Special Guests & Panelists
You may know me as one of my characters; The raging and lisping "Francis", the southern redneck "Jessy" or maybe you just know me as me; Boogie2988. Gamer, vlogger, armchair philosopher and all around (and I do mean round) kinda guy.
James Rolfe is an American independent filmmaker, actor, film critic, video game critic, and internet personality. Rolfe is best known for creating and starring in the web television series Angry Video Game Nerd, a joint production of Rolfe's Cinemassacre Productions, GameTrailers, and ScrewAttack on the video platform YouTube. His other projects included reviews of classic board games and film reviews for the Spike network.
Jirard "Dragon Rider" Khalil has been completing a game a week for almost 8 years and goes by The Completionist. With over one million subscribers, Jirard has worked officially with companies like SEGA, Ubisoft, and Nintendo. Jirard is actually from Los Angeles which is what makes SoCal Retro so special to him. So if you're looking for great game recommendations or just a panel to have a good time, stop by and say hello!
Andre Meadows is the creator and "Black Nerd" of the YouTube channel. Every week, he posts rants, interviews and vlogs filled with a passion for geek culture, comic conventions, 80’s retro and 90’s nostalgia. Andre has met former Power Rangers and Nickelodeon stars, sang Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, and even did the Ninja Rap for Vanilla Ice! He’s an official ambassador for Nintendo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers, and has a huge collection of Smurfs, Gremlins and cartoon collectibles.
Andre is not a Brony… he’s a Care Bro!
Metal Jesus Rocks
Metal Jesus Rocks and Drunken Master Paul met when they worked at Sierra back in the day. Now they're coming to SoCal for a rockin' good time!
Norman Caruso is the creator of Gaming Historian, a YouTube documentary series that explores the history of video games. Want to learn about the landmark lawsuits that changed the industry? Or why the Power Glove wasn't "so bad" after all? The Gaming Historian has you covered.
The show has more than 14 million views and 350,000 subscribers, and has been featured on Destructoid, Polygon, Nintendo Life, and even PlayBoy. Norman earned his history degree from Elizabeth City State University.
Wood Hawker is an eccentric Australian (but living in America) video game orientated content creator. You can find his reviews and random stupidity on the YouTube channel, BeatEmUps. Come for the games but stay for the... I dunno, accent?
Heavily focused on everything Nintendo, reviewing almost everything Switch he can get his hands on. Although his channel covers everything across gaming, from the classic NES all the way to newest PS4 & Xbox One.
Whether you are looking for reviews, gaming discussions, vlogs, fanmail unboxings, skits, top 10 lists, podcasts, clickbait or awkward humor, he has you covered.
Alex CND (or CaptainNintendoDude) has been a strong force in the Nintendo YouTuber community. With a strong focus of being a video game vlogger and traveling the country in an RV to various conventions, Alex dedicates himself to his work and insuring that what you get in the videos is authentically him.
Oh yeah, he also waited in line 30 days to be the first person to buy the Nintendo Switch from the Nintendo New York store.
Anthony is simply a goofball who likes Kirby far too much. Going by the name AntDude, he's a YouTuber who makes videos highlighting random games, such as Kirby, Kingdom Hearts, even some fan-made ROM hacks, and makes jokes while doing so.
Pat Contri is a video game player, collector, and historian known for his web shows Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, and The Completely Unnecessary Podcast. He is the author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, and conducts the live annual NES Charity Marathon benefiting children's hospitals.
In his spare time he enjoys eating nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.
It would almost be easier to list the things that Alex hasn't done! Writer, host, videomaker, and singer, Alex Facianes work has graced many across the internet. Together with PokeKellz, he hosts The Dex, a weekly show that breaks down trivia and battle strategy about pokémon, focusing on a different one every episode.
When he's not trying to EV train his latest addition to the team, Alex plays video games together with Jirard Khalil on their Let's Play channel Super Beard Bros. Jirard, who is most known for completing games, heads up the gameplay while Alex focuses on bringing interesting trivia and insight into what's going on.
Most recently, Faciane's claim to fame came in a musical package in the form of Big Bad Bosses, a turn of the millennium style boy band featuring some of the most evil bosses from gaming. Together with Jirard, Natewantstobattle, Satchel Drakes, and Jake "Virt" Kauffman, Big Bad Bosses brings musical villainy to life.
Also, for the record, In-N-Out makes the greatest burger of all time. Get REKT.
Matt "McMuscles" McMuscles has been floundering on YouTube for almost 10 years and seemingly never shuts up about The Simpsons and the timeless motion picture, Face/Off. He is the curator of his own YouTube channel, The Flophouse where he specializes in video game retrospectives, reviews, short let's plays, and even critiques video game fashion with his wife, Crymetina McMuscles. He is also currently working as a producer on the upcoming indie beat 'em up homage to Streets of Rage and Final Fight, The Takeover.
One last thing; he loves breakfast cereal to a concerning degree.
The Game Chasers
Billy and Jay make up the dynamic game collecting team known as "The Game Chasers." Their mission: to scour the land far and wide to uncover gaming treasures of old. Whether it be gaming stores, flea markets, thrift stores, or even peoples attics, they search out retro games and have a blast while doing it.
In 2011 they decided to put their adventures on YouTube and became an instant hit.
Riggs by name and by nature, John Riggs's YouTube channel features tutorials on how you can make and design your own video game hacks as well as how to put them on physical cartridges. He also hosts a series called Open Cart Surgery where he takes games that aren't working anymore and cleans and/or replaces parts needed, in hopes to breath new life into them.
He's a coin-carrying member of the Metal Jesus Crew, loves breakfast cereal more than a grown-up should, and is looking forward to his first time attending the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo.
The other half of the CUPodcast. Armed with an eye towards the business side of retail video games, Ian brings his unique point of view to the table sometimes, with a nice cold beer.
Eric "8-bit" Perez
Eric Perez started playing video games at the age of four when his older brother bought a Sega Master System. From there he was instantly hooked on playing with anything he could get his hands on. Shortly after, his life was forever changed when he received his own NES for Christmas and the rest is history.
In 2010, Eric decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called The 8-bit Eric Show, since then he decided to start collecting video games again and became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.
Pixel Gaming Squad
Pixel Game Squad LOVES video games, I mean we REALLY love video games. We do videos based on ALL things gaming, but mostly RETRO GAMING!
Erin Plays is a YouTuber and Twitch streamer with a passion for researching and talking about retro gaming. When she isn't playing NES games, hunting down obscure Pong consoles or fan girling over the Vectrex, you can find her at Disneyland.