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Apr 29, 2010
Nintendo Party: Trivia & Free Play
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

Portland’s most popular arcade honors some of the most popular video game companies ever with a celebration sure to warp you back in time: the Nintendo Party!

Not just limited to Nintendo, play classic Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis games on our stage! Who knows what else we'll dig out of the attic?

Flex your nerd knowledge in trivia, and win some cool prizes!

We’ll also have cleaned & refurbished systems and games available to purchase so the pixelated action can continue in your own home!

21+, no cover

Mar 30, 2012
BarCamp 6: Indie Video Game Showcase and Crowd Funding Jam
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

Join us on March 30th to learn how to develop your own crowd funding project and explore the creativity of Portland's indie game developers.

In February, video game company Double Fine Adventure asked fans to support their new game by contributing $400,000. After only twelve hours, pledges exceeded $1 million. After less than 30 days, their game became the most funded project in Kickstarter history with over 87 thousand backers contributing more than $3.3 million. In total, they had reached 834% of their funding goal (

Double Fine Adventure's success has generated massive excitement among indie developers & gamers everywhere. Instead of needing loans or credit, creators are finding new opportunities through our vibrant global community. At BarCamp Portland 6, we will showcase indie video games and explore crowd funding models. The goal of our event is to help local developers and entrepreneurs prototype their projects and discover best practices for crowd funding.

For more information on this session, visit our blog

For more information on BarCamp PDX:

BarCamp PDX is free of charge, as is the Indie Video Gaming session. The organizers do ask that you RSVP, though:

Aug 23, 2012
Portland G4C: Meaningful Design in Games
Collective Agency Downtown

One way to engage social good with games is through careful consideration of meaningful design. In this presentation, Corvus Elrod highlights occurrences of meaningful game design throughout history, as well as in video games.

Please join us for this exciting discussion and meet fellow members. We also will have a brief update on the status of Portland Games for Change including upcoming events and the next steps on setting group priorities.

Corvus Elrod is a Semionaut and Play Designer. He is the co-founder of a Zakelro!, a two-person, one-poodle creative studio in Portland, OR. He is also the creator of Bhaloidam, an independently published tabletop storytelling platform.

Corvus has been designing participatory experiences for the better part of two decades, beginning with his exploration of improvisational theater. As he incorporated more and more game mechanics into his performances, he turned his attention to how game mechanics communicate meaning and began formalizing a semiotic theory of game design. He has contracted for a broad spectrum of clients, from major videogame studios and publishers--including THQ, EA, and Playdom--to installation artists and theater directors. He is also working on several small game projects in collaboration with other independent developers and artists.

Aug 26, 2012
Pwning Cancer: A Charitable Game Tournament
East Portland Eagles Aerie #3256

Pwning Cancer brings together Portland’s vibrant gaming and geek communities to help defeat cancer through fundraising and the fun of playing together. A finalist in Awesome Portland’s July seed fund competition, Pwning Cancer will he held during the Hawthorne Street Fair, Sunday August 26th, and hosted by the East Portland Eagles Lodge.

The heart of the event is a video game tournament for kids and adults as well as a free-play area and prizes for winning teams. Games include Smash Bros, Rock Band, Halo and even PONG. Funds raised will be donated to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Research Institute to help support research for a cure and build community support.

The tournament is supported by local gaming organization including:

Portland Indie Game Squad: Portland Games for Change: Portland Area Game Developer Interest Group (PAGDIG):

Sponsors and interested parties can contact Scott Sheppard through Pwning Cancer’s Facebook page:

Please help us in Pwning Cancer by playing games together as a community!

Sep 20, 2012
Jane McGonigal: The Power of Gaming and Education
Concordia University Gym

Portland Games for Change is going as a group. If we gather more than 25, we can get a group discount rate of $12 instead of $15. Please let me know if you would like a group ticket on the facebook event page.

Direct Event Link:

Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world renowned designer of alternative reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She has created and deployed award-winning games in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, the World Bank Institute, and the New York Public Library. She specializes in games that challenge players to tackle real world problems, such as poverty, hunger and education. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How they Can Change the World. She directs gaming R & D at the Institute for the Future, the nonprofit firm where she developed Superstruct, a massive multi-player game in which players organize society to solve issues that will confront the world in 2019.

Nov 14, 2012
Digital Social Capital: An Ethnography of 3D Online Spaces & Health Support Communities
University of Oregon Portland

Social capital is a key concept for thinking community enrichment, resource building and the social structure of networks.

How does this concept work in games and 3D spaces? What happens to social capital when communities move into persistent digital worlds? Does digitizing social capital fundamentally transform our sense of place and connectivity?

Join us as University of Oregon professor Donna Davis shares insights of a multiyear ethnographic study of digital social capital in 3D online spaces.

She will also discuss her current research, joined by Barbie Alchemi, founder of Creations for Parkinson’s, Second Life’s Parkinson’s support group dedicated to working with people with Parkinson's while raising money and awareness of the disease and for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Location: Take elevator to 3R, Turnbull Center's Pape Forum

Please no food or drink in the meeting rooms.

Apr 25, 2013
Youth-adult partnerships in tech & game education

Please join us for an informational session on youth adult partnerships in technology at PAGDIG (Portland Area Game Developer Interest Group). We will discuss mentoring and volunteering opportunities through three local educational non-profits serving youth: PixelArts, ChickTech, and OGPC.

*The meeting will start at 7:45; please do not arrive before 7:30 as there will be another meeting at the space until that time.

May 3, 2013
Pixel Arts Screening & Indie Game Tournament
5th Avenue Cinema

Join Pixel Arts Game Education in a celebration of its volunteers, milestones, and community!

We will be hosting a free screening of Indie Game: The Movie, followed by a short intermission and tournaments for Samurai Gunn, Super Hexagon, and BLOODBALL. Winners in each of these indie game tournaments will receive prizes!

This event is free, all ages, and open to the public. Film and games are not rated.

"Pixel Arts is a non-profit association that open sources social change through videogames. By creating safe environments and resources for youth and adults invested in maker culture and videogames, we serve the belief that shared creation and education provides value to our community."

We will be announcing our first game camp for July 2013 at Portland Youth Builders and our maker program map to build STEM partnerships with educators, researchers, and community partners.

For more information about Pixel Arts and its services, community, and volunteer opportunities, visit!

Oct 25, 2013
|CoR| Oregon Territorial LAN
through Evergreen PCA Building; Beaverton, Oregon

We are hosting a LAN Party in Beaverton.

60+ seats with gigabit connections. 2 hosted game servers. Some games will be available for demo while at the LAN for those considering owning the full game later.

We will have both a Steam game server and a non steam server. Both will be connect tot he LAN and available to join games and play new friends at the LAN.

Please see our site for information and registration. Those with advanced registration will be given preference at the LAN party for seating.

Admission fee may be waved for those who can not afford to pay full price (email for free tickets). Additional donations always welcome.

Oct 18, 2014
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
through Oregon Convention Center


Retro Gaming Expo, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon-based 501(c)4 non-profit cooperative organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for classic video and arcade games through the presentation of events and conventions that celebrate the historic contribution video games have made and continue to make in popular culture.

Speakers, auction, hundreds of games to play, nerdy music, buy/sell/trade, gaming tournaments, and more.

Dec 11, 2014
Game On: A Celebration of Oregon’s Growing Video Game Industry
Empirical Theater at OMSI

Join your hosts with the most--TAO and the superfine coalition listed below --as we celebrate all that is the Oregon Video Game Industry. This night will include mindblowing presentations, interactive gaming stations, drinks & hors d’oeuvres as well as an insider’s look into this rapidly growing industry. There are rumors that we’ll be playing fresh, home-grown games on the OMSI IMAX screen too.

You are pioneers in the Oregon Video Game Industry. Because of you, we have contributed over $100M to the state’s economy. By working together with Oregon we can grow this further.

Together we have created great jobs, contributed to our state’s economy, and produced some of the most beloved interactive entertainment in the world. United, we are a powerful economic and cultural force to be reckoned with.

Come join on us at OMSI on December 11th to find out how you and Oregon can work together to make the best state in the country make the best games in the world.

Host Organizations: SuperGenius Clutchplay Games The Fullbright Company Portland Indie Game Squad (PIG Squad) Oregon Storyboard Silicon Florist / Portland Incubator Experiment CCC Digital Media & Game Development Oregon Film Oreganik

Event Details: Date: Thursday, December 11th 2014 Place: OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Cost: $15 a person

Oct 17, 2015
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
through Oregon Convention Center Website
Feb 11, 2016
Game On 2016
Plaza del Toro

We’ve put together a fantastic evening. You’ll enjoy fascinating presentations on surgical, educational and manufacturing applications for VR & AR, and learn how one Oregon studio creates the training simulations that help our Navy prepare for missile attacks. This mental feast will be followed by a gourmet dinner from renowned Chef John Gorham and exciting conversation games designed by Rose City Games. You should leave full of new information, good food, and hopefully brimming with exciting ideas for how virtual and mixed reality can apply to your life and work.

We hope you’ll join Oregon’s video game developers, elected officials, journalists and leadership from the industries outlined above as we learn why Oregon is uniquely positioned to become one of the best gamification, VR and AR development markets in the world.

Mar 9, 2017
Game On
New Relic

Game On is the Oregon Game Organization (OGO)'s annual celebration of games and new technology. This year, OGO and TAO have teamed up to bring you several presentations on Oregon games, where games are meeting enterprise, and a wide array interactive gaming stations and demos showcasing regional companies and their work.

Our evening will begin with demos, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, followed by several local companies sharing their current work and what is on the horizon for gaming. We will wrap up the evening by sharing additional hand-picked demos to educate and entertain all attendees of Game On.

The world of gaming is evolving rapidly. Games are a strong and ongoing contributor to job creation and the state’s economy, and the rapidly expanding AR & VR markets offer opportunities for us to use gaming skill sets to solve real world problems. Join business and creative leaders, policy makers and educators on the evening of March 9th to see what where we’ve been and what’s coming next.

More details on speakers and tickets are here:

Jun 10, 2017
TwitchPDX - Gaming at Quarterworld!

We had a blast last time we met up at Quarterworld, so we figured we'd do it again! It's a great arcade with good seating to hang out and play some handhelds or card games when you're cooling down from pinball and arcade cabinets. :)

Feel free to bring your favorite board/card game, or a 3DS/Playstation Vita to play with others! We'll eat some food, get to know each other, and have a good time. Admission to Quarterworld is $1 at that time, so make sure you're prepared to pay that when you arrive. 

Looking forward to seeing you! Get ready for some great times.

Don't forget; if you like these Meetups, you can help support the group and keep them free for everyone by chipping in!

Oct 19, 2018
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
through Oregon Convention Center Website
Oct 18, 2019
Portland Retro Gaming Expo
through Oregon Convention Center Website