Ground Kontrol at PAX West – Friday 9/1 through Monday 9/4

What do seventy-thousand-plus gaming fans have in common with your favorite classic arcade? We're all going to PAX West this weekend! For the fourth year in a row, Ground Kontrol will be bringing the "arcade" to Penny Arcade Expo at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for the entire Labor Day weekend, giving you one more reason to cherish your…

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2 Towns Ciderhouse Tap Takeover – Wednesday 2/3, 7pm

2 Towns Ciderhouse takes over Ground Kontrol during a special Cider Conference event! We'll be serving five distinctly delicious 2 Towns Ciderhouse craft-brewed ciders including limited and seasonal options, so hardcore cider fans and those more casual or curious can both find something to suit their tastes. Grab a drink and head over to compete in the hourly mini-tournaments on…

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New in the Arcade: Missile Command

While the Cold War chilled American culture, a video game about a missile defense system captivated players in the country’s then-widespread arcades. Using simple graphics and gameplay mechanics, Missile Command brilliantly captured the existential tension of the times. Basic gameplay consists of the player using a large trackball and three buttons to launch air strike defenses against a battalion…

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Indie Game Night: Move or Die Edition – Thursday 1/28, 7pm

Every Last Thursday, Indie Game Night invites you to play and preview new and unreleased independently-developed video games in Ground Kontrol's lounge. These games are made by small teams (often just a few people) and are usually retro-inspired with refined game play that's easy to pick up in just a couple of rounds. This month, Indie Game Night features the…

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New in the Arcade: Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

The biggest fighting game franchise ever, Street Fighter, picks up the pace with Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting. Choose from twelve unique challengers and take a trip around the world with one ultimate goal: Conquer the World Warrior tournament!

Capcom didn’t have much need for a deep story when it came to producing the Street Fighter series, but…

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New in the Arcade: Star Wars Pinball (1992) & Star Wars Episode 1 Pinball (1999)

Two classic pinball tables inspired by the recently revitalized Star Wars film franchise return to Ground Kontrol, better than ever! Longtime Ground Kontrol patrons will recall the Data East Star Wars table as part of our selection way back in 2006, until it succumbed to the dark side and was removed for extensive repairs. More recently, Star Wars Episode I has rotated in and out…

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Killer Queen Monthly Mixer – Sunday 1/3, 7pm

Our 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.…

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OPEN Regular Hours New Year’s Day – Friday January 1

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be OPEN regular hours on New Year's Day, Friday January 1st. Doors open at Noon, and we're all-ages until 5pm. At 5pm, the bar opens (with happy hour until 7) and we're 21+ until close. If you've got the day off, we hope you'll join us for a few rounds of Pac-Man and pinball. Here's to…

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Indie Game Night: TinderBox Edition – Wednesday 12/30, 7pm

This month, Indie Game Night is featuring two awesome productions from Portland's indie game scene: TinderBox, the 4-player indie arcade cabinet, and one of its fan favorite games - Sh**ty Voltron! Sh**ty Voltron [Jack Meade, Oliver Smith, Terence Lee, Clifton B] The name kind of speaks for itself. Each player controls one limb, QWOP-style. The goal is to get to…

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CLOSED For Business 12/24 + 12/25 – Happy Birthday, Lemmy!

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will be CLOSED for business on Thursday 12/24 and Friday 12/25 in honor of Motörhead frontman and Tempest fan Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister. Please raise a glass to 70 years of rock's most legendary figure with your family and friends, and join us at Noon on Saturday 12/26 when we resume normal business!

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