With all emulations, ports, and SuperGun things (or just gettong a Neo Geo AES) what make you say that going to an arcade con would make one a "real" gamer?
Every one can have his definition of a gamer.
Sure, have that emulation argument with purists (I'm not saying I agree with them, just that it is an easy argument to get into). Simulate driving a sports car, same as driving an actual sports car, right? Or drive a kit car version of a Lamborghini, now you can tell people you actually drove a Lamborghini. Uh, no. You have an idea what it's like, but no. Some things have to be done for real, not simulated or emulated. You haven't skied the Alps unless you ski the Alps (I haven't).
I bring up the convention as the easiest (though not least expensive) way to get to loads of games (and pinball machines) like back in the glory days of arcades every 2 blocks. If you have an arcade nearby then that's far easier (though there will of course be far less variety to choose from). This is also in terms of "before you die", meaning this is something that needs to be done unlike that arbitrary list of 21 average video games that can easily be swapped for better games. If you're a gamer you need to play real arcade games once (hopefully more than once). You don't have to like them or own them, but if you haven't played any yet (or classic 8-bit game consoles) then you aren't yet a gamer. You don't have to play them all, either, but get your feet wet. It's not that goddamn hard.
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