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As Nex noted yesterday, Ground Kontrol reopens tonight with a party to show off their remodeled digs. Three bucks gets you in the door, the games will be set to "free play," and attendees can check out the renovations that've been made with the $25,000 of sweet, sweet Stride Gum money that Ground Kontrol—with no small amount of help from its customers—won last June.

While you suckers have to wait until tonight to see the new and improved Ground Kontrol, I swung by last night for a preview of the remodel. It was awesome. But don't worry, guys—as ever, you were never far from my thoughts. So I took some pictures for you. You're welcome.

Its Tron-tacular!
  • It's Tron-tacular!

Whatever, normal stairs. LASER STAIRS ARE THE FUTURE.
  • Whatever, normal stairs. LASER STAIRS ARE THE FUTURE.

The bars much the same--except now they have booze--but theres now a chill, lounge-y type space against the west wall.
  • Photo by Grant Peterson
  • The bar's much the same—except now they have booze—but there's now a chill, lounge-y type space against the west wall.

I like it. Its a solid spot to hang out when you want a bit of space from the arcade cabinets...
  • Photo by Grant Peterson
  • I like it. It's a solid spot to hang out when you want a bit of space from the arcade cabinets...

... AND there are tables that have clearly been stolen from Ten Forward! Guinans gonna be pissed.
  • ... and there are tables that've clearly been stolen right out of Ten Forward. Guinan's gonna be pissed.

And now for the bathrooms, which, weirdly enough, might be my favorite part.

Whatever, normal sinks! LASER SINKS ARE THE... you get the point.
  • Whatever, normal sinks! LASER SINKS ARE THE... sigh.

Pictured: A urinal. And a ghost!
  • Pictured: A urinal. And a ghost!

More slick Pac-Man pixel/tile work, along with the worlds most badass hand dryer.
  • More slick Pac-Man pixel/tile work, along with the world's most badass hand dryer.

Alas, I was unable to trick my way into the women's bathroom—hey, your loss, ladies—but I've heard rumors that while the men's room has a Pac-Man theme, the women's has a Ms. Pac-Man theme.

ANYWAY. Pretty cool, no? It still feels very much like the old Ground Kontrol, but everything has a cooler, slicker, more grown-up feel. I'd recommend checking it out—tonight'd be a pretty good night to do so, what with the cheap admission and free play—and I'd also recommend rounding up three people and giving Pac-Man Battle Royale a shot, 'cause it was pretty damn fun.