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Epic Gaming Hosts Super Smash Bros Tourneys at PRGE!

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Super Smash Bros at PRGE hosted by Epic Gaming

Nearly twenty years ago an unusual fighting game featuring a memorable cast of characters from popular Nintendo franchises such as The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Pokemon unceremoniously hit store shelves. Even though it was January, a bit too late for the '98 Christmas season, it received positive reviews and a hearty reception from fans and media outlets for its easily accessible, yet refreshingly different, approach to the genre. Super Smash Bros. was born.

At Portland Retro Gaming Expo this year we celebrate three of the most beloved and iconic entries in the series: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. A free to play bracket pool and top cut tournament featuring each of these titles will pit hopeful newcomers alongside some of the Pacific Northwest's best recognized Smashers in a bid for $1000 in cash prizes. We urge you to bring your lucky controller, but for those who travel light, or have long since parted from their childhood systems we will have controllers on hand for you to join the fray.

In Smash, four players can simultaneously brawl in free for all bouts or in teams with the simple objective of ejecting their opponents off of the screen to win the round. This feat is achieved through dealing damage in the form of percentage points, with higher percentages causing characters to fly faster and farther with each successive blow, eventually leading them to an off-camera demise, a radical departure from life-bar laden mainstays in the genre such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

Smash at Portland Retro Gaming Expo is hosted by Epic Gaming. Founded in late 2010, Epic Gaming made its start through developing the Magic & Pokemon scenes of South Portland, providing singles support, tournaments, and open tables and event space from noon to ten, seven days a week. After doubling the size of its venue in 2014 Epic added Dungeons and Dragons Tables and Console Gaming Tournaments to its lineup which today draw dozens of enthusiastic fans to weekly events. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of Commander, a returning Role-Playing afficinado looking for a new home, or an up and coming e-sports enthusiast, Epic has communities eager to welcome you to their fold. Epic Gaming keeps Portland gaming!

PRGE Celebrates 40 Years of Atari 2600!

On September 11, 1977, Atari released the Video Computer System (VCS) console, more commonly known today as the Atari 2600. It was slow to be accepted by consumers, selling less than a million units in 1977 and 1978 combined. Eventually Atari began to license popular arcade titles such as Taito's Space Invaders, driving sales to over 30 million units for the life of the console. Ultimately the Atari 2600 was sold from 1977 until 1992 and there were over 550 game titles created for the system.

Everyone who grew up in the 1980s remembers the iconic wood grain look of the Atari 2600 and the feel of its black rubberized joysticks. This was the console that showed the world that their television could be more than just a passive "boob tube". The 2600 ushered in a whole new industry that was unimaginable just a few years before. While Atari and the 2600 stumbled a few times in the early years, they ultimately lead to the start of a $100 billion industry that has more than doubled the revenue of the film industry.

We at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo recognize the contributions of the industrial designers, programmers and artists who brought this tenacious game console into the living rooms of the world. For the 40th anniversary of the Atari 2600 VCS, we have planned a special series of panels covering the hardware, games and history of the system. We are bringing industry experts and alumni from Atari and other third-party companies to share the rich history of the system with our attendees. In addition, we will have an arcade full of Atari 2600 systems that our guests can touch, play and enjoy throughout the weekend.

And we have a special surprise.

One of the most iconic things about Atari games was the incredible hand-painted artwork that was used on the game boxes and cartridges. While the games themselves were primitive due to the limitations of the technology, Atari used the package artwork to tell the story of each game and draw users into new worlds. The visual storytelling on the box allowed a few pixels to become a medieval knight or a blocky duck-looking thing to become a fierce dragon. One of the original artists behind the Atari package art is Steve Hendricks. He created the artwork behind such classic Atari 2600 titles as Defender, Haunted House and Warlords.

We were fortunate enough to host Steve at PRGE last year and he will be returning this year to hosting a panel discussing his time working for Atari. In addition, PRGE has commissioned Steve to create a new piece of custom art in the style of the original Atari package artwork to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 2600. His artwork, seen on the right, will be shared wth our attendees on our show badges, on the show program, on t-shirts and on special limited-edition die-cut posters designed to resemble point-of-sale posters for Atari 2600 games in the early eighties. Every attendee will get a badge and the programs are free with paid admission while supplies last. The t-shirts and posters will be for sale at the PRGE information booth in the arcade on the weekend of the Expo.

2017 will mark our 12th annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo. If there is any single game system that is most responsible for this event and its popularity, it's the Atari 2600. We've seen a lot of game consoles come and go during PRGE's lifetime, but there has always been the VCS. So we invite you to come down to the Oregon Convention Center and join us. Pull up a chair. Slap your favorite game into the cartridge slot, power up and hit reset. Before you know it, you'll be transported back in time to re-live the dawn of gaming.

Best Volunteers in the Business!

At PRGE you will notice people with these awesome logos on the back of their shirts (right).

Who are these people? They are the 1-Ups: our awesome army of volunteers.

Feeling lost, confused, need directions to nearest castle or maybe want to show someone your latest score from a vendor? Find one of them, scattered throughout the show hall, and they will help you right away.

The show's staff would sincerely like to thank them with the utmost gratitude and sincerity. Plain and simple, the show would not work without them.


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PRGE On October 20-22, 2017

Oregon Convention Center
Oregon Convention Center

The 2017 Portland Retro Gaming Expo will take place at the Oregon Convention Center on October 20-22, 2017.

For the second year we will be extending the expo to include Friday. The arcade will open at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 20 and remain open until 10:00 PM. There will be a limited number of exhibitors open in the arcade on Friday, but the main exhibitor hall will open on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM for pre-sale ticket holders and 10:00 AM for the general public. All panels are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

PRGE 2017 will be held in Oregon Convention Center halls A, A1 and B at the north end of the Convention Center. Panels will take place in the A and B series auditoriums.

Don't Wait...Get Your Tickets Now!

Tickets to PRGE are now on sale through out ticketing partner, Showclix. As in previous years, all ticketing fees are built into the online price. What you see is what you pay! In addition, presale ticket buyers enjoy these benefits:

  • Purchasing admission online will save you up to 24% over the door price
  • Presale pass holders with Saturday-only or Weekend badges will get into the exhibitor hall 1 hour early on Saturday (9:00 AM)
  • Your attendance at PRGE is guaranteed in the event of a sellout. We were very close to capacity in 2016 and this may be the year where we have to close ticket sales due to a sellout crowd.

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PRGE 2016 Highlights

PRGE 2016 is over, but not forgotten! Here are some links to reviews, photos and videos from the Expo.

PRGE Panels



History of PRGE Flyers, Badges & T-Shirts

PRGE 2009 T-shirt
T-Shirt from PRGE 2009

Over the past decade we have create a wide variety of marketing materials, shirts, badges and show programs for each of our events.

Visit our new PRGE museum page and look back at some of these materials we produced and learn about the history of the Northwest's largest retro gaming convention. See the evolution of the Expo as we moved to larger venues each year and enjoyed ever increasing attendance.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo Flyer, Badge and T-Shirt Archive

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2017 Show Hours: Friday, October 20
Arcade: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, October 21
Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (9:00 AM early entry for presale pass holders)
Arcade: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
PRGE Auction: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Sunday, October 22
Exhibitor Hall: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Arcade: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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