My trip to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

A few weeks back I drove down to Portland to go to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo hoping to add to my collection of video games. The show was Oct. 5th & 6th but I could only make it one day so I left early Saturday from Seattle and got there about 9:00 in time for the early opening for the people who purchased the tickets early.

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Here’s the view from the door where I tried to do a panoramic shot. It looks like I took it standing in the corner of the room but it was a full 180 degree sweep from the side entrance. It didn’t really come out right it but I hope you got the idea. They were in a large room at the Oregon Convention Center with lots of space in between the aisles and it was really easy to move around. It was a nice space with plenty of room to expand if needed in the future. Here’s a few pics I took as I was looking around.

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There were a few Vectrexes (I think that’s the plural) on display, one of my favorite systems. They also had controllers underneath them that had been modified to work with the Vectrex system.

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The show mostly focused on retro video gaming but you could find other stuff like this Escape from New York board game

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This booth had quite a bit of handhelds.

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Here are some shots of the systems they had available loose and boxed. I’ve been playing my Channel F lately so I was happy to see one out for there.

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Video game related artwork that was available at some of the booths

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They also had a few of these areas where you could take a break to just sit back and play a few games

There was a lot more stuff there too. The local arcade and pinball collectors had an arcade set up in the back with I’m guessing about 150 games. There was also a stage where music was played, a large free play area with all kinds of systems that you could get a few games in and plenty of seminars going on both days. A replica R2D2 and Kit from Knight Rider were there too. If you want to see the rest of my pictures from the show they are located here. There was quite a bit of NES and newer stuff there that I didn’t seem to take any pictures of. I should have snapped some pics of them to at least show the variety but it seems that I did not.

blinddog

I'm a kid of the 70's and 80's. Grew up on Saturday morning cartoons, Atari and Music Videos. My current hobby is repairing arcade games, mostly from the 70's and trying to find space to put them.

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13 thoughts on “My trip to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo

  1. This looks like an awesome time. I just recently travelled back to my parents in the midwest and grabbed the Atari 2600 with several games … runs a little sketch but still so much fun to play those games. Although I need a new Fast Food, mine just gets stuck on eating pickles intentionally then burping to its death … :( Where I live, there are no gaming cons of any sort. Would love to do something like this!

  2. blinddog says:

    I had a good time there and I picked up a few things I was missing. I spent more then I had planned of course. Here’s the link to the stuff I picked up.
    http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk265/blinddog1/Shows/Prge%202013/IMG_0726_zps833f7826.jpg
    http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/kk265/blinddog1/Shows/Prge%202013/IMG_0728_zps45e28b9a.jpg

    I bought Pac Man, Space invaders and James Bond 007 for the Atari 5200. Kung Fu, Goonies II and Trojan for the NES. Pocket Billiards!, Dynasty! and Turtles for the Odyssey II. Bowling, Drag Race and Pinball Challenge. Othello for the 2600 and Frogs and Flies for Intellivision.

  3. vinvectrex says:

    Looks like another great show! You mentioned picking up some 5200 games. Last time I attended, I had hopes of finding a working 5200 joystick, but to no avail. I’m glad to see the ongoing popularity of this event!

  4. mwentworth says:

    Well, the expo may be getting too big, I didn’t see you at all this year :-(. You did manage to snap a pic with three handheld games I bought, the Tomy Digital Derby, Atari Touch Me and my third Lil’ Professor calculator (it may be a problem that I am collecting variants of novelty calculators).

  5. Holy cow, Blinddog. Thank you so much for sharing this! I didn’t realize that TSR was responsible for the Escape From New York board game…what was Cosmic Clash though? I don’t recall ever seeing one of those before. :)

  6. Lance says:

    Glad to see there’s at least one other Escape From New York boardgame out there. Mine is right underneath my Dawn of the Dead boardgame. Radio Shanty! haha.
    Nice to see so many handhelds also. Makes me want to go dig out my Battlestar Galactica, Wildfire and super awesome Hokuto No Ken (which takes C batteries if I recall correctly :/ )games

  7. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I’m still astounded by the existence of an Escape For New-York board game that somehow escaped me.

    Looks like a terrific good time for old and new retro-fans.
    Definitely gotta chase me down one of these expos.

    Thanks for the great pix, blinddog!

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