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Author: Anthony Dandrea

Co-Owner of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Categories: Arcade News

Ground Kontrol Sponsors OMSI’s “Game On 2.0” Exhibit

Ground Kontrol is proud to sponsor the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)’s videogame-themed exhibit, Game On 2.0!

We’re also participating in a couple of videogame-related events taking place during the exhibit:

July 27th: Ground Kontrol contributed four classic NES consoles and Power Pad controllers to the “Nintendo Olympics” competition at OMSI’s “Jocks and Geniuses” event.

September 27th: Ground Kontrol will install a mini-arcade featuring pinball, classic videogames, and draft beer in the OmniMAX lobby for OMSI After Dark. Doors open at 7PM.

Meanwhile, we’re giving away free passes to the Game On 2.0 exhibit at selected Ground Kontrol events. Watch Facebook, Twitter and our calendar for details!

More about Game On 2.0 after the break!


Categories: Arcade News

Submitted For Your Approval: Twilight Zone Pinball!

You are about to enter another dimension: A dimension of space. A dimension of time. A dimension of mind-blowingly awesome pinball. That’s right, the legendary Twilight Zone pinball machine now exists in your dimension at Ground Kontrol!

Williams’ Twilight Zone is rightly regarded as one of the greatest pinball games of all time. Loaded with features and sought after by collectors, it’s difficult to find in good condition. After years of searching, we discovered a machine that had been kept in the previous owners’ homes and played only occasionally since the day it was purchased over 17 years ago. It’s as close to playing a brand-new game as you can get, and now you can find it here!


Power-Up Complete: Our Remodel Blog

We’ve create a mini-site tracking our progress as we remodel the original location, and will post updates as often as possible. Be sure to bookmark remodel.groundkontrol.com, and check back often to watch Ground Kontrol 3.0 take shape!

Categories: Arcade News

Sopranos Joins the GK Pinball Family

“Welcome to this thing of ours!” Enter the world of the Sopranos by playing this great pinball offering from Stern. Shake down “civilians,” crack safes, and hold up trucks to become a Good Earner, Soldier, Acting Capo, and eventually reach Underboss and the ultimate Boss ranking.

Life with the Sopranos isn’t all work, though: there’s the Bada Bing ramp for starting a 3-ball multiball party, climbing aboard Tony’s private boat The Stugots for 2-ball multiball and Super Jackpots, and paying respects to the fallen by completing the R.I.P. inlane lights. It’s all part of doing business with New Jersey’s most famous fictitious crime family.

Categories: Arcade News

Test Your Might at Video Game Trivia Night

Bright lights! Brainiacs! Question after question! Ground Kontrol’s Video Game Trivia Night is not just another pub quiz, it’s a full-on big screen game show – complete with lightning rounds, buzzers and fabulous prizes!

Join your charismatic co-hosts Brandon Anderson and Daniel Grubbs as they present a totally home-brewed, often hilarious and absolutely unique game show night at 9PM every last Thursday.

This week, we’ll run a special sneak preview round during Rock Band Tuesdays. The featured categories include a certain legendary hero, and another that is sure to “test your might.” See you there!

Categories: Arcade News

Multi-Williams Returns!

Defender. Stargate. Joust. Sinistar. Moon Patrol. If any of these names ring a bell, you’ve probably played one or more of the great arcade games Williams Inc. released in the early ’80s.

We packed the best of these titles into one “Multi-Williams” cabinet that, unfortunately, had to temporarily leave the arcade. Now, after over a year’s absence, it has returned!

Ground Kontrol’s new “Multi-Williams” cabinet is located behind NFL Blitz, near the stage. After inserting coins, move either joystick left or right to select any of these great games:

* Defender
* Stargate
* Joust
* Robotron: 2084
* Moon Patrol
* Sinistar
* Bubbles
* Splat! (unreleased prototype)

Play Green Day: Rock Band On Stage Tonight!

Green Day:Rock Band debuts today, and we’ll have the full game ready for you to play on stage tonight at 8PM! Choose any song from American Idiot, Dookie and 21st Century Breakdown, plus selected tracks from Warning, Nimrod and Insomniac. Harmonizing opportunities for singers, Tre Cool’s wild drumming, and Mike Dirnt’s barreling baselines ensure a great time for the whole band. Bring your friends and “have the time of your life!”

Green Day: Rock Band  is presented by Rock Band Tuesdays, a full-band karaoke experience featuring full-size instruments, professional lights and sound, and over 1500 songs to choose from.

For more information, check out the Facebook group Rock Band Tuesdays at Ground Kontrol. See you tonight!

Categories: Arcade News

Play Stride’s “Save The Arcades” Game and Help Us Win $25,000!

Update 6/17: YOU DID IT! Ground Kontrol has won Save the Arcades 2 — click here for more details!

Update 6/2: Less than 2 weeks remain to play Cowbots 2010 for Ground Kontrol! Stride Gum has begun posting weekly score updates on their Facebook page, and Ground Kontrol has remained at #1 thanks to YOUR help! Whether you earn 100 points or 100,000 points a game, every game helps. Please keep playing for Ground Kontrol through 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST on Tuesday, June 15th!

Ground Kontrol is a finalist in Stride Gum’s Save The Arcades contest! The grand prize is $25,000 and we need YOUR help to win it. Here’s how:

  1. Surf on over to the Stride Save The Arcades website and register an account. You can’t donate your points without one!
  2. Play COWBOTS 2010.
  3. Donate your final score to “Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.”
  4. Repeat as often as you like, and tell your friends! (Remember to sign in before each gaming session.)

The arcade that receives the most points by June 15th will win the prize.

Which begs the question – what would Ground Kontrol do with the prize money if we won?  As luck would have it, we’ve been working on plans to expand our second floor so we can feature more of the classic games you love.  But…we’ve had a hard time trying to figure out how to pay for it.  If we come out on top, you can bet we’ll put every last dollar to work bringing you more games and more fun. So, put those well-honed arcade skills to work and show your love for the best arcade in the Pacific Northwest! Thanks to all of our customers and fans in Portland and beyond for your support!

Visit Ground Kontrol on Facebook and click “like” on our page to share your Cowbots 2010 High Scores, discuss strategies, and more!

Categories: Arcade News

Happy 30th Birthday, Pac-Man!

Celebrate Pac-Man’s 30th birthday Saturday, 5/22 at GK!

Wear your best Pac-Man flair or a yellow shirt for drink specials all night long! 21+ only.

One of the most iconic videogame characters in history turns 30 this week! Pac-Man was officially released on May 22, 1980 and quickly became an arcade smash, gobbling quarters worldwide and spawning dozens of sequels. “Pac-Man Fever” swept the nation, producing a Saturday morning cartoon show, a breakfast cereal, and a top-ten pop single among countless other merchandise.

In the years since, the little yellow guy and his ghostly pursuers have migrated to  game consoles, cell phones and even the Roomba, but you can always find the  original and his “date” Ms. Pac-Man right here at Ground Kontrol. Stop in and drop a quarter or two to experience “Pac-Man Fever” all over again!

More Pac-Man festivities around the ‘net:

Read more about it: “Pac-Man Fever” – Time, April 5, 1982

Thanks to Our Sponsors

For Portland Pinbrawl 2010, Ground Kontrol provided the venue, the dialed-in pinball machines, and of course, the one-and-only Pinhead Trophy:

Designed and made by GK co-owner Clay Cowgill (Click to magnify)

…but we received a lot of help make this year’s tournament a huge success:

  • Aaron Nelson, Eric Hill, Frederick Franken, and Noah Davis, the tournament organizers;

  • PAPA provided pre-registration & division entries for PAPA 13, the international pinball championship to be held in August 2010;

  • Pabst provided a PBR themed mini-fridge (website requires age verification);

  • Backspace provided discounted food to fuel the marathon flipper sessions.

Thank you, everyone. We couldn’t have done it without you!