Posts Tagged ‘ Ground Kontrol

Episode 50 – Whatcha Playin’ @ the Portland Retro Game Expo

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We conclude our trip to the The Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) with Matt walking the floor and asking “Whatcha playing”? We talk with Roo from 16 bit Gems, Mark the “Mad Marquis” of Critical Hit Burlesque, Will Lewis- president of the Portland Indie Game Squad, local Atari developer Sal Esquivel, and Art Santana- Manager of the world famous Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

Throughout the episode, Matt as interweaved some of his favorite songs from the Nintendo Entertainment System. The songs are from the games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, Faxanadu, Castlevania 3, and Blaster Master.

Episode 44 – Micropalooza

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Every year Portland has it’s own chipmusic festival organized by A Jumps B Shoots and Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, Micropalooza. This year brought together 8 artists from the Pacific Northwest and California. Here are clips from each of the 8 artists who were kind enough to make this year’s Micropalooza a memorable one.

Mechlo
Plain Flavored
Electric Children
Daddy Long Legs
Andreas
McFiredrill
Operation Mission
Producer Snafu

Episode 22 – PIG Squad’s Indie Game Adventure

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In this episode we talk with Will Lewis and John Henrich, founders of the Portland Indie Game Squad, about the creation of their developer collective as well as the philosophy of what does—or does not—make a game “indie”. Whether an indie descriptor defines an actual genre, what constitutes an independent developer and the standard fifteen dollar price point are among discussion topics. (Skeletor also makes an appearance.) So, are AJBS snobs for only playing indie games? Well, maybe.

Featuring music from Chipocrite and Mechlo and the Bad Bits recorded at Micropalooza 2011

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Micropalooza album, available soon!

Game Dev Story
Binding of Isaac
Adult Swim Games
Gemini Rue

Episode 18 – Portland Retro Gaming Expo ’11

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We shopped, we played, we talked—another year and another successful Portland Retro Gaming Expo has passed. For our coverage from PRGE 2011, we talk with expo head Chuck Van Pelt about the challenges of organizing a retro gaming convention; game collecting legend John Hancock gives us some insight into effectively collecting video games from all eras, and Pink Gorilla‘s Gabe Hayward talks game retail and his experiences managing a game store in Seattle. Pat “the NES Punk” Contri also joins us to muse about the good and the bad that came out of the NES era (as well as his web series). Finally, we wrap up our expo coverage with Art Santana, friend of the podcast and manager of Portland’s premier arcade, Ground Kontrol . Go ahead, ask us what we bought.

Featuring music from Robot Science

Shout Outs:

The Wooden Arcade
Fangamer
8bit Craft
Dromstruction
I Play Winner

Episode 5 – Insert Credit

On this episode we are joined by Art Santana, the manager Portland’s premier classic arcade Ground Kontrol. On the docket are the former and current state of the American arcade, pinball in all its glory, some of our favorite cabinets, and some fond memories of times past; Art also lets us in on some secrets on how he helps to keep Ground Kontrol relevant in this post-coin-op age.

Featuring music from Comptroller