Saturday 29 Sep 2012 [9:00]
Duration: 2 Days
Location: 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.
As we move into our 7th year, the Portland Retro Gaming Expo is planning our largest event ever. We have selected the weekend of September 29-30, 2012 for the Expo. After listening to our attendees, we have designed an event with something for everyone.
We have earmarked 20,000 square feet of floorspace for a huge arcade of full-size video game and pinball machines we are calling Mega-Cade. We are partnering with Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade who are mobilizing the arcade and pinball collector communities to bring together this unprecedented aggregation of retro gaming awesomeness. And put your quarters away because all games will be set to freeplay (after paid admission). To give an idea of scale, 20,000 square feet is larger than our entire show in 2011.
Expanded Exhibitor Area
Our attendee surveys always rate the vendor/exhibitor marketplace as the single most popular part of the Expo. We were forced to turn away potential exhibitors last year due to lack of space. Fortunately, our growth into the Oregon Convention Center will allow us to accept many more exhibitors than in past years and to offer more flexibility in booth sizes to vendors. Are you are interested in exhibiting at PRGE? Please visit the exhibitor page for information and rates. Once we sell out of exhibitor spots we will close exhibitor registration.
More Speakers and Panels
For 2012, PRGE will feature two separate speaking auditoriums allowing us to support a larger number of speakers and panels. The auditoriums are physically separated from the main show hall to alleviate noise intrusion from the main show floor into the speaking events. Check back soon for a list of speakers.
After Hours Party
For the first time ever, PRGE and Ground Kontrol will host an after hours event in the main show hall from 9:00 PM to midnight on Saturday. All paid attendees are welcome to attend (ages 21+) and there will be a cash bar as well as access to all of the freeplay arcade and console machines at the Expo.
Returning for 2012
Many of the same great Expo features will return for 2012 including the Live Auction, classic video game tournaments (sponsored by Best Bout Gaming), cosplay contest and our raffle.