Event Summary: RetroCollect's Video Game Market - Leeds Town Hall 15th March 2014

13215025735 99b0c6b433 cHere at RetroCollect we love gaming events. Big events, small events - you name it, we're there. So what happened when we held one of our very own events in the shape of the Video Game Market? Read on for all the info you could possibly need...

Car boot sales are a difficult art to master. Pushy sellers, sharks buying up all the games before anyone even arrives, and the general hustle and bustle can be hard to wrap our retro brains around. Ettiquette is off the table and haggling is a must-have skill. So how about a good old-fashioned games store? Sure! If you want to pay a premium for battered copies of the same old FIFAs and CODs. There's always good old eBay - but unless you fancy paying over the odds for an item that might not even slightly resemble its listed photograph, that's probably not an option for most collectors, either.

So where does that leave us retro gamers who want to buy quality items, from decent folk who know what they're talking about?

Enter RetroCollect's Video Game Market

The very first RCVGM was kind of an experiment. A small event for us to test the waters with and see if the community needed - or even wanted - an event like this. We booked a small room at Leeds Town Hall this past Saturday and began contacting potential sellers to gauge interest and see what we could do with our idea.

And so March 15th arrived - and we honestly were totally unprepared for what happened once we opened those doors...

We were expecting a couple of hundred attendees, maybe - certainly not almost one and a half thousand of you. We actually had to operate a one-out, one-in policy for a good few hours as the venue was absolutely packed - and with partners such as GAME Leeds, Forbidden Planet International and Hitari you just kept coming.

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See, the beauty of RCVGM is that it wasn't just about the games. Absolutely everything was available - from retro carts and discs, to replacement boxes and manuals, plush toys, action figures, shirts, bespoke jewellery, consoles, posters and everything inbetween. Serious collectors mingled with casual gamers, cosplayers and Average Joe in probably the most well-mannered market I've ever seen. And when they were all shopped out? Our friends at NERG offered several MAME cabinets for you to try out with 200+ titles available and Psychotic Software showcased their all-new retro shooter Power UP.

There really was something for everyone at our first (and definitely not last) RCVGM, but none of it would have been possible without the support of the community. We spoke to people who had travelled from Chester, Bristol, Glasgow, York, and even Margate - just to visit us and we're so humbled here at RetroCollect HQ that you made the Video Game Market the staggering success that it turned out to be.

We'll be back very soon - bigger, better, and powered-up with an enormous sequel chock-full of your favourite games and merchandise.

Link: Video Game Market Official Website

Link: Flickr Gallery of the Video Game Market

Link: Video Game Market on Facebook

Last Updated ( 20 March 2014 )  


+1 (Link to this comment) Firthy2002 2014-03-20 15:48
Truly it was an epic success!
+1 (Link to this comment) Captaincoconut 2014-03-20 20:53
Fantastic event, well done to all the team that made it possible!
You can safely say that your experiment was a huge success and that you now need to start planning for RCVGM2 - see you there!!
+1 (Link to this comment) SoulFunk 2014-03-21 07:42
Top marks to the guys that made this possible. We should definitely do it more often. Bring on the next VGM
(Link to this comment) JustinSane 2014-03-22 00:49
Event in theory was good, but a lot of the people running the stalls thought that they where at an ebay convention.
(Link to this comment) pas7680 2014-03-23 21:15
Quoting JustinSane:
Event in theory was good, but a lot of the people running the stalls thought that they where at an ebay convention.

These events are always the same, some of the stalls selling import games were really taking the piss. Having said that, there were plenty of bargains to be had and i still emptied my wallet.

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