Displaying items by tag: 2023 Guests

Saturday, 01 April 2023 13:38

NEON Guest Spotlight: Bob Rose (Token Taverns)

We're super excited to host Token Taverns filmmaker Bob Rose at NEON Retrofest 2023! Bob will be discussing the documentary making process, answering audience questions, and showing some clips of the film premiering in late April.

Don't miss this sneak peek! 

Token Taverns is a documentary exploring the growth of arcade bars and what this growing trend is all about. It centers on 3 arcade bars and their owners over 2 years as they try to thrive and survive through a global pandemic.
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Friday, 31 March 2023 14:19

NEON Guest Spotlight: Gillaxian

Welcome Gillaxian to NEON Retrofest 2023 as an #arcade guest speaker and #retro #twitchstreamer

Gillaxian is a long-time and current game developer, animator, artist, arcade collector and restorer, hailing from West Coast California but originally from the Pacific Northwest of Canada.

Having built up a collection of restored arcade cabinets and original game hardware, Gillaxian’s involvement and contribution to the online arcade community can be traced back nearly two decades! His commitment to arcade preservation, tech support and design is unparalleled, which can be attributed to growing-up in the #80s and #90s arcade era. Join him on his #twitchstream twice a week where he and his viewers share a few drinks, experiences of the glorious arcade culture, stories of growing up in the scene, plus game development and industry anecdotes from his 20+ year career. https://www.twitch.tv/gillaxian
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Wednesday, 22 March 2023 13:40

NEON Guest Spotlight - Owlnonymous

Owlnonymous is a renowned streamer in the retro gaming and pinball scene, who has been dedicated to showcasing classic retro games, arcade hardware, and MiSTerFPGA for the past seven years.

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Saturday, 11 March 2023 18:41

NEON Guest Spotlight - G To The Next Level

We're thrilled to announce that GtoTheNextLevel will be a guest at @Neonretrofest2023!

A 20+ year gaming enthusiast and though a Sega fan first, G has a passion for all Retro Gaming. In addition to their YouTube Channel, G hosts regular gaming hangout streams live on Twitch.

In addition, G To the Next Level is an official #Capcom Creator, works along with #Sega for various charity efforts, and assists with historical gaming websites. G will be speaking at NEON about retro game collecting and is part of our retro Twitch meetup. Welcome, G!

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Sunday, 05 March 2023 22:36

NEON Guest Spotlight - Pastblaster

We're welcoming Pastblaster to our awesome guest lineup of retro and arcade Twitch personalities at NEON Retrofest 2023! Pastblaster is an arcade restorer, owner/operator of Flipping Great Pinball, and part of the Podouken Podcast!

Pastblaster will be on a panel discussing arcade collecting and preservation, but in the meantime, check out his stream featuring an awesome collection of candy cabinets at http://twitch.tv/pastblaster and arcade Podcast at http://podouken.com. Don't miss our retro Twitch meetup!
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Sunday, 26 February 2023 04:18

NEON Guest Spotlight - Dan Eachus

Dan Eachus, family guy and working Dad, married to his wife Mandy and their 5 children Danny, AJ, Gabriel, Joshua and Gracie.  Born in 1979 a true child of the 80’s, he grew up on everything from G.I. Joe’s and Transformers to Voltron and Wheeled Warriors and Nintendo to Commodore 64.  In school, he was part of band and choir, and learned a variety of instruments and has a passion for music.  The 80’s and the nostalgia of the music, movies, art, and video games are at the heart and soul of Dan.  Always believing that 80’s music and styling would come back, he was delighted to see a glimpse of it in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.  From there, more and more nostalgia came into mainstream, and when Tron Legacy was released, his nostalgic joy was set in stone.

Being in the technology and business fields with his own website development company, Dan realized the power of YouTube and started his own channel Danman Tunes, a channel dedicated to electronic and video game music to promote his business and some music he made.  One day he searched out the Tron Legacy soundtrack, and the YouTube algorithm took him down the Synthwave Rabbit Hole, and he has never left.  Forming the electronic music collective Neutron Dreams with his best friend Christopher J Payne, Dan looked for a label he could call home.  That’s when he found Scott Forte and joined RetroSynth Records.  Since joining, Dan has used his business experience and education to grow RetroSynth Records, founded in May 2016 by Scott Forte, into what it is today, eventually becoming the President of the company.  Dan uses his networking experience and work together attitude to build connections and relationships with other labels and music influencers to not only lift everyone up on RetroSynth, but the overall Synthwave and RetroSynth music scene.

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The Old Timey Computer Show is a 24/7 showcase of video tapes and films about computers, video games, digital art, and other ephemera from the 20th century, a celebration of the era when computers were new and the ways they would change the world were yet to be seen. The Opponent's passion project since May 2019, it hosts more than 2,500 videos totaling over 1,200 hours, every single video cleaned up, aspect ratio-corrected, and audio-leveled to create an endless marathon of retro tech media.

For The Opponent, it's not enough to simply preserve analog media for historical sake—it won't mean much if it's not presentable to modern audiences who don't actively seek it out. Whether you want to learn about computer history from the source, share your experiences growing up with technology with other viewers, or just have something on in the background that occasionally turns into a video game promo reel, the Old Timey Computer Show has something for you.

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Thursday, 16 February 2023 16:16

NEON Guest Spotlight - DJ Psyko-M1

The NEON guest spotlight is on DJ Pskyo-M1!

Growing up in Chicago during the early 80s, Joel was fortunate to hang-out, and work in many of Chicagoland's legendary arcades.

Using gained knowledge, industry contacts, and experience, Joel has built up a venerable collection of rare arcade hardware, and lost games from the 80s,90s, and 2000s from all over the globe. This collection is preserved, and also shared with multiple partner arcades around the Midwest, so others may experience the same magic he had growing up amongst the gaming machines of his time. Also hailing from a decades-long Radio/TV broadcast background, and working as an industry nightlife DJ, Joel molded his talents to exhibit his Arcade passions with others on his weekly Twitch.tv show "Live from the #PANDEMiCADE!" Catch him live at:https://www.twitch.tv/djpsykom1

Joel is a proponent of keeping the culture, and especially the hardware alive for generations to come through documentation, repairing, providing support, and sharing information across communities, social media, and his broadcast outlets.
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Tuesday, 14 February 2023 17:32

NEON Guest Spotlight - The State of Synth

The State of Synth is your go-to source for all the latest news and happenings in the synthwave scene. Hosted by Dennis G and Neon Fawkes, this weekly podcast airs on Nightride FM and features a mix of news, new music, and in-depth interviews with notable figures in the genre. With a unique blend of humor and expertise, The State of Synth is not only informative, but also entertaining. Whether you're a die-hard synthwave fan or just getting into the scene, this podcast is the perfect way to stay up-to-date and "in the know" with all things synthwave.

Join Dennis, Neon Fawkes, and special guest host Kaarin Zoe Lee for a historic event, as they will present the first-ever live episode of "The State of Synth" before a live studio audience straight from Neon Retrofest sound stage. Get ready for an electrifying experience filled with top-notch tunes, exciting guests, and unexpected twists and turns, all broadcast live. Meet the individuals behind the popular radio show, "The State of Synth".

Dennis G, co-host of "The State of Synth", is a seasoned radio DJ and co-founder of Nightride FM, a thriving radio station and community. Neon Fawkes, also co-host of "The State of Synth", is a knowledgeable radio DJ and a veritable fountain of synthwave expertise. DJ, Radio host and public speaker Kaarin Zoe Lee, adds her dynamic personality to the mix as she helms her own show, "KZL Live", on Nightride FM.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 22:38

NEON Guest Spotlight - FORGOTTEN_VCR

We're honored to announce that FORGOTTEN_VCR will be a guest at NEON Retrofest 2023! A master of slicing and dicing #VHS genre film, we are huge fans of his work; he is right on the NEON wavelength.

Cutting through miles of VHS footage like Richard Harrison in Ninja Terminator, FORGOTTEN_VCR 
is an editor, archivist, and enthusiast of analog ephemera. He creates VHS mixtapes from a variety of analog sources and streams them on Twitch since 2019. He will be a featured speaker as well as part of our #retro #TwitchStreamers meetup. If you're among his 16K+ followers, come see him in person at NEON, and check out his Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/forgotten_vcr

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