Highly recommend this event for all gamers, especially those who grew up with retro games like Colecovision, Atari, and old school Nintendo. They had them all, plus Dreamcast and more rare retro finds. Very nostalgic – but I think young kids would enjoy this event too! It’s fun for the whole family.

Replay FX - Pittsburgh PA
Replay FX – Pittsburgh PA

Replay FX Retro Gaming Convention Pittsburgh PA was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News

What Are Some Of The Best Nerd Dating Websites?

What Are Some Of The Best Nerd Dating Websites?

There’s nothing to be ashamed about loving comic books, video games and reading books. People should have more broad interests other than browsing Instagram and getting hyped up about likes. Reading books enriches your vocabulary and lets your mind wander into the imagination of different authors. Click on the link to find out more details https://www.wikihow.com/Be-Proud-of-Being-a-Nerd.

Moreover, playing video games lets you appreciate the gorgeous graphics and storylines of their creators. And reading comic books makes you enter the mind of some of the most famous superheroes. Therefore, none of these hobbies is lame and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 

If you have these interests, then you would surely like to meet someone that has them as well. And not just someone, but a potential romantic partner. Some people are lucky to find their special someone by walking into a bar or taking a walk at a park. Others don’t have it as easy. 

That’s why with the beauty of the Internet, you can visit a lot of dating sites and find your special someone there. They don’t have to be the love of your life, but at least you’ll have several options to choose from. That’s the beauty of dating sites. You can easily find someone that has similar interests like you. Here are some of them to try out: 

Match

One of them is Match. All you have to do is create a profile and upload a picture of yourself. Then you can put into your profile all the things you like and dislike. People would be able to check out your profile and see for themselves if you are the right fit. You can do that as well. You can browse through different profiles and select few that have caught your interest.

This will easily find the right girl or guy for you. You can have someone to talk to about all of your passions. This site is not specifically oriented towards nerdy people, but it can still help you choose the right person for you. After all, you don’t have anything to lose.

Zoosk 

The second option you can try out is this one. The site basically works as the previous one. You’ll need to create a profile and then put as much information as you can about yourself. It has a convenient mobile app, as well. Click here for more. 

This means that you can wake up in the morning and check your phone immediately to find out if someone is trying to chat with you. The app is available in more than 80 countries and available in 25 languages. One of those countries can easily be yours. So why not give it a shot? You are on the right track of finding someone special. 

Geek Nerd Dating

This website can easily be one of your dreams. If you don’t have luck with the other ones, then create an account on this one and wait for the magic to happen. As the name suggests, the site is designed for all those people that have a similar nerdy interest like you. If this one doesn’t help you find a nerdy cutie, then nothing ever will. How cool it would be to find the person that is basically your soul mate. Once a person checks out your profile and sees a similarity, they will surely reach out to you.

Geeky Friends Date

This one, as the name suggests, is also designed to help out hopeless geeks. You might think that just because you love certain things, that someone would think that you’re a weirdo. However, that’s not the case. If you want to discover more about sites involving people with the same nerdy interests, then check out Dating Throne – nerd sites for more information.

There are lots of individuals in the world that love the same comic books and video games. They just don’t know how to discover you. But you can discover them if you create an account on this profile. A profile with a detailed description of your interests will surely find you the person you are looking for. 

Match Geeks 

Some people don’t look for a serious relationship. They just try to discover someone to spend the night with and never see again. That’s okay as well. But first, you’ll need some sort of connection with this person. If you have nothing in common, then you won’t be attracted to them. 

That’s why Match Geeks allows users to connect with their yet undiscovered potential lovers. You can quickly discover a person there that wants the same thing as you do. A fun night and maybe one or two discussions about Lord of The Rings.

Trek Dating 

Fan of Star Trek? This website has you covered. It is basically invented for those that love reading and watching sci-fi books and movies. On this website, you can easily find someone to talk about your hobbies and passions involving the franchise.  

It is the perfect site for geeky boys and girls that just want to find someone to connect with. This connection, more often than not, turns into a great love story. Don’t be ashamed to create a profile on it and fulfill your love story. If you can’t find the person you’re looking for the old-fashioned way, then try your luck on some of these websites. You would be surprised at how effective they are. 

 

What Are Some Of The Best Nerd Dating Websites? was originally published on GeekySweetie.com – Geeky & Kawaii Anime, Tech, Toys, & Game Reviews & News