Some great news for those living in Germany, in NRW preferably, as there’s an interesting free-of-charge retro event coming up, starting today, with the GK KulturGut! organisation in Geilenkirchen.
I usually keep most of my posts internationally relevant, and even some film festivals or game conventions I cover are visited by people outside Germany. This one is an exception or maybe the start of something new if it works, so bear with me for a while.
It’s on rather short notice, I know, but I only recently learned about it, and what’s evem funnier: it’s close to where I live and one of the organizing people is someone I knew from my university days. So I guess the world is really that small.
Starting today, Friday 27th March, at 8 pm and ending on Sunday at 6 pm, the Haus Basten in Geilenkirchen (between Aachen, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf if you know the train connection) will host the Retro Gaming event. Or it’s actually the GK Kulturgut! initiative who organizes it. So what’s so great about it?
First, its admission is free, secondly, there are many consoles to play on and games to discover, including the Philips Odyssey 2001, Atari ST, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga 1000, Nintendo NES, SNES, Sega Mega Drive. It can’t get any more retro than this.
It’s the second time this event will be held after around 300 people attended it last year. So hopefully many more interested in gaming culture will join the fun, no matter what age or sex. I’ll try to get some impressions as well, who knows, maybe some interviews. But of course if you can make it, be at Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 118, entrance Friedlandplatz in 52511 Geilenkirchen. The opening hours are Friday from 8 pm, Saturday from 4 pm and Sunday from 1 to 6 pm.
What are your thoughts on retro gaming, especially the older consoles and computers? Do you still play them? If so, do you attend other retro events where you’re from? Let me know of any other interesting places to discover and write about!
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