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Angry Video Game Nerd Coming To PRGE!

The Angry Video Game Nerd
Join the Angry Video Game Nerd at PRGE 2016!

For the first time ever we welcome James Rolfe, the Angry Video Game Nerd, to the 2016 Portland Retro Gaming Expo! James will be hosting his own panel on Saturday and another again on Sunday, as well as an autograph session for a limited time in the main lobby on Saturday. Panel and autograph times will be announced closer to the event.

James Rolfe is a filmmaker, director, producer, and writer from New Jersey who is best known for his internet production of The Angry Video Game Nerd. Rolfe gained mainstream attention when the first four episodes of AVGN went viral on the internet after his best friend Mike Matei persuaded him to publish them on YouTube in 2006.

Since then, James has published hundreds of videos and even a feature length film featuring the Nerd character. The "nerd van" from this movie will be on display at PRGE along with AVGN merchandise for sale.

Volunteer Your Time at the Retro Gaming Expo

Volunteer at PRGE!
PRGE runs on volunteers and we need your help!

Do you love classic video games? Would you like to hang out with hundreds of like-minded classic gaming fans? Would you like to touch real-live video game nerds? Get all this plus free admission to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo!

PRGE is a 501(c)4, 100% non-profit and volunteer-operated convention. Our continued growth and improvement depends on fans like you to volunteer your time and skills. If you will be in the Portland, OR area on October 18-23, 2016 we can use your help. There are many postions available. Each volunteer gets free admission to the Expo for the entire weekend and special volunteer PRGE t-shirt.

Go to the PRGE volunteer page for more information and to complete the volunteer application.

Activity Schedule for PRGE 2016

For the first time in 11 years, PRGE will be open on Friday! We have created this graphic to help explain what you can do on each day of the event and when you can do it. Questions? Email us at

2016 PRGE activity schedule

Announcing PRGE 2016

PRGE is happy to announce our 11th annual Expo at the Oregon Convention Center on October 21-23, 2016.

New for 2016

  • A Winner Is You!
    PRGE is now a 3-day event!
    We received feedback from our attendees that there's not enough time to visit all of the exhibitors, attend panels, and still have time to play games in the Retrocade. To help solve this problem, we will open the Retrocade on Friday, october 21 at 3:00 PM. until midnight. That's nine extra hours of gameplay time! The Retrocade will be separated from the Exhibitor area on Friday by a removable wall. Exhibitor setup will take place at the usual time on Friday and the wall will be removed overnight to be ready for the big exhibitor reveal on Saturday morning.

  • Three tracks of panels and speakers
    Since PRGE moved to the Convention Center, we have had two auditoriums for speakers and panels. Even so, we have had to make tough decisions about what panels we can present each year. We've also had a lot of interest from atttendees to see more speakers discussing arcade and pinball-related topics. For 2016 we will have three auditoriums, each with it's own subject matter "track": Auditorium A will be Home and Console Games, Auditorium B will feature Arcade and Pinball games and Auditorium C will host gaming celebrtities, YouTube hosts and podcasters. This will allow for over 50 hours of programming.

Don't Wait...Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets to PRGE are now on sale through out ticketing Partner, Showclix. As in previous years, all ticketing fees are built into the online price. What you see is what you pay! In addition, presale ticket buyers enjoy these benefits:

  • Purchasing admission online will save you up to 24% over the door price
  • Presale pass holders with Saturday-only or Weekend badges will get into the exhibitor hall 1 hour early on Saturday (9:00 AM)
  • Your attendance at PRGE is guaranteed in the event of a sellout. We were very close to capacity in 2015 and this may be the year where we have to close ticket sales due to a sellout crowd.

Purchase PRGE 2016 tickets now! »

PRGE 2015 Highlights

PRGE 2015 is over, but not forgotten! Here are some links to reviews, photos and videos from the Expo.

PRGE Panels




History of PRGE Flyers, Badges & T-Shirts

PRGE 2009 T-shirt
T-Shirt from PRGE 2009

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Over the past decade we have create a wide variety of marketing materials, shirts, badges and show programs for each of our events.

Visit our new PRGE museum page and look back at some of these materials we produced and learn about the history of the Northwest's largest retro gaming convention. See the evolution of the Expo as we moved to larger venues each year and enjoyed ever increasing attendance.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo Flyer, Badge and T-Shirt Archive

Celebrating 10 years of retro gaming

Portland Retro Gaming Expo logo

It was in 2006 when the Northwest Classic Games Enthusiasts, a Seattle-based video game affinity group, put on their first event in Portland, Oregon area. The show was held in the Quality Inn Conference Center in Vancouver, WA and there were about 250 game fans in attendance. During our first show, the XBox 360 was less than a year old and the Wii and PS3 wouldn't come out for another month.

In the 10 years since, we've graduated to the Oregon Convention Center where we host over 6,000 attendees over two days. You can learn more about past PRGE events on our Past Events page.

Be sure to join us this year for our 10th anniversary celebration!

Special Thanks

A special thank you goes out to Video Game Wizards, who have sponsored PRGE for all 10 years of our existence. It was their encouragement and financial support that made the show possible.


PRGE operates as a 501(c)4 non-profit corporation. The show is funded by sponsorships, admissions, exhibitor fees, donations and by the efforts of our unpaid board members and volunteers who work tirelessly to make the event a success.

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