Wednesday, November 7, 2012

World 8 Wins Best Game Store via LA Weekly

Shout out to my friends at World 8, they just won being the Best Game Store from LA Weekly.

"Everyone loves an independent bookstore, but World 8 is something even rarer: an independent video game store. Opened by gamer geek siblings Monse, Edgar and Israel in August 2011, World 8 stands out in a sea of GameStops. Inside, local kids recline on couches in front of big-screen TVs and happily beat the tar out of each other on-screen — no hustling customers away from demo units here. The store runs a brisk business in new and used video games, and you can trade in that old copy of Uncharted 3 for a respectable price. For gamers who grew up blowing dust out of cartridges, World 8 also deals in the vintage classics, ranging from River City Ransom to Conker's Bad Fur Day. The crowds pack the store for Friday Night Sissy Fights, an arcade-rules affair heavy on fighting games and trash talk. In an age when most kids berate one another via headsets over the Internet, there's something deeply comforting about hearing a teenager hoot in laughter as his friend goes down in defeat. 1057 S. Vermont Ave., Koreatown. (213) 389-5212,—Jake Swearingen"