Last Saturday we had the pleasure of attending NERG at the Gateshead International Stadium. Representing for Teabag or Die were eremenko, The Quim Ninja and Crinbot and we were thrilled to be joined by Bradley Hall from the excellent North East Media and Gaming site. We thought you all might be interested in seeing what we got up to so here is a selection of pics from some of the shows highlights.
That’s right there’s a Sopranos pinball machine RIP Mr Gandolfini
Point blank was one of only two light gun games on the show floor which was a shame but it was more than enough to keep us (trigger) happy.
eremenko smashed the competition in Super Smash Bros. melee on the good old Gamecube.
Four player Gauntlet machine was just epic although not as fun as we remembered it.
Star Wars pinball complete with moving, whistling R2D2.
It wouldn’t be a retro gaming con without the famous dungaree wearing plumber … Quim could not get enough of this.
Even more retro Mario to delight all
Turtles arcade could’ve been amazing but sadly Donatello wouldn’t move down due a joystick malfunction which greatly saddened eremenko…
Millipede … nuff said.
Missile commander …. look at those next gen graphics.
The game board for Sopranos pinball, what’s the boat all about? I don’t know I’ve never seen the show.
Starship Troopers Pinball, more exciting and action packed than Starship Troopers 2 ….
South Park pinball. Look there’s Mr Hankey, he popped up out of that toilet a lot.
You have never seen a grown man more excited than Quim was when this Star Trek the Next Generation Pinball table started playing the theme tune.
Robotron … fucking Robotron!!!
This is the face of delight that most of us made all day.
I can’t remember the name of this one but I can assure you it needed every inch of concentration Quim is showing in this shot.
Sadly the board for Atlantis the Pinball machine was slightly water damaged (badum cha).
The original Crazy Taxi arcade machine …. I dare you not to get excited about that.
You think all that is great? Well there was more to see. In addition to various arcade machines and classic games there were a whole host of folk showing off vintage and modified machinery, plus a whole plethora of tinker’s peddling the goods from their packs. Check out some of this stuff and I bet you’ll see something from days gone by that you wish you had been there to try or in some cases buy.
Oh what I wouldn’t give to own those games … oh wait I have that one … and that one .. still that’s insane.
This thing! Oh hells yeah!
Wan’t to buy the original CE and limited edition Halo 2? Tough Quim got there first. No wonder he looks so Boss about it.
Can you imagine owning this many games?
Actually you probably can …. cause you do.
The NEC TurboGrafX … the stuff of dreams … well my dreams anyway.
The GCN and it’s modified sister the Panasonic Q which played both Gamecube discs and DVD’s … revolutionary!
Either that remote is massive or eremenko is tiny …. maybe it’s both actually.
What kind of retro show would be complete without retro sweets…. eremenko went on a sugar crazed killing spree shortly after this photo was taken … it’s ok though the only people hurt were goombas and some henchmen.
That would just about round off our day but for a few chance encounters with some famous faces from the world of gaming. See if you can recognize any of these guys and girls.
Were any of you in attendance at this event of epicness? Maybe you were one of the folk that eremenko picked up on his 3DS street pass?
Would you like to attend it if you could? Check out the official NERG website or their twitter @NERGofficial and keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to take part in some past loving retro goodness. I’m off to play some Streets of Rage.