Portal is a medieval-style tavern serving craft beer and themed entrees, providing the largest selection of modern gaming entertainment in Greater Boston.
Welcome to Portal, Boston's first craft beer bar for geeks and gamers to meet, play, and of course, drink! Portal is a medieval-style tavern, serving craft beer, themed entrees, and designed with gamers in mind. We want to provide a place for people to get together and hang out in a relaxed, fun environment. Housing a myriad of HD displays equipped with a range of systems from Xbox One to original NES, and holding a vast collection of board games, Portal is an entertainment paradise that differs from the traditional 'sports pub' atmosphere, and makes for a fun, lighthearted experience. If games, good food, and great beer are what you're about, stop in and say hello!
Operating as usual
Hello again, Boston! The Portal Team is excited to see VR gain some more visibility in the Northeast in MindTrek VR, with locations opening up in Woburn and Marlboro! Check it out:
mindtrekvr.com MindTrek VR, powered by Zero Latency, is a free-roam, large-scale multiplayer virtual reality gaming arena. Locations opening soon in Woburn, MA and Marlborough, MA.
Portal Game Bar & Lounge
We're ready. Are you, Boston?
The great war begins 7.16.
Rally the realm. Share the official Game of Thrones Season 7 trailer.
Tag a friend who would do this with you!
Real-Life Mario Kart Exists In Tokyo (!!)
For all the locals still here after the PAX weekend madness...we salute you. : )
What's up Boston! Portal has been hittin' the grind again and is repping @ PAX East. Here's some of our favorite shots of the con so far - feel free to post your own! #PAX #PAXEast #PAXEast2017 #EnterThePortal
Cosplay used to be a niche hobby. Now it's a global multi-billion dollar industry. Never underestimate the power of fandom. #SDCC
Survival Horror? Yes please! #WeHappyFew
Take a gander at We Happy Few, a survival-horror game set in a dystopian 1960s Britain.
Watching people who don't play World of Warcraft attempt to guess what it's about is HILARIOUS
This sounds awesome!
theverge.com Nintendo is bringing back the NES — only a little smaller. Today the company announced what it's calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a...
You know it! 😈😈😭😭
This is everything we want and more. #totallygeekingout
kotaku.com You probably won’t want to play as Aeris in Final Fantasy VII Monopoly, announced today for release in April 2017.
Star Wars VR!
PlayStation just announced a new Star Wars VR game — and it looks amazing
Accurate or naw. Boston fam? #TeamMystic
Well, that's interesting.
polygon.com Based on his single of the same name
In this hit horror game on Twitch, the killer is another player.
To all our fellow Boston Pokemon Go-ers out there:
We are totally geeking out over here right now. This looks incredible. #ZeldaNerds #BreathoftheWind
Watch a full hour of beautiful gameplay from today's Nintendo Treehouse event. ---------------------------------- Follow IGN for more! ---------------------...
We can relate, fam.
We can certainly relate to this feeling when starting a new game, can you?!
So this dropped the other night. Any Boston gamers excited for Injustice 2?! Looks incredible!
First look at 90 seconds of Injustice 2 gameplay! You HAVE to see this!
The revolution is coming! Prepare yourselves, Boston. We will be inside you giving you a place to mingle with your fellow gamers, and won't have to suffer the typical endless bar conversations about the implications of Harry Giles' still recovering torn ACL. #EnterThePortal #GamerRevolution
Portal would just like to issue a public declaration that the shooting of beloved YouTube music artist and avid gamer Christina Grimmie has had a profound effect on our team, and we are deeply saddened by her death. As a positive role model for so many people from such a young age, Christina wore her nerd flag proudly, and stood as a beacon for fans to relate to her incredible down-to-earth charm, genuine personality, and amazing talent as a musician. Only recently did Christina even begin to further relate to her fans by streaming to her twitch channel playing League of Legends and Super Smash Bros, so we would just like to take a moment to recognize that a true hero of our time has been stolen, and pay homage with a post that might share with those that weren't familiar just who we have lost. #RIPChristina #GrimmieLove
Grimmie Family GoFundMe
Christina's YouTube Channel
YO GUYS! Gonna be streaming on the weekends, come check it out even if yur not that into video games, it's still a party :DD I GOT A BRAND NEW SINGLE OUT, CA...
More VR news, Boston!
IBM has taken VR to the next level, and created a playable adventure in the SAO, or Sword Art Online, universe, a popular anime series depicting a virtual reality existence within an MMORPG. Check out this incredible vid footage!
Sword Art Online received a virtual reality makeover and it looks AMAZING.
Paper-thin displays as placemats at the bar perhaps? Portal
Check out this video highlighting LG's new line of amazingly thin folding TV screens...
It's hump dahhyyyyyyy, Boston geeks!
We don't usually make political posts around here...but in light of recent, shall we say, blunders? (that may or may not rhyme with 'hump') we thought we'd just leave this here to remind everyone of the dangers of PRIDEful leaders in government. Bad things happen when the people are not watchful. That being said, we encourage you...in a world full of Homunculi, be an Elric or a Rockbell. Or a Mustang. But let's face it no one is on that level. RIP Lust.
P.S. - If this doesn't mean anything to some of you, we hope to fix that one day, and where better than Portal! ^_^
If there are any Boston gamers out there who have childhood roots in the Final Fantasy franchise, you may be interested in this little mobile gem from Cygames in Japan, a mobile platform developer under Mobage.
With over 10 million downloads, Granblue Fantasy features two key staff from the development of Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy IX, musical composer Nobuo Uematsu and character designer Hideo Minaba, making it a huge fan favorite. Returning to turn-based combat, the game has received serious critical acclaim, and features familiar classes, items, and gameplay, while offering a unique free-to-play model with optional paid elements (such as rolling for items.)
Although the game recently added an English patch, it is not available in US mobile app stores. But fear not! We at Portal have done some work-around magic and will share with you our secrets!
If you're playing on Android:
Step 1) 1. Download and Install QooApp.
Step 2) Find Granblue Fantasy and download.
Step 3) Open the game, click on the blue 'Start' button (in Japanese by default), then in the next screen, change language option to English!
If you're playing on an iOS device, it gets a little more complicated:
Step 1) Open iTunes and sign out if you are currently signed in, scroll to the bottom, and change the bottom right flag icon to Japan.
Step 2) Search for Granblue Fantasy and click 'Get', after which you will be prompted to create an AppleID.
Step 2) Create a new AppleID using a fresh email account (if you are using Gmail, you can use your same email, but add '+anything', i.e. [email protected] and portalgamebar+[email protected]). Gmail will recognize it as the exact same email address and will send all mail to the original account, but Apple will register it as a new email.
Step 3) When filling in account info, use anything for phonetics, but we used "ポータル", so feel free to do the same. The address can also be anything, but we used Tokyo, then Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, and postal code 100-0001.
Step 4) On your iOS device, go to Settings -> iTunes & App Store. Click on your username and sign out. Sign in with the new account. You will be switched to the JP store. Search for 'Granblue Fantasy' and download.
Step 5) Open the game, click on the blue 'Start' button (in Japanese by default), then in the next screen, change language option to English!
Other Helpful Links:
Granblue Fantasy International Facebook Group
Official Download Page (includes link for Chrome App)
Granblue Fantasy Anime Trailer
Happy Mother's Day, Boston gamers! Hope you are all takin' her to a nice brunch, or buying her an indie game on Steam - there's some pretty cool weekend sales, not to mention Overwatch beta! (If she's into that kind of stuff, of course...)
With that said, here's some Quidditch. You're welcome.
These skydivers just played a spectacular real-life game of Quidditch
Full story: http://ibt.uk/A6XUq
That sh*t is hot.
HARRY POTTER AND THE MIXTAPE OF FIRE 🔥🔥
Chronicles of Elyria, a survival MMO by Soulbound Studios, is asking $900K on Kickstarter, and we'd like see it happen! With a dynamic environment, it is distinctly unique compared to other survival games like Ark and Rust, with one major plot twist - deaths in the game reduce your overall lifespan, expediting your character's inevitable doom. The trick is what you leave behind.
We love seeing games that push genre boundaries!
kotaku.com No one lives forever. In Chronicles of Elyria, even video game characters’ days are numbered.
How incredible is this concept!? It's pretty obvious Portal will have to have a VR booth!
What do you think, Boston - come have a few craft brews, and create in VR space sound like something you'd be interested in?
Virtual reality painting is here.
Happy hump day, Boston! We thought this is just too great not to share with all you beautiful geeks and gamers. If you don't watch GoT, this aught to convince you otherwise...maybe.
***ATTENTION!*** I did not made the visuals NOR the sound for this clip - I used the VHS intro made by Hunterlsanders and music by Steve Duzz, cut it a bit a...
To all you RPG gamers out there - in case you've been lazy on keeping up-to-date on some of the more recent news, check out the newest in a series of Final Fantasy XV releases from Square Enix, including the first episode of the five-installment FFXV anime! (links below). We strongly recommend turning closed captions on for the Special Trailer to compliment the incredible Japanese voice acting ^_^ (which like 'Reclaim Your Throne', also features a cover of Stand By Me by Florence + The Machine for some reason. Must be a love story in there somewhere!)
Final Fantasy XV debuts worldwide September 30th! Best believe we've already got it preordered!
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV Official Trailer
Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV Episode 1 - Before The Storm
Alternate Game Trailer "Kingsglaive"
Alternate Game Trailer "Reclaim Your Throne"
Released to mark the end of the epic event Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV, discover more about the characters, world and events of the latest installment of the...
The Red Fez is now a sports bar serving American Food.
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