Tucked into a corner of the Warner Center Marriott, a mid-sized room has been transformed into The Cantina. For three days beginning Friday, the place was open 24 hours a day as part of a new fan convention called BlasterCON.
Liz Ohanesian Vintage video games at BlasterCon
The Cantina was lined in retro video games: Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Gauntlet and so many other coin-op classics you might remember from the heyday of arcades. There was a stage in the front of the room prepared to host a bevy of musicians. Some of the artists on the schedule played music inspired by science fiction and fantasy. One guest makes music with Game Boys. The house band was called Science Fiction Jazz.
BlasterCon chairman Todd Whitesel remembers when the BlasterCON team started working on this room. "It felt like that scene in Xanadu, where you're in the derelict warehouse and the potential of the space suddenly starts occurring to you," he says.More »