Video Game Rescue

By: Colin McCann and Logan Ansteatt

The history of video games can be traced back to the mid- to late-1900s, much like “Pong,” “Pacman” and “Asteroids.” However, with new games constantly arising and evolving, preserving the classics is a mission that some take to heart.

Husband and wife Dustin and Deanna Gartenbush do everything in their power to bring these nostalgic games back to life.

Video Game Resuce, the Gartenbushes Lakeshore gaming storefront, is where people can buy, sell and trade games. Although the preservation of these games is already a main priority, it also serves as an arcade hub.

Dustin said his goal is to keep the classics alive so that future generations can experience what they might otherwise never get the chance to play.

“Just because a game is old, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth playing,” said Gartenbush, who has been collecting games since he was 12.

With all of the success, this reality did not happen overnight. In 2011, Gartenbush oftentimes dedicated his weekends picking up gaming gems at a local flea market, where he expanded his video game collection. Finally, with the help of crowdfunding, Video Game Rescue came into existence.

The store and arcade is also used for Board Game Night and a weekly event called Jax Smash, where gamers can enter a tournament to compete and show off their skills all while fellowshipping with other gamers.

With a seemingly endless variety of games, you can have fun for hours, and no matter what age you are, you can get in touch with your inner child at this family friendly gaming paradise.