Video Games

Louisville has a fairly strong video game community.

Besides the various places that rent or sell games, like you can find anywhere, there are businesses, groups, and events geared around gaming.

Louisville Arcade Expo
Louisville Arcade Expo

If you like playing arcade and pinball games, or even classic console games, this is the event for you.

Every year, hundreds of gaming machines and thousands of attendees gather for days of flashes and beeps. Some national championships are even held at the event.

There are vendor tables with game cartridges, comic books, clothing, and other related merchandise.

There are two costume contests, including one just for the kiddos, and seminars from industry professionals.

The expo is a nonprofit event run by a group of friends and coworkers. Proceeds go to charity, usually Kosair Children’s Hospital.

It’s a fun way to spend a weekend. The flat fee at the door makes sure you don’t need to carry around pocketfuls of quarters.


The SimCave is a new venue with an interactive dance floor, and two octagonal rooms with giant screens on its walls and a ring of seats in its center.

It can be rented for birthday parties and corporate events, or just enjoyed an individuals.

They have hundreds of video games in stock, or you can bring your own.

The Rec Bar

It hasn’t opened yet, but the Rec Bar will include video games, pinball, board and card games, and other types of recreation. Plus edibles and potables.

Warp Zone

Warp Zone is a coworking space dedicated to developing games.

Similar to iHub, The Park, LVL1, Xlerate Health, Chef Space, Warp Zone lets game developers share an office, tips and tricks, and fellowship. Plus, y’know, they play each others games a lot.

I love that Warp Zone is here, since it has the ability to really propel Louisville’s video gaming future.

Game Dev Louisvillegdl

This monthly game development group is a wonderful place to learn how to get started in game development.

They offer occasional classes, and plenty of time to compare notes with other game developers.

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