Yeah, it’s a hot and humid afternoon in Austin, Texas, and at the Palmer Events Center, Jaden Berk is surrounded. Jaden jukes and jives from place to place to face those surrounding him head-on with enthusiastic energy. If you were thinking zombies straight out of Resident Evil surrounded Jaden, you would be incorrect. Instead, Jaden is helping hungry retro gamers at his booth at Classic Game Fest find the games on their want list. From the moment the convention doors opened, Jaden’s massive booth: The Holy Grail Video Game Store is an essential stop at the retro video game convention. After the show, we sat down to talk to Jaden to understand how this positively energetic video game entrepreneur started his game store at such a young age.

Born and raised in Warren, Ohio, in 2001, Jaden Berk quickly became wrapped up in the world of pinball and video games. His gateway into pinball was an easy one as Jaden is the son of Robert Berk, the COO of Berk Enterprises. Robert is also the founder and chairman of the legendary Pinball Expo, which will be running for its 37th year this October. Getting the chance to play a…..

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Mike Mertes (62 Posts)

From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"