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Categories: Arcade News

T-Shirts Are Back, In Black (and Asphalt)

Ground Kontrol Shirt Design on BlackGround Kontrol’s retro-rad T-shirts are back, black, and better than ever! This time around, they’re printed on American Apparel stock for a comfy fit, and selected sizes are also available in Asphalt, a deep gray with old-school flavor.

Order yours today from our online store, or pick one up at the arcade…in between games of Donkey Kong, of course.


Ground Kontrol Gambles On Video Poker

New Video Poker lineup!It’s been a long time coming, but everyone’s favorite downtown arcade/bar/music venue can now add a new descriptor: GAMBLING HOLE!

That’s right, double up and bet eight credits, ’cause Ground Kontrol is the proud new home of twelve brand new video poker machines, courtesy of the Oregon Lottery.

“It Does Good Things,” said Anthony Ramos, co-owner and self-confessed video poker fan. “We’re always on the lookout for the newest and most popular entertainments. The time was finally right. Now players can compete for not just for high score and the acclaim of their peers, but for cold, hard cash. Also, my crack habit was getting really expensive, and this will help offset that.”

“We had to clear out all the pinball machines and most of the video games, but we’re sure that players will soon forget them once they see these new machines, and comments from customers seem to be bearing that out.”

Brad, electrician and frequent customer: “I was so stoked to see that they got video poker. I mean, Q*Bert was cool and all, but I think they’re making much better use of the space. One video lottery machine has, like, games galore.”

“Ground Kontrol could have always used a gambling machine or two. Can I get an ashtray?”- Thom, cab driver

“Money rules!”- Patricia, volunteer

“SMELLS LIKE CASH IN HERE!!!”- Doug, probably lives around here or something

“V||)3() p()|<3R |s |337!!!!!!!1!”- Lord Mordicus, teh HaXX0R

So, be sure to stop into the all-new Ground Kontrol: the place for beer, DJs, live bands, and gambling addiction!

Categories: Arcade News

New Games!

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720° (Atari, 1986)

Before Tony Hawk spun a 900º onto the video game scene, 720° in the arcade was the true skateboard jam. A timewarp like no other, few games capture their era better than this seminal 80’s gem. So shred the gnar in 720°’s windswept streets, and keep on the move. Like the man says, “Skate or Die!”


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Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989)

Have a ball with Elvira, the 1989 classic designed by Dennis Nordman (White Water).This pinball table is built, just like the hostess with the mostest. And you can be sure Elvira will have something risqué to say about your pinball game. It’s monstrous fun!


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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Capcom, 2000)

MvC2 is one of the most over the top, fast paced and zany fighting games to ever hit arcades. Pick from any one of 56 selectable characters from the Marvel and Capcom universes! Wolverine vs. Mega Man? Spiderman vs. Zangeif? All in 3 on 3 tag matches and turbo galore!


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NBA Jam (Midway, 1993)
NBA Jam is the inventive title that slams regulation basketball into a flimsy glass backboard. The now classic 2 on 2 hoops-fest features actual rosters from 15 years ago, including Portland’s own Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. “He’s on fire!!”


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Red & Ted’s Road Show (Williams, 1994)

“Let’s wreck some road!” This widebody Williams table from design great Pat Lawlor (The Addams Family) follows the cross-country bulldozing adventures of Red & Ted, pinball’s most charming rednecks. As technical as it is hilarious, Road Show is all the rage at Ground Kontrol these days!


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The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003)

A seemingly endless string of memorable moments and characters make The Simpsons a perfect theme for this recent table from Stern. Mayor Quimby, Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, Comic Book Guy, Professor Frink – you name ’em, they’re here and they brought pinball jokes!


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Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Capcom, 1998)

Alpha 3 is the most technical and evolved installment of the greater Street Fighter series, and stands as one of Capcom’s best fighting games. If you enjoy 2-D fighters and prefer a bit more strategy in your brawling, SFA3’s refined gameplay could be your newest addiction.


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WWF WrestleFest (Capcom, 1998)

WWF WrestleFest features many of the trademark moves and taunts of the featured WWF Superstars, four-player simultaneous play, and a new Royal Rumble mode. There are also voice samples of your favorite WWF stars, including commentary and pre-match introductions by WWF ring announcer Mike McGuirk.