Great State: Gen Y Ties That Bind Through Old Video Games

MOORE, OKLAHOMA — They are a collection of Generation ‘Y’ who can’t let go of the cool stuff they played with as kids.

“And now we get to buy back those toys because we’re 30 and we have big boy jobs,” chuckles Brandon Phillips.

It just so happens that Brandon and his friend David Sollars grew up with early video games, the Nintendos and Segas, and the thousands of separate games that came with them.

Sollars says, “I’m old enough that I was given the original Nintendo with Mario Bros. as a Christmas gift from my grandmother.”

Three years ago Phillips put an ad on Craigslist.

David answered and the Retro Gamer Society was born.

On this night members meet at David’s house in residential Moore.

The RGS has meetings nearly every month.

A first time visitor remarks, “You have a whole house full of people who have inventive ways of wasting time.”

Both David and Brandon chuckle, “Yeah.”

People come to play the old games and the new releases too.

Sollars grabs a controller to play Dark Souls II.

He’s still learning to navigate the warren of tunnels and passages.

He takes a wrong turn while talking. His character plunges into a dark pit. “I’m actually dying right now,” he says.

A few minutes later his character is killing giant rats.

“A lot of this game is about exploration,” he says.

On the shelf above and beside his HD screen sit hundreds of other games.

Some are well known, others obscure.

All of them took up thousands of hours of ‘retro gamers’ time as kids.

It turns out there are so many gamers out there that members started asking society fathers to hold a convention.

“We’ve got the numbers. We’ve got the people that can volunteer and do it,” says Brandon.

“Let’s just give it a shot,” adds David.

They’ve been planning Super Bit Con for a year now.

The convention promises games and gamers, and a really big game room.

Suddenly it’s Christmas, 1986 all over again.

The first annual Super Bit Con takes place March 29th at the Hobby, Arts, and Crafts building at Fairgrounds Park in Oklahoma City.

Tickets are $6.00 for adults.

For more information about the convention or the Retro Gamers go to superbitcon.com