Here is a rundown of what I had on display at the ’07 MGC show, and comments for now on weather it will return or not for the ’08 MGC show in March:
Apple Macintosh LAN – Quake – This will be back for sure in ’08, as it was a huge hit at the ’07 show. People were playing this setup till 15 minutes before closing time on Sunday (I almost had for force people to stop playing). Only difference from last year, it will be a 7-player setup instead of 6.
Timex/Sinclair 1500 – This will be taken out, to return some other year. It has had its day, for now.
Philips G7400 – This system is out, as I’m downsizing anything Odyssey2 related.
Philips G7200 – Since this system is kind of on the edge of dying (the console I have), I’ve decided that it will not return to any future show (at least not plugged in). Thus a no return for ’08.
Odyssey2 – This will be back again, as it has been at the show in the UC area every year. Due to sentimental reasons, I just can’t drop this system. I will be trying to upgrade the video on this system though, so it looks clearer (and this will be a better video upgrade than the crappy one most people have done over the years).
Intellivision – Undecided. I had to borrow Marty’s system last year, due to problem on my end. Those problems have not been cleared still.
Atari 7800 – Will not be returning for ’08.
Astrocade (Bally) – This is a possible return. Not 100% sure yet.
Arcadia 2001 – Will not make a comeback for at least a few years. It has had it’s day(s) for now.
Apple IIgs – Undecided at this point. A maybe on this one.
Thus, for consoles/computers for the MGC ’08 show, I’m looking at bringing five systems (down from eight in ’07 – I just don’t have the funds/time to do more – hopefully will be bigger again in ’09). Still will be a decent area, with plenty of games and such to play.
Tentative list for consoles/computer systems (besides the Quake LAN):
Apple II (I’m just not sure on this one. I had the GS last year, and it did fairly well. I may bring it back, or put up a IIe instead. Plus an Apple group may be at the show this year. Only 25% sure for now).
Atari 5200 (I would like to bring this system, as it has not been displayed in the UC area before. Would like at least one new thing that I have not displayed before. About 90% sure on this system).
Bally/Astrocade (Not real sure on this system. It did pretty good in ’07, so this is on the ‘maybe’ list, thus only 25% probability that this will be at the ’08 show)
Odyssey2 (this system will be there, 100% sure on that. It wouldn’t be the Underdog Chamber without it).
Intellivision (Would like to, with updated video, but issues still exist from last years attempt. May borrow Marty’s system again if I can’t get one of my own going again. This one is roughly 75% certain for ’08).
TI 99/4A (Never had this in the UC area either. I may give it a try for ’08. 25% change it’ll be there at this point in time).
Vectrex (I would like to see this old classic return for the ’08 show. At this point in time, about 80% sure that it will be there).
And that is it for now. I need to start pulling systems out and doing some testing, to make sure stuff still works. You’d be amazed at what can die just sitting on a shelf!