Security, Safety, and Weapons Policy
Is there security at the convention?
Absolutely. Our venue will have multiple guards on staff throughout the duration of the convention. There will also be night security guards when the convention is closed. All attendees will be subject to bag checks and/or metal detector screening prior to entering the convention. We also have dedicated con safety team members walking through the con. Do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity to con staff.
What do I do if I find/lose something at A Video Game Con?
Please bring all found items to the Attendee Registration booth located at the front entrance. Please report any missing items to our team at the Attendee Registration booth as well. Our team will try our best to assist you in finding your item.
What if I get hurt at A Video Game Con?
If you’re hurt, please reach out to any AVGC Staff, Crew, or Security and we will get you the help that you need.
What if I’m harassed at A Video Game Con?
AVGC wants everyone to enjoy the convention and our goal is to provide you with the best experience possible. AVGC has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: stalking, intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, sustained disruption of panels, signings and other events, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention. AVGC has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment in relation to, but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, and pregnancy.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, AVGC Staff will take prompt disciplinary action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from AVGC with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention including Exhibitors, Fans (Attendees), Speakers, Guests, Professionals, Press, Staff, Volunteers, and Security. EVERYONE is subject to our anti-harassment policy and will be held to the same standards.
Can I bring weapons to A Video Game Con?
Please read this entire policy before attending AVGC. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without a refund.
If you’re bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause serious bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. The following items are forbidden at AVGC:
- Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns)
- Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
- Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons, and water guns)
- Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switchblades)
- Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
- Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
- Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
- Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
- Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
- Aerosol mustard
Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.
Weapons and bag checks?
AVGC shall have sole discretion in any matter that it believes may affect public safety or be important to protect the integrity of the event.
What should I do if my child, friends, family, or I get lost or separated?
Please contact an AVGC Staff member or Security and we will help you locate your missing party. We suggest that you choose the front entrance to meet with your party in case anyone does get lost.
About the Show
What is A Video Game Con?
A Video Game Con (AVGC) is NJ’s premiere convention dedicated to both retro and modern video games. We host an extensive free play collection of video games in their original format, various video game themed panels, a large vendor room containing multiple generations of video game items, and a host of other related content for attendees to take part in.
How big is A Video Game Con?
AVGC is hosted in a facility with over 2 large vendor halls dedicated to video game entertainment. and 3 panel rooms for events. AVGC is expected to draw in attendees from the NY metro area (NY, NJ, CT, and PA).
Who is the organizer?
Advocates for the Video Game Community (A.V.G.C.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of all aspects of video game culture. Managed and run by volunteers, A.V.G.C.’s mission is to share the history, experience, and passion for video games with individuals of all ages.
How long has this show been running?
Our first show was in September 2015.
Hours and Location
When is A Video Game Con?
AVGC will be held September 7 & 8, 2019.
What are the hours of A Video Game Con?
AVGC is a TWO-day convention.
Saturday September 7
Sunday September 8
Where is A Video Game Con?
AVGC will be held at the Parsippany PAL located at 33 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054.
How do I get to A Video Game Con?
A full list of directions to AVGC are located at the venue’s direction page
Is there free parking at the convention?
Yes! There’s tons of free parking surrounding the venue.
Will tickets be available at the door?
Yes, while supplies last. Tickets are limited. We suggest buying online in advance to guarantee access to the convention.
How much does a ticket cost to A Video Game Con?
General Admission ticket pricing can be seen on our Ticket page. Tickets are cheaper if you buy in advance. Tickets will be available at the door.
Who needs a ticket to A Video Game Con?
Tickets to AVGC are open to the public. Children 5 and under are free. All children 6 through 12 are eligible for discounted tickets. AVGC will feature some 18+ events. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite for these events. Please note, AVGC recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 13 MUST have an adult with them while at AVGC.
What is the refund policy?
All ticket sales are non-refundable and may not be changed. No exceptions can be made.
What is the lost badge policy?
If you lose your badge we will not replace it. No exceptions can be made.
What if my badge is damaged?
If for some reason your badge becomes damaged and can not be held by your lanyard we will replace the physical badge upon you trading in your damaged badge. Please note we can only do this while badge supplies last.
Do I have to wear my badge at all times?
Yes, you must wear your badge at all times. The badge must clearly be displayed above your waist even if you’re in cosplay.
Can I bring my pet to A Video Game Con?
If you have pets, please leave them at home. The venue will not allow animals – except for service animals – into the building.
Is there wheelchair access to A Video Game Con?
The front entrance to AVGC is wheelchair accessible.
Other Useful Information
Can I take pictures at AVGC?
For the most part, you’re welcome to take still pictures and video at AVGC. However, please note that all photography and recording is prohibited during 18+ events. Also, attendees should not take pictures or video of any original artwork that is being sold by artists or vendors. Please be aware that guests reserve the right to pose or not pose for photographs with fans. Please respect the wishes of any guests refusing to take a photo upon request. Please refer to our harassment ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
Are selfie sticks allowed at AVGC?
No. Selfie sticks are not allowed at AVGC for safety reasons.
Will I be on camera at AVGC?
We may attract local press. In purchasing a ticket to AVGC and in consideration for being admitted to the Event, the holder consents to be recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. Holder also hereby: (1) releases ButtonSmasher, LLC from any liability for loss or damage to persons or property, infringement of any right or any other claim or course of action of any kind; (2) authorizes and permits ButtonSmasher, LLC and its designees which include but are not limited to all sponsors, exhibitors and contractors to use and authorize the use of his/her name, voice, likeness and all reproductions thereof by any means and in all media now and hereafter know for all purposes worldwide in perpetuity; and (3) agrees to comply with all rules and regulations of the event. Holder agrees not to make any recordings of any kind at designated activities without the express written permission of ButtonSmasher, LLC. We reserve the right to deny entry or remove from the event facilities any person who in our sole and absolute discretion is behaving or threatening to behave in a manner which we reasonably consider to be disruptive of the event.
Is there WiFi access at AVGC?
No. There is no public WiFi access for Attendees at AVGC.
Is there a coat check or storage at AVGC?
No. There is no coat check or public storage at AVGC. Please keep all clothing and personal belongings with you at all times. Please refrain from bringing any suitcases, handcarts, trolleys, oversized strollers, rolling luggage, or wheeled backpacks into the event.