Next SC3 Meeting: November 12, 2016

Tentatively-scheduled Attractions:

  • MANY Coin-ops on free play (click
    for some examples)
  • Multiple home consoles, games, and oddities
  • Snacks, cold drinks and pizza will be served
  • Game trading - but space is limited... more details on this page

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!

Recap of the Last SC3 Meeting

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.

Who Is SC3, Exactly?

If you aren't familiar with SC3, we're just a friendly group of videogame enthusiasts who like nothing better than to get together to talk, trade, and play games. We've got a soft spot for games from the "classic" days of the early 1980s, but we love games of all eras, from Pong to PlayStation 4. If you love videogames, you're welcome to attend!

SC3 has made a point of keeping our meetings relaxed and informal, but the atmosphere will include some beer drinking and there may be some R-rated game content. This is an adult get-together where supervised minors will be accepted. Parents should take this into account and please let us know if you have questions.