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Ground Kontrol at Portland Retro Gaming Expo – Saturday 10/5 & Sunday 10/6

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

This weekend, when you’re not at Ground Kontrol, you better be at the Oregon Convention Center – it’s time for Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2013!

Since 2006, PRGE has brought retro gaming fans together to buy/sell/trade vintage video games and collectibles and over the years, the arcade and pinball presence has grown. Last year, Ground Kontrol partnered with PRGE to put together a massive free-play arcade area for the debut show at the Oregon Convention Center. This year, we’re stepping it up and bringing MORE games with the help of Portland Arcade Collectors! Get ready for the Supercade: Over 160 arcade and pinball games (and counting), all set to free-play.

Not only will the Supercade be open during the entire show, it will be open late on Saturday night! From 5:30pm-midnight, hang out and play games with us. As an added bonus, there will be live entertainment including a special No Pun Intendo: The 8-Bits Edition and music from Altered Beats and ComputeHer! Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase to keep you going.

Sunday morning, join us in Auditorium B for a special panel: The History of Ground Kontrol, featuring a look at Ground Kontrol over the years with its owners and management.

Of course, there’s plenty more to do at PRGE. Celebrity speakers like Pat “The NES Punk” Contri, David Crane, Rebecca Heineman, The Retronauts and lots more; tournaments including the Tetris World Championship and the Brackelope Supercade Pinball Knockout; music from DJ Switch, Mechlo, 8-Bit Weapon, ComputeHer & DJ Mr Smith; and of course the always-popular live auction!

The Supercade at PRGE would not be possible without the help of Portland Arcade Collectors, Game Over Arcade, Portland Pinball Repair and the many local collectors loaning us their games for the show. Thank you!

WHAT: Portland Retro Gaming Expo

WHEN: October 5th from 10am-5:30pm (with the Supercade open until midnight), October 6th from 9am-5pm

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd

COVER: $30 for a weekend pass; $25 Saturday only; $20 Sunday only; kids 10 & under free w/ paid admission. Bringing the whole family? Get a family pack of 5 weekend badges for $120! Purchase passes at the ticket kiosk at the convention center.

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