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Game On at the White Rose Gameroom Show

By Jake Levin

Since 1997, people from all walks of life have flocked to York, Pa. for the White Rose Gameroom Show, where classic arcade games inspire a laid back, family friendly atmosphere for collectors, enthusiasts and anyone else who may be intrigued by the scene.

Rich Marquette is the current Show Promoter, a title he gained after taking over for the original founders stepped down. As Marquette explains it, the White Rose Gameroom Show can trace its origins as a destination for pinball and arcade game collectors to get together to network and buy, sell and trade parts and games. Since then, thanks in part to the internet, the gaming community has grown even larger. It's now easier than ever before to maintain these games thanks to the wide array of collectors.

"We usually get over 200 games in the show hall along with 40 vendors selling parts, games and upgrades for the games," Marquette said of the events he hosts, the most recent of which took place on Sept. 29 and 30. "The majority of games that are in the free play area at the show are brought by collectors and the amount of work that they have put into the games making them better than new is astounding."

All games are free to play, with no quarters or tokens required. Relics from the 1920s can be seen at the White Rose Gameroom Show, as well as contemporary games produced by today's top makers such as Stern Pinball and Jersey Jack Pinball.

Tournaments take place at the convention for players of all ages. Some are just for fun but for others, you can win prizes, according to Marquette.

"We also host an IFPA tournament that is very competitive and offers some significant prizes," Marquette said. "We get players from all over the U.S. and Canada that come to the show just to compete in the IFPA tournaments."

Marquette said that the White Rose Gameroom Show is the largest collection of games in South Central Pennsylvania, a collection you won't find anywhere else.

"The games are brought by collectors and are typically in great shape and working properly," he said. "It also a great place to find and purchase a game for your own collection whether you are just starting out or if you are an avid hobbyist. You can play many different games, get an idea of what exactly you like."

Parking is free at the fairgrounds, which are located at the York Fairgrounds and Expo Center in the Memorial Hall West. Admission prices and many more details are located on the event's website, www.theyorkshow.com.

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