The Thermals: The Video Game!

The Portland punk band releases a video game set to "The Sword By My Side."

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Music
The hall of musicians who've inspired video games is short but illustrious. Michael Jackson. Motley Crue. Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Kriss Kross. PaRappa the Rapper. And now, Portland's own Thermals. The power-punk luminaries have released a single-level, 16-bit online game called The Sword By My Side, which essentially serves as a music video for the song of the same name, from this year's Desperate ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Polybius: Portland's Own Seizure-Inducing Mystery Game

The mythical arcade cabinet probably never existed, but the Polybius legend is fun anyway.

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Arts & Books
According to legend, a mysterious new arcade game swept through Portland in 1981. It was incredibly addictive; people lined up for hours just to get a shot at playing it, even fighting over who got to play it next. The lucky ones who pushed through the line complained of seizures, insomnia, nausea, nightmares and amnesia. Several are rumored to have killed themselves. Stranger still: men in black ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

King of the Blocks

After 22 years in an 8-bit world, Robin Mihara still wants to be master of Tetris.


Featured Stories
In 1990, with the original Nintendo console at its peak popularity, the Mariomaker staged a national tour of convention centers, complete with a...   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: Computer Class

What can you learn playing educational video games?


Headout
Education is the measuring stick of civilization. But not everyone can sit through a lecture about Teddy Roosevelt’s later years without getting distracted by squirrels frolicking outside. Some    More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Playing With Power

Portland’s chiptune scene has grown up, but it still plays Game Boy.


Music Stories
My Game Boy sucks. Manufactured in 1992, it is a dirty, yellowing gray. The “select” button is clogged with a mysterious black goop, the batteries are held in with gaffer tape and only half of   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

24-Hours of Modern Warfare 3

Six million Modern Warfare 3 fans can’t be wrong…can they?


Featured Stories
About 24 hours ago, I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online in the middle of the Willamette Week office. I have stopped for food, bathroom breaks and occasional unescapable professio   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Ground Kontrol Re-opens Feb. 17

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Arts & Books
Remember that contest that Ground Kontrol won last June? Well, they're just about ready to SHOW US THE MONEY! Actually, they're about ready to show us the newly remodeled Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade space, an overhaul that bought them new games, expanded floor space and a superfly-sounding TRON theme. And a 3D cybersex room. Okay, no cybersex room. And no word yet on the constant fog machine/strobe ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Get it: Valve Offers Portal For Free


Retailtherapist
Today Valve, the fabulously witty devoloper of the Half Life and Left 4 Dead franchises, released its video game distribution client, Steam, for Mac. Steam has been a huge hit on Windows as a means of game distribution without stores or shipping fees, and the software's consumer friendly file sharing policies–buy a game on one computer, and you can download and play it on any other as long ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 Retail Therapist

Gamevania: Your Week in Video Games


News
When I first signed on as an intern at Willamette Week—or more specifically when I first drugged and stole the identity of the guy that signed on as an intern at Willamette Week—I did so for one very specific reason; to meet women. Unfortunately, the glamorous, jet setting lifestyle I was prepared for was a bit shy on jets, and a bit light on the glamor. The whole “unpaid” ...   More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009 Ryan Fleming

Gamevania: Your Week in Video Games


News
Its a tough life, playing video games for all hours of the day then writing about them. Few understand the level of commitment it takes. The hand cramps, the eye strain, the deadly “gamer stigmata” towards girls. Okay, so it's actually pretty awesome, but it does lead to some awkward moments, like having to go to my local rental store and avoid eye contact while putting down Hannah Montana ...   More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2009 Ryan Fleming

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