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Categories: The Final Cow-down

We Won!!!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated points! The results are in, and you can view them at Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 site!

From April 20th until 9:00am Tuesday, June 15, Ground Kontrol’s dedicated customers and fans racked up an amazing 624,871,000 points! At a maximum of 157,600 points per game, that’s at least 3,964 games of Cowbots 2010 played for GK! In the final week of the contest alone, our players rounded up a final stampede of 77,217,800 points to keep us at the top!

It wasn’t easy, though — and we have to thank Stride Gum for sponsoring this awesome contest, Arcade Infinity and Rocky’s Replay for participating with us, and our customers, fans, owners and staff for the incredible dedication they showed to Ground Kontrol throughout this contest.

Save the Arcades 2 has been one of the best things to happen for GK.  If you’re wondering what we’re going to do with the prize money, click here!

Categories: The Final Cow-down

The Final Cow-down – Schedule

So what exactly are we up to for 24 whole hours? Read on to find out! And remember: all of our arcade games and pinball tables will be available to play, too! Can’t sleep? Just want to see what pinball is like at 4 in the morning? Come on down!

The Final Cow-down: Schedule of Events

Monday, June 14 @ 9am until Tuesday, June 15 @ 9am

All ages are welcome 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday June 14, and 6:00am – 9:00am Tuesday June 15. 21+ only 5:00pm Monday June 14 – 6:00am Tuesday June 15 (no beer & wine service after 2:30am.)

9am: The Final Cow-down Begins! Free donuts and coffee – while it lasts!

10am: The first Cowbots challenge! Cowbot challenges occur hourly and the challenge type will be randomly drawn. No prizes for Cowbots challenges – they’re just for fun!

11am: Cowbots challenge #2

11:30am: Ms. Pac-Man Tournament Sign-Up at stage! Who can get the highest score in 10 minutes or one game (no continues or retries)? Free to enter, with a $5 gift certificate to the winner.


  • Cowbots challenge #3
  • Ms. Pac-Man Tournament Start!

12:30pm: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Raffle drawing
  • Cowbots challenge #4

2pm: Cowbots challenge #5

3pm: Cowbots challenge #6

3:30pm: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Raffle drawing
  • Cowbots challenge #7

5pm: Cowbots challenge #8

5:30pm: NBA Jam Tournament Sign-Ups moved to 8:30pm to allow for more Jammers!


  • Cowbots challenge #9
  • NBA Jam Tournament moved to 9pm to allow for more Jammers!

6:30pm: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #10
  • Raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #11
  • Pizza time! (while it lasts)

8:30pm: NBA Jam Tournament Sign-Ups at stage! Teams of 2 – be sure to write down the NBA team you intend to play, and one alternate. If two teams want to play the same, a coin toss will determine who gets first pick. Tournament winners each get a $10 gift certificate!


  • Cowbots challenge #12
  • NBA Jam Tournament Start!


  • Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing
  • Mini pinball tournament signups at stage – free entry, $10 gift certificate to winner


  • Cowbots challenge #13
  • Raffle drawing
  • Mini pinball tournament start!

11pm: Cowbots challenge #14

12am: Cowbots challenge #15

12:30am: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #16
  • Raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #17
  • Free pizza (while it lasts!)

3am: Cowbots challenge #18

3:30am: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #19
  • Raffle drawing

5am: Cowbots challenge #20


  • Cowbots challenge #21

6:30am: Announcement – 30 minutes until raffle drawing


  • Cowbots challenge #22
  • Last raffle drawing

8am: Cowbots challenge #23

8:45am: Last Cowbots challenge (#24) – 15 minutes announcement

8:50am: Last 10 minutes announcement

8:55am: Last 5 minutes announcement

8:58am: Last 2 minutes announcements

8:59:30am: 30 second countdown!

9am: WINNER?

Note: All events, giveaways and promotions subject to change or cancellation without notice.

The Final Cow-down! 24 Hrs of Gaming – Starting Monday June 14

Have you herd? Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 contest is nearly over! It’s time to show your love of Ground Kontrol by participating in our 24-hour event, The Final Cow-down! Prove your skills in special arcade game tournaments, including Ms. Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and more! Enjoy complimentary snacks and soft drinks, and play old and new console games on our stage. You can also help Ground Kontrol make one last stand against the moo-chanical menace by playing Cowbots 2010!

It all starts at 9:00am on Monday, June 14, with complimentary donuts and coffee for everyone. The first arcade tournament, Ms. Pac-Man, will accept sign-ups from 11:30am to 11:55am, and competition starts at Noon. More arcade tournaments will happen throughout the 24 hours, including a pinball tournament, and a raffle drawing will follow the end of each tournament! (Check the schedule for more details.) Raffle drawings are open to everyone and are free to enter.

In addition to our legendary line-up of arcade games and pinball tables, we’ll have old-school consoles set up for play. If you’d like to help Ground Kontrol win Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 and the $25,000 grand prize, we’ll have more PCs set up for you to play Cowbots 2010!

Remember, if Ground Kontrol wins Save the Arcades 2, we’re putting every single dollar of the prize towards making Ground Kontrol an even better place! Our remodeling plans include expanding our 2nd floor, putting in more games, more seating and expanding our food and drink selection! We just need some help paying for it – and $25,000 will go a long way towards making our arcade dreams come true.

This is it, Portland! We’re extremely grateful for all of your support not only as customers and fans, but Cowbots 2010 players, too! Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, we hope you’ll visit us during our extremely extended hours and help us make this event the most fun we’ve ever had!

View the full event details and RSVP at our Facebook page. We’ll see you there!

PS. Even if you can’t make it down to Ground Kontrol, you can help us stampede towards the Save the Arcades 2 finish line by playing Cowbots 2010 at home, at work or at school! Just visit Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 website, play Cowbots 2010, and donate your points to Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. Play and donate as often as you like, and tell everyone you know! Check out this page for instructions.

WHAT: The Final Cow-down, a 24-hour event featuring arcade tournaments, complimentary food & soft drinks (while they last!), free raffle giveaways, and free console gaming. Also play Stride’s Save the Arcades 2 game, Cowbots 2010! (View the event schedule for more info.)
WHEN: Starts Monday, June 14 at 9:00am, ends Tuesday, June 15 at 9:00am. All ages are welcome 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday June 14, and 6:00am – 9:00am Tuesday June 15. 21+ only 5:00pm Monday June 14 – 6:00am Tuesday June 15 (no beer & wine service after 2:30am.)
COVER: No cover!