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All Ages Free Play Party – Wednesday 7/29, 11am-4:50pm

All Ages Free Play PartyHere at Ground Kontrol, it’s important for us to preserve the classic arcade experience for all ages. Even if you didn’t grow up with them, classic arcade games like Ms. Pac-Man or Galaga are still a lot of fun! Since we’re a bar at night and most younger gamers go to school during the day, our twice-monthly free play parties typically exclude those under 21. But it’s summer, so what the heck: We’re setting all of our games to free play all day long on Wednesday, July 29!

Come down to Ground Kontrol on the last Wednesday this month and play over 90 arcade games and pinball tables, all set to play with no quarters necessary. We’ll also have our entire food menu on offer, so you can take a break for a fully-loaded basket of Killer Nachos, or reward yourself after conquering The Simpsons arcade game with an ice-cream sundae with your choice of toppings. Be sure to gather some friends and try the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen Arcade, sure to become your new favorite multiplayer arcade experience!

The doors open at 11am, a full hour early, and we welcome all ages until 4:50pm. Why 4:50pm? Well, we need to be ready to open our bar at 5pm and kick off the evening Free Play Party, so we’re allowing time for the transition. The entry fee is just $5 at the door, so you’ll be able to pack in a ton of gaming value for a single Lincoln!

WHAT: All Ages Free Play Party
WHEN: Wednesday, July 29. Doors open at 11am, minors welcome until 4:50pm. The 21+ evening free play party starts at 5pm.
COVER: Just $5 at the door! NOTE: Separate entry fee for both Free Play Parties. If you’re in the arcade before 5pm and wish to keep playing, you’ll need to exit, pay $5 and show valid ID proving you’re 21 years of age or older!

Indie Game Night: Duck, Duck, Minesweeper Edition – Thursday 7/30

Dhttp://groundkontrol.com/wp-admin/edit.phpuck GameManaCollectHere at Ground Kontrol, we’re obviously big fans of making gaming a social experience. Even if you’ve got your eyes solely on the Ms. Pac-Man high score or you prefer to play pinball solo, being around other fans of arcade gaming is essential to the experience. To that end, we try to feature some games that you can absolutely play at home, but are more fun with friends and a few drinks! This month, Indie Game Night focuses on two recent releases: The fast-paced feather-flying Duck Game, and the Minesweeper-inspired puzzle battle ManaCollect!

Duck Game (Landon Podbielski / Adult Swim Games)
Enter the futuristic year of 1984, an age where ducks run wild in a frantic battle for glory. Blast your friends with Shotguns, Net Guns, Mind Control Rays, Saxophones, Magnet Guns, and much, much more. Think Adult Swim does Smash Bros.!

ManaCollect (Tagizen Clock / Fruitbat Factory)
ManaCollect is an action packed take on the classic Minesweeper as an action/puzzle game. Two contestants compete on a grid based arena to collect hidden mana by following numbered hints and unleash special attacks to drain their opponents mana.

Join us in our lounge as we explore the often retro-inspired world of independent games with your host Rich Lau! As always, it’s totally free to play – you might just find a new favorite game, and make a few friends while you’re at it!

WHAT: Indie Game Night – Duck, Duck, Minesweeper Edition

WHEN: Thursday July 30, 7pm-late.

COVER: No cost to play! 21+ only.

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Metal Slug Multi-Cabinet

multislug-IG-promoThe fantastic Metal Slug series is one of the highlights of the Neo-Geo platform, and one of the best run and gun games around! Metal Slug has a distinctive style to it, mixing a fun, cartoonish flair with some surprisingly graphic violence, and a persistent sense of military parody. There are seven entries in the lineup, with a few remakes, console and handheld ports mixed in for good measure. Ground Kontrol has arranged the best four Metal Slug titles into a Neo-Geo cabinet filled to the brim with comical warfare! Below are some details for each of the games available in our rapid-fire collection:

Metal Slug (1996): This is the original title, and the one that introduced most of the Metal Slug tropes that would stick around for the rest of the series’ run. Players run and gun through a classic jungle war setting, rescuing POWs and upgrading weapons along the way. The ability to jump in a tank (the titular Metal Slug) was introduced here in the very beginning, and is an awesome addition to the action!

Metal Slug X (1999): Metal Slug 2 was a good game, but far from perfect, suffering from some slowdown issues (that admittedly can give you a chance to breathe while the screen is full of enemies and action). Metal Slug X is a remake of 2 that fixed these problems, and upgraded that good title into a truly great one. Here, we’re introduced to a science-fiction influenced theme, along with a few new weapon upgrades and a ramped-up difficulty. Also introduced in this title are special status effects a player can be afflicted with – certain items will afflict the player with the detrimental “mummy” or “fat” modes!

Metal Slug 3 (2000): The military from the original title and the martians from the 2nd team up for another wacky installment of Metal Slug, this one a true favorite among fans. Introduced here are a host of new vehicles, some updated weapons, and a system of branching paths that really adds to the replay value. Each path has its own difficulty level, and coming back to try them all is a great way to take on the variety found in Metal Slug 3.

Metal Slug 5 (2003): Metal Slug 5 pits the heroes against the Ptolemaic Army, who have stolen a disc containing secrets of the Metal Slug project. You can take them on with three new vehicles, including the Slug Gunner, a mech-like vehicle that can even punch enemies in close-combat or transform into a tank! The tone of Metal Slug 5 is less humorous than the rest of the series, with an emphasis on challenging gameplay. But don’t worry – even when you’re facing a steady stream of bullets, try the new slide-dash maneuver, allowing you to travel under many projectiles while shooting in a move that would make John Woo proud.

Get down here and give ’em heck in one or all of these action-packed arcade shoot ’em ups!

Mortal Kombat Night – MK2 & MKX Tournaments! Sunday 7/26, 7pm

Test your might! We’re pitting the best kombatants against each other for killer prizes including Ground Kontrol gift certificates, passes to The Hollywood Theatre, and our grand prize: Weekend passes to MusicfestNW!
The Mortal Kombat series was born in arcades, and to this day, the original arcade series is one of the most visceral and memorable gaming experiences out there. When the franchise went strictly console, it took a bit of time to find its footing – but with the past two entries (Mortal Kombat AKA MK9 and Mortal Kombat X), it’s once again a visually striking fighter with game play that’s easy enough to pick up, but tough to master.
We want to see the best of the best in the arcade classic Mortal Kombat II, and the brand-new Mortal Kombat X. Get over here on Sunday July 26 and sign up for one or both tournaments between 5-7pm, and we’ll kick things off soon after 7. The top winners will walk away with Ground Kontrol gift certificates, free movie passes for The Hollywood Theatre, and the first-place winner of each tournament will square off in a final  match for the grand prize: A pair of weekend passes to MusicfestNW! That means whether you reign supreme in MKII or dominate MK9, a flip of the coin will determine whether you face your foe in the 1993 arcade klassic, or the 2015 bleeding-edge brawler. Not sure you’ve got the skills in one or the other? Better practice up!
Bonus: Ground Kontrol features happy hour every Sunday night from 5pm-midnight!
WHAT: Mortal Kombat Night – Mortal Kombat II & Mortal Kombat X Tournaments
WHEN: Sunday July 26. Sign-ups 5-7pm, first matches begin 7pm. 
COVER: It’s FREE to enter! 21+ only.
Categories: Events

The Portland Geek Olympathon – Saturday 7/25

Portland Geek OlympathonThe Portland Geek Olympathon returns to challenge geeks & gamers of all manner to compete in creative challenges for the grand prize: 5 weekend passes to the way-sold-out PAX Prime AND $500 cash!
You and four of your best (and most geek-savvy) friends are invited to compete in friendly competitions with seriously fun prizes from Rose City Comic Con, Caveman Medicine, Guardian Games, Billy Galaxy & more; and of course our grand prize courtesy of Penny Arcade Expo!
Ground Kontrol will feature three unique competitions among several games hosted by various Portland geek-friendly businesses and organizations. To find out more and enter, visit the official website now!
WHAT: Portland Geek Olympathon
WHEN: Saturday 7/25, 11am-6pm. 
WHERE: Ground Kontrol & other geek-friendly businesses and organizations all over Portland. Get the full lineup on the official website!
COST: $40 per team, up to 5 team members. Register online before it’s sold out!
Categories: Arcade News, Events

Visit Ground Kontrol at Project Pabst – Saturday 7/18 & Sunday 7/19

Project Pabst PBRCade 2014Once again, Ground Kontrol is partnering with Pabst Blue Ribbon to present the Project Pabst PBRCade: A tent filled with classic arcade games and pinball tables set to free play!
Project Pabst returns to Portland for its second year with another amazing lineup: Headliners Weezer and Blondie are joined by legendary bands like Buzzcocks and The Oh Sees, the brand-new band Terry & Louie, rap pioneers Run The Jewels, professed Ground Kontrol fans Priory, and more!
The PBRCade will be the perfect place to grab a tallboy and a few games of pinball or Tetris between bands. To check everything out, you’ll need to snag Project Pabst tickets – OR come to No Pun Intendo TONIGHT, Thursday 7/16, and you might win a weekend pass!
We hope you’ll stop by, say hi, and join us for a little piece of a favorite Portland experience on the waterfront. It’s gonna be a great weekend!
WHAT: Project Pabst featuring the PBRCade
WHEN: Saturday 7/18 & Sunday 7/19. Noon-9pm. 21+ only.
COVER: Tickets available online, or come to No Pun Intendo on Thursday 7/16 for your chance to win a weekend pass! The PBRCade is FREE to play for all Project Pabst attendees.

Killer Queen Competitive Clash featuring Not Your Father’s Root Beer – Monday 6/20, 8pm

Killer Queen Competitive ClashWhat’s better than your average root beer? Root beer with alcohol! What’s better than your average arcade game? Killer Queen!

This month’s Killer Queen Competitive Clash is sponsored by Not Your Father’s Root Beer, a delicious product that just made it to our coast from Small Town Brewery, based in Chicago (where, curiously, the other strongest Killer Queen community in the country resides…)

Not Your Father’s Root Beer is an “ale with the taste of spices”, which is another way of saying it’s a delicious root beer with an extra kick. At 5.9% ABV, it’s smooth and spicy, and we’re positive it’s going to pair well with a scoop of ice cream, some cold-brew coffee, or maybe even both. You’ll just have to check out our specials!

Then, sign up to compete on the world’s only 10-player arcade game, Killer Queen, in our lounge! This game’s hard to find and harder to miss – two giant cabinets support 5 players each (with drink holders for your beer, of course). Teams compete as worker bees, warriors and Queens battling it out to be the first to collect the most pollen, decimate the opposing Queen three times, or ride the snail to their base. It’s one of the best multiplayer experiences we’ve ever seen in arcades! Sign up for the tournament and you could win up to $100 in Ground Kontrol credit and champion pins! Tournament sign-ups take place 7-8pm, and the first game kicks off at 8.

The tournament will feature best-of-five matches in a Round Robin or Double Elimination format. All skill levels welcome! Broadcast live online with play-by-play commentary! Make sure to pick up your unique participation badges, sold one-time-only every month for a dollar each.
It’s the Killer Queen Competitive Clash – one of Ground Kontrol’s biggest tournaments, featuring our most dedicated players!
WHAT: Killer Queen Competitive Clash sponsored by Not Your Father’s Root BeerWHEN: Monday June 20, starting at 5pm. Killer Queen Tournament kicks off at 8pm!

COVER: No cover! Free to sign up and play in the Killer Queen Tournament at 8, too. 21+ only.

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament – July

Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament - JulyOur monthly Killer Queen Arcade League Night has evolved! We’re now hosting casual “mixer” tournaments that are a great opportunity for new players to learn the game and seasoned veterans to mix it up with new teams

Randomly drawn teams of five will compete in best-of-five matches. With five teams or fewer, the tournament will be run Round Robin style. With six or more, it will be Double Elimination. All matches start on day map, but the losing team of the last game can pick the level in the next game.

Registration is from 7pm to 8pm SHARP. The tournament organizer, Dylan, will not take any names after 8pm. Once the list is full, we’ll start drawing colors. Please return to the table at 8pm to draw your color and meet your teammates. We will allow ~15 minutes for everyone to get situated and organized before the first game will start.

One card of each color will have a Q on it. This means that player is the team’s designated queen. If you draw a Q and DO NOT WANT to play queen for ANY REASON, you can put it back and draw a new card.

This tournament is designed for people to make new friends in the KQ community! Competition is certainly encouraged, but this is a bit more of a social event. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged! Best of all, playing is completely free.

Don’t forget, Ground Kontrol serves draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails at happy hour prices from 5pm-midnight every Sunday!

Be sure to join Killer Queen Mercury Squad Portland to keep up with fellow players, special events and bee puns!

WHAT: Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament

WHEN: Sunday, July 5th. Registration opens at 7pm, first match begins at 8pm.

COVER: Free! 21+ only w/ ID.

Categories: Arcade News, Closures

CLOSED For Independence Day – Saturday 7/4

CLOSED For 4th of JulyGround Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED for business Saturday 7/4 so our games (and our staff) can take a break!

Of course, we’ll be open regular hours Friday 7/3 and Sunday 7/5. If you’ve got Friday off for the holiday weekend, swing by – we open at Noon and welcome all ages until 4:50pm. At 5pm, the bar opens with happy hour until 7 (and an extended happy hour on Sunday nights!)

We’re also hosting a Killer Queen Monthly Mixer Tournament on Sunday 7/5.

Have a safe and happy Fourth, and we’ll see you soon!

Clash of the Classics: Jungle King VS. Return of the Jedi

It’s time to pit two arcade titles against each other to see who stays, and who goes – and your quarters make the decision!

Clash of the Classics is our monthly feature where two unique arcade titles face off to see who tips the scales in their favor. Every coin dropped counts towards a contender’s favor!

This month, two titles featured in our Raiders of the Lost Arcade
series humbly ask for your attention: Taito’s 1982 adventure game Jungle King, and Atari’s 1984 adaption of the sci-fi hit of the same name, Return of the Jedi.

Jungle King’s stuck around longer than we expected – rarely-seen, it features four distinct levels that increase in difficulty as you complete each set. From vine-swinging to shark-fighting, Jungle King’s an early example of the solid platforming many gamers would come to expect from the company that would later release the enduring classics Bubble Bobble and Double Dragon.

Return of the Jedi broke from Atari’s previous space-simulating vector game play featured in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back for an ambitious experience that attempts to capture the most exciting moments of the film that wrapped up the original Star Wars trilogy. Not only do you get to blow up a reactor with the Millenium Falcon, you guide Leia on a speeder through Endor, and pilot a AT-ST with Chewbacca at the helm. The AT-ST stage even switches back and forth to a stage featuring Lando locked in battle with TIE Fighters in an assault on the Death Star, in a unique feature Atari called “split-wave”. Its isometric angle lends itself well to fast action, and it’s a challenging game – but would you expect anything less when you’re taking on the Dark Side?

Whether you answer the call of the jungle or use the force, it’s up to YOU to get down here and play Jungle King, Return of the Jedi or both as much as you’d like. Invite your friends, fill up the high score table and take a trip back to yesteryear. You’ll help us make room for the next featured title, and have a blast while you’re at it! Clash of the Classics runs from Thursday 7/2 through Wednesday 7/8!