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Big Changes for Rock Band Tuesdays

Rock Band Is Changing!We’ve been bringing the rock every week for nearly seven years, but all good things must come to an end! Through December, we’ll rock Tuesday nights in style with all of you.

But don’t worry, this isn’t the end! Starting January 11th, Rock Band will return as a monthly event so you can get your dose of plastic rock every second Sunday.

Thanks to all of the hardcore regulars and casual fans alike that kept the event so much fun to host every week. We hope you come back for the new monthly event and stay tuned for more announcements regarding new events at Ground Kontrol!

Want to keep up on the latest announcements regarding Rock Band at Ground Kontrol? Be sure to join the Rock Band x Ground Kontrol group on Facebook!

CLOSED For a Private Event – Sunday 12/21, 7-9pm

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

  • Sunday December 21st, 7-9pm

We will re-open at 9:00pm with happy hour on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails until 7 and Rock Band Tuesdays at 8!

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!

Introducing Clash of the Classics: Wizard of Wor VS. Tempest!

Clash of the Classics
Choosing a favorite game is tough – and choosing a game to remove from Ground Kontrol’s floor is even tougher! Sure, once in a while a game lets us know it’s ready to move on by simply not booting up any longer. For the most part, though, our well-maintained library of titles demands our intervention when it’s time to bring in a new game. Even longtime GK mainstays sometimes end up getting the boot to make room for a fresh face! So, we’re asking fans of each game to decide who stays and who goes. We’re calling this head-to-head arcade competition Clash of the Classics!

This month, we’re pitting Midway’s maze-crawling shooter Wizard of Wor against Atari’s trippy tunnel blaster Tempest for precious arcade real estate! Wizard of Wor’s been featured on the floor for about a month now as our latest Raiders of the Lost Arcade title, and Tempest has been a GK fixture for over 10 years. One of these games will leave our floor in a couple of weeks, and you get to make the call! All you need to do is play the game as much as you’d like and invite your friends to do the same. We’ll keep track of the games’ respective earnings and the game that commanded the most coinage will stick around, while the poorer of the two will take a trip to storage.

Although Wizard of Wor and Tempest were both released in 1981, each game demands a different approach to game play. Do you join a friend and carefully explore the dangerous Dungeons of Wor? Or do you test your twitch reflexes and plunge into a nightmare-inspired, seemingly endless void of monsters? You’ve got through Sunday, December 21st to play your favorite of the two (or both!) as much as you possibly can. On Monday, December 22nd, we’ll announce the winner along with the latest title new to Ground Kontrol.

We’d love to keep every single game on our floor forever, but there’s simply not enough room in our arcade. (Plus, we’d need an endless supply of repair technicians, as well…) It’s up to YOU to vote with your quarters – each coin drop in Wizard of Wor or Tempest will shift the balance, and when we empty the coin boxes, we’ll crown the first champion in Ground Kontrol’s Clash of the Classics!

No Pun Intendo – Stand-Up Showcase feat. Henry Russell Stoddard – Thursday 12/18

No Pun Intendo Stand-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…

Henry Russell Stoddard

Brendan Kelley

Mitch Mitchell

Ryan Casey

Albert Kirchner

Anthony Robinson

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.

Categories: Arcade News

New in the Arcade: The Walking Dead Pinball!

The Walking DeadGround Kontrol’s excited to announce our latest addition to an already-killer pinball line-up: The brand-new The Walking Dead pinball!

The TV series successfully adapted the hit comic series and now Stern’s taken the zombie-killing chaos to the pinball world. Sights and sounds from the show add to the ambience, and the playfield has artwork packed with plenty of references for fans of The Walking Dead. The show’s special FX makeup designer Greg Nicotero even designed the disgustingly detailed zombie toys!

Plunge into the post-apocalyptic world, and get ready to do battle. Shoot drop targets to collect supplies and do it again to activate Blood Bath, where every shot is worth 5,000 points. Enter the tunnel past the pop bumpers and earn more and more points with each successive shot, while you’ve got time. Bash the Well Walker to start Well Walker multiball. Looping left and right ramps keep your ball moving quickly through the back of the table, but stay vigilant, as you can kill extra walkers each time a crosshair target is lit. The prison building might offer temporary sanctuary, but not before you clean it out! During prison multiball, hit the “Stab” standing targets to collect kills and increase the kill multiplier, and keep hitting and relighting jackpots to light the Super Jackpot! Hardcore pinball fans will also appreciate a throwback feature rarely seen: Rollover star targets with an updated design. This game’s got fast and fun gameplay that offers some cool twists on classic ideas.

Get to Ground Kontrol and grab some supplies at our bar before heading up to the pinball landing. Take on hordes of the undead and claw your way to the top of the leaderboard, if you’ve got the guts!


Player’s Choice Quiz Show – Video Game Trivia! Every Last Sunday

Player's Choice Quiz ShowBright lights! Brainiacs! Question after question! Player’s Choice Video Game Quiz Show is a pub quiz dedicated to one thing and one thing only – video games!

Join your charismatic hosts Andy MacDonald, Nic Goans and Scoot Herring as they present a totally home-brewed & hilarious night of knowledge at 9pm on the last Sunday every month.

How do you play? At 9, we kick off three rounds of “pub quiz” style trivia. Teams of 4 can participate in these rounds to rack up as many points as possible.

Whether or not you know the difference between a Koopa and a Goomba, come on down!

21+, no cover, get here early to grab a seat! BONUS: Ground Kontrol serves an extended happy hour Sunday evenings from 8pm-midnight on beer, wine, cider and well cocktails!

Brought to you by Player’s Choice, which interviews comedians about games they love!

WHAT: Player’s Choice Quiz Show – Video Game Trivia Night

WHEN: Every Last Sunday, starting at 9pm.

COVER: No fee to play! 21+ only.

Tecmo Super Brawl: GK’s Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament! Sunday 12/7-Sunday 2/1

Tecmo Super BrawlBefore Madden called the shots and NFL Blitz drew lines on the field, there was Tecmo Super Bowl, the classic 8-bit answer to console gridiron action.  It was a simpler time for the NFL, and for sports games in general.  However, the appeal of Tecmo Super Bowl endures, and the charm of the classic teams represented here are downright vintage at this point.

As football season continues, Ground Kontrol would like to get in on the game, and we’re doing it the way we always do: old school.  Starting Sunday, December 7th, we’re hosting an ongoing Tecmo Super Bowl tournament, and this is your chance at 8-bit football glory!

Signups begin at 5pm, and the first kickoff is at 6, every other week.  We’ll continue the tournament until our championship round, Sunday, February 1 – the day of the NFL’s Big Game.  The tournament will take place using an original NES, single elimination bracket, best of three games.

Enjoy food and drink specials, a great football atmosphere, and fierce competition in one of the all-time classic football games!  You’ve been playing Tecmo Super Bowl for years, and now it’s time to take those skills to the big leagues – to Ground Kontrol.  See you at gametime – Sunday, December 7th!

WHAT:  Tecmo Super Brawl – GK’s ongoing Tecmo Super Bowl tournament

WHEN:  Sunday, December 7th, and every other week after that, until February 1.  Signups at 5pm, kickoff at 6. Plus, Ground Kontrol serves beer, wine, cider and well cocktails at happy hour prices ’til midnight!

WHERE:  Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St, Portland Oregon

New Year’s Eve Free Play Party! Wednesday 12/31

NYE Free Play PartyWe’ve made it through another awesome year preserving classic gaming here at Ground Kontrol, and it’s time to party!

Blast to the Future, our New Year’s Eve party upgrades our popular twice-monthly free play parties to give you the best time you can imagine counting down 2014! In addition to free play on over 80 arcade games and pinball tables, we’ll have DJs, fantastic food & drink specials, and a balloon drop & champagne toast at midnight!

It’s just $15 at the door to party all night, but get here early – Ground Kontrol has a limited capacity!

WHAT: Blast to the Future: New Year’s Eve Free Play Party

WHEN: Wednesday, December 31st. Doors at 5pm.

COVER: $15 cash at the door, 21+ only w/ ID. Access depends on capacity – if we’re full, we’ll have to hold a line at the door, so get here early!

Categories: Arcade News, Events

All-Ages Free Play Party – Wednesday 12/31

All-Ages Free Play Party!Get a head start on your New Year’s Eve celebrations by bringing your family to Ground Kontrol for an all-day Free Play Party!

Ground Kontrol’s first-ever Family Free Play offers all ages a chance to experience our entire selection of arcade games and pinball tables for one low price at the door. Whether you’re new to Pac-Man or a pinball pro, you’ll get your money’s worth and discover some new favorite games, too!

We’ll also have our full food menu available for snack breaks between your marathon sessions on The Simpsons arcade game, Spider-Man pinball or over 80 other classic selections from the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond.

Planning to hit our New Year’s Eve celebration, too? If you’re 21+, just purchase a wristband and you’ll be able to keep the retro revelry going all night long! Starting at 5pm, our full bar opens for our NYE Free Play Party featuring DJs, food and drink specials, and a champagne toast at midnight!

Blast to the future at Ground Kontrol, where we’re going to party like it’s 1979!

WHAT: All-Ages Free Play Party
WHEN: Wednesday, December 31st, 11am-5pm. (NOTE: If you’re 21+, you can purchase a $20 wristband before 5pm for access to both Family Free Play and the evening NYE Party.)
COVER: $5 cash at the door. All ages welcome until 5pm! If you plan to come to the evening NYE Party starting at 5pm, you can either buy a $20 wristband before 5pm or pay $15 at the door starting at 5pm. 21+ only w/ ID after 5pm. Access depends on capacity: If we’re full, we’ll have to hold a line at the door, so arrive early!

Indie Game Night – Wednesday 11/26, 5-8pm

SkyhookThis month, we’re hosting a special edition of Indie Game Night during our Last Wednesday Free Play Party, since we’re closed Thursday 11/27 for Thanksgiving! Come down early, as we’ll be set up at 5pm. It’s happy hour at Ground Kontrol until 7pm, too!

Play some of our favorite featured games, including:

What is Indie Game Night?

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!

Indie Game Night is a showcase of 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: Special edition – Wednesday 11/26, 5-8pm. Repeats every Last Thursday at 7pm.
COVER: $5 entry because it’s also Free Play Night! 21+ only.