Not just an (awesome) arcade, Ground Kontrol also sells and displays classic video games
, video game systems
, video game memorabilia
es!), and a surprisingly large selection of 80's-and-older CD
s, and 8-track
s. This is called knowing your target audience
On top of that, they also host occasional live music events. You can be pretty sure that any band who chooses to play here has cool points to spare. They were even a venue for NXNW 2000.
On top of that, they will sell you an Atari 2600 for $70, with four great, classic games, and even a 30 day warranty. And Defender costs three bucks!
And as if that weren't enough to put these guys over the top on the cool-o-meter, the downtown location is about a five minute walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Yes, I think that seals it.
This is where I go when I'm with non-gamers and I have a couple extra quarters burning a hole in my pocket. Everyone likes this place; everyone likes these games. Classic, indeed.