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Get your game on!

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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When is the last time you played an old school arcade game? What about the last time you just sat around friends and family and had a game night – no cell phones? Well, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been, but right now, at the Sutter Street Arcade and the Game Getaway on Sutter Street, you can get away from the world for a minute, or a whole day.

Ron Petersen opened up the Game Getaway only three years ago for his love of games. After his shop became popular, he moved into a bigger location, right down the block.

“People’s first reaction when they walk in is they are always blown away with how many games there are,” Petersen said. “People can purchase hard-to-find games or games that you would find at the local Target. We also have a big wall with more 900 games people can play.”

For only $5 per person for the whole day, you can bring your friends or family for an inexpensive day of fun. For groups, there are discounted rates and children under the age of six are free.

Petersen said he has games that are for all ages. The games range from kids to adults and if you plan on purchasing a game, the prices range from as low as $6 up to $100.

“I see a lot of groups of friends and families come in and get a game for a game night,” Petersen said. “It helps people get off their phones with the Facebook and the Twitter.”

Petersen said he loves seeing people coming in and having a good time.

“It is a retail business, but it is also an entertainment business,” he said. “Games have been a form of entertainment for the last 5,000 years and I like showing people that Monopoly is fun, but there are also a lot of other games as well. There are so many different games on the market.”

Some of the games you will find at Petersen’s Game Getaway will range from Life to Monopoly, Dungeons and Dragons to the Bermuda Triangle. Other games include Uno, Trouble and more. With more 900 games to chose from, the possibilities are almost endless.

In the Game Getaway’s original location is the Sutter Street Arcade that houses about 15 arcade machines.

From Ms. Packman to Pinball, Donkey Kong to motorcycle racing, for just a few quarters, this room could keep anyone busy the entire day.

“Growing up in the 80s, this arcade is pure nostalgia,” Peterson said. “We don’t make any money off of these games at all. It is just something we did for the community. I like seeing people coming down to Old Folsom and playing the old school arcade games and having fun. I get a kick out of it.”

The Game Getaway and Sutter Street Arcade are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The Game Getaway is located at 809 Sutter Street and the Sutter Street Arcade is located at 813 Sutter Street at the end of the hall.

For more information on the Game Getaway, call 916-234-7541; for the Sutter Street Arcade, call 916-409-7313.