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Giga-Fright IV: Halloween Free Play Party – Wednesday 10/29

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Play Pac-Man…

Ground Kontrol’s Halloween party, Giga Fright, returns for the 4th year in a row!

At 5pm, the doors creak open on the best Halloween party in town: a multi-level arcade filled with over 100 arcade games and pinball tables, all set to free play, with a full bar and food menu to fuel party ghouls all night long.

Diabolically delicious drink specials and alarmingly awesome food specials will be available from the friendly stiffs at our bar. Compete in the super-spooky pinball tournament featuring our special Halloween lineup, spin the Hall-O-Wheel for a special challenge, or win $100 in our awesome costume contest!

Come in costume to save money at the door – it’s just $5 for those truly in the Halloween spirit, and $7 for those in civilian clothes. (And don’t try to pull a fast one by wearing a “This Is My Costume” t-shirt or showing up as “Guy That Has 2 Thumbs and Loves Pinball” – we want to see contest-worthy costumes!)

Be ready to line up for the costume contest judging at 11pm – we’ll make announcements leading up to it, but if you’re not here, you can’t win!

Once again, the doors open at 5pm. It’s 21+ only, so bring valid I.D.!

NOTE: If you’re wearing a mask or painting your face, PLEASE make sure we can still match you to your I.D. That means removing your mask and not painting or applying makeup that will obscure your handsome features. Thanks!

WHAT: Giga-Fright IV: Halloween FREE PLAY Party

WHEN: Wednesday October 29th, 5pm-late. Costume contest judging at 11pm!

COVER: $5 in costume, $7 without. It’s a steal no matter what! 21+ only w/ ID.

NARC busts into the arcade!

NARCNow playing as the newest Raiders of the Lost Arcade title! When 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.

Categories: Arcade News

New in the Arcade: Killer Queen, the world’s first 10-player arcade game!

Killer Queen

We’re extremely excited to announce, for a limited time, a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-released independent arcade game Killer Queen at Ground Kontrol!

The only 10-player arcade game in the world, Killer Queen challenges two teams of up to 5 players to take control of worker bees and their Queen working to defeat the opposing team in one of three ways: Filling your hive with pollen, riding the snail to your base, or killing the Queen (of course!)

The retro-style 2D game play (described as a cross between Joust and Starcraft) feels like a familiar arcade classic updated for modern gaming. Matches are fast and frenetic, with you and your teammates juggling multiple goals and strategies to defeat the opponent’s Queen while defending your own.

Like any great arcade game, it’s very easy to jump in and start playing, with only one joystick and one button per player. Once you get hooked, you’ll see deeper layers within the strategy. Do you go for a speed boost or become a warrior and directly attack the Queen? Collect pollen and hope you’ll fill the hive before the other team? Or dare to ride the snail slowly to your base, relying on teammates to defend your epically sluggish trip toward victory?

We’re one of a few locations worldwide and the ONLY location on the west coast featuring Killer Queen, and we’re collecting as much feedback as we can to pass on to developers Joshua DeBonis and Nikita Mikros, who continue to refine it.

The cabinet is impressively designed, too – two linked cabinets with orange and blue color schemes representing their respective teams, a control panel with built-in cup holders, and lighting accents throughout the cabinet (with a glowing base!) We think it looks perfect in our retro-futuristic space.

Raw Thrills Entertainment has optioned Killer Queen for a commercial release to arcades worldwide, but only after testing it in local venues like Ground Kontrol who are willing to take a chance on an untested title.

Ground Kontrol is proud to cultivate the future of arcade gaming and we hope that you’ll take this rare opportunity to play Killer Queen before it reaches the masses. Invite your friends and let us know what you think!

Find out more about the game and its development at killerqueenarcade.com.

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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