updated by RecycledGamer on 10-1-2014
The homebrew game design scene is alive and well in Portland this year. There are more homebrew games than even being presented this year including several exclusive releases only available at PRGE!
Homebrew is a term frequently applied to video games or other software produced by consumers to target proprietary hardware platforms (usually with hardware restrictions) not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary storage methods. Homebrew games for older systems are typically developed using emulators for convenience, since testing them requires no extra hardware on the part of the programmer.
Description: John's game room has been overrun by spiders and water leaks! To further complicate matters his garage door has gone on the fritz and will only open periodically. Help him dash to the right-most exit with a handful of games while avoiding falling water and creepy critters! Dash to the other side of the screen for points! How long can you last?
The collectors edition of Game Panic will include a manual, warranty card, a bonus lightscribed DVD of one of my Atari collector videos, and a plastic spider. Game comes cased in a special DVD case that is about the same size of an atari box.
In the auction will be a unique ROM variation of the game that works with 3D glasses. The game packaging will be different, as well as a matching, custom painted Atari 2600 system to go along with it. This auction will be to raise funds for the Cowlitz Gamers for Kids charity video game show in Kelso, WA.
Description: Gamester81 gets sucked into the video game world, and it's up to you to get get him out! There are three unique game stages in Gamester81: The Video Game including:
Description: Alien Adventures is the first title from new programmer, Martina Tuckner. Although new to the programming scene, Tuckner has been working for Lost Classics for five years and has a long history of working on game reproductions. In this game you play as the friendly alien trying to land on Earth, however, the military isn't going to make it easy for you. You must defeat the tanks on the ground so you can land on Earth. Each hand-numbered game comes in box with a four-page full-color manual and a glow in the dark alien figure.
Description: Landfill is a video game based around the recent uncovering of many classic Atari 2600 titles that were buried in a landfill in the 1980s. Over three decades ago, the Atari Corporation overproduced many titles for the popular 2600 system, (titles such as E.T. and Defender), and they were forced to bury their unsold stock in the New Mexico desert. These were unearthed recently to provide credence to the many rumors surrounding one of video game's most talked about pieces of lore. Former Working Designs employee, Chris Trimiew, has produced a completely original Atari 2600 game to commemorate this popular piece of video game history. This is Trimiew's third release for the 2600.
Description: For years, a prototype ROM file of Joust for ColecoVision had been floating around the internet. It was playable, but it had no music or sound effects at all. Back in 2011, I tried to get Daniel Bienvenu to add sound to this soundless prototype, but that project was never completed.
In March 2014, Sean Kelly revealed a different prototype of Joust that actually had sounds. Sean worked with Team Pixelboy who recruited Mystery Man to create a title screen and then published the game on the original Colecovision cartridge media. Colecovision Joust was released at the 2014 Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas this September.
The game comes complete in box with manual.
Official game description: Never in your wildest dreams did you ever imagine you would be one day riding an ostrich in an alien arena, fighting for your life against other vulture-riding gladiators. And yet, there you are, and your only concern now is survival! Direct your ostrich around the arena and hit your opponents from above to turn them into eggs you can collect for extra points. If they hatch before you can grab them, they will come back into the fight stronger than before. Also watch out for the Pterodactyl who will appear randomly when you least expect it, and avoid the scorching lava pits below. How long can you last in the Joust?
Are you releasing a homebrew game at PRGE? Let us know!
updated by RecycledGamer on 9-30-2014
This year the Portland Retro Gaming Expo will be located in hall A/A1 at the north end of the Oregon Convention Center. This is the end nearest to the MAX light rail stop. This is a change from the last two years when we were located in Hall C.
Areas occupied by PRGE 2014 are highlighted in green in the diagram below.
You can learn more about the location and ammenities of the Oregon Convention Center on our Venue Information page.
posted by RecycledGamer on 9-1-2014
PRGE is pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, we will host the annual Tetris World Championships!
This is the fifth year for the tournament and it will take place in Freeplay Arcade in our main show hall on both days of the Expo. It's open to the public and a $5 entry fee (in addition to your paid Expo admission) allows you to make as many qualifying attempts as you are willing to wait in line for.
We will be posting more details on the Tetris Championships soon. Please check back.
updated by RecycledGamer on 7-23-2014
The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is priviledged to host Console Wars author Blake Harris at this year's show. Blake will conduct a panel along with former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske, former Sega of America Marketing Director Al Nilsen, and former Sega programmer Scott Chandler, discussing the Sega vs. Nintendo video game war of the 90's as well as other intriguing topics.
Harris' recently released book, Console Wars, chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry. The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.
It's sure to be a full house at this panel so get there early! The panel schedule is still being finalized and will be posted soon.
updated by RecycledGamer on 7-9-2014
Brent "brentalfloss" Black is coming to the 2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo! Brent will host a daytime panel where he will answer questions from the audience and then perform on Saturday evening.
Brent is a comedian, musician, and gamer. He first gained notoriety when he added lyrics to the title theme from Mega Man 3 and created the "With Lyrics" series on Youtube. He has since grown a Youtube subscriber base of over 210,000 and released two full-length albums which have reached the top ten in both the Bandcamp and iTunes comedy charts. He lives in New York City and performs at music venues and gaming conventions in the USA, Canada, and the UK.
He earned a BFA in drama from the University of Oklahoma, where he wrote two full-length musicals, Shades of Gray and OU-Sical! The Musical. He then moved to New York City where he got a master's degree in musical theatre writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Brent's most popular video is Dr. Mario with Lyrics, which has over 4 millon views on YouTube.
updated by RecycledGamer on 6-25-2014
The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is proud to bring the Angry Video Game Nerd Movie to big screen in Portland, Oregon!
There will be two show times (7:00 PM and 9:30 PM) at Portland's Hollywood Theater on Friday, October 17, 2014. Both show times will feature an introduction and brief Q&A session with AVGN movie co-director and producer, Kevin Finn. Finn will later speak at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo on Saturday, October 18.
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97212
Theater line: (503) 493-1128
Admission to the movie is separate from admission to the PRGE and will be purchased directly from the Hollywood Theater. As the Expo weekend approaches, we will announce when tickets for the AVGN movie screenings will be available.
Kevin Finn is an award-winning Director/Writer/Producer best known for his comedic directorial work "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" and as a producer on A&E's hit "Duck Dynasty". He played both the ninja character in AVGN's Ninja Gaiden video and the Game Glitch Gremlin in AVGN's Game Glitch video.
The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie is an upcoming independent film based on the AVGN web series. James Rolfe is serving as director, producer and co-writer and reprises his on-screen role of The Nerd. The budget of the film came entirely from fan donations. The story centers around the alleged burial of over 1 million copies of the proclaimed "worst video game of all time", E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, as The Nerd embarks on a quest to prove that there is nothing buried there after being pressured by fans to review the video game, while being pursued by federal authorities who believe he is investigating Area 51 and the crash of an unidentified flying object.
updated by RecycledGamer on 6-25-2014
David Crane and Garry Kitchen will return for their 4th year at PRGE. Look forward to their great stories from the early days of the video game industry as well as some new surprises.
Crane started his programming career at Atari, making games for the 2600. Crane left Atari in 1979 and co-founded Activision, along with Alan Miller, Jim Levy, Bob Whitehead, and Larry Kaplan. At Activision, he was best known as the designer of Pitfall!. Pitfall! was a huge hit, and maintained the top slot on the Billboard charts for 64 weeks and was named video game of the year in 1982. In 1986, Crane left Activision to co-found Absolute Entertainment with Garry Kitchen. With Absolute, he was known for Amazing Tennis and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, a successful NES title following the adventures of the protagonist and his companion, a shape-shifting blob.
From 1981-1995, Garry was an industry leader in the development of home video games, generating over $300 million in retail sales. His 2600 adaptation of the hit Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong, published by Coleco, was one of the top selling games on the Atari platform, selling over 4 million units. In 1983, Kitchen followed up the success of Donkey Kong with his hit title Keystone Kapers, published by Activision and a nominee for Video Game of the Year.
posted by RecycledGamer on 9-1-2014
PRGE/NWCGE swap meeting coming up in January after the big Expo!
The Portland Retro Gaming Expo and the Northwest Classic Games Enthusiasts (NWCGE) are proud to present our second-annual Retro Gaming Swap Meet at the Portland Doubletree Hotel on January 24, 2015. Once again we are taking it old-school...back when it was all about getting buyers and sellers together to help build buyers collections and help sellers find good homes for their extras while preserving the cultural and historical aspects of videogames. Nothing fancy - just games, games and more games.
The show will be on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 per person - ages 10 and under are free. The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family!
We need your help! Want to volunteer for this event? Contact us today at email@example.com.
updated by RecycledGamer on 6-1-2014
Nostalgic for the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, but can't wait 5 months for that sweet, sweet retro gaming action? Our friend Hans posted this excellent montage of the 2013 Expo. If you have 5 minutes free, have a look!
updated by RecycledGamer on 5-30-2014
At past events we have always had tickets available at the door, but purchasing your passes to PRGE 2014 online will guarantee your spot at the largest retro gaming con in the Pacific Northwest. Our growth year-over-year could mean that this is the year we reach capacity before the doors open.
Through our ticketing vendor, ShowClix, you can purchase admission online using any major credit card. Print out your tickets and bring them to the Will Call counter on the weekend of the Expo to speed your checking and pick up your show badges. Didn't print your tickets? No problem - just show an ID with the name of the ticket purchaser to the Will Call staff and you are good to go. Please note: we are not mailing badges - all presale badges can be picked up at the Will Call counter.
updated by RecycledGamer on 3-17-2014
Dear Retro Gaming Fans,
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. The Portland Retro Gaming Expo has been asked by the city to move our event out one week in order to accomodate a large sporting event that will require the majority of the Oregon Convention Center (OCC). It was not an easy decision for us, but the event has enormous potential upside for the city of Portland and its local businesses. The PRGE board decided that it made sense to accept the proposal from the OCC to move out the date of the Expo by one week from October 11-12, 2014 to October 18-19, 2014. This will open up the previous weekend for an event that is projected to bring over $1.4 million in revenue into the city.
So mark your calendars - the new date of the 2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo is October 18-19, 2014. Otherwise it will be the same great show as always.
We realize that this change might be an inconvenience for some. We sincerely apologize for any difficulty or confusion the change causes for our attendees. It was not an easy decision, but we are confident that this is the right decision for the continued success of the Expo.
Our hotel partners (The Jupiter, Residence Inn and Doubletree) are working with us to move out room blocks out to the new dates. We have asked them to proactively reach out to anyone who booked a room already, but we encourage you to contact your hotel right away to confirm your reservation for the new dates. There will be no difference in price.
If you have already paid for a space at PRGE 2014 and you are OK with the new dates then there is nothing you have to do. Our vendor coordinator will be reaching out to paid exhibitors over the next couple of weeks to confirm the date change and help with the transition in any way we can. You can ask questions and discuss your specific situation with the vendor coordinator anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have held off on posting PRGE passes for sale until the negotiations with OCC were complete. Now that we have come to an agreement, ticket sales will start up within the next few days.
Thank you very much for supporting PRGE. It's very gratifying to know how many classic video game fans want to come to our little show that started in the back room of the Vancouver Quality Inn nine years ago.
The Board and Staff of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo
updated by RecycledGamer on 2-8-2014
Our friends at the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo have announced their 4th annual show on June 28-29, 2014. The event has moved into the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.
Both single-day and weekend SRGE passes are now on sale online. Each 2-day pass is good for both Saturday and Sunday, and provides access to all SRGE events. In addition, attendees who pre-register for the whole weekend (including family pass holders) will receive early access to the exhibits hall and show floor. For classic game collectors and people looking for the best deals in gaming, that extra hour of checking out the vendors before everyone else is invaluable!
Until April 30, SRGE is offering a special Swag House package that includes a weekend pass granting 9:00 AM early admission on Saturday and a chance to win one of twenty custom 3D printed mini NES console models.
updated by RecycledGamer on 1-21-2014
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 9-13, 2014 we can use your help. There are postions available in setup, and breakdown, guest assistance, tournament organization and stage management/production. 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.
by RecycledGamer on 9-25-2013
Here are a few tips for everyone from the casual retro gamer to the passionate collector for getting the most out of any classic video game con.
That's it! Follow these tips to help ensure you have a fun and successful time at the Expo. Good luck.
by RecycledGamer on 1-13-2011
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