Retired Pilot Stuffs a 767 Cockpit Simulator Into His Bedroom

Even after Michael Black retired from his gig as a commercial pilot, he took his work home with him—in the form of a partial Boeing 767 cockpit and flight simulator packed into a bedroom in his Oregon home. » 10/02/13 6:00pm 10/02/13 6:00pm

Real-Life Pitching Skill Helps College Kid Win $250,000 from MLB 2K13

A student at the University of Oregon claimed the $250,000 grand prize in MLB 2K13's Million Dollar Challenge yesterday, relying on his own knowledge as a high school and college pitcher to prevail in a 3-1 nailbiter for all the money. He says he'll pay for law school with the winnings. » 7/17/13 11:00am 7/17/13 11:00am

Teen's School Shooting Plan Included Call of Duty's 'No Russian' Theme

The teenager accused of plotting a bombing attack on his school in Albany, Ore., wanted his car stereo to blare the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack—specifically, the song from the infamous "No Russian" mission—as he carried out his assault, according to his handwritten plans, police there said. » 5/29/13 10:00am 5/29/13 10:00am

Government Affirms Mom's Right to Confiscate PS3 Until Piano Practice…

The police in Lake Oswego, Ore., a Portland suburb, pride themselves on the motto "no call is too small." And they took one, yesterday, that comes straight from the Sheriff Andy Taylor manual of community policing. » 1/18/12 8:30pm 1/18/12 8:30pm

"Nearly Decapitated" Gamer's Collection, Consoles Being Investigated by…

Nearly two weeks after the brutal murder of Oregon man David Grubbs (pictured), in which he was "nearly decapitated", local police have decided to start going through the victim's video games to see if there are any clues to help them catch his killer. » 12/02/11 6:50am 12/02/11 6:50am

Miyamoto's, Where You Know Everybody's Name

For its cover of this week's edition (on newsstands today) the Portland Mercury commissioned this painting, an homage to Edward Hopper's Nighthawks with Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto and three characters he introduced to America 30 years ago this week. » 7/14/11 10:00pm 7/14/11 10:00pm

GameFly Opens Seattle Distribution Center, Alaska Rejoices

The Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Wild. Majestic. Coffee-soaked. For too long these dark and mysterious areas of the United States have been bereft of a local GameFly distribution center, forced to suffer longer-than-normal shipping times for their game rentals. Today GameFly says no more. » 6/29/11 11:40am 6/29/11 11:40am

Oregon Trail Copyright Owners Sue Frontierville Maker

The May 30 launch of an "Oregon Trail" expansion pack in the popular Facebook game Frontierville has caught notice of the company holding the copyright to the edutainment classic, and it has sued to put a stop to the plans of Frontierville maker Zynga. » 5/19/11 10:30pm 5/19/11 10:30pm

Lovers' Quarrel Ends With A Face Full Of Wii

An Oregon couple discovered an unexpected benefit of being a Wii gamer earlier this week: When your drunken girlfriend hurls the console in your face, it does less damage than an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. » 1/14/11 4:20pm 1/14/11 4:20pm

Portland Bicyclists Get A Boost From Mario Kart

Portland is a serious bicycling community. But not so serious that it can't have some fun with its bike lanes. Some wag painted a whole bunch of Mario Kart items along a stretch of North Williams Avenue in the city. » 8/21/10 12:00pm 8/21/10 12:00pm

Rival Universities Stage 24-Hour LAN Party

This weekend, #21 Oregon State and #24 Oregon (I cite the land-grant school first, since I went to one) meet up in their "Civil War" football rivalry, with a Rose Bowl bid on the line for OSU. Preceding that, both schools are staging a LAN party at two sites 50 miles apart, bringing together some 400 gamers. It… » 11/23/08 1:00pm 11/23/08 1:00pm