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Author: VernonEmeks   June 22, 2020 at 21:02:55  from   in reply to: unnebulous foxiest posted by zpolet417 on August 26, 2016 at 03:25:42

Emerald developer celebrates bulk store win

The store, located at 2821 South Main Street on the campus of South Pasadena's Montclair State University, is one of more than 200 such stores around Los Angeles.

"It's been kind of fun doing these bulk store games. I feel like a kid playing Minecraft with his friends," said Timo Kärkkö, the store's founder and chief development officer.

The game is a combination of speed games like "Skateboarders," co-hosted by The Onion Wire and the video game magazine Videogame Showroom, along with "Bulk Pickup," which features players with varying strengths trying to grab as many items as possible before they are left holding an empty container of candy.

Players who have "purchased" the bulk box will receive an assortment of new items.

Kärkkö has had to battle a lack of attention.

"We've got a ton of customers," he said. "I wouldn't say that people stop coming in every night. We do have one or two days where we close up, and we do have some people who come back. But it's pretty frequent, I guess."

A bulk store isn't necessarily the same as a vending machine. It's almost impossible to find a cart and a vending machine.

But because the bulk stores cater to low-income families who can't afford the traditional mass merchandisers, they're able to offer a "chill out" experience for residents like Kärkkö.

There are also a limited number of the store's games — a mix of competitive and multiplayer game play — but none are big enough to turn customers away. Customers can play against fellow residents and each other on the internet. The bulk store has an entire game, which is not meant to compete directly with online gaming systems like the ones that power online video games such as "World of Warcraft."

The bulk store also offers items like soda, coffee and sandwiches, at prices comparable to what a local bar offers.

"It's something that could be used to give them something to look forward to instead of getting bored on weekends," said Kärkkö. "You could sit around the house and play and have a good time."

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