Taking the Controls at Ground Kontrol in Portland, Oregon
In this day of 3D graphics and lifelike avatars, older crowds still crave the solid rigidity of pixilated blocky video games. If the labyrinthine worlds of today’s games frustrate you, head over to Ground Kontrol to celebrate a simpler time—and celebrating is what you’ll do. This vintage video arcade also has a fully stocked bar. Send Pac-Man scurrying from digitized ghosts with a joystick in one hand and a cold beer in the other. Other favorites from the ’80s and early ’90s include Space Invaders and Mortal Kombat. Dozens of pinball machines further test your hand-eye coordination. Wear your hair big, and you can pretend the last 15 years never happened.