The 2011 Portland Retro Gaming Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 at the Doubletree Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah Street).
PRGE is a convention attracting fans of video games and their history. It is made up of three areas: The Freeplay Arcade, the Theater and the Vendor Marketplace.
The Freeplay Arcade allows attendees to play 30 full-size arcade games, 6 pinball machines and over 40 home video game consoles including classic like the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. All games are free to play with paid admission.
The Theater is a venue within the Expo hall where attendees can see a number of speakers and panels. The Expo keynote will include Thor Aackerlund and Robin Mihara, the first- and third-place winners of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.
The Vendor Marketplace is by far the largest and most popular part of the convention. It will host over
35 vendors selling everything from classic video game consoles to gaming-related crafts and homebrew video games.
Test your obscure knowledge at the video game trivia contest, play dress up for the cosplay contest, and bid on rare video games and memorabilia in the live auction. This year’s expo, with 17,000 feet of exhibit space, is double the size of last year’s event, and features over 35 exhibitors.
Hours both days are 10am to 5pm (there’s a Saturday 9am, early admission option). Visit RetroGamingExpo.com for more details, including ticket information, a vendor list,
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