Event Report

Vector Initiative Arcade Auction

Back in the days of my youth there was a TV channel called Tech TV and they had a show called X-Play about video game reviews. One episode they did a piece on an arcade auction and after we moved to Florida I went to one with my dad. I wasn’t able to buy anything at the time, being in my early teens with no income at the time, but I still had fun.

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On Sunday I went to the Vector Initiative arcade auction and swap meet. I got there around 9:30 in the morning so I could get registered and check out the swap meet. The swap meet didn’t have many people so I went in to check out the games before it got to crowded. To register to bid you needed to hand over your license, I guess that way you can’t bid and then leave half way through. They had a few games I was interested in but I didn’t bring much money with me because I have a trip coming up this week that you’ll be able to read all about soon.

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After playing a couple of games it was getting crowded so I sat in my car for a bit until the auction started. This was a mistake because it was even more crowded when I went back in. Around 11 the auction started and right away I knew that I didn’t bring enough money with me.

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At lunch they had free BBQ, so I guess it wasn’t a wasted trip. After lunch was another round of auctions but about half way I decided to leave. I turned in my number, got my license back, got some more BBQ and went to go see Godzilla.

Next time I’ll be more prepared, so third times the charm I guess. Unless the next time happens to fall a few days before I go on a trip again… but what are the odds of that?


Anthony spends most of his time thinking about games. When not playing games, writing about games, or thinking about games he can be found hunting pokemon in the wilds of downtown Clermont.If you like the words I write, maybe consider supporting me on Patreon?