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Nov. 12, 2022: THE RETURN!



Coin-op arcade games

Multiple home consoles, vintage computers, games, and oddities

Snacks and beverages

Game trading and raffle

VG movies on a 144" screen


So, uh... it's been a while, hasn't it? SC3 had completed its 20th anniversary party and was looking forward to starting our third decade, but then everything changed. It took a global pandemic to make us do it, but we had to close things down for the last couple years.

Finally, the world seems to be emerging from its long time of lockdown, and it's time for SC3 to turn the power back on. Those arcade cabinets have been dormant long enough!

We are pleased to announce that the long-awaited return to the Backyard will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Claremont. The party will start at 4 p.m. and continue until midnight. We will be getting back up to speed after our forced closure, but expect the usual highlights – arcade games, console games, trading, and pizza. If you have COVID concerns, please keep in mind that even though most of the event is outside, it typically gets pretty crowded, and the arcade games will be partly enclosed.

If you plan to attend, please fill out the RSVP Form and let us know how many guests you're bringing. We really aren't sure how big of a crowd to expect after two years, so your early RSVP is appreciated, as is your $10 (suggested) donation.

Thanks for your patience everyone. At long last, it's time to bring back the fun!
— The SC3 Team


Our Previous (Pre-COVID) Event

We didn't make a big deal about it, but the November 9, 2019 SC3 event marked our 20th anniversary. In November 1999, a post on the Usenet group rec.games.video.classic (can you remember those days?) led to the formation of the Southern California Classic Collectors. That early meeting was just a few collectors getting together to swap Atari cartridges and check out the hot new Dreamcast machine. That humble beginning somehow launched dozens of arcade parties, the eating of probably a thousand pizzas, and a retrogaming celebration that's been bringing SoCal gamers together for the better part of two decades. It all happened again on Nov. 9, 2019, and this time we had chocolate marshmallows. Read all about it in our latest event recap.

The date of the next SC3 event is yet to be announced. Please keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcements from SC3 as begin our third decade. Until then, keep gaming!

—The SC3 Team


Who Is SC3, Exactly?

If you aren't familiar with SC3, we're just a friendly group of videogame enthusiasts who like nothing better than to get together to talk, trade, and play games. We've got a soft spot for games from the "classic" days of the early 1980s, but we love games of all eras, from Pong to PlayStation 4. If you love videogames, you're welcome to attend!

SC3 has made a point of keeping our meetings relaxed and informal, but the atmosphere will include some beer drinking and there may be some R-rated game content. This is an adult get-together where supervised minors will be accepted. Parents should take this into account and please let us know if you have questions.


to RSVP, go to our website and fill out a form...



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