California Extreme is the "Classic Arcade Games Show". It's an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won't need 'em.

California Extreme 2021

California Extreme 2021

October 16-17, 2021

Saturday - 11 am - 2 am

Sunday - 11am - 9 pm
Pre-register and get in one hour earlier (at 10 am)!
Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the show! 
DoubleTree Hilton - San Jose, CA 
2050 Gateway Place

Requirements for the show:

1. Proof of full vaccination (last shot at least 2 weeks before the show) OR
proof of a negative COVID test taken with 72 hours of the show (one of the
other, not both).  If someone is too young or can't be vaccinated, then
they need to get the test.
2. A government issued photo ID to verify your identity.
3. You must not be showing signs of an infection.
4. You must wear a suitable mask (see below) over the mouth and nose the entire


Please see the COVID-19 Requirements page for more details on each of the

Make sure you are prepared before you come to the show!

There are 2 ways to pre-register - see the Tickets page for more!!  Pre-registering will get you in 1 hour early AND get you very nice souvenir badge!  The deadline for receiving a souvenir badge preprinted with your name is September 26, 2021

(either register online or postmark your mail-in entry by that date).

Any registrations received after that date will get a blank badge instead. 

Deadline for Hotel Room Block is 10/11/2021.
Book your room before October 11 to get the special CAX room rate and also discounted parking.  Booking after 10/11/2021, will be the standard room rate and standard parking rate.  Please visit the Hotel Info page for more information on how to reserve your room.
Click here for full announcement! 

Why A Game Show?

Arcades were once a fixture on the American urban landscape, and games were plentiful in rural cities too. The closest heir of today is the so-called "Family Entertainment Center", which is populated with a myriad of devices designed only to take your coins quickly and leave you with a pile of tickets, which you exchange for cheap, trashy toys. This is entertainment? California Extreme was born with a desire to share fun coin op games that are in the hands of private collectors, and to hopefully spread the word that pinball machines were once plentiful, and that videogames were not synonymous with "martial arts" and violence. Buy/sell/trade! The show is a great place to bring games you want to sell, and also a good place to add to your collection, or even start it! Not all games will be for sale; many collectors bring games to show (or show off!) that they would never sell. So .. Can I play the stuff? Yeah .. Everything is on free play. You can play from the moment you arrive until we shut off the power at closing -- Play as many games as you want, in whatever order you want to. There are *HUNDREDS* of games, all set to play for free. This is a your chance to try those older games, or the newer games that you'd never put money into in an arcade. There are also many games that never got produced, and are very hard to find.

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