We are SC3 – the Southern California Classic Collectors – a videogame collector's group serving the Metropolitan Los Angeles, San Diego and Inland Empire areas. We've got a soft spot for the "classic" days of the early 1980s, but we love games of all eras, from Pong to PlayStation 4. Come and play!

Nov. 12, 2016: The 10th Anniversary Backyard Party!
Celebrating a decade of fun

It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first SC3 backyard arcade party. SC3 existed as a console collectors' group before then, but the introduction of full-sized arcades brought us to a whole new level. It's obvious that in the decade since that original gathering, SC3 has become something more than just a handful of game collectors getting together to swap carts. It's an event now, something that lots of people look forward to for months on end. It's an excuse to meet with friends who love gaming as much as you do. Crucially in the stressful year that has been 2016, SC3 brings people together to just forget about everything other than having a good time. That was emphatically the case on Saturday, November 12, as over 200 people crammed into the yard for an evening of fun, games, and pure positive energy! This felt like a watershed event for us in many ways. Not only did it mark our tenth anniversary, but we tweaked a few things, solved a few problems, and really recaptured some of the spirit of the old days when SC3 was a smaller endeavor. This was one of the best events we've had in a long time, and we greatly thank everybody who pitched in to help! Read all about it in our Nov. 12 event recap.

The next event will likely take place in Spring 2017, although exact dates have yet to be determined. As always, watch this site and our Facebook page for details as they become available. Until then, keep calm and game on!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: November 12, 2016!
The 10th Anniversary Backyard Party!

Ten years ago, SC3 hosted its first "backyard" arcade party in Claremont. It was a simpler time. With only about 20 arcade cabs and maybe 40 attendees, the backyard had room to spare. What a difference a decade makes! After ten years of growth, SC3 is bigger than ever; that yard can hardly contain us anymore. But we're still giving it a go. We love the other venues that have hosted us and we'll continue to use them, but in many ways that backyard has been "home" to us over this last decade. Besides, with Thanksgiving around the corner, what better time is there to come home?

So once again, Thanksgiving is coming to Southern California a couple of weeks early. SC3 will be serving up a cornucopia of classic videogaming vittles on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Once again we'll be cramming several dozen arcade machines and classic home consoles into the back yard of one lucky home in Claremont. If you attended one of the old parties, you know that like any good Thanksgiving meal, it'll be overstuffed but extremely satisfying.

Changes at this Event – Please Read

The good old backyard is a smaller venue. There's just not enough room to accommodate 200 people, dozens of arcades and the huge mountains of trade goods that have been showing up at our last few events. So, we are limiting the amount of trade table space available to each attendee and asking you not to bring your own tables. If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. After filling it out, it will pop up some notices for you to read and allow you to request table space. We'll take your request down and do our best to reserve part of a table for you – but be aware that there is limited space and a lot of people wanting it! We strongly advise traders to bring only their best, most desirable stuff. Leave those huge boxes of Combat carts home! Remember, even if you don't plan to bring trade goods, it's still essential that you RSVP. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email.

Also note that this event starts at 4 p.m. No one, except authorized event planners, will be allowed in before 4 p.m.

Your donations keep SC3 functioning, and our costs are expected to rise for this event. Our suggested donation at this event is $10 per adult attendee. Thanks as always for your support and remember to keep an eye here and on our Future Meeting Page for more announcements about the event!

SC3's Sept. 10 Arcade Party: Another Trading Frenzy at 2084 Arcade!
And we can't stop thinking about that Discs of Tron cab...

On September 10, over 200 attendees gathered at 2084 Arcade in Anaheim for the latest SC3 arcade party. Much like our previous event, this gathering was heavy on trading. The tables filled up quickly, overflowing with boxed NES carts, Virtual Boys, PS2 games and more. The demand for retro game merchandise seems to have no limit. But once attendees were done with all that trading, there was plenty of other fun to be had. 2084 Arcade continues to outdo itself, this time with one of the holy grails of classic arcades: an environmental Discs of Tron! Read all about it in our Sept. 10 Recap.

Huge thanks to all those who helped out, donated, and attended. This was already the second SC3 event of 2016, but due to popular demand we are planning another backyard party, probably in November! As always, watch this site and our Facebook page for details. And as always, keep gaming!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: September 10 at 2084 Arcade!
Back to our home-away-from-home in Anaheim

2084 Arcade You asked for it – you got it! SC3 is hosting a special summer event on Saturday, September 10, at 2084 Arcade, a private facility jam-packed with '80s arcade classics in Anaheim. The hours are 4 p.m. to midnight. If you attended any of our previous 2084 events, you know what to expect. The owners of 2084 are four Southern California coin-op collectors who combined their collections under one roof to recreate the games list of an early 80's arcade. Now they have nearly 100 classic machines, including a few pinballs, at a facility in Anaheim. 2084 has been hosting arcade get-togethers every few weeks for quite some time now, and on September 10 SC3 will be there with our complement of home consoles, game trading and other goodies.

2084's a big enough place, but it's firmly packed with coin-ops. There's some space for home consoles but we have to go a little lighter than at other venues. Food will not be provided at this event, but there's a huge restaurant complex within walking distance. Trading is essential to the spirit of SC3 so we'll have plenty of space for it. The owners of 2084 are friends of ours and they're always improving the facility. We can't wait! As always, watch our Future Meeting Page for additional details as they emerge.

If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email. Simple! Hope to see you September 10!

April 30: Tremendous trading at 2084!
Our trade tables overfloweth

Videogame collectors can't get enough of their hobby. It seems like no matter when you grew up, or what system, genre or era is your favorite, if you love videogames you'll end up with a collection of them, always looking to add that elusive new title or pass on accumulated stuff that you no longer want. At SC3's April 30 event at 2084 Arcade in Anaheim, over 250 attendees were busy doing just that. Oh, and some of them even found time to play some games too. Read all about it in our April 30 Event Recap.

Thanks as always to 2084 Arcade, to everyone who attended and especially to those who donated and helped out at the event! Of course we are starting to consider plans the next one. Traditionally we'll be looking at an October or November timeframe but something in late summer is not out of the question. As always please keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcements. Till then, keep gaming!

SC3 Nov. 7, 2015: The Biggest Backyard Blowout!
The yard runneth over

For a while there, it looked like the Nov. 7, 2015 SC3 arcade party might not even happen. Half of the usual organizers were sidelined with work commitments or recovering from illness, and we weren't sure we'd be able to get it together. But we couldn't disappoint all the people who planned to attend, so we plowed ahead anyway. Things turned out all right, with over 225 games arriving at the famous Backyard in Claremont for eight hours of games, pizza, and a truly staggering amount of trading. This event was one of the most well-attended in SC3 history, with a bunch of new faces, old friends, 10-player Saturn Bomberman and one solid wall of Pac-Man! Read all about it in our Nov. 7 Event Recap.

As always, SC3 wishes to extend a hearty thank you to everybody who helped out with the setup and brought games. An extra special thanks goes out to Jason, who not only helped with the setup both days but kept several of the arcade cabs running when they seemed determined not to. Big thanks goes to all those who chipped in donations. That money goes directly to pay for electricity, food and other expenses, and without it, SC3 could not continue.

So when's the next one? We don't yet know exactly. Our normal schedule is one in the fall, one in the spring. So expect it sometime in the April-May 2016 timeframe. More exact times will be announced on the Future Meeting Page and Facebook as spring approaches. Until then, keep gaming!