Videogame Center in Kalkaska Gets its Game On

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Videogaming is not just for the serious gamers anymore.

Between Pokémon go and Fortnite… It’s become totally mainstream. Fornite is a great example. It’s reached 125,000,000 players: that’s the population of all of Japan!

A new spot in Kalkaska wants to get Northern Michigan gamers off the couch and playing together in real life. The video gaming center has all the latest and greatest games from Atari consoles to the newest Xbox.

It opened up two months ago and gives everyone something to do during these cold winter days. Owner Jacob Martindale has lived in town his whole life and saw a need to fill in the community.

“Being in Kalkaska most of my life, I see there’s a lot of need for having a place to go and hang out,” said Martindale. “Having a space where you can get together and play bigger groups together is kind of fun.”

Martindale’s always been into games of all kinds, and Game Off offers space to play single and multiplayer videogames as well as card games and board games too. He remembers a time not too long ago when interest in these hobbies labeled him as a nerd.

“Being called a nerd was pretty devastating to people back in the day, and as you get older, it wears off,” said Martindale. “Now it’s more accepted widely throughout the country and especially in our area to be a nerd…it’s just what we are nowadays.”

It’s easy to find gaming tournaments in big cities. But Northern Michigan was hard pressed for places for people to come and play together. Now, Game Off hosts tournaments every week and does a Smash Brothers tournament on Sundays.

“Having this location makes it so that people who live in Mancelona and Cadillac don’t have to drive so far to all the other game places,” said Martindale. “There’s one other place downstate that was doing it.”

Game Off is for any age, young or old, to play everything from cards to Fortnite.

Game Off charges by the hour and is open extra late on weekends.


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