Guest Speakers


Pat Contri and Ian Ferguson discuss the latest in video games, movies, retro game topics, and take Q and A from the audience! It’s the Completely Unnecessary Podcast!


Since 2005, the CAGcast has been a pretty silly podcast about video games and the topics that affect gamers. Hosts CheapyD, Wombat, and Shipwreck talk industry news, review games, supply game shopping tips and generally share too much of our personal lives. Giving new meaning to “Talk is Cheap”, the CAGcast is the official Podcast of the video game shopping community, CheapAssGamer.com

Join Cheapy D, Shipwreck and Wombat for a live recording of the CAGcast at this years Long Island Retro Gaming Expo.

DOS Nostalgia

Anatoly Shashkin’s “DOS Nostalgia” is about memories, re-examining the past, and software preservation. Drop by to discover a whole new world of MS-DOS games and learn about what makes them so special, or to revisit your IBM PC memories.  Anatoly will present “The Weird and Wonderful World of French PC Games”, how interesting!

Frank Cifaldi

Frank Cifaldi is the founder of The Video Game History Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to making sure the people of the future know everything they need to know about the games of today.  Frank will be sharing about Digital Eclipse and their vision for treading classic game re-releases as interactive art books.

Leonard Herman

Leonard Herman, the Game Scholar, is the father of videogame history. His book Phoenix, now in its 4th edition, was the first comprehensive book about the history of videogames, when it was published in 1994. Now a columnist with Old School Gaming Magazine, Leonard has written articles for Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Informer, Edge and many other magazines.  Leonard will be sharing stories of his times with Ralph Baer and Ted Dabney.  You won’t want to miss this!

Modern Vintage Gamer

From Developer to YouTuber – If you’ve ever used emulators on the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or even the Nintendo Switch, chances are you’ve experienced Modern Vintage Gamers work before. Modern Vintage Gamer has over 30 releases of emulators and home-brew across different console systems including the Nintendo 64 emulation on the Original Xbox –  which many said couldn’t be done. His popular YouTube channel, launched in 2007,  features stories of console hacking, trade secrets of the modding underground scene retrospectives on systems like the Original Xbox, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2/3 and the effect that the modding community has had on them.  MVG will be discussing the history of copy protection in videogames.

My Life in Gaming

My Life in Gaming was started by Coury Carlson and Marc “Try4ce” Duddleson in 2013 as an outlet for taking their professional experience in video production and creating projects that they could get excited about. After starting with channel with the “How to Beat” VHS-style series, My Life in Gaming has gone on to showcase unique retro games, interview industry figures, and more. My Life in Gaming’s most popular series is the “RGB Master Class,” which breaks down the complex topic of getting the best picture out of retro consoles into easy-to-understand episodes.

Playable Characters Podcast

The Playable Characters Podcast returns to LI Retro! After last year’s groundbreaking show that critics are STILL talking about, where they interviewed Mega Man 1 Box Art Guy and 2 Dueling Pokemon Trainers, who will be joining them this year? Kratos? Lara Croft? That jerk Mario? Come to their live show to find out!


Jeremy Parish will be returning to the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo in 2019! The original classic gaming podcast continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!  Jeremy will be hosting a panel discussing the merits of unloved or underappreciated game systems.


Vinny is the creator of the Vinesauce YouTube channel which is home to video game corruptions, showcases of awful games, disturbing Mario and Luigi cartoons, original characters, and bizarre game glitches. He also has a popular Twitch channel where his YouTube material comes from.


Two brothers who have been talking about video games and comic books on YouTube for almost 6 years, but to each other for a little bit longer than that. You might know us from our Nintendo Switch videos. Long Island’s own.  Will and Bob will be hosting their popular Youtube show WULFF DEN LIVE at LI Retro.



Getting the best out of your classic game consoles with any budget
Unlike modern consoles with HDMI outputs, the displays and cables you use to play classic game consoles plays a major role in the overall gaming experience.  This panel will discuss how to preserve that experience at any budget, as well as discuss a bit about why it’s important.  This will be followed by a Q&A at the end.

Hardcore Gaming 101

Join the HG101 and Top 47,858 Games of All Time podcast crew as they discuss and rank the works of cult classic developer Treasure, including Gunstar Heroes, Sin & Punishment, Ikaruga, and more!

Jay Baam

One of gaming’s most popular and hippest preservationists is coming to #LIRetro for the first time ever! Be there as NY’s very own, Jay Baam from Team1UpEm comes to the Island to discuss his remarkable journey in bringing retro goodness to the masses and helping build one of the most active retro gaming communities across social media!


More guests?

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