Best Gamer Refuge - 2012
At Gamer Doc in Highland Park, the walls are covered with murals by L.A. graffiti artist Dytch66, and bits of crumbling cement pillars protrude between flat-screens. The specialty here is console repair, but you can also rent, buy, demo and trade in your gear. The store matches Amazon's prices, giving locals online savings with same-day gratification. It also offers local gamers a place to upgrade their systems, in-store gaming stations and the chance to hang out with a larger-than-life Master Chief. 5917 N Figueroa St., Highland Park. (323) 230-8998, gamerdoc.com.