Attendees will have a chance to mingle with some of the best classic game players of all time, and challenge them in the games at which they have dominated the record books for more than 20 years, including Donkey Kong, Spy Hunter, and Missile Command among others.
“At E for All, we strive to provide consumers with an opportunity to experience the latest and greatest video games and technologies, but we also understand that everyone -- from hard core gamers to moms and dads -- loves the classic games that they grew up on and are introducing to their kids today,” said Mary Dolaher, Chief Executive Officer of IDG World Expo. “We are excited to bring a classic games element to the show and look forward to taking consumers on a fun trip down memory lane with their favorite games and game champs from years past.”
"E For All Expo is the perfect venue for world record attempts,” said Scot Rubin, Founder, All Games. “Steve Wiebe and the rest of the attendees will have three days to focus on setting a new high score, and still have time to enjoy the show and meet other world record holders."
Featured gamers will include:
- Steve Wiebe, star of the critically-acclaimed documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters,” will be on hand to try and retake the Donkey Kong world record currently held by co-star Billy Mitchell. Unlike previous attempts that provided Wiebe with only a few hours, All Games Network and E for All Expo are providing Wiebe three days to attempt to set the new high score.
- Todd Rogers has been called "The King of Video Games" by some and was recognized for his vast video gaming prowess when featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. Rogers was a member of the world’s first team of professional video game players – “The U.S. National Video Game Team” – and is widely recognized as the first paid professional video game player.
One of Rogers’ most notable achievements was in 1980, when he beat Activision’s “perfect run” time on “Dragster” by .03 seconds. Following that feat, Activision employed Todd to demonstrate his incredible gaming skills at a pay of $1,000.00 a day at conventions and tournaments. Nearly 30 years later, Rogers still holds the record time. At E for All Expo, Todd guarantees he can beat any attendee blindfolded or will give them $100 cash on the spot. He also offers $10,000 to anyone that can beat his record.
- Paul Dean won the “All Star Marathon” crown – and a world record in the process – at the highly-acclaimed "Legends of the Golden Age" classic gamers’ reunion event several years ago. Dean played “Frenzy”, the sequel to “Berzerk”, for more than 41 hours. Dean has also been in the Guinness Book of World Records for a first place score on “Spy Hunter” after an 11½-hour marathon at the Third Annual Masters Tournament.
- Roy “Mr. Awesome” Shildt has held the world record in “Missile Command” for more than 20 years. The 1980 classic depicts an Armageddon style war in which players defend bases and cities attacked by antiballistic missiles, and has been widely regarded as one of the most difficult games of all time. “Mr. Awesome” was featured in the film “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” where he delivered the now famous one-liner “Don’t Get Chumpatized!”
Additional participants will be announced soon.