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Playing at your own arcade: a story of Expedition Ataahk

Owning an arcade cabinet was the stuff of legend for many kids growing up in the ’80s and ’90s. Many of those dreams faded with the decreased popularity of arcades around the country. Now, with more accessible game creation tools, some creators’ thoughts turn to making arcade cabinets again. More…

Portland’s BetaCon is a good beta, but could learn from XOXO and Nerd Camp.

This past weekend was the premiere of Portland’s BetaCon Game Expo, a two-day convention showcasing new and upcoming titles alongside tournaments, speakers and panels. I enjoyed the show, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was missing something I’d seen at other conventions in Portland: attention to what was happening in the world outside of the con. More…