Portland Retro Gaming Expo: Hacked carts, Tetris battles, and Atari legends

Video filmed by Sam Machkovech, edited by Jennifer Hahn (video link)

Everything old was new again at October’s annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo, which overtook the city’s major convention center for two full days of arcade play, retro tournaments, and presentations from some of gaming’s biggest legends.

If you’ve never attended a retro-themed expo—as opposed to more modern gaming expos such as PAX—it can be a little harder to come away with something to describe at length, but not for lack of content. Retro gaming shows feel both enormous and small because they distill down to a seemingly endless number of micro-niches. Love the Atari Jaguar console? You and maybe 50 other people will find a few booths full of merch and rarities to make your heart swell. How about old light gun games? You’ll find a range of gun-mounted arcade games that you can play without a single quarter, from later-gen gems like Area 51 to early delights like Cheyenne.

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