2022 PRGE Panel Descriptions

Metal Jesus Rocks at PRGE 2015
John Hancock, Reggie Williams, Kinsey Burke and Jason Lindsey at the Metal Jesus Rocks panel in 2015.

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40 Years of Q*bert

Speakers: Warren Davis
Description: Warren Davis, designer/programmer of the original Q*bert arcade game, tells the history of Q*bert from the development of the original game through its reception, its various versions through the years and his recent resurgence in popularity.

Arlo & Lockstin in: How to YouTube

Speakers: Arlo & Lockstin
Description: With a combined 1.7 million subscribers, we've learned a lot over the years, and want to pass that along to you! Join us as we discuss the tips and tricks we've learned to help keep views up on scripted content. An AMA will follow!"

Art of Nintendo Power

Speakers: Stephan Reese
Description: Ever wonder how Nintendo Power Magazine was made? Join Stephan Reese (Executive Director of the Interactive Art Collection) for a discussion about the Art of Nintendo Power: a look into the original art and production history of Nintendo Power Magazine. We will take a look at how some of your favorite art was created, who created it, and how it went from being a hand made piece of art to being published in a print magazine. Don’t forget to head over to the PRGE Museum where you can see over a hundred pieces of original artwork used to create Nintendo Power!

Caddicarus Live!

Speakers: Caddicarus
Description: Coming from acrossed the pond and making his first apperance at Portland Retro Gaming Expo! Join Caddicarus for a Q&A session you won't want to miss. What questions will he be answering, that is up to, the audience.

Update on the Immortal Video Game Museum w/John Hancock

Speakers: John Hancock
Description: The Immortal John Hancock and team share updates and a very special announcement on the non profit video game museum they’ve been crafting, answer questions and discusses a basic strategic plan moving forward.

Completely Unnecessary Podcast LIVE!

Speakers: Pat "The NES Punk" Contri and Ian Ferguson
Description: Join Pat "The NES Punk" Contri and Ian Ferguson as they host a live presentation of their popular Completely Unnecessary Podcast, covering gaming, movies, comics, and the latest geek topics.

Panel may contain mature language and subject matter. Attendee discretion is advised.

Diablo Retrospect

Speakers: Matt Householder, Matt Uelmen & Jay Wilson
Description: Join Matt Householder (Producer Diablo II), Matt Uelmen (Sound Designer/Composer/Performer Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo III), and Jay Wilson (Game Director Diablo III) as they recount working on this monster game series.

Double NintenDare

Speakers: Curtis Bonds
Description: On your mark... get set... GO!! Double NintenDare is a Nintendo-themed throwback to the classic kids' game show of a similar name. Put your knowledge and skill of classic and current Nintendo games to the test by answering tricky trivia questions or taking on our special 'Digital Challenges' and finishing the dreaded Mario Maker Obstacle Course! Each player will receive fabulous prizes whether you win or lose, and we'll take you back in time with classic commercials in between rounds.

Extra Lives Live Experience

Speakers: Extra Lives
Description: Extra Lives is the world’s first Audience RPG: a fully narrated choose-your-own-adventure game where YOU are the main character. Plunge into an exciting story with visuals, music, sound effects and footage drawn from the legendary console games of the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s... and a live score provided by the lovable nerds of Extra Lives. At several key junctures you'll get to vote on how the character proceeds, leading to special story branches. With multiple endings and over 30 possible variations depending on the audience's in-game choices, this immersive feast for the imagination will transport you back to your childhood. To the next level!

Game Preservation with Kelsey and Frank

Speakers: Frank Cifaldi & Kelsey Lewin
Description: What does it mean to preserve the history of video games? What's going on out there in the world of game preservation, and how can you help? Learn more about how we approach the complicated issues involved in saving our industry's history with the co-directors of The Video Game History Foundation!

Gaming Historian LIVE!

Speakers: Norman Caruso
Description: Join Norman Caruso as he presents a live episode of his show. The topic is a mystery, but you are sure to learn something new. There will also be a round of Jeopardy!, where members of the audience get a chance to show off their knowledge and win prizes. The panel concludes with a Q&A session.

Here’s What Happened!

Speakers: Paul E Niemyer
Description: Paul E. Niemeyer regales us with amazing tales of the art world of Bally/Midway of the early 80’s, to his work on the original Mortal Kombat, and whatever pops into his head along the way!

Howard Scott Warshaw

Speakers: Howard Scott Warshaw
Description: The legendary programmer of games like Yar's Revenge, Raiders of the lost Ark and E.T. Howard has many stories to tell as well as is happy to take your questions.

Killer Queen Arcade: Strategy and Comaradarie in the 5v5 Arcade Community

Description: Join the hive for a panel discussing Killer Queen, the world's only 10-player/5v5 strategy arcade game! Learn the basics of play, details about the huge national community surrounding this unique game, and a brief history about how Killer Queen has grown over the years since its release. We'll discuss the Three Ways to Win, an overview of tech and strategy, and how a national following of hundreds of players has affected the game itself. Whether it's your first peek into the game or you're looking to learn more about the local PDX community, we look forward to seeing you! We're definitely not a cult: we won't ask you to drink the kool-aid, but have you tried Malört?

My Year With Pac-Man

Speakers: Tim Lapetino
Description: During the pandemic year of 2020, Tim Lapetino spent the entire calendar year, playing, documenting, discovering, and digging into the depths of the world's favorite yellow dot muncher. Every single day of the year he played Pac-Man games, ate cereal, unearthed bootlegs, and revived old hardware to go where no Pac-Man fan has gone before. Join him as he recounts the wild and weird history of Pac-Man experienced over the course of 365 days.

NES Hacking 101

Speakers: John Riggs
Description: Join John Riggs as he will show you how to editing the graphics, colors and text in most NES games. This panel is very interactive as you'll be able to throw out suggestions on what characters and items in NES games should be turned into. You'll see how to do it yourself so you can do it, too.

Pat "the NES Punk" Contri LIVE!

Speakers: Pat "The NES Punk" Contri
Description: Join Pat Contri and his 10th year at PRGE as he discusses creating retro gaming content throughout the years: YouTube videos, documentaries, podcasts, books, and more. Learn how creating gaming history content has changed and what projects may be planned for the future. The panel includes a Q&A session and maybe a surprise or two.

Q&A with Reggie & friends

Speakers: Reggie Williams
Description: Join Reggie and friends as they answer all your questions in an epic Q&A for the ages!

Segaiden: Sega's 8-Bit Journey

Speakers: Jeremy Parish
Description: The Mega Drive/Genesis turned Sega a world-class home gaming powerhouse. This presentation is not about that. Instead, it's about the journey that led there—Sega's succession of innovative arcade machines and evolving home consoles through which the company's designers, engineers, and composers perfected their skills. From VIC-Dual to Master System, we celebrate a decade of Sega laying the groundwork for 16-bit world conquest.

Games & Giveaways

Speakers: Josh Hamblin & Sandra
Description: Come join Josh from SideQuest Games and Sandra from La_retrorewind as they host an action packed panel with live games, challenges, and, of course, prizes! Participants will be chosen from the audience to compete for their shot at gaming goodness, and glory. Streamed live on Whatnot.

Squaresoft: The Weird, Surprising Early History

Speakers: Chris Kohler
Description: Before Kingdom Hearts, even before Final Fantasy, Square was a tiny Japanese developer trying everything they could think of to come up with a hit. Gaming historian Chris Kohler (Digital Eclipse, WIRED) has been studying the early history of one of his favorite game developers, and is ready to present his findings for the first time at PRGE 2022. An hour of surprising discoveries, obscure game footage, and extremely rare artifacts from the early days of Squaresoft!

Stories From The Last Blockbuster

Speakers: Sandi
Description: Do you miss your local video store? Do you have fond memories going to that store and renting the newest movie on a Friday night? Sandi Harding, the general manager of the Last Blockbuster discusses the history of the Bend Store and how it survived the demise of the Corporate Blockbuster Video chain. She will share what it is like to keep the traditional video rental experience alive in 2022.


Speakers: Tim Kitzrow
Description: Tim talks about nba jam turning 30 , being the voice of the NFL BLITZ franchise, the 15 pinball games he’s voiced, his latest game MUTANT FOOTBALL LEAGUE , his work with NBA teams and MUCH more!!

The Carbon Engine - Giving Retro New Life on Modern Consoles

Speakers: Modern Vintage Gamer
Description: Carbon Engine development aims to breathe new life into releases that are rare, highly sought-after, or otherwise no longer available and make them more accessible to consumers, preservationists, and developers. Furthermore, the Carbon Engine seeks to create a perfectly accurate experience for the player— creating a true “carbon copy” of the original game they played long ago and allowing new players to play games as intended by the developers.. Jeremy, Dimitris, Joe and Audi discuss the Carbon Engine, its origins and how it helps preserve and give new life to retro games for all modern platforms.

The History and Mission of Nightdive Studios

Speakers: Stephen Kick
Description: Stephen Kick is the CEO of Nightdive Studios, an independent developer and publisher that specializes in restoring, remastering and re-releasing classic games to be enjoyed once more. Established in 2012, Nightdive has been responsible for 100 plus titles including Quake, Doom 64, Shadow Man Remastered, Blood: Fresh Supply, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, PowerSlave: Exhumed, Blade Runner, System Shock 2 and the upcoming System Shock Remake. In this panel Stephen reveals the unlikely origins of Nightdive's inception and the process of remastering a forgotten classic.

Retronauts Podcast: The History of Food Mascot Games

Speakers: Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish & Gary Butterfield
Description: Not long ago, corporations employed colorful cartoon characters to lure hungry and impressionable children into their dens of corn-based products. And, since this time period happened to overlap with the rise of video games, several representatives from the world of poor nutrition ended up starring in their very own interactive experiences. On this panel, join your friends on the Retronauts podcast as they chase the chuck wagon, avoid various Noids, and trace the sordid history of food mascot games.

The Mysteries Of Ms. Pacman

Description: Join some of the team who helped create Ms. Pac-Man in this panel discussion. Hear the weird and unusual tales of video game's First Lady, Ms. Pac-Man, celebrating her 40th birthday! Wild stories about lawsuits with Atari, the Chicago connection, Crazy Otto, and more! Panel discussion with creators Kevin Curran and Steve Golson, moderated by Pac-Man: Birth of an Icon co-author Tim Lapetino.

G to The Next Level: To Be This Good Takes AGES?

Speakers: GTO The Next Level
Description: Come join G as he takes you down memory lane of being a Sega kid in a world of Nintendo, talks about YouTube creation & live streaming on Twitch, sneak a peek of his newest YouTube video, have a Q & A, and wrap it up with some fun trivia for prizes! Because to be this fun takes AGES.

Two Girls One Ship

Speakers: Two Girls One Ship
Description: Join the two girls of the Two Girls One Ship podcast as we discuss and analyze the history of video game romance, from the early days of eroticvisual novels in 1980's Japan all the way to the hallmark CGI'ed significant others from beloved early aughts Bioware games. These two girls love love, and digital love is an important societal tool that we hope will continue to appear in countless games to come.

Up Close And Personal With Prototype Game Consoles

Speakers: Adam Koralik
Description: In this panel, YouTuber Adam Koralik will be talking about the history of the Nintendo PlayStation prototype, the Sega Pluto and the Atari Jaguar "Hot Rod" dental equipment. The Sega Pluto and "Hot Rod" will be on site for people to see. Come learn, laugh, and enjoy anecdotes from the only person to have experienced adventures with all three of these rare pieces of hardware.

Why you should own a Saturn in '22

Speakers: Sega Shiro
Description: You've heard the story many times before.., the SEGA Saturn was a commercial failure in the US. With a small library and few games to play, after years of struggling, it was discontinued and passed over for the Dreamcast. What if I told you today, not only is new hardware and fan translations being released, but NEW GAMES are being made, and a thriving online community is being formed for the system that could?! Join the SHIRO! Crew to discuss how the Saturn IS our future, and why you should pick up a Saturn now rather than later!"