Playback Electronic Gaming Expo celebrates the past and present of video games in a family-friendly environment. The show features contests, prizes, raffles, vendors, and playable consoles representing decades of gaming!
The first Playback was held in March of 2016 in conjunction with The eSports Club at Christopher Newport University as Playback Retro Gaming Expo. The Playback team filled the ballroom of The David Student Union with consoles from the 1970s through the 1990s as well as a number of local vendors, many of whom had never sold to such a large crowd. There were a number of contests for attendees and the volunteers from eSports at CNU kept things running smoothly. In spite of some unexpected sponsorship difficulties, the show was a hit! The team decided to move forward with another show in the fall.
The second event took place in October of 2016 and built on the success of the first. The contests and prizes were better planned and the day was highlighted by a Super Mario Kart tournament on the SNES as well as the now infamous Classic Doom Classic LAN event. The day was capped with a surprisingly well-received impromptu Pong tournament on a classic Coleco Telstar system played on a 55″ flatscreen.
After two events, the team expanded the reach of the show to include some modern gaming to provide attendees with even more great content. The show was rechristened Playback Electronic Gaming Expo to reflect the wider scope and a new home was found for the event. The Playback team strives to make each show something special and even more memorable than the last for all our fans!
Come join our community of gamers as we celebrate gaming!