Memories For Gamers From Every Generation

After 25 magnificent years in Rapid City, Anne traded the Black Hills for some of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. While she loves high altitude living she misses all the must see's, hidden gems, and food back home. Together with her dogs Honey and Nora, she tries to travel as much as possible and explore the hidden wonders where ever she is.

February 22, 2019

Downtown Rapid City: cultural hub, amazing foodie scene and video game central. That’s right; Downtown Rapid City is home to a barcade that brings you back to the world of retro with pinball machines, everyone’s favorite arcade games and a new kind of Pac-Man! 

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Press Start is located in the basement of KOL and is a utopia for gamers of all skill types and abilities. I for one did not play a lot of video games as a child, and I definitely do not identify as a gamer, but I was surprisingly victorious in a game of pinball. 

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Instead of a prize table, you will find a fully functional bar that doubles as a prize table, meaning you can actually trade tickets for a drink! Talk about a different kind of arcade experience! 

As I walked through the rows of pinball machines and old Mario games, I couldn't help but feel the nostalgia screaming all around me. The pinball machines are delightfully retro, and the giant Pac-Man game in the middle of the room brought back memories of playing my dad’s Atari. Every generation of gamer will find a memory here. 

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What I loved most was how affordable the games were. Most games are only 25 cents, talk about affordable fun!

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Pro Tip: popular games like Pac-Man might have a lot of people waiting to play. So, explore the other games because there are a ton to play, and they are all fun!

When you are finished playing head upstairs to KOL! Depending on the time of day you can grab a delicious pizza from their state of the art coal fired oven or grab a drink and dance the night away.

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