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Footage of one of our big events, courtesy of Peter Chapman


Press Start to Join did the FA Cup in May 2016 – The Story of the Day

The floor plan had been drawn up, the consoles selected from the 70 units held in the PS2J vault and the games chosen from the 1300+ in the PS2J library.

That must mean its time for another video gaming event from Sussex’s premier venue – The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill. Well, the queue outside as the doors opened at 2pm certainly suggested so.

The gamers flooded in and were met with the beautiful sight of CRT’s and flat screens joyfully displaying the delights we had set up. Unusually we had applied some logic this time with banks of tables set up by brand.


Sony included a PS1, PS2, PS3 and another PS1 for good measure

Nintendo was a royal flush of NES, SNES, N64 and Gamecube

SEGA kept it real with a Master System, Megadrive, Saturn and Dreamcast

Whilst Microsoft had a pair of Xbox classics and two 360’s

The game challenges at this event included Time Crisis 2 on the PS2, Jet Pac on the Spectrum Vega, IMG_0662

Forza Motorsport 4 on 360 and Ikaruga on the Gamecube.

As the theme of the day was the FA Cup which we were showing in full, thanks to good old iplayer and a rather lovely projector. We decided the focus the tournaments on football, this included Sensible Soccer on our faithful Commodore Amiga and FIFA 16 on the PS3.


As is the norm with Press Start to Join events everyone got quickly stuck in getting their names down for the tournaments, checking out what the latest challenges were and enjoying the array of just for fun multiplayer games provided. To name just a few we had Road Rash, Rush 2049, Streetfighter 4, Mario Kart, Playstation Battle Royale, Streets of Rage, Super Monkey Ball, Speedball 2 and much much more.

For the first time ever we also had the behemoth of game controllers on show. The 40 button legendary controller.

Steel Battalion made its IMG_0661first appearance  looking utterly resplendent set up under a gazebo covered with camouflage netting and wired up to a gaming chair. Words cannot do it justice!!!!




Enjoy a Fly By Round one of our Events just after set up

Sky High Trampoline Park in Peacehaven and Press Start 2 Join teamed up to bring the ultimate high-intensity thrill! One hour of bouncing, flipping and slam dunking in the trampoline park PLUS one hour of serious gaming challenges and competitions.

Bouncing in the 11,000 sq. ft. park got everyone hyped up and galvanised to deliver their best gaming performance. Limited to a maximum of 30 gamers in each session, they played intense 2-player or 4-player challenges as well as individual contests. Proving their skill by winning the best lap time or top score and walking away away with a coveted Press Start 2 Join Trophy.

This lot were enjoying Mario Kart on N64, FIFA Street 2 on PS2 and Super Smash Bros on Gamecube. Gettin’ their retro on!!!!

The Bobsleigh competition was intense

The girls enjoyed a little Zelda

Getting some Pac Man Action


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