Various views of the Phosphor Dot Fossils display at OKGE 2004:
All set up and ready to go (though the Pac-Man record collection disappeared early in the day so we’d have a place to sell arcade marquees). Below, Kent mans the PDF booth.
Now playing: Crazy Climber on the Playstation with the double joystick (the way God intended us to play Crazy Climber).
Now displaying: Japanese game music CDs and remixes rarely seen on these shores, including the Xevious 3D/G+ and Namco Classic Collection remix CDs, Taito Game Music and Konami Game Music Volume 1, and the Namco Classic Collection Volume 1 sound effects CD.
Our collection of Tron Kubricks toys from Japan was also on display in its entirety, with Light Cycles zooming around the Phosphor Dot Fossils booth and even the MCP overseeing things!
Other vintage video game toys made a showing at the PDF booth, including a complete collection of original 1982 Tron action figures…
…as well as several figures based on Q*Bert and his crazy capers.
Other rarities on display included Odyssey2 Power Lords and the ultra-rare Odyssey2 trackball controller by Wico – one of only three known to exist, and the only one you can walk up to and play without it being “behind the ropes.”
Also on display were our Coleco tabletop arcade machines, as well as the Sega Star Trek arcade poster, a Doctor Who pinball backglass, and a poster signed by the fine folks who programmed the classic Intellivision games.
So many of my early gaming memories involve my family sitting around the Odyssey2, so I was thrilled to see so many families drop by and sample our offerings.
But they weren’t the only ones who dropped by – Larry Dixon, formerly of Origin Systems and responsible for the 3-D “sets” in the Wing Commander games, stopped by (and signed Kent’s copy of Wing Commander 2, which vanished from the buck-a-game PC DOS game sale and went home with Kent after he also had it signed by “The Fat Man”!
The Magnavox Odyssey fascinated nearly everyone who saw it for the second year in a row – including some who played it at last year’s OKGE!
They were also fascinated by the various Pac-Man and Donkey Kong collectibles. This picture was taken before it happened, but Lynda Baker added to the Pac-Man toy collection shortly before the show.
Ah, there’s the little fellow now. I used to have one of these Pac-Man wind-up toys some 20 years ago, and right before the doors opened to the public, Lynda from Lynda’s Action Figures in Stillwater, OK came up to me and offer me the first shot at this little guy, and at a discounted price too. Just another example of the great friendly atmosphere at OKGE 2004.
The back of the Intellivision poster, signed by George “The Fat Man” Sanger himself. We couldn’t find a silver ink pen for him, but he came up with the gag of signing the backboard because “the music is the last thing on the list…again!” (One of George’s earliest video game compositions was the theme for the Intellivision game Thin Ice, back when having music in a cartridge game was a luxury.) I would’ve gotten a picture of him signing it, but I was having such a great time chatting with him that I completely forgot to grab the camera.
One of these things kept the Phosphor Dot Fossils booth up and running. Another one of these things kept me up and running. I’ll let you guess which did which.
OKGE 2004 Pictures: