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Memories For Gamers From Every Generation

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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Anne Orban

Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

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Anne was born and raised in the Rushmore State and is so glad to call a place with so much beauty home. After spending a few short years away in college, she is happy to be back in the place she loves most, Rapid City.  

Anne tries to live her life authentically documenting everything with her trusty Nikon D5200. She can often be found writing in coffee shops, on a new hiking trail with friends, or walking her beagle in any of the parks around town. As a perpetual wanderlust, Anne has taken a few road trips and plans on taking many more. Her favorite past time is playing tourist in her own back yard and finding hidden treasures in the Black Hills.

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