PRGE 2024 Celebrities, Speakers and Special Guests

2024 Celebrities, Speakers and Special Guests

2024 is our biggest year ever! We're expecting 50+ guests in total with 50+ panels and appearances. Information on autograph and picture opportunities will be posted as we get closer to the show.

This year we have an exciting mix of Video Game Industy Alumni, Content Creators and Video Game Actors and Voice Talent! Stay tuned for frequent updates between now and Sep 27 when PRGE 2024 kicks off!


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All our Guests listed here are under contract. If a Guest has an unforeseen emergency or conflict and can not appear at the event, the Portland Retro Gaming Expo will immediately update this page and announce the schedule change on social media. No ticket refunds will be given for a Guest's cancellation.


Video Game Actors and Voice Talent

Daniel Pesina

Daniel Pesina

Mortal Kombat: Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion


Master Daniel Pesina has been studying martial arts since he was 10, when his two older brothers introduced him to Judo. He has trained under many masters including Guo Jian Hua (Indoor student of Wen Jingming and Lui Yuhua), Zhu Baozhen (Luo Chengli, He Zhong Xiang, He Zhong Qi), Hu Jianqiang (Shaolin Temple movie fame), Wai Lun Choi (Lui He Ba Fa grandmaster), and Lin Jian Hua (head judge for international Wushu federation), to name a few. Master Pesina stepped into movies as a Foot Soldier in 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, and this led to other opportunities including the video game industry. He is best known for Mortal Kombat, where he not only portrays multiple characters: Johnny Cage, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Reptile, Smoke and Noob Saibot, but also helped develop the characters and gameplay (including fatalities).


Ho-Sung Pak

Ho-Sung Pak

Mortal Kombat: Liu Kang, Shang Tsung


Ho-Sung Pak, well known for his role in the Mortal Kombat video game series as Liu Kang, is a martial artist, actor, stunt performer, choreographer, writer and producer with a long list of titles under his belt including Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and TMNT III, Drunken Master II and many more. Ho-Sung began acting after he was approached at a martial arts tournament by some people from the Ninja Turtles franchise and asked him to audition in LA. The rest is history, Ho-Sung landed the role as Raphael in TMNT II and went on to do motion caption acting the Mortal Kombat video game series after that. He continues to work in the industry as an actor, writer and choreographer, even working with Madonna on her Drowned World tour.


Elizabeth Malecki

Elizabeth Malecki

Mortal Kombat: Sonya Blade


Elizabeth Malecki is an actress, martial artist and dancer best known for her role as Sonya Blade in the game Mortal Kombat. Sonya was a last-minute addition to the game after the developers were given more time and budget and they decided that Mortal Kombat needed a female character to balance out the game. After Mortal Kombat, Liz worked as an RN at the Mayo Clinic and is an avid animal advocate. Since retirement from the Mayo Clinic, she occasionally tours video game conventions with the rest of the original Mortal Kombat crew.


Richard Divizio

Richard Divizio

Mortal Kombat: Kano


Richard Divizio is a martial artist, actor and graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago where he studied computer graphic design. Rich joined Daniel Pesina and Ho-Sung Pak on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as a stuntman and member of Shredder’s foot soldiers. Rich joined the Mortal Kombat team as Kano the mercenary, in the first game, Baraka in MKII, Kabal in Mortal Kombat 3 and Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat Mythologies. In addition, he returned to Midway during Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance as a motion capture actor.


Carlos Pesina

Carlos Pesina

Mortal Kombat: Raiden


Carlos Pesina, like his brother Daniel, has been a lifelong practitioner of martial arts and continues to practice and teach to this day. Martial arts also led Carlos into acting with a role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III as a stunt double and eventually to motion capture acting in video games. Carlos is one of the frontrunning developers of motion capture technology as well. Carlos has been a part of the Mortal Kombat franchise from the very beginning, portraying Lord Raiden, working alongside his brother and friends to help develop one of the most groundbreaking fighting games of all time. Carlos continued working on Mortal Kombat at NetherRealm Studios as an actor, motion capture artist and animator until his retirement in 2022.



Video Game Alumni

Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter

Llamasoft


Legendary game designer and programmer Jeff Minter is coming to this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Starting in 1979 on the Commodore PET with the game 'Deflex' Jeff created many of of early home computer classics like 'Gridrunner' and 'Attack of the Mutant Camels' for the popular machines from Atari, Commodore, Sinclair etc. He also created console classics like 'Tempest 2000' for the Atari Jaguar, 'Tempest 3000' for the Nuon and continues to write console games to this day. He is also passionate about light synthesizers for home computers and consoles such as the Jaguar CD, the Nuon and the Xbox 360. His modern games have a distinctly psychedelic retro-flair and Jeff was recently feature in Digital Eclipse's 'Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story' compilation.


Scott Adams

Scott Adams

Adventure International, Clopas


Inspired by mainframe computer software trail-blazing game designer and programmer Scott Adams created the first text-adventure game on microcomputers in 1978. These new interactive fiction adventures became so successful that he co-founded the company Adventure International and eventually released 18 games on a wide range of popular computers from Atari, Apple, Commodore, TI, Sinclair, BBC, Acorn, IBM PC and others. Later software included graphic adventure games and action games as well. In 2013 Scott released a bible-based text adventure game 'The Inheritance' and in 2016 he founded a new adventure game company 'Clopas' and released 'Escape The Gloomer' based on the 'Redwall' series of children's fantasy novels.


Content Creators