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Win WEIRD AL Tickets at Player’s Choice Video Game Quiz Show – Sunday 3/29, 9pm

"Weird Al" YankovicThe legendary “Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to the Oregon Zoo for two shows this summer! Of course… they’re both completely, utterly sold out! Luckily, you’ve got Ground Kontrol, and we’ve got a deal for you: Take first place at this month’s Player’s Choice Video Game Quiz Show and you’ll walk away with 2 tickets to the Sunday 9/6 show!

Player’s Choice Video Game Quiz Show challenges teams of up to 5 to flex their arcane arcade knowledge and curious console cognition, for bragging rights and of course, amazing prizes. Everything from the earliest battle of blocks to the latest eye-melting entertainment technology can be covered!

Hosts Scoot Herring, Nic Goans and Andy MacDonald have been playing video games and cracking jokes for a while, so they’ll keep you entertained as you search your memory banks (not your phones) for the name of that obscure Final Fantasy summon, or reach to grab the answer sheet before you forget how to start a 2-player game of Contra with 30 extra lives.

The show starts at 9pm, and we suggest you get here early to grab a seat – this should be one of the most competitive editions yet! Don’t forget that Ground Kontrol offers happy hour pricing ’til midnight on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails every Sunday night!

WHAT: Player’s Choice Video Game Quiz Show – WEIRD AL Giveaway!

WHEN: Sunday, 3/29. Starts at 9pm.

COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Mr. Do

The latest classic featured in our Raiders of the Lost Arcade series, Mr. Do is a truly fascinating game from the Golden Age of Video Arcades that combines aspects of Pac-Man and Dig Dug to create its own unique and charming title. Like Dig Dug, players dig through a maze and can drop heavy objects on enemy monsters. And like Pac-Man, the monsters generate from the middle of the screen, and the player completes a stage by collecting items, in this case – cherries. Collecting these cherries generates a “do-re-mi” tune that’s a defining sound bite of Mr. Do!

You’re not just limited to digging pathways and collecting cherries, however. Mr. Do can also attack his enemies with a “magic ball” that bounces wildly through the tunnels. Taking out every monster completes the stage for big points. Additionally, with every 5,000 points earned the playfield is joined by the Alphamonster and his minions. Taking out the Alphamonster five times to spell E-X-T-R-A is an advanced method of finishing a level!

Known for its memorable music, bright colors and unique gameplay, Mr. Do is a bit less common these days, but definitely a game worth getting to know. It’s a great example of a time when games required finesse, skill, and maybe just a few extra quarters!

Killer Queen Arcade Tournament – Monday 3/16, 7pm

Killer QueenBring your best to Ground Kontrol for our monthly tournament on the world’s only ten-player arcade game, Killer Queen!

Killer Queen challenges two teams of up to 5 players to take control of worker bees and their Queen working to defeat the opposing team in one of three ways: Filling your hive with pollen, riding the snail to your base, or killing the Queen (of course!)

The game is gaining a steady following in the handful of locations across the USA lucky enough to feature one, and we’re excited to bring the Portland Killer Queen community together and introduce some new players to one of the best arcade games we’ve ever played.

The tournament will be a double-elimination, best-of-five format, “Chicago style”. You can sign-up on-site from 5-8pm.

Special thanks to Killer Queen Mercury Squad of Chicago for their help and advice. Is a Chicago-Portland tournament in our future?

Be sure to join the Killer Queen Arcade PDX Community to connect with fellow players and keep up on upcoming events:https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerqueenarcadepdx/

This tournament is powered by Brackelope: Tournament Builder.

WHAT: Killer Queen Arcade Tournament
WHEN: Every Third Monday. Sign-ups 5-8pm, first game 8pm.
COVER: Free to enter, $50 Ground Kontrol credit to top team, $25 to 2nd and $10 to 3rd. 21+ only, please bring ID!

Categories: Events, No Pun Intendo

No Pun Intendo featuring Bri Pruett – Thursday 3/19, 9pm

No Pun IntendoNo Pun Intendo brings a great lineup of standup comics to Ground Kontrol’s lounge! This month, the amazing Bri Pruett (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, All Jane No Dick, Earthquake Hurricane) headlines!

Evan Morrison
Daniel O’Connell
Adam Pasi
Jacob Christopher
Bri Pruett

All hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

The show starts at 9pm every Third Thursday, but seating is limited, so get here early to grab a seat!

Thanks to our sponsor, The Devastator – The Comedy Magazine For Humans – featuring writers and artists from Adult Swim, The Onion, The Daily Show and Marvel Comics. You can get an issue at your comic book shop of choice, Amazon or direct from DevastatorQuarterly.com!

All Ages Free Play Party – Wednesday 3/25, 11am-5pm

All Ages Free PlayNo school, plus a building full of arcade games and pinball tables set to free play? That’s right, Ground Kontrol is hosting its second All Ages Free Play Party smack dab in the middle of spring break, so you can spend a full day playing your favorite arcade games without totally flaking on your coursework!

Gamers of all ages are welcome to descend upon the best selection of games in the Pacific NW with no quarters necessary – every single game will be ready to play just by hitting “Start”! You don’t even need to worry about wandering downtown searching for lunch – we’ll also be serving our full food menu, all day long! A BLT and Burgertime? Killer Nachos and Killer Queen? There are plenty of classic combos available, just save room for a fully-loaded sundae or root beer float for dessert!

Ground Kontrol will open an hour early to give you even more time to beat X-Men or crack the high score on Simpsons Pinball Party. If you’re 21 or older, you can also stick around past 5pm for even more free play – just drop another $5 at the door when it’s time to transition.

WHAT: All-Ages Free Play Party
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25th, 11am-5pm.
COVER: $5 cash at the door. All ages welcome until 5pm! Children 3 and younger are free with their parent or guardian’s paid admission. If you plan to come to the evening Free Play Party starting at 5pm, you’ll also need to exit and pay $5 at the door at 5pm. Ground Kontrol is 21+ only after 5pm.

Clash of the Classics: Galaga VS. Blasteroids!

Each month, we pit our newest title against a classic that needs more attention in Clash of the Classics! This month, Galaga takes on Blasteroids!

Namco’s 1981 space-shooter Galaga really needs no introduction. A sequel to the far lesser-known Galaxian, Galaga updated the basic “shoot waves of enemies” gameplay popularized by Space Invader with several strategic elements, including the ability to allow your ship to be captured in order to increase your firepower. A fixture in arcades since its release, Galaga may have slower-paced gameplay by today’s standards, but dedicated players are rewarded with one of the best-designed arcade shooters ever.

Nearly a decade after delivering the momumental arcade game Asteroids, Atari released its spiritual successor, Blasteroids. In Blasteroids, there are still plenty of roaming asteroids to avoid and destroy, but you’ve got a few more things to do while you explore the galaxy: collect crystals to fuel your ship, transform your ship into more powerful configurations, and take on the ruler of the galaxy, Mukor. Two players can join in the action cooperatively or competitively. If one player transforms into the large Warrior ship and the other a small Speeder, you can even dock your ships together to become a multi-cannon master blaster!

From Thursday 3/5 through Wednesday 3/11, we’ll be watching to see which game earns more. If you haven’t played either game in a while, or ever, this is the perfect time to stop in!

CLOSED For a Private Event – Wednesday 3/11, 4-7pm

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be closed during the following period for a private event:

  • Wednesday March 11, 4pm-7pm

We will re-open at 7pm for the Widmer Brothers Replay IPA Launch Party!

Ground Kontrol is a fantastic place to bring your company for a holiday party, to celebrate a milestone birthday, or to throw your wedding reception. If you are interested in renting Ground Kontrol for an event, check out our Rentals page!

Categories: Bar News, Events

Widmer Brothers Replay IPA Launch Party – Wednesday 3/11

WB Replay IPA LaunchGround Kontrol is partnering with Widmer Brothers to launch their brand-new brew with a name that’s perfect for an arcade: Replay IPA!

Replay IPA is a session-style IPA that we’re sure will pair nicely with a round of pinball or a game of Ms. Pac-Man. In fact, Widmer will even buy you some game credits when you purchase a pint of Replay!

Doors open at 7pm, and the party runs late, but don’t hesitate – there won’t be any replays after this special event!

Introducing Ground Kontrol Tours! – Debuting Saturday 3/21

Want to know more about arcade and pinball history while learning more about Portland’s premiere classic arcade? Join tour guide Marina Martinez at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for an informative and fun trip through several decades of arcade gaming, with plenty of interesting highlights about Ground Kontrol’s unique role as both a Portland institution and a destination for visitors from around the world.Once the tour concludes, you’re more than welcome to stick around! Step over to the change machine and get some quarters so you can revisit favorite games (or try some new ones), and head to Ground Kontrol’s lounge for soft drinks and something from our delicious food menu. You’ll be an arcade expert before you even press start!

Tickets are limited for each tour, so be sure to get yours right away. Ground Kontrol welcomes all ages from Noon-5pm, so feel free to grab tickets for the entire family. The first tour is scheduled for Saturday March 21st at Noon, and tours will repeat monthly.

To purchase tickets, head on over to Mercury Ticketing! There are limited spots available, so don’t wait!

WHAT: Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade Guided Tour

WHEN: Saturday March 21st at Noon. Repeats monthly on the 3rd Saturday monthly.

COVER: $20 per person (with ticketing fees). All ages welcome! Purchase tickets at Mercury Ticketing.

Categories: Arcade News

New in the Arcade – Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day“You got a quarter?”

The classic shooter based on one of the biggest action films of all time is finally at Ground Kontrol!

There’s a lot to like in this awesome cabinet for both fans of Terminator 2 the film, and gun games in general! The action here is fully automatic, and the two simultaneous players yield twin uzis at the recessed screen. In the first level, the players spend plenty of time in that morbid blue apocalypse only briefly seen in the Terminator films. Wave after wave of skeletal terminators come at the players, and are best taken out with a rewardingly effective headshot. The uzi weapons do overheat, though – so keep an eye on the power-ups scattered throughout! These include the coolant to keep your gun operating, shotgun shells, grenade launchers, and various weapon upgrades: everything a heroic cyborg needs to protect humanity’s only hope, John Connor.

This arcade game does a good job of capturing some elements of the film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddie Furlong and Robert Patrick all supplying vocal work with iconic lines. These sound clips are presented nicely throughout the game along with digitized sprites of the actors, which were actually filmed on set, during the production of the movie! After the initial apocalyptic future level, the adventure progresses through various scenes from the film, eventually ending up in that fateful steel mill (“It has to end here…”) The game even features some digitized movie clips between stages, for one of the most comprehensive arcade adaptations of a movie ever produced!

The Terminator 2 arcade game is a great throwback to when that landmark sequel caused a big splash in not just the theater, but the arcade and the home console scene as well! Don’t wait for Judgment Day: Play it now!