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
2014 will mark the 9th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo to be held once again at the Oregon Convention Center on October 11-12, 2014. We will have more vendors, speakers and games than ever before!
Would you like to volunteer to help organize the Expo? Assistance is needed in the areas of social media/advertising, promotional events, game system maintenance and preparation and more. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets will be on sale soon. Please check back soon for information on admissions, vendor registration, hotels and programming.
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.
To volunteer, complete the volunteer application and a volunteer coordinator will contact you.
posted by RecycledGamer on 9-24-2013
AtariAge is debuting several new homebrew games for the Atari 2600 and 7800 at this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo. These games are:
In addition to these new games, AtariAge will also have a large number of systems set up at their booth where you can play new games currently in development. These titles include Star Castle Arcade, Zippy the Porcupine, Bentley Bear: Crystal Quest, The Byte Before Christmas, and many others. They'll also have assortment of homebrew games from their online store and AtariAge t-shirts.
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!
posted by RecycledGamer on 9-11-2013
We have always had exclusive homebrew and prototype games released at the Expo and this year is no different. To kick off the release announcements for 2013 we have Polybius for the Atari 2600 by Lost Classics.
The legend is that an arcade game by the name of Polybius showed up in a suburb of Portland in 1981. The arcade operator had no idea where it came from as it was never ordered. Yet there it was in an arcade waiting for anyone who dared to give it a try. Players reported seizures and various psychological maladies including thoughts of suicide, depression, schizophrenia, increased stress and nightmares.
Despite the risks players felt addicted to the gameplay. This might have been in part because of subliminal messages which were put in the game. Some observers started to notice that the players were being watched by men dressed as government agents. Was Polybius a government project to control people through the then emerging medium of gaming? Was it put there to study if a game could cause players to go crazy?
No release of Polybius has ever been found...until now.
From Chris Trimiew of Lost Classics:
"I recently bought a large lot of various gaming hardware from a local electronics recycler. Among the items were some odd finds, including commodore 64 prototype boards, emulator cards for systems long forgotten, and even a bunch of sealed games from the early 80's. After days of digging through and cataloguing the items an Atari 2600 prototype was found. The label on the cart read "Polybius".
I decided to make reproductions of it so that it could be shared with others. There will be 30 cartridges up for grabs in this exclusive first run at PRGE.
Here's a video showing gameplay of Polybius for the 2600:
Thanks to Chris for sharing this mysterious game with us. Get to the Lost Classic booth early to get your copy of this exclusive "reproduction"!
Please note: Parts of this story may or may not be not untrue.
posted by RecycledGamer on 9-9-2013
Scott Boothby returns to PRGE with his full scale replica R2-D2! His R2 unit is fully operational and will be powering around the show floor (when he is not recharging at his "home base"). Scott's R2 has the unique distinction of having been signed by Kenny Baker who played R2-D2 in the orignal Star Wars films.
From Scott's web site:
The quest to create a full-size R2D2 began a couple months after the OMSI Star Wars exhibit in Portland, Oregon around 2006/2007. Afterwards my son Skylar was fascinated with Star Wars and kept talking about the R2 at the exhibit. Through Skylar I remembered my own childhood dream of one day having my very own R2D2 and right then and there I decided to quit dreaming and got to work! We started with the "Hasbro Interactive R2", it was cool at first, but then we needed MORE!
Scott's R2 unit became operational in 2008 and has been improved on ever since. He has been a frequent attendee of the Expo and we look forward to having him again in 2013.
posted by RecycledGamer on 8-20-2013
PRGE is please to announce that, for the second year in a row, we will host the 4th Annual Tetris World Championships! Supporting assistance provided by The Tetris Company, NintendoAge, Hyperkin, and GameGavel.com.
The tournament 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. Come try your hand against nearly the entire cast of the award-winning video game documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, including Twin Galaxies record holders Harry Hong, Jonas Neubauer, and Alex Kerr.
Visit TetrisChampionship.com for early registration and official rules.
posted by RecycledGamer on 8-15-2013
We are proud to announce the second annual "Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo" tournament! Super Puzzle Fighter is one of the easiest games to pick up and play but this tournament is all about playing to win. High level players use complex strategies that involve block build patterns, counter gems, and realtime reads of opponent strategies.
The tournament will be played on a "Capcom Big Blue" cabinet located in the "Supercade". Retro TV Game Revival is providing the arcade cabinet again this year and also are sweetening the prize pot. Along with some classic Capcom swag the winners this year will take home cash money! A $100 pot will be distributed between the top 3 players.
Tournament format will be decided upon based on number of entrants. Entries will be limited due to time limitations. Sign-ups begin when the show floor opens to general ticket holders on Saturday morning, 10-5-2013. Detailed rules will be available during sign up.
posted by RecycledGamer on 8-7-2013
When you weren't playing Nintendo in the 80's, you might have been watching one of the most iconic 80's television programs, Knight Rider. Who can forget this?
Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.
Well get ready for some nostalgia because we've got the Knight Industries Two Thousand, also known as KITT, attending PRGE this year.
OK, this isn't technically the real KITT, but a pretty sweet reproduction provided by the nice folks at the Cinema Classics Car Club.
While you are checking out KITT's smooth 80's Trans Am lines you can also check out the Knight Rider video game which we will have set up to play on the original NES.
posted by RecycledGamer on 8-7-2013
PRGE is proud to welcome Oregon Competitve Gaming (OCG) who will be operating four retro gaming tournaments during the Expo this year. Hailing from Eugene Oregon, OCG has been hosting tournaments for several years and growing fast with the increased demand for competitive gaming.
Saturday Super Slam!
Sunday Retro Revenge!
Anyone can compete. Just go to the tournament area of the freeplay arcade and register at the OCG booth. PRGE will provide prizes to the top players in each tournament.
by RecycledGamer on 1-13-2011
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