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Raiders of the Lost Arcade: NARC

NARCWhen NARC first landed in arcades in 1988, it definitely raised a few eyebrows. From Eugene Jarvis, the innovator behind Robotron: 2084 and Defender, NARC was immediately noticed for its high level of violence and controversial subject matter. In this entertaining side scrolling action game, one or two players clean up the mean city streets to take down drug kingpin Mr. Big. Complete with an imposing black cabinet and blood-spattered marquee, the game went all the way with its gruesome aesthetic in a time when video games were often censored and marketed to kids.

Players confiscate contraband and currency in each level that is completed with a character-driven boss battle. All of the criminals and dealers are members of the drug gang K.R.A.K., led by the repulsive Mr. Big. NARC was also notable for its innovation in graphical style. Sporting a higher resolution than most arcade games, it made use of video and photographed sprites, a presentation that would later be popularized with Mortal Kombat. In addition, the game sports some great audio, with recorded speech and screams. Grab a friend and blast your way to the headquarters of Mr. Big – and remember, Winners Don’t Use Drugs!

Micropalooza XI: Our Annual Chiptune Fest Returns! Sunday 10/19

Micropalooza XIMicropalooza returns to close out Portland Retro Gaming Expo! The biggest and best classic console + arcade show in the Pacific Northwest takes place October 18-19, and we can think of no better way to wrap up a weekend of retro gaming than party at the best arcade + lounge in the PNW.

Ground Kontrol’s annual chiptune showcase is now in its 11th year, and we’ve got a fantastic lineup of artists pushing the limits of old-school technology to bring you retro-futuristic sounds! 

This year, we’re featuring…

Vaporware 
Orbital Strike
Drillionaire
Tonight We Launch
Greightbit
DJ MRSMTH

Visuals by Guybrush

$5 door / 21+ only

No Pun Intendo featuring Gabe Dinger – Thursday 10/16

No Pun IntendoStand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge! Plus – video game competitions between teams of audience members with fabulous prizes!

This month, we’re featuring…

Tim Ledwith
Robbie Pankow
Curtis Cook
Brock Wilbur
Amy Miller
Gabe Dinger

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank 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 http://devastatorquarterly.com.

Indie Game Night – Thursday 9/25, 7pm

Particle MaceThis month we’re featuring all new games, including the in-development The Moon is Dying!

The Moon Is Dying & So Will You – http://www.themoonisdying.com/

Particle Mace – http://andymakes.com/particlemace/

Skyhook – http://skyhookgame.com/

Screen Cheat – http://community.surpriseattackgames.com/screencheat

We live in a golden age of independent game development and Portland needs a central event to showcase these games! Many games are being made to allow several people in the same room to face each other in a fun, friendly, inviting, and community driven way. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade and musician/games writer Matt Hunter have taken up the call!

Each last Thursday of the month, Matt will host an event with the help of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade which will showcase independently developed multiplayer games for folks to play for FREE with other patrons. Games include 2-4 player death-match, experimental, and high score races from developers from all over the world as well as local developers. We plan on hosting game-themed nights, tournaments, developer spotlights, and much more! A gaming community is far too important to let go stagnant and this is the hub we need to unify everyone who loves games of all kinds.

Above all else, we want a fun experience for those who are familiar with games as well as those who are interested in a welcoming introduction. The games we will be showing will be basic to learn but tough to master. Only the highest quality concepts get featured. We have the tough job of researching the best indie games out there and playing these games for hours to filter out what could work – and what doesn’t!

Come join us! It’s free and a great place to try out some new games while testing your mettle against other players!

Ground Kontrol serves a full bar and food menu nightly, and is 21+ only after 5pm.

WHAT: Indie Game Night
WHEN: Every Last Thursday, 7pm-late
COVER: FREE, 21+ only.

Categories: Events, No Pun Intendo

No Pun Intendo Featuring Zak Toscani – Thursday 9/18

No Pun IntendoStand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge! Plus – video game competitions between teams of audience members with fabulous prizes!

This month, we’re featuring…

Tristian Spillman 
Shane Hosea
Nariko Ott
David Zoe Leon
Zak Toscani

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank 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 http://devastatorquarterly.com/

Open Regular Hours Labor Day – Monday 9/1

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be open regular hours on Labor DayMonday 9/1. As always, we’re all-ages Noon-5pm and 21+ only from 5pm-close. If you’ve got the day off, come on down! We’re also open late Sunday evening 8/30 with extended happy hour from 5pm-midnight on draft beer, draft cider, PBR, Tecate, Coors Light and well cocktails!

Ground Kontrol at Penny Arcade Expo – Friday 8/29-Monday 9/1

Photo by NW Pinball & Arcade ShowWe’re teaming up again with Seattle Metro Arcade Collectors to bring you an awesome classic arcade room at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle!

Join us on the 3rd floor of the Washington State Convention Center, where we’ll be featuring dozens of arcade games and pinball tables from all eras. There will be plenty of multiplayer games, too, so you can take a break from the expo floor insanity and relive the arcade experience – all for FREE!

Plus, we’re bringing a totally unique game that we featured in this year’s Portland Geek Olympathon: Dust Hunt! This custom-designed challenge will test your speed and endurance, as you try to protect your NES cartridges from destructive dust mites. The top scores will win Ground Kontrol prizes!

 

LIVE: Random aka Mega Ran, Marley B, Neo G Yo, Tonight We Launch – Monday 8/25

Mega RanGround Kontrol is excited to welcome back one of our favorite performers,Random aka Mega Ran!

Random’s on tour headed to PAX Prime 2014, so we put together an awesome show that will also feature a screening of his new documentary, “Mega Lo Mania”.

Monday 8/25 · 8:30pm 

Random aka Mega Ran - http://megaran.com/
Marley B - http://www.marleyb.com/
Neo G Yo + visuals by Alex Boyce - https://soundcloud.com/neogyo
Tonight We Launch - http://tonightwelaunch.bandcamp.com/

“Mega Lo Mania” screening at 8:30pm. Check out the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y7tNJnCl2E

$5 at the door

21+ only – full bar & food menu

No Pun Intendo featuring Dax Jordan – Thursday 8/21

No Pun IntendoStand-Up Comics & Stand-Up Games! Every Third Thursday, No Pun Intendo brings fantastic comedians to our lounge! Plus – video game competitions between teams of audience members with fabulous prizes!

This month, we’re featuring…

Caitlin Weierhauser
Adam Saturdayzer Pasi
Katie Rose Leon
Randy Mendez
Dax Jordan

Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person 2014, Steven Wilber!

Just $3 at the door to support local comedy at your favorite arcade-slash-bar! Show starts at 9pm. It’s 21+, so bring your I.D.!

We’d like to thank 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 http://devastatorquarterly.com/

Raiders of the Lost Arcade: Carnival

CarnivalAt first glance, one might think this obviously ancient game is just a Space Invaders clone, with that basic shooting mechanic. However, there is a lot more happening in Carnival (released by Gremlin-Sega in 1980), and certainly enough to set it apart! Taking after the classic shooting galleries from the carnival midways of the past, the player has a gun at the bottom that shoots up towards a series of moving targets, and can move left and right. Yeah, a lot like Space Invaders! But to make things more interesting, the player has a finite amount of bullets, and depleting them ends the game. This places a real emphasis on accurate shooting. There are some dastardly ducks as well that can swoop down and eat some of your precious ammo, so taking them out first is a priority. There are a few other things to shoot at, including letters to spell B-O-N-U-S, and ammo packages. The player can also shoot out the music notes, to toggle on the love-it-or-hate-it soundtrack.

True to history, Carnival lifts its music from that venerable amusement park landmark the carousel. Coming into popularity around the turn of the century, carousels were outfitted with air-powered Wurlitzer “fairground organs” playing popular tunes of the day on pipes, drums, and glockenspiel. The song featured in Carnival is called Sobre Las Olas, or “Over the Waves,” published by Mexican composer Juventino Rosas in 1888.

Carnival is a relic of arcade history, and an amusing one at that! Give it a shot, but remember to keep an eye on those bullets!