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PRGE 2014 in hall A at Oregon Convention Center

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.

Oregon Convention Center floor diagram

You can learn more about the location and ammenities of the Oregon Convention Center on our Venue Information page.


PRGE To Host 2014 Tetris World Championships

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.

PRGE Keynote Panel to Feature Sega's Kalinske, Nilsen

Blake Harris, Tom Kalinske, Al Nilsen and Scott Chandler
Clockwise from top left: Blake Harris, Tom Kalinske,
Scott Chandler and Al Nilsen

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.

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brentalfloss is bringing the lyrics to Portland

Brentalfloss

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.

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Angry Video Game Nerd Movie Screening

The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie

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.

Kevin Finn

Hollywood Theater
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.


PRGE Welcomes back David Crane and Garry Kitchen

David Crane

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.

David Crane

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.

Garry Kitchen

Garry Kitchen

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.


2015 PRGE/NWCGE Retro Gaming Swap Meet

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!

Volunteers

We need your help! Want to volunteer for this event? Contact us today at volunteers@retrogamingexpo.com.

Be a vendor!

Want to be a vendor at the swap meet? Contact us at vendors@retrogamigexpo.com to reserve your space. Vendor setup is Saturday, January 24th, 2015 @ 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
  • Table: $40
  • Booth (3 tables & 2 passes): $100
  • Double Booth (6 tables & 4 passes): $200

PRGE 2013 Video Montage

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!



PRGE 2014 Passes On Sale Now!

Sample PRGE Badges

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.

Print-at-home or pick up at the Expo

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.

Purchase PRGE 2014 admission now »


Portland Retro Gaming Expo Changes 2014 Dates

PRGE New Date! - October 18-19, 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.

New Date - Same Event

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're Sorry

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.

Did you already book a hotel?

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.

Exhibitor Information

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 vendors@retrogamingexpo.com.

Tickets on sale SOON!

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

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.

Sincerely,
The Board and Staff of the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo Tickets on Sale Now!

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo - June 28-29, 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!

For a limited time: Buy a weekend pass and enter to win a 3D-Printed mini NES!

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.

Learn more about the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo »

Volunteer Your Time at the Retro Gaming Expo

Volunteer at PRGE!
PRGE runs on volunteers
and we need your help!

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.

Gaming Con Survival Guide

R.O.B. commands you to collect NES games!

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.

General Convention Tips

  • Footwear
    You'll spend a lot of time on your feet so make sure to bring comfortable shoes.

  • Just say no to nerd funk
    Standing on your feet all day, running from panel to panel, racing around the show floor looking for the best deals: these things can bring out the odor in anyone. Take a shower each morning before the con and bring along some extra deodorant/anti-perspirant to "take the edge off" later in the day. Your fellow con-goers will thank you!

  • Bag with Undetectable Extension Charm
    You will end up with a ton of stuff to carry even if you don't intend to when you arrive. Having an expandable bag or backpack will help you manage your con treasures. Also consider making trips to your car and store your con booty there.

  • Water and snacks
    Dehydration is the enemy. Keep some water on you and drink it regularly. It's also helpful to keep a supply of small snacks to get help keep your energy up for the long haul. Food will also be available in the show hall at PRGE.

  • Plan of attack
    Take a look at the convention schedule and the floorplan and try to come up with a strategy for the weekend. It will be a lot easier to figure out now than when you are in "the heat of battle", so to speak.

  • Be excellent to each other
    Sounds simple, right? The con can get stressful at times, but falling back on kindness and courtesy is contagious and will be cause for a better event for everyone. Be cool and have a good time.

Shopping for Games

  • Make a list
    Knowing what you are looking for before you enter the chaos of Saturday morning in the Vendor Marketplace is key. Write down specific games you're targeting so you don't forget anything. Smart phones are handy for keeping your list in digital form. Many buyers keep a checklist of games they have for each system so they can quickly identify if a game will fill a hole in their collection. Ask vendors if they have a specific game you're looking for. Most vendors know their inventory and are happy to pull games and get you on your way to the next booth.

  • Arrive early
    While the Expo opens to the public at 10:00 AM on Saturday, attendees who buy their passes online ahead of the Expo will gain entry 1 hour early at 9:00 AM. This extra hour can make the difference between getting that rare item or not! Arrive early so you have time to pick up your badge and get in line for the opening bell at 9:00 AM.

  • Haggle
    Some vendors at PRGE are open to haggling on price, particularly if you are buying a quantity of merchandise. Haggling is a subtle art. Ask for a 50% discount on one game and you risk offending the seller. On the other hand, it's not unusual for sellers to discount the total price when you buy several items. It never hurts to ask! The worst that can happen is the seller says no.

  • Payment methods
    Increasingly, exhibitors are accepting credit cards via iPhone apps like Square. That said, it's a safe bet to carry cash with you if you plan to buy. Cash in hand is a great motivator when haggling over price. There are ATMs located throughout the Oregon Convention Center.

  • Carrying your finds
    You will be amazed how quickly you accumulate merchandise at the Expo. Smart shoppers will bring their own bag or backpack to carry their finds through the show.

  • Great deals on Sunday
    While the initial rush on Saturday in the Vendor Marketplace is exciting, Sunday is a great day to get some deals as well. Vendors are generally more willing to negotiate price on Sunday - especially as the end of the day approaches. If you were on the fence about an item on Saturday, be sure to take a walk around the Marketplace on Sunday to see if the item is still available. You might be suprised what kind of deal you get!

That's it! Follow these tips to help ensure you have a fun and successful time at the Expo. Good luck.

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