Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ground Kontrol

My husband and I recently went to Ground Kontrol, a well-loved retro Portland arcade.  The place was full of Gen X and Gen Y people, and a lot of familiar classic arcade games like Tetris, Donkey Kong, Tron, Pac-Man, Centipede, and others.  I noticed a few priceless Gen X images around and I decided I would have to snap a few shots to share...

This image will forever be ingrained in the visual memories of  Gen Xers.   

Mappy?  I don't remember this one.  

Very cool under-lit tables bring ambiance to the restaurant/bar area.  

Friendly, bearded people drinking unpretentious beer, a prominently displayed
 recycling center, and a menu with gluten free options on it..what could be more Portland than this?  

For slide show interior design award winning images of the place that include pics of the fiber optic lighting, and restrooms that have to-the-pixel Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man tile mosiacs on the bathroom floor, click here:

In addition to regular video games, there are also a lot of pin ball machines on the upper level.  Here are some images from an a seriously old-school early 70s game:

As Gen Xers lived a nomadic existence in their growing up years, an arcade was a place that they could go that would more or less be the same from one town to another.  Video games and pinball machines have truly become part of the landscape of our collective experience.

Thanks for reading, and may you have the kind of week where you unexpectedly get 1000 points 
all at once....

(c) 2012 photography and writing by Chloe - all rights reserved


HeyRay said...

Have you seen the documentary "Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade"? It's about the top-ranked video game players of the early 1980's, and uses a lot of old footage and interviews interspersed with interviews with those same guys today. It's kind of sad, but very genuinely portrays the video game culture as it was.

I'm a sucker for the old games, rudimentary as they are. I love my Atari Flashback game console!

ChloeGXP said...

Yes! I did see the documentary about a year ago - I thought it was fascinating. I love my Atari Flashback game console, too!