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GameExpo Classic
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Details
Developer Billy Anderson
Product Family GameExpo
Release Date June 26, 2011
Latest Update Version 3.3
Unknown
Discontinued November 9, 2015
Forwards compatibility Limited GameExpo II support
Succeeded by GameExpo II

The GameExpo Classic (previously GameExpo) is a video game console created by T-Games founder Billy Anderson, released on June 26, 2011. It has gained recognition for being the first self-proclaimed video game console in LittleBigPlanet 2. It is the first installment in the GameExpo line of consoles.

Anderson initially created the GameExpo Classic independently, but upon release subsequently granted ownership to T-Games. As various seasonal themes (called 'skins') were created by a team of people for the console, the team was given the label 'GameEx' by T-Games and granted studio status and complete ownership of the GameExpo line. All future additions to the GameExpo line were either developed or licensed by GameEx.

Development

Conception of GameExpo Classic came from the PlayStation Network outage that lasted for 2 months in 2011. The creator, Billy Anderson, had thought of a concept on LittleBigPlanet 2 whereby offline community gaming was possible. Several concepts and designs were created, all of which were discarded.

It was not until later whereby PSN user robbit10 would work on the JukeBox XI with Anderson. During work on the device, Anderson proposed creating a new type of Cartridge which featured a Controllinator that would activate another proposed feature for the system, a retractable screen. Robbit10 declined the proposal to integrate gaming capabilities into the device, so Anderson created the GameExpo Classic.

robbit10 initially praised the system and created the intro and outro tunes for the device, but mentioned his concern over the fact that the GameExpo Classic originally supported Music Cartridges, making the JukeBox XI's features redundant.

Anderson then went on to release the GameExpo Classic on June 26th, 2011.

Availability

GameExpo Classic has been available fairly consistently since launch, and is still available to collect today.

Since launch, GameExpo Classic has only been unavailable three times:

  • When the GameExpo II was initially launched
  • Temporary discontinuation of the GameExpo line from 26th of June 2012 until the 21st of August 2012.
  • During Anderson's 'Theft is Wrong' protest in June 2013 which lasted from the 16th to 27th of June 2013. The GameExpo Hub was available to play and collect items from on the 26th of June however, since that was the day of launch for the GameExpo III.

Records

Since release, the GameExpo Classic has achieved new records for LittleBigPlanet and T-Games, these include:

  • The First Game Console to be created inside of LittleBigPlanet
  • Longest Available Game Console in LittleBigPlanet

Update Log

Version Number Official Release Date Development Name Change Log Archived
v1.0 26th June 2011 GameExpo
  • First version of the Console Released
Yes
v1.1 N/A Untitled
  • Fixed emitting problem
No
v1.1.5 N/A v1.1 Fix
  • Screen Fixed [v1.1 Bug]
No
v1.1.5r2 N/A JukeBox XI Deal
  • Music ability Disabled for JukeBox XI Partnership
No
v1.2 N/A Upgrade
  • Welcoming Text Changed
  • Ending Text Changed
  • Welcoming Noise Changed
  • Ending Noise Changed
No
v2.0 N/A GameExpo v2.0
  • Fixed bottom screen border displaying the top screen border's tag
  • Slot Activation Changed
  • Cartridge Activation Changed
No
v2.1 N/A Untitled
  • GameExpo no longer disables all music infinitely when turned off, only for 3 seconds
No
v2.2-v3.2 [Unknown] Unknown Unnamed
  • All Updates between and including v2.2 and v3.2 were not recorded
No
v3.3 N/A Wireless Communications
  • Added Wireless Communications
Yes

T-Games Archives was not set up when the GameExpo Classic was in production, meaning that almost none of the consoles were archived. T-Games also stopped archiving the update logs, meaning that most of the updates to the GameExpo Classic are unknown.

GameWave Classic


GameWave Classic
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Head Developer Billy Anderson
Release Date September 20, 2011
Succeded by GameWave II
The GameWave Classic is an official variant of the GameExpo Classic designed for PlayStation Move compatibility. It was released on September 20, 2011. At this point, the GameWave Classic and GameExpo Classic were jointly referred to as 'GameMakes' by T-Games. This label was eventually dropped once the GameExpo III was released, and GameEx began referring to the GameWave line as a GameExpo variant.

As the GameWave Classic and its successor, the GameWave II, were never as popular as the original series, the third generation of GameExpo (that including GameExpo III and SoundWave) would scrap PlayStation Move compatibility altogether.

GameExpo Go


GameExpo Go
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Developer Logan B.
The GameExpo Go is a modification of the GameExpo Classic to be able to follow the player, developed by GemWay.
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