Seminars

More seminars will be added as information is finalized.

Friday, July 28, 2017
6pm: Terry Diebold – Super Nintendo CD Prototype

The relationship between Sony and Nintendo started when Sony engineer Ken Kutaragi became interested in working with video games after seeing his daughter play games on Nintendo’s Famicom video game console. He took on a contract at Sony for developing hardware that would drive the audio subsystem of Nintendo’s next console, the Super NES. Kutaragi secretly developed the chip, known as the Sony SPC 700. As Sony was uninterested in the video game business, most of his superiors did not approve of the project, but Kutaragi found support in Sony executive Norio Ohga and the project was allowed to continue. The success of the project spurred Nintendo to enter into a partnership with Sony to develop both a CD-ROM add-on for the Super NES and a Sony-branded console that would play both SNES games, as well as titles released for the new SNES-CD format. Ultimately, this collaboration was ended by Nintendo, which caused Sony to redevelop their new unit and unveil what was at that point an unheard of competitor known as the Sony Playstation.

In November 2015, it was reported that one of the original Nintendo PlayStation prototypes had been found. The prototype was reportedly left behind by former Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson during his time at Advanta. A former Advanta worker, Terry Diebold, acquired the device as part of a lot during Advanta’s 2009 bankruptcy auction. The system was later confirmed as operational and the unit plays Super Famicom cartridges as well the test cartridge that accompanied the unit, although the audio output and CD drive were non-functional.

Terry Diebold will be offering a seminar at ReplayFX to discuss, in depth, the story behind this amazing piece of console gaming history.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
2:45pm: The Complete SNES and 90s Gaming Nostalgia

Jeffrey Wittenhagen is a gaming author who has been published in Pixel Nation, NES-Bit, Retrogaming Times Monthly, and Nintendo Force (the predecessor to Nintendo Power)! More recently, Jeffrey has produced “The Complete NES: The Ultimate NES Collector’s Book”, a 300+ page volume detailing the artwork, characters, and descriptions of every NES game ever made. Coming soon, Jeffrey will be producing a similar collector volume detailing all aspects of the Super Nintendo.

Jeffrey’s seminar at ReplayFX will focus on his experiences with classic console gaming in addition to his numerous books and projects.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
4pm: Robocop vs. Truxton: What happens when Classic Game Room rules the world.

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.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
5:15pm: FarSight Studios

FarSight Studios is an independent developer and publisher of multi-platform videogames. FarSight developed their first game (for the Nintendo Entertainment System) over 25 years ago, and has been making hit games continuously ever since. Located in beautiful Big Bear Lake high up in the mountains of southern California, FarSight’s 8,000 square foot office facility is the home of some of the most talented game developers in the world.

FarSight Studios will be discussing their highly successful Pinball Arcade game alongside other projects.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
6:30pm: Jack Guarneri

Jersey Jack Pinball was founded because of a need that Jack saw in the industry for premium, no-compromise pinball machines. Games built with passion and games that are fun to play which will become treasured for years to come.

Jersey Jack Pinball has produced The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, Dialed In!, and have a number of other fast and fun pinball machines on the way.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
7:45pm: ACAM Presents: Warren Davis – The Williams Years

Warren Davis spent many years working for Williams, helping to create such games as Joust 2, Terminator 2 and Revolution X. Warren will discuss his years there, working alongside Eugene Jarvis, John Newcomer, Ed Boon, Mark Turmell and others, and creating the video digitization system that allowed actors to be incorporated into games like Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam.

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 late in 1982. 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 & fun gameplay during the short-lived laserdisc arcade game fad of the mid-1980s.


Saturday, July 29, 2017
9pm: ACAM Presents Mike Stulir: From Pong to Pinball – Atari at 45

As the company that launched the video game business, Atari was an unbeatable powerhouse in the early days of the industry. On the 45th anniversary of the company, ACAM’s Mike Stulir takes a look at some of their most memorable accomplishments including arcade games, consoles and pinball machines.

Classic console gamers may know Mike from his work on the Atari Flashback & Atari Flashback 2 retro consoles, but Mike’s true passion is classic coin-op arcade games. Mike is the Vice President of the American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM) in Weirs Beach, NH. Established in 1998, ACAM is the first 501c3 non-profit museum facility dedicated to the restoration, preservation & play of classic coin-op arcade games from the 1970’s and 1980’s. ACAM is a “hands on” facility and currently has just shy of 300 classic coin-op arcade games on display for the public to enjoy. Mike is an active participant in ACAM’s education program, which works directly with New England-area colleges & their students that are pursuing careers in the video game industry.


Sunday, July 30, 2017
12:30pm: Bowen Kerins & Andrei Massenkoff

Former World Pinball Champions Andrei Massenkoff and Bowen Kerins will perform a live pinball tutorial! The audience will be able to follow along with the professionals, ask questions, and win prizes as these highly-skilled players simplify the perplexing world of pinball!

Andrei and Bowen will explain the decisions behind their drastically different styles of play, and if enough members of the crowd beg, Bowen will offer his best riverdance impression while competing one-handed against members of the crowd! Audience participation will be encouraged, so show up, get close, and don’t be shy!