RALPH BAER TO ATTEND NINTH ANNUAL
Weirs Beach, NH, 5/21/07 – In 1967,
a small team of engineers, led by Ralph
Baer, designed the world’s first videogame
console – The Magnavox Odyssey. In
celebration of the 40th anniversary of the
first videogame console, legendary gaming
pioneer Ralph Baer will attend the annual
International Classic Videogame & Pinball
Championships on Saturday, June 2nd from
3:30pm until 7:00pm.
For the ninth annual installment, the tournament
will take place from Thursday, May 31st
through Sunday, June 3rd, 2007. The annual
event is held at the Funspot Family Entertainment
Center in Weirs Beach, NH. Funspot is home
to the American Classic Arcade Museum –
the largest classic gaming arcade in the
The American Classic Arcade Museum is a
501c3 non-profit organization dedicated
to restoring and displaying vintage coin-operated
amusements. The museum celebrates the origins
of the arcade industry. Popular video games
from the past, including Asteroids, Pac-Man,
Centipede and Defender are just a few of
the over 200 games in the classic arcade
museum. The museum also contains static
displays of game history and the walls feature
many posters of vintage arcade games.
Each year, championship-caliber players
from across the United States and around
the world gather for four days of classic
game competition, and the fun of playing
their favorites in the world’s largest
collection of classic arcade games still
operating in an arcade setting. In prior
years, players have come from Australia,
Canada, England, Israel and Finland to attend
this fun-filled event.
For 2007, the entire 4-day tournament has
been revamped to provide players with more
individualized competitions and to allow
for easier tracking of the scores. There
will be a 6-game pinball tournament and
a 12 game video game tournament. Another
new addition this year will be the All Atari
Competition featuring 10 classic Atari games.
There will be $250 cash prizes for each
1st place winner of the individual contests
– the Video Challenge, the Pinball
Challenge and the All Atari Competition.
In addition, cash prizes will be awarded
to the winner of each daily Mystery Game
Tournament; a popular segment which requires
entrants to compete on only one game.
The video and pinball games used for all
of the competitions will not be announced
until the start of the tournament at noon
on Thursday, May 31st. This is to provide
a fair playing field for players who don't
have access to those games throughout the
Players may videotape their game play for
high score verification. All other videotaping
and/or filming at this event must be pre-authorized
with the Funspot management.
The 9th Annual Classic Videogame
& Pinball Championships is co-sponsored
by Funspot and the American Classic Arcade
Museum. The event will be held May 31st
though June 3rd, 2007. Tournament hours
are Thursday Noon-10pm, Friday and Saturday
10am-11pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission
is $30 and includes 200 game tokens. Registration
will be at the door only.
The Funspot Family Entertainment Center
is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, NH.
The facility has been owned and operated
by the Lawton family for over 55 years.
The 60,000 square foot center also contains
20 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course,
a 400-seat Bingo hall, a restaurant, the
D.A. Long Tavern, and a state of the art
indoor golf center featuring six Full-Swing
Golf Simulators. Funspot and The American
Classic Arcade Museum are open year-round.