Culture Call Sheet

Pop Culture Watch: The Shows, Movies, Tracks, and Books We’re Really into Right Now

From Christopher Guest’s Mascots to Y La Bamba and Joseph, Portland Monthly staffers reveal their current pop culture obsessions.

10/26/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Dispatch

Who Will Be Crowned the World’s Greatest Tetris Player?

This month, the classic game’s most brilliant, crazy-dedicated competitors—including local phenom Terry Purcell—vie for international supremacy in Portland’s Tetris World Championship.

09/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

GAMES

There's an Oregon Trail Board Game So Stop What You're Doing

Your whole family can now bond over dysentery and hardtack.

08/05/2016 By Michelle Porter

Video Games

A 1994 Video Game Classic, Reborn in Portland

Night Dive Studios has raised more than $1 million to remake the cult classic System Shock from the ground up.

07/19/2016 By Marty Patail

BEER ME

Deschutes Brewery Created a Virtual Reality Marketing Campaign

It's like Johnny Mnemonic except in Bend.

07/15/2016 By Marty Patail

Get Out

Move Over, Fitbit: There’s a New Player in Town

Why Pokémon Go is being billed as the new fitness app you (and your kids) need to try.

07/14/2016 By Maya Seaman

LEVEL UP

Ground Kontrol vs. Quarterworld: Which Portland Arcade Reigns Supreme?

Two arcades that are also bars? Adulthood is no longer mandatory.

07/12/2016 By Marty Patail

VIDEO GAMES

Central Oregon, Now Infested with Hordes of Video Game Zombies

A Bend-based game studio imagines a fate worse than gentrification.

06/14/2016 By Marty Patail

NEWS

BREAKING NEWS: Ground Kontrol Arcade Announces Major Downtown Expansion

The arcade and lounge will double in size, taking over the former Backspace Cafe and adding a custom bar.

02/17/2016 By Marty Patail

TECH

App Developer Panic Switches Gears with Video Game "Firewatch," a Mystery Set in the Remote Wilderness

Dropping today, the game places you in a fire lookout with nothing but a radio and your wits.

02/09/2016 By Marty Patail

LONG STORY SHORT

Will Lewis Leads a New Generation of Gamers

With the Portland Indie Game Squad and Pixel Arts Game Education, a new community is born.

01/25/2016 By Brandon Staley

VIDEOGAMES

Is this How Portland Will Look After the Apocalypse?

An new Fallout video game expansion offers a chilling look at Portland landmarks.

09/04/2015 By Marty Patail

MUSICAL NOTES

Oregon Symphony Brings Video Game Music to the Schnitz

The Oregon Symphony plays music from the Legend of Zelda, Elder Scrolls, and Halo on March 6 as part of a bid to reach beyond the classical community.

03/05/2015 By Rene Bermudez

VIDEO GAMES

A Portland-Perth Collaboration Yields New Space Game

Retro adventure game Space Age was four years and two continents in the making.

01/26/2015 By Marty Patail

VIDEO GAMES

Party Like It's 1848—The Original Oregon Trail Game is Back

We tick off the 5 things we can’t wait to revisit on the newly re-released computer classic

01/08/2015 By Mary Stutzman

VIDEO GAMES

Zombies in Space: Daniel Wilson’s Killer Sci-Fi Game App

The best-selling local author's new game about surviving virus-infected zombies in space uses voice recognition. It’s called 'Mayday: Deep Space' and it’s out today.

01/07/2015 By Aaron Scott

GAME CHANGER

How to Design a Video Game...Without Shooting!

Chances are, you haven’t played a video game like Firewatch.

10/10/2014 By Marty Patail

BIG IDEAS

Q/A with Grand Theft Auto's War Correspondent

A Portland film editor transmits violent, chaotic, poignant images from inside a video game

03/06/2014 By Marty Patail

VIDEO GAMES

The Thermals Release a Video Game

You read that right: the local punk rockers have released a Nintendo-era game complete with swords, wings, and ghouls.

12/13/2013 By Nathan Tucker