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I Got Game recovery aided by gamers across the nation


A break-in last week at I Got Game, 205 Ford St., has rallied the gaming community across the nation with many pledging to support the store with donations of games and money.

The break-in, in the early morning of June 25, resulted in I Got Game losing $3,000 in cash and merchandise. The store opened June 8.

The video game news website Kotaku has also picked up the cause of I Got Game, publishing a story on Monday focusing on the an effort to help the store spurred by an Ogdensburg native and her husband who work in the gaming industry.

Brenda L. Romero, an Ogdensburg native who works in California, and her husband A. John Romero, who has worked on games like Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein 3D, were visiting the city when the break-in occurred and offered to help the store recover.

Mr. Romero signed a copy of Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, a PlayStation 2 game on which he was a lead developer, for the store and is also sending Masters of Doom, a book published by Random House focusing on how Mr. Romero and his colleague John D. Carmack changed the gaming industry.

Mrs. Romero said she and her husband also plan on sending other unique games to the store to help them rebuild.

“Hopefully it will help them out a lot,” Mr. Romero said.

Mrs. Romero said she has been contacted by people working on the Gears of War franchise who also want to help the store. She said it could take several weeks for game developers to pressure their marketing divisions to send games to the store, but they will come through.

“I’m expecting more donations,” she said.

Mr. Romero said the Kotaku post will be read by “millions of people” and will hopefully inspire more giving. Christopher G. Pray, owner of the store, said he was surprised and grateful for the outpouring of support.

“I was not expecting it,” he said.

Shannon M. Burley, Mr. Pray’s fiancée and co-owner, said, “We really appreciate the help we’ve been getting.”

Ms. Burley said customers have also been coming in and donating games to help the store continue.

After the break-in, which cleared his entire collection of Xbox and PlayStation games, Mr. Pray wasn’t sure he would be able to continue operating the business. But with the support he has received he said he is getting back on his feet.

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