Date: April 11th-13th 2008
Location: Rochester Armory, 900 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605, USA.

Report by Pinballeric

The third annual Rochester Gameroom Show was held at a new location, The Rochester Armory.  The location changed from a rural setting at the Minnett Hall of the Dome Center in Henrietta, an agriculture showplace, to the urban setting of downtown Rochester. 

The Armory was built in 1905 for the military to use for training soldiers.  In use for the National Guard until 1990, the Rochester Armory was recently refurbished under private ownership, was officially opened to the community in 2006 and is a home for rock concerts, sporting events and trade shows.

The Rochester Armory

I arrived on Saturday, parked my car for free and paid the adult $12 admission to the show.  Truly a family event, kids 12 and under only $5.00, under 5 free.

The Rochester Game Room Show was about having fun.  There were over 200 pinball and arcade games available for free play. My main interest is pinball, however there were video games and contests for the younger kids in attendance, a snack bar and an adult drinks bar. 

One of the show signs hanging in the hall

Visitors enjoying some of the numerous games

The armory’s 35,000-square-foot (3,300-square-meter) main arena was a nice space for a game room show.  The wooden floor and high ceiling kept the noise level down which was excellent for having conversations with both players and vendors alike.

A United's Bowling Alley next to a Lost World

Games were set up for the P3Tournament competitive pinball.  The top 8 players made it to the finals and the finals were split into an A and B division. The top 4 qualifying players played in the A division and the next 4 qualifying played in the B division for the finals

Brian Smith from P3Tournaments

I was really impressed by the selection of pinball machines set up for free play.  From the newest from Stern to the rare games, many of which were not for sale, it was a player’s paradise.  There were great prices on games to take home for your game room.

Stern Pinball's Shrek

Gorgar                                PowerPlay                               Doozie

Challenger (Head to Head play)

Hulk and Bad Girls

Vintage Pinball Machines – Hans

The Rochester Pin Mechanics make this Rare “Flying Turns” race along!

The backbox racing cars of the Flying Turns

Hercules, the largest pinball machine ever made

Many video games were set up throughout the show

Old Chicago Classic pin was designed by Greg Kmiec
with artwork by Dave Christensen

Tom Manely is ready to wash your windows and check your tires! 

Mickey Treat challenges his daughter to a game of Ms Pacman 

Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World a kid’s favorite!!

Some games I enjoyed playing were:

  • Big Ben     
  • Big Game 
  • Big Hit       
  • Big Top     
  • Black Knight      
  • Challenger (Head to Head Play)  
  • Doodlebug         
  • Doozie      
  • Duotron    
  • Fire  
  • Fire Power
  • Flying Turns      
  • Gorgar      
  • Grand Slam       
  • Guns and Roses        
  • Hercules - World's Largest Pingame    
  • Indiana Jones   
  • Loop the Loop   
  • Lost World
  • Mario Brothers Mushroom World 
  • Medusa    
  • Meteor      
  • Ms Pacman       
  • Mystic       
  • Nautilus    
  • Odds and Evens        
  • Old Chicago      
  • Paul Bunyan      
  • Pin Bot      
  • Playboy 35th Anniversary     
  • Power Play        
  • Pro Football       
  • Roller Coaster   
  • San Francisco   
  • Spin Out   
  • Taxi 
  • Terminator 3      
  • Travel Time       

Gene Cunningham’s Illinois Pin Ball had the largest display of parts for sale...

..and a KingPin Whitewood Prototype

George Riley (left) stops by Tim Ippolito’s (right) Ball Bowler Tournament

Bruce Nightingale (right) demonstrates how easily his lifter works

Jan Henshaw (left) and Kevin Steele (right) want you to read GameRoom Magazine


The folks at the Rochester Gameroom Show really want to help you out in putting together a Game Room.  If your basement is in need of an overhaul then BFS Direct’s Trent Bohrer can get the job done 1-866-998-ROOM 


Neon signs make an impression

“We’ve Got Your Balls”
STR Industries has a 70% of world market share

Slot machines are fun to play and look good too! Ask John Domenica.

Neon is cool 

Team 1930, The Comets, is a third year FIRST Robotics team located in Henrietta, NY. The team is composed of 25 students and a handful of teachers, mentors, and parents.

Dynamo Hockey Rules!! 

Call of Duty 4 Xbox 360 Tournament

Williams PIN·BOT- Design by Barry Oursler, Python Anghelo
 Art by Python Anghelo

The P3Tournaments Wizard Of New York qualifying rounds took place on Friday and Saturday with the finals held on Saturday evening.  Qualifiers played 3 of the 5 games available - The Sopranos, Rollergames, Big Bang Bar, Family Guy and The Shadow.

The top eight qualifiers were split into an A Division for the top four and a B Division for fifth to eighth.  They were (in qualifying order):
A Division - Sean Grant, Sean O'Neill, Ed Zeltmann and Trent Augenstein.
B Division - Paul Drabik, Steven Bowden, John Flitton and Bruce Nightingale.

The A Division final saw Sean O'Neill taking first place, Sean Grant in second, Trent Augenstein in third place and Ed Zeltmann in fourth.

In the B Division it was John Flitton who triumphed followed by Steve Bowden in second, Paul Drabik in third and Bruce Nightingale in fourth.

There was also a "No Limits" pinball tournament which allowed Sean Grant the opportunity to improve his second place in the A Division and take first place.  Jory Rabinowitz took second while Steven Bowden was third.

I had a great time at the Rochester Gameroom Show, talking with many people and of course playing pinball.

Next year’s show should be bigger and better so be there or be square.

Don’t forget to check out my website at - The Home of the Price Guide.

Pinballeric reporting for the Pinball News.  All photographs © 2008 pinballeric.


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