SHOW 2007

Date: 24th - 26th March 2007.
Location: Dome Center, Henrietta, Rochester, NY,USA 14467.

This was the second year for the Rochester Gameroom Show and once again it took place in the Minnett Hall of the Dome Center in Henrietta, a southern rural suburb of Rochester.

The view of the hall from across the parking lot with the remains of the previous week's snow

The Minnett Hall is a high-roofed building at the rear of the Dome Center and at the time of the show some construction work was taking place on the main Dome Center to create a better entrance to both venues. That work, combined with the melting snow from the recent fall, created some wet and muddy conditions in the parking lot.

Last year's show occupied about 60% of the available space with a curtain blocking off the unused area, but this year there were enough games and stands to use all the 23,000 square feet of floor area.

The first few games are set up in the hall

We were at the Rochester Gameroom Show for the set up and opening session on Friday to see the transformation from an empty hall to a full one, ready for the first night's opening to the public at 5pm.

Gradually, more vans arrive and unload

The show continued through Saturday and Sunday but because the Texas Pinball Festival was taking place the same weekend, we could only be at Rochester on the first day.

The show is starting to take shape now

The hall features three large loading doors allowing all but the tallest trucks to drive inside and unload their contents simplifying the set up process.

Helium-filled balloons await in the back office

In the back room, last minute prepararions were underway and balloons were being inflated to add to the atmosphere in the hall., where the tournament games were being assembled ready for the start of the qualifying rounds later in the day.

Games are set up for the P3Tournament

Brian Smith from P3Tournaments was in charge of the competitive side of pinball playing at the show, featuring the Wizard Of New York tournament in which 26 players completed 66 entries to try to get their hands on the title and the cash prizes. There were also a beginners division and a kids competition too.

Players in the Wizard Of New York tournament competed on any three of the four games - Attack From Mars, Firepower, Star Trek - The Next Generation and The Addams Family - and their score on each game was ranked against other scores to give a maximum of 100 ranking points for the highest score, 95 for the second, 90 for the third, 89 for fourth and then so on for all subsequent positions. The total points across all 3 games is then added up and the final qualifying score produced.

With the games set up, the scoring system is next

Players could buy multiple attempts but it was only their full three-game score that counted each time.

When qualifying ended, the top eight scorers went on to the final rounds where a double elimination format decided the winner and runners-up.

John Flitton (2nd place), Eric Bentsen (Winner), Steven Bowden (3rd place), Maurice Pelletier (Top qualifier)

The winner was Eric Bentsen who beat John Flitton into second place, with Steven Bowden coming third. The highest scoring qualifier was Maurice Pelletier who received a plaque for his skill.

Josh Schaeffer (Kids Division winner), Lynnea Fugh (Beginners Division winner)

The Kid's Division was won by Josh Schaeffer while the Beginner's Division went to Lynnea Fugh. Congratulations to them both.

A full list of results and more details about the tournament formats can be found at the P3Tournament website, who provided the winner pictures above in our absence.

Aside from the tournament, there was also a prize to be won from the show's sponsors Suzuki Motorcycles & ATVs. A bike just like the one below was the prize in a free draw for all visitors.

Visitors could take part in a prize draw for a bike like this

Fans hoping to play the newest games were not disappointed thanks to and their selection of new Stern games such as Ripley's, Sopranos, Monopoly, Grand Prix, Family Guy and UltraPin (shown below). And there was the new remake of King of Diamonds on display for visitors to play and see how it compared to the original and to today's modern games.

Recent stern games with Family Guy in the background

The 114 pinball games set up on Friday evening were:

  • Air Aces
  • Barracora
  • Big Ben
  • Black Jack
  • Black Knight
  • Black Rose
  • Blue Chip
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Capt. Card
  • 2 x Capt. Fantastic
  • 2 x Champion Pub
  • Class Of 1812*
  • Cue Ball Wizard*
  • Demolition Man
  • Demolition Man*
  • Dirty Harry
  • Disco Fever*
  • Dolly Parton*
  • Eight Ball
  • Eight Ball Deluxe
  • Elvira & The Party Monsters
  • Family Guy
  • Fish Tales
  • Flash
  • Flip Flop
  • Frankenstein
  • Funhouse
  • Gilligan's Island*
  • 2 x Gorgar
  • Gottlieb's Baseball
  • Grand Prix
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Harley Davidson (Bally)
  • Harley Davidson (Sega)
  • Hoe Down*
  • Hollywood
  • Hurdy Gurdy
  • 2 x Hurricane
  • Indiana Jones
  • Jokerz
  • Jungle King
  • Junkyard
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kings Of Steel
  • 2 x Kiss
  • Lost World
  • Lucky Ace
  • Mario Andretti*
  • Medusa
  • Monopoly
  • Mr & Mrs Pac-Man
  • Mr & Mrs Pac-Man*
  • MysticNASCAR
  • Nautilus
  • NFL Eagles
  • Nudge It
  • Odds & Evens
  • Old Chicago
  • Operation Thunder
  • Paragon
  • Party Animal
  • Pinball Pool
  • Playboy (Bally)
  • Playboy (Data East)
  • Pokerino
  • Pop-A-Card
  • Rack 'Em Up
  • Raven
  • Rescue 911
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon
  • 2 xScared Stiff
  • Secret Service
  • Shaq Attaq*
  • Silverball
  • Space Mission*
  • Space Odyssey
  • Speakeasy
  • 2 x Spring Break
  • Star Wars Episode 1
  • Stargate
  • Starship Troopers
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Strikes & Spares
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Surf 'N Safari
  • Swing Time*
  • Tee'd Off
  • Terminator 2
  • 2 x The Addams Family
  • The Addams Family*
  • The Machine - Bride Of Pinbot
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sporanos
  • Theatre Of Magic*
  • Time Machine
  • Twilight Zone
  • UltraPin
  • Waterworld*
  • Who Dunnit?
  • World Cup Soccer
  • World Cup Soccer*
  • World Poker Tour
  • WWF Royal Rumble
  • Xenon

*Those games marked with an asterisk were set up but not powered and working. The list was made Friday evening and includes those games available for general play. Private games not set up for public play are not included.

There were plenty of pinballs...

With the pinball and video games in the centre of the hall, the vendors and the tournament fitted around the outer walls.

...lots of gumballs...

Vendors at the show on Friday evening were:

  • Arppop's Warehouse
  • CCR Construction Renovations
  • Charlotte Furniture & Appliance
  • Classic Arcades
  • Flashback Amusements
  • Knox Amusement
  • M&P Amusements
  • Marlen Amusement
  • Melo-Tone
  • Mike's Amusements
  • Niagra Neon
  • PB Lifter
  • PinLED
  • Rec Room Specialties
  • Stealth Home Amusement
  • Stott Vending
  • The Gumball Guy
  • Tockey
  • Vending Machines R Us
  • Wiseguy Amusements
  • Worldwide Toys
  • Yankee Jukebox Shop

...and tons of video games

Kids who were reluctant to leave their home found a welcome alternative at the show with Charlotte Furniture & Appliance's 4-player X-Box 360, large screen, surround sound demonstration area.

The kids could feel right at home too

There were also 143 dedicated video games set up at the show:

  • 1943
  • Arcade Legends
  • Arch Rivals*
  • Area 51
  • Arkanoid
  • 2 x Asteroids
  • 2 x Asteroids Deluxe
  • Asteroids*
  • Berzerk
  • Blitz 2000 Gold
  • Capcom Bowling
  • Centipede
  • Championship Sprint
  • 2 x Chase H.Q.
  • Deluxe Space Invaders
  • Deluxe Space Invaders*
  • Demolition Derby
  • Die Hard Arcade
  • Dig Dug
  • 2 x Donkey Kong
  • Double Dragon*
  • Double Play*
  • Dr Mario
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Dragon's Lair 2
  • 2 x Galaga
  • Gauntlet Legends
  • Golden Axe
  • 3 x Golden Tee 2000
  • Golden Tee 3D
  • 2 x Golden Tee 98
  • 2 x Golden Tee 99
  • Golden Tee Cabaret*
  • 3 x Golden Tee Classic
  • 2 x Golden Tee Fore 2005
  • 3 x Golden Tee Fore Complete
  • Gorf
  • Gravitar
  • Hang-On
  • Hyper Sports
  • Madden Football
  • 2 x MAME
  • 19 x Megatouch
  • Megatouch Force 2005
  • Megatouch Gold
  • Metal Slug
  • 2 x Millipede
  • Moon Patrol
  • Mr Do's Castle
  • Mr Do's Castle Universe
  • Mrs Pac-Man
  • Mrs Pac-Man*
  • Mrs Pacman/Galaga Combo
  • Nintendo Super System
  • 2 x Off Road
  • Operation Thunderbolt
  • Operation Wolf
  • 3 x Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man*
  • Pac-Man Plus
  • Pac-Mania
  • Paperboy
  • Phoenix
  • Pit Boss
  • 2 x PlayChoice 10
  • Pleiades
  • Pole Position
  • Pole Position*
  • Popeye
  • Power Drift
  • Prize Zone
  • Qix
  • R.Type
  • Radical Bikers
  • Revolution-X
  • Road Blaster
  • San Francisco Rush
  • Solar Assault
  • Space Ace
  • Star Wars Trilogy
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Super Hang-On
  • Super Pac-Man
  • Tapper
  • Tetris
  • The Simpsons
  • Touchmaster
  • Trivia Whiz*
  • 3 x Turbo
  • Twin Eagle*
  • 3 x Ultracade
  • Unnamed Multigame
  • Video Trivia
  • Viper
  • VS System*
  • Wild Cycle
  • Williams Multigame
  • World Rally
  • WWF Superstars*
  • Zaxxon
  • Zaxxon*

*Those games marked with an asterisk were set up but not powered and working. The list was made Friday evening and includes those games available for general play. Private games not set up for public play are not included.

You're never too young to learn Pac-Man

Although we were not able to stay to see the larger crowds of Saturday, it was clear there was an excellent selection of both pinball and video games for visitors to play. Game condition was more variable though with some games being virtually unplayable and seemingly brought to the
show just to sell as fixer-uppers. The vast majority though were in good condition with some very nice examples amongst them from the restoration companies.

Stealth Amusements had plenty of Pachislo machines

While Niagra Neon had signs and badges for sale

On Friday evening there were power problems which resulted in regular outages to several banks of games. I understand a thorough review of the power connections and load distributions was going to take place late Friday night so hopefully that sorted out the problems for the rest of the weekend. Certainly, I didn't hear any complaints from Saturday's visitors.

Show T-shirts for sale at the front desk

So, a succesful second Rochester Gameroom Show for Dave Jones and the whole show crew. Congratulations to them and the P3 team for the tournaments this year.

With the building work completed, no clash with the Texas show and the same level of support from exhibitors and vendors, next year should be even bigger and better. Quite a prospect.

After much research, the hotel chosen for the visit to the show was the Best Western Marketplace, a very short drive from the show with good facilities, friendly staff and well furnished rooms. They provide plenty of complimentary snacks and coffee on arrival - even late at night - and have a well stocked breakfast buffet included in the room price. If you're leaving very early before the breakfast starts - like I was - they'll even make you up a breakfast bag for you to take with you.


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