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Video game store closes doors, looks to reopen in future

Gamers Arena, which opened in 2010, announced last week it was closing its doors.
Gamers Arena, which opened in 2010, announced last week it was closing its doors.

A vintage video game store in downtown State College is pressing pause.

Gamers Arena, which opened in 2010, announced last week it was closing its doors. The announcement was made on the store’s Facebook page.

According to the June 30 post, the store, located at 421 E. Calder Way, is looking to reopen but with no definite timeline established. In May, co-owner Derek Canova said if the business were to move locations, the intent would be to stay in the area.

The owners could not be reached for comment regarding the recent closing.

“We’re in a state of flux at the moment,” Canova said in May, “kind of weighing out our options here.”

Dog days

The term “hot dog” dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Historians point to newspaper clippings of sporting events, sepia-toned cartoons and college magazines where, with a little linguistic limbo and a dash of satire, “dachshund sausages” fell by the wayside. In their stead, the “hot dog” was born.

The summertime favorite can be found at RC’s Dogs, a new eatery that plans to open in Nittany Mall this week. Owner Richard Christiansen has been renovating the 500-square-foot space in the past two weeks, preparing for its first customers. The space was previously Soup ‘R Dogs, which offered similar fare.

Besides hot dogs, Christiansen plans to serve homemade chili, macaroni and cheese and pulled pork barbecue. Specialty hot dogs will be offered on a weekly basis, Christiansen said, and a small breakfast menu is in the works. Plenty of fixings — cheese, sauerkraut, relish, onions, peppers, ketchup and mustard — will be also be available, he added.

RC’s Dogs is Christiansen’s first restaurant. He said he’s excited to open and share his passion with the community.

“I’ve been cooking for years,” Christiansen, 61, said. “I remember doing it as a kid when I was in high school.”

Located next to Lids, RC’s Dogs will share the same hours as the mall: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Bandwidth boost

Reading this on your cellphone?

Keep swiping.

Depending on your internet connection, watching the page load can be a blink or a prod to go make a sandwich.

With a recently announced Comcast Business service, Penn State and the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center now boast one of the fastest bandwidth speeds in the country. Channeled through a fiber optic network, it is about 5,000 times as fast as the average home internet connection. Downloading a page, for instance, takes less time than it does to flick your thumb upward on the screen.

The 100 gigabits per second connection runs between Penn State’s primary data center at University Park and the University Technology Center on the medical center’s campus in Hershey. It is Comcast’s first 100-gigabits-per-second network on the East Coast and third overall.

For perspective, Netflix recommends a connection speed of 5 megabits per second to stream HD video. Penn State’s new network, which is now fully operational, is about 20,000 times as fast.

The enhanced speed will be utilized to facilitate care and analyze clinical data. According to a company release, the network’s Ethernet Private Line service will help protect patient information by bypassing the public internet and serve as a resource for recovering data in the case of an outage.

Comcast was involved during the construction process of the 46,000-square-foot University Technology Center, which was dedicated in May. The center will be a backup location for Penn State’s primary data hub at University Park.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy