Ok, here goes. The Classic Video Game Championships are on Sunday and they’re going to be bigger than ever. In the spirit of that, here’s everything I know of in the Edmonton area that has to do with video games. Did I miss anything? Please let me know. I’m a bit obsessive that way…
Note that I’m leaving out Pawn Shops & Chain Stores again since I’m trying to focus on the local Nerdier businesses. If you’re looking for used games though, just about every pawn shop has some.
Places to Buy Used:
Each of these places has a varying amount of used video games but Just For Fun & Nexwave would definitely be the specialists in Edmonton. Comic Fever is probably one of the better kept secrets for Older Video Games & Consoles as well. Whyte Knight isn’t so much a video game store as a “Nerd Antique Store” that gets in the occasional older game but it’s one of my favourite places to go hang out (They don’t have a website or Facebook page but you still need to go check them out if you’ve never been).
The Old Strathcona Antique Market’s Second Floor is worth a look and if you’re looking for a used game in Edmonton and you’ve never been to either location… you need to GO TO THE SUPER FLEA MARKET. I can’t say this enough. It’s like a shopping mall for nerds.
Cards 2 Collectibles
Misc. Used Video Games
Used Video Games & Consoles
Parkland Ventures Secondhand Store (Stony Plain)
Occasional Donated Games
Super Flea Market – 2 locations
Multiple Vendors Selling Large Amounts of Older Games
Music, DVDs, Used Video Games, Magic & More
Just about anything Nerdy
Edmonton Console Repairs
Video Game Console Repairs
Video Game Console Repairs
Places to Play:
If you’re looking to go out and play games somewhere, you’ve got a few options still. It’s a mixed bag of what’s available where but Denizen Hall has retro game cabinets & alcohol, OverKlocked hosts tournaments and “Lock-ins” that go all night and the Edmonton Public Library usually has a big screen you can play their huge selection of games on. Shades of Grey is getting an Arcade Cabinet or two but I haven’t confirmed that they’re there yet…
Comic King Edmonton North
PC LAN Network Gaming
Edmonton Public Library-18 locations
Misc. Consoles & Games Available (Sometimes on a big screen)
3D Printing, Board & Video Game Nights, Free Tools & Software, So much more
Quantum Leaf (Glass & Pipe Shop-Ages 18+ recommended)
Misc. Games available to play while you shop
The Classic Video Game Championships, Extra-Life and Fragapalooza are the highlights for you to go play at but you can also make your own at MADJAM… I’m including TCEGCon but it’s up in the air if it will be happening again next year.
Classic Video Game Championships
Classic Video Game Tournament & More all the time.
Edmonton Pop Culture Fair
Misc. Vendors of All kinds
24 Hour Gaming for Charity
Annual Video Game Festival/LAN Party
Gaming Only Event
This sections a little light still (I’m finding more…) but Edmonton is home to Team Edmonton Gamers. You can follow them online at http://www.edmontongamers.com or Twitter at https://twitter.com/EdmontonGamers.
Check out who they have on their team…
2ManyCooks-He has thus maintained a ranking of 2nd in the Alberta Power Rankings, and will be continuing to compete at a variety of tournaments to cement himself as a threat on an international scale.
Alphicans-Alphicans is currently one of Canada’s best Super Smash Bros WiiU players as well as the number one ranked Smasher for Alberta!
Dezmu-Dezmu is a 20 year video game veteran starting his gaming career with the Blockbuster World Video Game Championships II in 1995 at the age of 10.
There’s a little bit of everything here but usually the name says it all. I added a line from he group description to help though…
Edmonton and Area Geek Buy & Sell
Anything you wish you sell as long as it is pop culture game/comic/collectibles (and the sort) related
Edmonton and Area Geek Talk
Everything Geek except Buying & Selling
Edmonton Collectors of Videogames old & new
Buy/Sell/Trade Video Games Old & New
Edmonton FGC – UAlberta Student Group (Fighting Game Club)
Edmonton Full Frontal Nerdity Community
Buying and selling of collectables. Cards, Comics, Games, Game Systems, Pop Culture, and Sports items
Edmonton Game System and Electronics Buy/Sell/Trade
Game system Buy/sell/trade
Edmonton Game Traders
Video Game Buy/Sell/Trade
All things Hearthstone
Edmonton Heroes of the Storm
For Players of Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Edmonton Smash 64
Smash Bros. 64
Edmonton Toy Therapy
Buy/Sell/Trade of any action figures, toys, collectables, boardgames and card games
Pokemon League Edmonton
Pokemon X & Y League
World of Warcraft: Edmonton
For fans of Everything Warcraft
Super Smash Bros VS – YEG
Matchmaking for Super Smash Bros.
There are a lot of talented developers in Edmonton. Obviously Bioware & Beamdog would be highlights but take a look at who else is hot on their heels…
These are actual groups & organizations here in Edmonton (not just Facebook-only). Yes, I’m missing some from the list above but I still have to check out a lot of the ones in the Facebook group section…
GameCamp Edmonton (Local IGDA Chapter)
Video Game Club MacEwan University
We Got Game Console Gaming Tournaments
TV Shows, Youtube Channels, Twitch & More:
Ok, so you guys are pretty much on your own for this one. I’ll highlight My Plastic Heaven TV show since he’ll be at the VGC this weekend but it’s hard to summarize this section other than that they’re all local. Have fun trying to get caught up…
2 Player Start
My Plastic Heaven
Red Shark Gaming
The Clickbait Podcast
The Couch Potatoes Play
Twitch & Youtube
The Sonic Show
Viral Outbreak Gaming
Video Game Apparel, Artists & Misc. Creations
This is another mix of designers located in Edmonton that create Video Game accessories & art. The reality is that Filthy Casual could be a category all by themselves since they’ve hit it so big and RPG Clothing is only just starting… By all means poke around and see if there’s anything you like. Keep in mind many of them are open to commissions.
Custom Stamped Geek,Science,Gamer Aluminum Jewelry
Don’t Trip Perler Beads
Buttons, Duct Tape, Perler Beads
Jewellery, Hoops & Prints
Video Game-Inspired Apparel
Perler Bead Art