Steve Torres and Matt Vasquez live in an 8-bit world.
Co-owners of downtown Fullerton’s Lost Levels, a retro gaming store and arcade, the two specialize in rekindling fond childhood memories.
The catalyst? Vintage arcade machines and a stunning collection of video games patrons young and old likely grew up playing for hours on end.
Twenty-five cents at this gamer’s paradise buys three lives and nostalgia for which most would pay top dollar.
“We’ve been around this forever, and opening this business was a dream come true,” Torres said. “It’s great. I work 15-hour days, but it doesn’t feel like I’m working. Gaming is a passion, and what’s rewarding is when people walk through that door and a rush of memories hits them, and they smile and they thank you.”
Torres, 36, remembers winning a $2,000 shopping spree to Toys ‘R’ Us as a kid. He bought…