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Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival Returns to Pittsburgh July 28-31

Published: 07/26/2016

PITTSBURGH—Even The Who would have a hard time finding the real Pinball Wizard at one of the most fun and interactive events to be held in Pittsburgh this summer. More than 3,000 pinball and arcade game experts and other gamers will be showing off their skills when the Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, July 28-31. It will be the second year in a row that the event is being held in Pittsburgh.

The festival features the largest public collection of working pinball, arcade, tabletop and console games anywhere, and all games are free to play with the price of admission. More than 750 arcade and pinball machines and more than 2,000 retro console games will be available to play. Attendees are also invited to attend a series of seminars dedicated to pinball and arcade games.

Some of the world's best pinball wizards will compete in the Pinburgh Match-Play Championships while the best arcade players will compete in the Donkey Kong World Championships. More than $110,000 in prize money is up for grabs.

ReplayFX Director Mark Steinman, said that Pittsburgh was an easy choice for this event. "Pittsburgh already had a fantastic retro pinball and arcade scene, and we felt like it was the perfect location for our foundation to put down roots and grow," said Steinman. "We're showcasing ReplayFX at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center because we consider that area the heart of our community. ReplayFX is about fun and games and allowing people to smile and relax. Introducing a new generation of kids to what entertained us adults in the 70s, 80s, and 90s is also a great way to help connect different generations, so we all can learn a little bit more about one another. The support that we"ve received from the city of Pittsburgh and surrounding communities is what makes it all possible."

"We are happy to welcome back the Replay FX Arcade & Video Game Festival, a truly authentic and iconic event in Pittsburgh's line-up," said Derek Dawson, sports development director at SportsPITTSBURGH. "Pittsburgh is about being a leader in all types of competition; with so many gamers descending on the city this weekend, ReplayFX really helps to raise this benchmark. If you have ever been told that you are a little obsessed with game playing or you can't pass by an arcade, this will be the place to be."

Admission prices range from $94.99 for a full-event pass to one-day passes of $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for children ages 6-12.

Interviews and photo opportunities available throughout the event. Please contact Mark Steinman at 724-238-3785.

The seminar presenters include:

Lyman Sheats: Lyman Sheats has programmed or contributed to numerous pinball machines over his 20+ year career in the gaming industry. Some of the more notable games to which Lyman has contributed include, but are not limited to: The Who's Tommy, Spider-Man, Revenge From Mars, Metallica, Monster Bash, Attack From Mars, AC/DC, Batman, Tron Legacy, Guns N' Roses, & Medieval Madness. Lyman is also a highly-decorated competitive pinball player, having won the PAPA World Pinball Championships in 1993, 2004 and 2006, in addition to several other major competitive tournaments.

Mark Bussler: Mark Bussler, producer and host of the Classic Game Room video game review show, talks about where video games came from, where they are and where they're going. Mark knows the answers, and if he doesn't, he’ll make something up about it. Followed by a Q&A. Ask questions about CGR, Mark’s comic books or the El Camino.

Philo Barnhart: Philo Barnhart is a professional film animator from Oak Park, Ill., known for his work on feature-length films—The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games, including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, Dragons Lair 2 and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel and posters.
Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM T2013 to Present Whispers From the VOID Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. (Illustrator, Character Design. Layout.)

Ed Fries: Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and spent the next 10 years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word. He left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1,200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the video game business.
In 2004, Ed retired from his Microsoft vice president position to continue his work in the video game business as board member, advisor and consultant to a broad range of publishers, independent game developers and media companies. In 2007 Ed launched his own startup, FigurePrints, an innovative company that uses color 3D printing technology to bring video game characters to life. In the summer of 2010 Ed released "Halo 2600," a remake of the Halo video game series for the Atari 2600. In 2013 "Halo 2600" became one of the first two video games to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Steve Golson: The Atari 7800 ProSystem console was not designed by Atari. The people of General Computer Corporation (GCC) of Massachusetts created this console for Atari with an intended release in 1984, but it did not officially hit the market until 1986. Steve Golson, one of the original developers of Ms. Pac-Man at GCC, also worked on the Maria graphics chip for the Atari 7800. Join Steve as he discusses the creation, history & legacy of this amazing backwards-compatible gaming device.
Steve worked for General Computer of Cambridge, Mass., from 1981 through 1985. He created the hardware design for GCC's arcade enhancement kits Super Missile Attack and Ms. Pac-Man. Steve also contributed to various other arcade game projects at GCC such as Atari's Charley Chuck's Food Fight. Steve is a frequent contributor to ACAM's education projects, and participates with ACAM at gaming events on a regular basis.

Warren Davis: Warren Davis is a former arcade video game developer who worked at such manufacturers as Gottlieb & Midway. Warren’s most popular game was Q*Bert, a quirky & amusing game released by Gottlieb in 1982. Warren helped develop other popular arcade games as well, including Joust 2, Revolution X featuring Aerosmith, Terminator 2 & Exterminator. Warren also developed the video digitizing technology used in such arcade games as the NBA Jam series and the Mortal Kombat series. Warren's laserdisc game, Us Vs. Them, is a popular attraction at ACAM, and attracts huge crowds when ACAM has presented it at game conventions. Combining computer-generated graphics with live-action filmed sequences, the alien invasion-themed Us. Vs. Them is a fantastic example of technology and fun gameplay during the short-lived laserdisc arcade game fad of the mid-1980s.

Terry Diebold: Owner of the only known Super Nintendo/Playstation prototype, which will be on display in the console lounge at ReplayFX.

Richie Knucklez: Host/creator of the Donkey Kong World Championship and a highly influential video game personality.

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