September 16, 2013

NWCGE VideoGame Swapmeet! Sponsored by PRGE

PRGE wants to take a look back to the old NWCGE days! Back when it was all about getting buyers and sellers together to help build buyers collections and help sellers find good homes for their extras while preserving the cultural and historical aspects of Videogames.  PRGE is doing this as a fundraiser to help support it's main PRGE show! We may even have a few Arcades and a freeplay console area..
The show will be on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family!

Date: January 18th, 2014
Venue: DoubleTree Hotel, Portland
Show Hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Admission: $5

Vendor Prices:
Table: $40
Booth (3 tables & 2 passes): $100
Double Booth (6 tables & 4 passes): $200
Vendor set-up time is Friday January 17th, 2014 @ 7 PM – midnight and Saturday, January 18th, 2014 @ 6 AM – 10 AM

Vendors attending the show:

  • 2.5d sprites
  • Another Castle
  • Charlie Donken Art
  • Colby Statchwick
  • Creepy Cult
  • Corey/John Hancock
  • Danny Kim
  • GAOO
  • Legendary Games
  • Nathan Mayo
  • RecycledGamer
  • Rockheart clothing
  • Retro Game Trader
  • Steve
  • Super Smash games
  • the Nintendo Doctor
  • the Wooden Arcade
  • VGW
  • Y-bot
  • Zach & Brittany Knowlton

Contact Rick at “

February 14, 2011

Nintendo World Champions at the Cowlitz Classic Video Game Show

1990 Nintendo World Champions Thor Aackerlund (1st Place) and Robin Mihara (3rd Place) will speak at the 2nd Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show on April 9th, 2011 in a special panel discussion. They will share their experiences competing in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships and answer attendee questions. Additionally, they'll compete in an exhibition match on the original NWC competition cartridge used by Nintendo for the 1990 NWC.

Our friends from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo put up a fantastic show in Cowlitz last year. The 2011 show promises to be even bigger and now with the added star power of Thor and Robin it will be a blast!


Robin will discuss the upcoming release of the tentatively titled film "Ecstacy of Order: The Tetris Masters" that follows several top gamers as they compete in the 2010 Tetris World Championships. Some footage for Ecstacy of Order was shot at last year’s Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show!

On the heels of last year's successful event, our own John H. is organizing the 2nd Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Classic Video Game Show on April 9th in Kelso, WA. Last year we helped John raise over $1,300 for the Childrens Justice and Advocacy Center (CJAC) and we're convinced we can do better this year with your help! PRGE is absorbing much of the cost of putting on this show so that 100% of the admission will go directly to CJAC.

The show will be on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Kelso Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, Washington. Kelso is about 1 hour north of Portland or 2 hours south of Seattle on I-5. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to CJAC, although we invite you to contribute more if you can! The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family!

    Kelso Red Lion
    510 Kelso Dr.
    Kelso, WA 98626
    See map

More information and all the details can be found right here!

April 26, 2008

Jet City Retro In Seattle Today (04/26/2008)

Saturday and Sunday is the Jet City Retro classic videogame show in Seattle's University District in the Deca Hotel. We showed up there early this morning and although things were still a bit slow there were some awesome deals! I bought quite a few games and played a few rounds of Vectrex, Frogger and watch some folks jam on Rockband in the free game rooms.

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Show banner with a nice Nintendo graphic, show floor on the right

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Before the opening of the show, tons of goodies are waiting to be unpacked! On the right: Nate (the organizer) being interviewed by KIRO 710 News Radio.

The Rockband room has a full setup with drums, mic and 2 guitars and if you ever wanted to try this game with a "full band" this is your chance! The second free game room has some arcade machines, a MAME cabinet, some classic consoles (Vectrex etc.) and lots of cartridges on loan!

For more information check out!

August 17, 2007

King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters

Director Seth Gordon's movie about a local guy's quest to become the new Donkey Kong champion and beat arcade master Billy Mitchell is currently showing at Seattle's Varsity Theater.

The movie's hero Donkey Kong player Steve Wiebe will attend in person on Fri & Sat, Aug 17 & 18 at 7:00 & 9:20pm!
He will be present for Q&As after the 7:00pm shows Friday (tonight!) and Saturday, and will introduce the 9:20pm shows both nights.

Also check out a very positive review in The Seattle Times.

October 12, 2006

Friday 10/13/2006 HIGH SCORE Movie @ Central Cinema in Seattle

One Quarter. Two Days. No Pause Button. Friday 10/13/2006 the Central Cinema in Seattle will show the movie HIGH SCORE, a documentary about a man trying to break the world record in Atari's Missile Command arcade game. This man is Bill Carlton from Portland and in order to break this 20-year old record of 80 million points he will have to play over 2 days straight with no sleep.
Check out the films website for more information.
Showtimes at the Central Cinema are at 7:00 and 9:30 in the evening, we will be there for the 7:00 PM show. And hey, I heard they have good pizza too! :)

May 23, 2006

2005 NWCGE Swap Meet

Here are some pictures from last year's swap meet!

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Boxes full of stuff At Nate's place Lee and Rick
At Nate's place