Twenty Years of SC3! Nov. 9 backyard party caps our second decade (or: we're old!)

We didn't make a big deal about it, but the November 9, 2019 SC3 event marked our 20th anniversary. In November 1999, a post on the Usenet group rec.games.video.classic (can you remember those days?) led to the formation of the Southern California Classic Collectors. That early meeting was just a few collectors getting together to swap Atari cartridges and check out the hot new Dreamcast machine. That humble beginning somehow launched dozens of arcade parties, the eating of probably a thousand pizzas, and a retrogaming celebration that's been bringing SoCal gamers together for the better part of two decades. It all happened again on Nov. 9, 2019, and this time we had chocolate marshmallows. Read all about it in our latest event recap.

This anniversary is bittersweet because it marks the departure of SC3 organizer Geoff, who was largely responsible for forming the group back in '99. Geoff, who lives hours away, just needed some time off. He's promised not to be a stranger though, so maybe we'll see him again some future SC3 event. Until then, take care Geoff – and thanks!!

The date of the next SC3 event is yet to be announced. Please keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcements. Until then, keep gaming!
— The SC3 Team

SC3's Next Backyard Party: November 9, 2019! Along with pics from our Sept. 28 event

It's finally that time again – time to go back... to the backyard! SC3 returns to our favorite Claremont location on November 9, 2019, from 4 p.m. to midnight! We're in the planning stages now; watch this site and our Facebook page for more announcements! In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars and fill out the RSVP form so that we can have an accurate headcount. Please remember, your donations keep SC3 going – our suggested donation for this event is $10 per adult attendee. Thanks for your support!

The backyard party is coming hot on the heels of our September 28 event at the Claremont Packing House. This smaller show was done in collaboration with Lost Levels Arcade. SC3 set up home consoles while Lost Levels provided arcade games and arranged to have a few vendors on hand. Low-key, easy setup and lots of games – what better way to spend a Saturday? Be sure to check out some pics from the event!

We're looking forward to November 9 and hope to see you there!
— The SC3 Team

SC3 @ Lost Levels Claremont: Sept. 28! Here we go again!

SC3 @ Lost Levels

SC3 is once again teaming up with Lost Levels Arcade! On Saturday, Sept. 28, come see SC3 at Lost Levels Claremont. More details will be coming soon, but you can expect the usual arcade games, consoles, vintage computers, and vendors! We hope to see you there!

Lost Levels Claremont
530 West First Street
Claremont, CA 91711
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Saturday, September 28, 12pm - 7pm

Keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for more details on this event!

Photos from SC3's and Retro City Festival's May 25 Event! At the Claremont Packing House

On May 25, SC3 again teamed up with Lost Levels and Retro City Festival to host a retrogaming event – this time at the Claremont Packing House! We had arcade games, free play consoles, vendor tables, a Street Fighter tournament, and live music by 8-Bit Jazz Heroes. You can find some pics right here, and there are more to check out on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone for coming!

The date for SC3's next event is yet to be announced. Keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for details. And as always, keep gaming!

SC3 and Lost Levels Teaming Up May 25! Packing the Games into the Claremont Packing House

SC3 and Lost Levels

SC3 is teaming up again with Lost Levels and Retro City Festival to host a retrogaming event at the Claremont Packing House on May 25! There will be arcade games, free play consoles, vendor tables, a Street Fighter tournament, and live music by 8-Bit Jazz Heroes. Hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Claremont Packing House
530 W 1st St.
Claremont, CA 91711
May 25, 2019, 12pm - 7pm

Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for future announcements regarding this event!

SC3's Nov. 10 Arcade Party Brings It Home Back to Basics in the Backyard

The November 10 party was as much about what was not there as what was. You've heard us talk about the expanding trade area and the seemingly never-ending piles of gaming items on offer. It's difficult; we're collectors too so we like to see stuff made available. But let's face it: game resellers ("flippers") are a real thing nowadays and their "for the money" vibe doesn't mesh well with SC3's "for the games and for the friends" philosophy. So this time, we shrunk the trade area and kept the flippers away. This reduced our crowd size a bit but let us focus on having fun socializing and playing games – what our Arcade Parties are really all about! This event felt like getting back to the SC3 basics of fun, games, food, games, friends and games! Read all about it, and one Gyruss-themed birthday surprise, in the Nov. 10, 2018 Event Recap!

The date for SC3's spring event is yet to be announced. With the closing of Arcade 2084, we're scouting for a new location. We have a couple leads but nothing definite as of yet. However, SC3 will have a presence at Retro City Festival 2019, to be held Jan. 5th & 6th at the Fairplex in Pomona. We hope to see you there!

Keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for future announcements. And as always, keep gaming!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: November 10, 2018! Back to the Backyard Again!

It is a fall tradition to head back home, reconnect with family and old friends over some good food, and just generally take the time to be grateful for all the things you enjoy. Thanksgiving? Sure, that's nice. But we're talking about that other autumn celebration: the SC3 backyard party! Once again, Thanksgiving is coming to Southern California a couple of weeks early. SC3 will be serving up a vertiable classic videogaming feast on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Come join us as we cram too many 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.

Limited Trade Area – 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. And renovations to the yard have REDUCED the amount of available trade space this year. More announcements may be made later, but at this time we cannot guarantee ANY available trade table space. Please plan on bringing only trade goods that can fit in a backpack that you carry, or feel comfortable leaving in your vehicle. Please do not bring your own tables. If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. 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 June 30: Finding the Lost Levels Fun and "Madnes" in Fullerton

When Lost Levels, a retro arcade and game store in Fullerton, reached out to SC3 about hosting a combined event at their facility, it seemed like a natural fit. Like SC3, Lost Levels celebrates vintage games, particularly those of the 8- and 16-bit eras. So on June 30, we showed up in Fullerton, TVs and vintage consoles in hand. Vendors, video games and heavy metal (courtesy of Super MadNES) followed. Some pinball action too. Read all about it in our June 30 Event Recap.

The next SC3 event is yet to be announced, but will likely be in the fall, sometime around November. As always, keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for developments.