While current next-gen fan boys are pining the next few months for the XBox One and the PS4 to arrive connoissseurs of retro gaming will be in for yet another feast in 2013. The eighth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo is once again being held at the Oregon Convention Center on October 5 and 6. This year, Portland's own Ground Kontrol arcade has upped the ante and will now have over 200 arcade and pinball machines on the show floor for their "Supercade". To sweeten the deal, all of the machines will be set to 'free' status so event attendees can play their hearts out. Fan favorite speakers and panels will be returning as well. Among the faves returning are Pat the NES Punk with his Play the Punk challenge where you can go head to head with him in classic NES games to win a prize, Pitfall! creator David Crane, the Game Chasers and their tales of chasing the treasured game cartridges of yesteryear, Chris Kohler from Wired.com and Steve Lin will help determine the value of gamer's treasures, and much more.
The Expo will also once again host the hotly anticipated Tetris World Championships for the second year in a row and those wishing to take on the Tetris triade of power players which are record holders Harry Hong, Jonas Neubauer, and Alex Kerr can do so for only $5.00. The first prize winner will get $2,000 and the runner up will get $1,000. There will also be a Puzzle Fighter II Turbo tournament with the chance to win Capcom swag, a $70 1st prize, $20 second prize and a $10 third prize. For those wishing to try and break any video game record on an arcade machine they will have the awesome opportunity to be judged by two official referees from the Twin Galaxies arcade, which is home to the Video Game Record Hall of Fame.
A clut classic 80's action star will be making an appearance thanks to Cinema Classics Car Club. An awesome reproduction of the original K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider will be available to check out as well as the original Knight Rider video game for the Nintendo NES. A new addition to the music entertainment this year is the dynamic duo of 8-bit techno extraordinaire known as 8-bit weapon will be mixing up their chip tune beats thanks to their Commodore 64, Gameboy, and other classic video game hardware.
There will be many returning vendors to the exhibitor area such as Vancouver, Washington's Legendary Games which can give you great deals on classic games and systems, Game Gavel, Creepy Cult, NintendoAge, PixelParty, and more. In addition to the already mentioned Tetris and Puzzle Fighter tournaments there will also be a Super Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Melee, TMNT Fighters and Revenge of Atari! tournaments held as well. Those will be sponsored by Eugene's Oregon Competitive Gaming.
There will be another live auction, cosplay contest, and the Supercade will be open until 12 a.m. on October 5.
An all weekend pass is $30.00, Saturday only pass is $25.00, Sunday is $20.00 and a family pack all weekend pass for up to five people is $120.00. Children ages 10 and younger are free with the option of getting two children free with each paid adult admission. The main showroom floor opens at 9 a.m. for early pre-sale holders and 10 a.m. for everyone else.
The Porltand Retro Gaming Expo is held year round and is a must see for geeks still living in the days of Atari and Nintendo and a must have experience for the younger generation to get a taste and feel for what gaming was really like in its golden dawn.