We are SC3 – the Southern California Classic Collectors – a videogame collector's group serving the Metropolitan Los Angeles, San Diego and Inland Empire areas. We've got a soft spot for the "classic" days of the early 1980s, but we love games of all eras, from Pong to PlayStation 4. Come and play!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: May 9 at 2084 Arcade!
The REAL happiest place in Anaheim

2084 Arcade It's time for the first SC3 event of 2015, in a brand new location! Our next Arcade Party will take place on Saturday, May 9, at 2084 Arcade, a private facility jam-packed with '80s arcade classics in Anaheim. The hours are 4 p.m. to midnight. If you attended our Santa Ana events at The Last Arcade on the Planet, you'll have an idea what to expect. The owners of 2084 are four Southern California coin-op collectors who combined their collections under one roof to recreate the games list of an early 80's arcade. Now they have nearly 100 classic machines, including a few pinballs, at a facility in Anaheim. 2084 has been hosting arcade get-togethers every few weeks for a while now, but May 9 will mark the first time SC3 will be there with our complement of home consoles, game trading and other goodies.

This is SC3's first event at 2084 so this will be a learning experience for us. 2084's a big enough place, but it's firmly packed with coin-ops. There's some space for home consoles but we might have to go a little lighter than normal. Food will not be provided at this event. Trading is essential to the spirit of SC3 so we'll find space for it, somewhere. We'll find room for the traditional GameGavel.com raffle too. All in all, this should be like a typical SC3 event but with a heavier focus on arcade gaming than usual. The owners of 2084 Arcade are friends of ours who have provided invaluable help to SC3 in the past. The SC3 organizers have attended 2084 events too and have always had a blast. The chance to throw a party together is just too good to pass up, and we can't wait! As always, watch our Future Meeting Page for additional details as they emerge.

If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email. Simple! Hope to see you May 9!

SC3 Nov. 15. 2014: Haulin' Out the Heavy Hardware
Virtual Boy, Virtual On... Actual Fun

It seems like every time we think we've reached the upper limit of what a single back yard can contain, we manage to add a bit more. The Nov. 15, 2014 arcade party was another back-yard blowout, straining the capacity of the premises and, doubtlessly, the electrical grid. Over 200 attendees streamed into the yard this time, threading their way through over 30 full- and over-sized arcade machines, over one dozen vintage consoles, two pinball machines, and endless tall stacks of video game items up for trade. Read all about it in the Nov. 15, 2014 Event Recap.

The next SC3 arcade party has yet to be scheduled, but if our normal schedule holds, it'll be sometime around Spring 2015. We're also considering possible new venues for the next event. As always, keep an eye on our Future Meeting Page and our Facebook page for announcements. Until then, keep gaming!

Next SC3 Arcade Party: November 15, 2014!
Give thanks early with a gaming feast in Claremont

Once again, Thanksgiving is coming to Southern California a couple of weeks early. SC3 will be serving up a cornucopia of classic videogaming vittles on Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 4 p.m. to midnight. The November holidays are traditionally a time to go back home, and so we are once again going "back to the back yard" and throwing a house-party at the same Claremont residence that has hosted so many of our past events. Once again we'll be cramming several dozen arcade machines and classic home consoles into a lucky home's back yard. Video game auction site GameGavel.com will once again be on hand, conducting another raffle of gaming merchandise. If you attended one of the old parties, you know that like any good Thanksgiving meal, it'll be overstuffed but extremely satisfying.

If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email. Simple! Remember, it's essential that you RSVP ahead of time – space is limited at this location and we need an accurate headcount!

Thanks as always for your support and remember to keep an eye here and on our Future Meeting Page for more announcements about the event!

SC3 Joins Frida Cinema for VIDEO GAME DAY
What could be better than playing games and then watching a movie?

Video Game Day A mini-SC3 event was hosted at The Frida Cinema to celebrate its showing of Video Games: The Movie on July 19, 2014. Several moviegoers and video game fans, including a large number of families with young children, were in attendance. SC3 provided seven home consoles and two arcade machines – Donkey Kong and Track & Field – briefly recreating the glory days when real arcade cabinets could be found in all theater lobbies. While not as large as a typical SC3 event, this was a unique opportunity for us to showcase classic games in front of a different audience. We lost count of the number of people who were wowed by their first-ever sight of a Vectrex, and seeing young kids willingly play E.T. for the 2600 is a rare treat. Plus, after witnessing N64 and Xbox 360 games played on a theater-sized screen, we absolutely NEED to see a ColecoVision game blown up to that size. Someday we'll make it happen.

Photos of the event can be seen on Frida's Facebook VIDEO GAME DAY post.

SC3 Invades The Last Arcade... Again!
Console games, arcade games, and a few surprises on April 26, 2014

April 26, 2014 marked the fourteenth arcade party SC3 has put on since 2006, and the second at The Last Arcade on the Planet – a Santa Ana facility fully stocked with over fifty classic arcade cabinets. About 175 people showed up for SC3's trademark mix of retro arcade and console gaming and trading. Overall the event went off very well, with a lot of satisfied players all around. But thanks to a bizarre mishap with an equipment rental service, it nearly didn't. Find out all about it in our April 26 Event Recap.

The next SC3 arcade party has yet to be scheduled, but if things work out as we expect, it'll be sometime around November in Claremont. As always, keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcements. Until then, keep gaming!