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 2018

California Extreme 2018

California Extreme 2018 has come and gone.  It was another spectacular event!
Thank you to all our exhibitors and volunteers for making California Extreme a huge success!
We hope we can count on you again next year.
Check back again soon for dates on California Extreme 2019!!!

If you would like to see pictures from CAX 2018, please visit the Pictures Page

The Extreme Team


Missed getting a t-shirt? They are available for re-order until August 19, 2018. Please see the t-shirt page in order to order yours.  Please note that it will take a minimum of 8-12 weeks for the orders to ship. 

It has come to our attention that some t-shirts from the 2018 show may have some issues with ink loss when washed. If you experience this problem, please contact us at and send us a picture (required) of your t-shirt showing the ink loss. We ask that you do this no later than September 30th so we can make sure to reorder enough to replace any damaged ones. We will ship you a replacement once we have them (no need to return the damaged t-shirt). Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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