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Portland Retro Gaming Expo delivers the industry’s rarest, weirdest stuff

Welcome to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo! Also, check out that “Internet” jacket. More vendors. So many vendors. The original $5 sack, apparently. AtariAge has specialized in “new” games for old Atari consoles for years, and their selection of new titles has only expanded since we last saw them at 2015’s PRGE. AtariAge also wins for the best CRT screens at the show. Game design legend Jeff Minter had this double-game cart on offer. (He …

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Love for the classics: Thousands gather in Portland for annual retro gaming expo | Local News

PORTLAND — Old, outdated and no longer in production are now the most coveted — at least when it comes to video games — as thousands gathered in Portland last weekend for the annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), a three-day celebration of classic games and culture. In its 12th year, PRGE has grown to become one of the largest annual retro gaming conventions in the world, drawing more than 10,000 fans to celebrate games …

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This DIY Nintendo Switch can play the retro games the real one can’t

The Nintendo Switch is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to playing retro games, you’re better off looking at something like the SNES Classic than Nintendo’s current-generation console. Or, if you’re like Tim Lindquist, a hardware modder / electrical engineering student at Iowa State University, you build your own Switch-esque console, which through the power of open-source emulation software, can not only play retro Nintendo games, but basically any retro title …

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Go: Mask contest; chili cook-off; retro gaming expo; pumpkins

1. Mask on Create the perfect mask to hide behind at The Most Amazingly Creative Halloween Mask Event at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at Vancouver Art Space, 2701 N.E. 114th Ave. Become a goblin, superhero, princess or warrior, and do it on your terms. This Halloween gathering, which includes all the materials you’ll need, is for trick-or-treaters ages 5 to 12. Prizes and music are also part of the event. If desired, you can also …

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Pixel perfect: Portland’s Retro Gaming Expo is back for another year

Super Mario has been around for more than 30 years. Sonic the Hedgehog debuted back in 1991. Even the “Halo” series’ Master Chief will celebrate his 16th year in the public eye. And for three days starting Oct. 20, the Oregon Convention Center will host a museum of sorts dedicated to the history of the world’s fastest growing medium. The Retro Gaming Expo is celebrating its 12th year in 2017. And pixels have never been …

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Chasing the perfect retro gaming look

Nintendo’s mini Super NES is a great way to bring the retro gaming revival into your lounge room, but how far will you go to capture that authentic retro look? The mini Super NES delivers a hell of a lot of entertainment for $120, especially if it helps you recapture a misspent youth playing Super Mario World and Street Fighter II. It’s not just about nostalgia, most of the games have aged well and a …

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The C64 Mini is a SNES-a-like retro remake of the classic Commodore 64

Retro Games Ltd. are continuing the growing trend of retro reboots with the C64 Mini – a miniature homage to the Commodore 64 home computer. Expected to arrive in early 2018, the C64 Mini is only the start of Retro Games’ pixel-powered plans. Retro gaming bring back the urge to pick up a controller? Here’s our picks for the best gaming controller for PC. We’ve seen a resurgence in classic consoles since Nintendo successfully launched …

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Past, present & future — the rise of retro gaming

What is it about nostalgia that leaves us wanting more old things? Late last month multiple companies put out retro video game consoles packed with old titles. The most recent being the one getting the biggest buzz: the Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition. Made available Friday after nearly a year of anticipation, the SNES Classic is a slightly smaller replica of the original 1990 console that comes preloaded with 21 games, including the first …

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Bit by Bit: Inside the Rise of Retro Gaming

Two years ago, Shawn Long went to a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in North Carolina and walked out with a 36-inch Sony CRT television. It was the kind of television you can’t find anywhere but at a secondhand shop: A tube model accompanied by warnings that the front-heavy design and herniating weight (well over 200 pounds) could tip over and crush a small animal. Long lived in a house with hardwood floors, so he …

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This Is A $2,200 Retro Gaming Machine

GIF This is the Zette System, handcrafted from wood by Swedish artist Love Hultén. In its resting state it resembles a stylized wooden boombox, but it’s actually a retro gaming machine with a pair of wireless gamepads and a built-in projector. Only 25 of them are being made, and they are not cheap. From boombox mode, the Zette System breaks down into four separate components. One speaker unit houses a computer designed to emulate classic …

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Move over, PUBG, Divinity: OriginalSin 2, a PC-only retro RPG, is burning up the Steam charts

“I intend to rule an empire one day, not a tiny outcropping in the sea,” says the Red Prince when I ask him what our band of adventurers should do next. True to his name, he’s both red and a prince. And also a giant anthropomorphic lizard man, possibly with delusions of grandeur. No more help is Fane, another of my companions. “Is it not enough that you travel with me,” he says, “Must you …

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Retro Console Returns With 30 Games to Play

Clear your schedule for summer 2018, because you may be spending an inordinate amount of time playing Nintendo NES Classic games. After announcing in April its plans to axe the iconic video gaming system, Nintendo officials said Tuesday gamers would be able to purchase new shipments of the retro console and games next summer. The company also announced more units will be sold of the Super NES Classic Edition (Nintendo SNES), which have been nearly …

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PAX West: At least eight of UFO 50’s games are instant retro classics

Enlarge / All 50 of UFO 50’s games, displayed as pixelated cartridges. The blue ones are playable at PAX West 2017. The red ones aren’t quite done yet. Sam Machkovech SEATTLE—Our dive into this year’s PAX West expo has just begun, and there are already too many video games. The deep sea of content at this year’s expo, now celebrating its 11th year at the Washington State Convention Center, may take us a while to parse and process. …

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BittBoy is a retro pocket console that does a lot for very little

The GameBoy Pocket remains one of the best-designed pieces of mobile gaming kit ever in my opinion, which is why I was intrigued by the BittBoy, a new third-party portable console that clearly owes a lot of inspiration to the GameBoy. The tiny handheld packs a library of “300” games built-in, controls that will feel familiar to any Nintendo fan, a battery you can recharge via microUSB and a 2.2-inch IPS display. First, let’s get …

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8bitdo NES30 Pro review: A versatile controller with a retro Nintendo feel

Sure, many PC gamers swear by their mouse and keyboard, but sometimes you just need a controller. In a world of dominated by Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers, 8bitdo has stepped into the foray with the NES30 Pro ($43 on Amazon). It’s a marriage of contemporary functionality and classic design, at a fraction of the size of most modern controllers. 8bitdo makes other gamepads (including the NES30 and SNES30) to varying degrees of success. But the NES30 …

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