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!

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!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: November 7, 2015!
Give thanks early with a gaming feast in Claremont

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 7, 2015, from 4 p.m. to midnight. The November holidays are traditionally a time to go back home, and so we are once again going "back to the back yard" and throwing a house-party at the same Claremont residence that has hosted so many of our past events. Once again we'll be cramming several dozen arcade machines and classic home consoles into a lucky home's back yard. If you attended one of the old parties, you know that like any good Thanksgiving meal, it'll be overstuffed but extremely satisfying.

If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email. Simple! Remember, it's essential that you RSVP ahead of time – space is limited at this location and we need an accurate headcount!

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 Travels to 2084!
(The Anaheim one, not the 69-years-in-the-future one)

May 9, 2015 marked the first, but not the last, SC3 event held at 2084 Arcade in Anaheim. 2084 hosts smaller gatherings on a regular basis, but May 9 was the first time SC3 showed up with our bevy of home console games and videogame trade tables. The result was the largest and most attended 2084 gathering yet! About 200 gamers made the trek to Anaheim to partake of 2084's nearly 100 classic coin-ops (and three pinball tables), videogame trading, multicart-fueled home console gaming, and the ever-popular GameGavel raffle. We even had a fireworks show... well, sort of. This was a great, low-stress event where we got to welcome a lot of new faces, most of whom seemed genuinely excited and thankful that there's a group still keeping the '80s gaming vibe alive. It reminds us why we keep doing this. Read all about it in our May 9, 2015 Event Recap.

Thanks to all who attended and donated at our recent event, and especially to 2084 Arcade for hosting us in the first place! The next SC3 event has yet to be announced, but if things go according to our usual schedule, we'll be expecting something in the October/November time frame. A smaller summer event is not out of the question either, but we need to see what shakes out first. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Future Meeting Page and SC3's Facebook page for updates.

Next SC3 Arcade Party: May 9, 2015 at 2084 Arcade!
The REAL happiest place in Anaheim

2084 Arcade It's time for the first SC3 event of 2015, in a brand new location! Our next Arcade Party will take place on Saturday, May 9, 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 our Santa Ana events at The Last Arcade on the Planet, you'll have an idea 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 a while now, but May 9 will mark the first time SC3 will be there with our complement of home consoles, game trading and other goodies.

This is SC3's first event at 2084 so this will be a learning experience for us. 2084's a big enough place, but it's firmly packed with coin-ops. There's some space for home consoles but we might have to go a little lighter than normal. Food will not be provided at this event. Trading is essential to the spirit of SC3 so we'll find space for it, somewhere. We'll find room for the traditional GameGavel.com raffle too. All in all, this should be like a typical SC3 event but with a heavier focus on arcade gaming than usual. The owners of 2084 Arcade are friends of ours who have provided invaluable help to SC3 in the past. The SC3 organizers have attended 2084 events too and have always had a blast. The chance to throw a party together is just too good to pass up, and 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 May 9!

SC3 Nov. 15. 2014: Haulin' Out the Heavy Hardware
Virtual Boy, Virtual On... Actual Fun

It seems like every time we think we've reached the upper limit of what a single back yard can contain, we manage to add a bit more. The Nov. 15, 2014 arcade party was another back-yard blowout, straining the capacity of the premises and, doubtlessly, the electrical grid. Over 200 attendees streamed into the yard this time, threading their way through over 30 full- and over-sized arcade machines, over one dozen vintage consoles, two pinball machines, and endless tall stacks of video game items up for trade. Read all about it in the Nov. 15, 2014 Event Recap.

The next SC3 arcade party has yet to be scheduled, but if our normal schedule holds, it'll be sometime around Spring 2015. We're also considering possible new venues for the next event. As always, keep an eye on our Future Meeting Page and our Facebook page for announcements. Until then, keep gaming!