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Website launched from O'Hara gaining popularity; offers reviews, original games

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Mark Bussler runs the website ClassicGameRoom.com. It that features video game reviews and is branching out into hosting its own games.

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Mark Bussler has found a home for the “Intergalactic Space Arcade.”

Bussler of Oakmont moved the offices for “Classic Game Room” to O'Hara in September.

The website features video reviews of games and a growing online community.

Plans for the site include allowing users to post their own reviews and share their own interests.

He said they are looking to add staff members to expand the site.

“We're looking for people. We are growing,” Bussler said.

Bussler first started doing reviews in 1999 and then transitioned into documentary filmmaking.

Beginning around 2007 he began putting old episodes on YouTube and then started adding new episodes.

In February 2008 the show in its current format was born.

Video reviews from the “Intergalactic Space Arcade” have been viewed about a half a billion times, Bussler said.

The show's collection of games, systems and toys to review continue to grow as fans send in things they want to see reviewed.

“People all around the world just started sending us stuff,” Bussler said.

Bussler said the desire to play older and simpler games continues to exist.

“People like old games, and I like old games, because you can get into it quickly, play a game for a little bit, and then get back to the rest of your life,” Bussler said.

Bussler cites the classic arcade games, such as Ms. Pac Man, Missle Command and Centipede, as his favorites.

“They have the perfect recipe of its an easy game to just play but extremely difficult to master,” Bussler said.

The site also has expanded into its own games. It recently launched “Space Gar,” a 1970s-style game that relies on imagination and storytelling.

“Since they didn't have the visuals to drop you into another world, you had to use your imagination,” Bussler said. “It's meant to be a throwback.”

Bussler said he expects more games to come to the website by the end of the year.

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