An old-school retro arcade recently opened in the Tigard Plaza on 99W, hoping to bring together video game fans from all generations, both old and young.
Jordan Elting is the founder and co-owner of Reset Button Arcade. Since the age of 13, Elting knew that one day he wanted to open his own arcade and share his love of video games.
“I love seeing the younger generations enjoying these games that have been such a big part of my life, and have been some of my absolute best memories growing up,” Elting shared.
Elting grew up in Aloha and was constantly surrounded by different video games and consoles. From playing on the Atari 2600 to playing Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat in actual arcades, Elting’s fascination with video games and arcades grew.
Elting originally opened Reset Button in 2007 as an online store selling retro video game consoles. However, Elting knew his goal was to be in charge and open his own arcade.
“I knew I wanted to own my own business and be 100% in control of my own success,” Elting said.
While searching and saving up for a physical arcade building, Reset Button began setting up “pop-up arcades” at Pat’s Acres Racing Complex in Canby. During these pop-up arcades, Reset Button would bring some of their games to events for a limited time for people to come and play.
After searching for nearly two years, Elting settled on a spot in Tigard Plaza as Reset Button’s first brick-and-mortar arcade. Reset Button currently has 34 different games and four different pinball machines with more to come in the future. Unlike old school arcades from the 80s that required visitors to carry lots of quarters, there is a $10 entry fee that gives unlimited play to all the machines in the arcade. Pinball costs a quarter per play.
Sophomore Ryan Johnson visited Reset Button arcade during the grand opening weekend.
“Reset Button was so much fun,” Johnson said. “I highly recommend going with a couple of friends and obliterating them in the fighting games.”
Elting hopes to bring the Tigard community together through video games at Reset Button.
“We want to be the small, welcoming, tight-knit arcade that serves our community,” Elting said. “We hope Reset Button can be a place for all ages to hangout and have a good time.”
Reset Button will be holding their first tournament on Sunday, Mar. 20. The game being played in the tournament is Super Street Fighter II and is open to all ages and levels of experience. More information and pre-registration for the event can be found at https://www.reset-button.com/events-and-tournaments/super-street-fight-ii-tournament.