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Games R Us looks to change gaming in LaRue

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By Doug Ponder

A local store is striving to increase interest in the video game industry throughout LaRue County.

Games R Us is a video game store located on 201 North Lincoln Boulevard in downtown Hodgenville. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Owner Joey Halprin said he buys, sells and trades new or used video games and video game systems. He also repairs video game systems, televisions, computers and several other electronic devices.

“I have a little bit of everything in the store and I also repair a little bit of everything,” Halprin said. “I have everything from the first video game system ever made, Atari, all the way up to the X-box One.”

Halprin said video games have always held a special place in his heart and his goal is to share his passion for video games with others in LaRue County.

“People also get excited about retro games and systems too. I love bringing the old school feel of gaming back,” Halprin said. “It’s also good for younger people, especially teenagers. I have a lot of young people who come in and hang out. I have a video game night on Saturdays that is popular. It’s a positive thing for the kids in the community.”

Halprin has been an avid gamer all of his life and said he has always been interested in taking apart and repairing electronic devices.

“I have always played video games. I really don’t even know the age that I started, I have been playing them ever since I could remember,” Halprin said. “My mom would get aggravated at me when I was a kid. When she would buy me something new, I would always take it apart and try to put it back together.”

As a result of his passion for video games, Halprin said several of his family members and friends encouraged him to open his own video game store. He opened his first store in 2012 on Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville before moving to his new location in April on East Water Street.

“I have worked at other video game stores and have sold at flea market booths throughout the years. It was my wife and others close to me who pushed me and made this store a reality. I really couldn’t have made this possible without all the good people I have in my life,” Halprin said. “The first two years were rough but things have really picked up now. I started out with two showcases and now I have grown to several showcases and shelves.”

Halprin said his store has become well-known in surrounding counties and across the state. He has several repeat customers, some of whom live over an hour away from Hodgenville.

“People from all over bring in their old video game systems all the time and want me to fix them, like Atari, NES, Super Nintendo and other retro game systems,” Halprin said. “People also come in looking for older games and a lot of them are shocked to see what I have. I have even had other video game stores call me looking for older games.”

Halprin went on to say that he couldn’t be happier in Hodgenville and that he couldn’t think of any other place to have his store.

“I love it here and I love this community. I love dealing with people who are into gaming,” Halprin said. “Everyone in this community had been very supportive of me and my store. I couldn’t think of any other place I would rather be.”