Five Portland Indie Games You Should Play

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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake (SleepNinja Games) An outgrowth of Will Lewis’ Portland Indie Game Squad, Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a tribute to the golden age of Super Nintendo games. Th   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


How a tiny Portland company got mixed up in gaming’s biggest controversy.

Cover Story
The most controversial video game of 2013 didn’t feature a single gun. There were no prostitutes bloodily murdered, no spines pulled out through anyone’s throat, and no heaving animated bosoms.&nb   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Thermals: The Video Game!

The Portland punk band releases a video game set to "The Sword By My Side."


The hall of musicians who've inspired video games is short but illustrious. Michael Jackson. Motley Crue. Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Kriss Kross. PaRappa the Rapper. And now, Portland's own Thermals. The power-punk luminaries have released a single-level, 16-bit online game called The Sword By My Side, which essentially serves as a music video for the song of the same name, from this year's Desperate ...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Polybius: Portland's Own Seizure-Inducing Mystery Game

The mythical arcade cabinet probably never existed, but the Polybius legend is fun anyway.


Arts & Books
According to legend, a mysterious new arcade game swept through Portland in 1981. It was incredibly addictive; people lined up for hours just to get a shot at playing it, even fighting over who got to play it next. The lucky ones who pushed through the line complained of seizures, insomnia, nausea, nightmares and amnesia. Several are rumored to have killed themselves. Stranger still: men in black ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

King of the Blocks

After 22 years in an 8-bit world, Robin Mihara still wants to be master of Tetris.

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In 1990, with the original Nintendo console at its peak popularity, the Mariomaker staged a national tour of convention centers, complete with a...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: Computer Class

What can you learn playing educational video games?

Education is the measuring stick of civilization. But not everyone can sit through a lecture about Teddy Roosevelt’s later years without getting distracted by squirrels frolicking outside. Some    More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Playing With Power

Portland’s chiptune scene has grown up, but it still plays Game Boy.

Music Stories
My Game Boy sucks. Manufactured in 1992, it is a dirty, yellowing gray. The “select” button is clogged with a mysterious black goop, the batteries are held in with gaffer tape and only half of   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

24-Hours of Modern Warfare 3

Six million Modern Warfare 3 fans can’t be wrong…can they?

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About 24 hours ago, I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online in the middle of the Willamette Week office. I have stopped for food, bathroom breaks and occasional unescapable professio   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Ground Kontrol Re-opens Feb. 17


Arts & Books
Remember that contest that Ground Kontrol won last June? Well, they're just about ready to SHOW US THE MONEY! Actually, they're about ready to show us the newly remodeled Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade space, an overhaul that bought them new games, expanded floor space and a superfly-sounding TRON theme. And a 3D cybersex room. Okay, no cybersex room. And no word yet on the constant fog machine/strobe ...   More
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Get it: Valve Offers Portal For Free

Today Valve, the fabulously witty devoloper of the Half Life and Left 4 Dead franchises, released its video game distribution client, Steam, for Mac. Steam has been a huge hit on Windows as a means of game distribution without stores or shipping fees, and the software's consumer friendly file sharing policies–buy a game on one computer, and you can download and play it on any other as long ...   More
Thursday, May 13, 2010 Retail Therapist


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