Whilst\u00a0in Los Angeles I decided to take a break from E3 and do a bit of\u00a0games shopping. I eventually ended up in\u00a0branch of GameStop and although\u00a0the staff were very helpful, it was pretty much devoid of any games from outside the top 20, apart\u00a0from\u00a0those sitting in the\u00a0obligatory trade-in bins. The store was mostly full of\u00a0big, cardboard point-of-sale displays aimed at encouraging pre-orders. It was very similar to the UK high street chain, Game. Not quite as obnoxious, perhaps, but just as\u00a0lacking in soul. Wanting to find somewhere\u00a0a little more interesting, I did a bit of research. An hour later\u00a0and I\u00a0found myself wandering \u2013 in very sweaty\u00a0weather \u00a0\u2013 down Sth. Vermont Avenue, eventually arriving\u00a0at\u00a0independent video game shop, World-8. Why am I writing about it? Because it\u2019s such fantastic\u00a0little store, that\u2019s why. World-8\u00a0\u2013\u00a0in contrast to the big chains\u00a0\u2013\u00a0is brimming with enthusiasm for video games. All the new releases are there, naturally, but it also stocks\u00a0games from\u00a0a multitude of past systems \u2013\u00a0with one staffer lovingly showing off some pristine, boxed TurboGrafix titles. At\u00a0one end of the store there is a cabinet of gaming plushies, at the\u00a0other there's a range of refurbished retro gamepads protected by a human-size\u00a0Mario figure.\u00a0The store is full of quirky, imported ephemera such as clocks, statues and board games, and there's a couch so customers can sit\u00a0back and play at one of the World-8's\u00a0regular game nights. And it has a fantastic No Man\u2019s Sky painting on the store\u2019s exterior. World-8's staff obviously love games as much as their\u00a0customers and were happy to chat with me about everything from who won E3, to the merits, or otherwise, of Shenmue. I left with a copy of Chrono Trigger on DS and a rather natty Donkey Kong cartridge holder. So, consider this a Public Service Announcement. If you ever find\u00a0yourself in Los Angeles, give GameStop and Target a miss and do try and\u00a0find the time to visit World-8. You can find out more the store and its events at the World-8 website. Let us know about your favourite independent games store in the comments below. Where do you buy your games? Where is it and why is it so great? Drop us a line\u00a0and we'll do a feature highlighting the best\u00a0stores soon.