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Free Play Florida

When: Fri., Nov. 20, 4-11 p.m., Sat., Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2015

Let's go on a journey back to a time when gaming was a niche activity for children and the socially disenfranchised. Back to a time when the quarter was a business' standard unit of currency, and profit was measured in continues and lives. Let's go back before the Internet made multiplayer a decidedly solitary affair; before split-screens, before LAN parties, before Xbox Live. Free Play is more than just a convention: It's a time machine for gamers. Play with the grandaddy of all modern consoles, the venerable Atari 2600; try your hand at over 100 different pinball machines; play Pac-Man the way it was meant to be played – with your elbows tucked in, your back hunched and your body surrounded by the wooden blinders of a classic arcade cabinet. Talk to Billy Mitchell, the King of (Donkey) Kong, or the minds who designed ye olde games of yore. And if that's not your bag, dip into a screening of the original Tron, or test your skill in the arcade and pinball tournaments. Just remember to leave your quarters at home. – Bernard Wilchusky

Price: $20-$50

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