Enslen, 40, lived across the country growing up in an Air Force family. He and wife, Samantha, moved to Tipp City, the home of her parents, from Washington, D.C., in 2005. He combined his personal love of gaming with a desire to open a retail operation downtown and give people, particularly younger ones, something to do locally.

“I was looking for something that would be fun, someplace where people could come and play,” Enslen said. I also wanted to help create things to do in Dayton.”

In developing a business plan, he researched the video gaming industry, visited cafes in Detroit and Indiana and surveyed local kids ages 12 to 15 about what games they would play, what they wanted from a birthday party, what they’d pay and what concerns their parents might have with a gaming cafe. Visitors are greeted by paintings of robots and a flying saucer on the front windows.

Inside, there are three pods designed like miniature living rooms where groups can play games such as Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution or Wii.

“It is like your rich uncle’s basement,” Enslen said of the setting and all its toys.

There also are individual game stations of PCs and Xboxes; tables for birthday parties; snacks and retail items for sale such as video game consoles, accessories, Lego sets, and Star Wars toys. Upstairs there’s an area set aside for parents and friends of gamers to play board games, read or hang out.

Three ways to play are offered from pay-by-the-hour to member and VIP accounts.

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