Thread: Where did you buy your games in the 80s/90s/00s?

    • 4 years 4 months ago
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    Where i live, the only place that rented out/sold video games was a Blockbuster. Sometime around 2003 the gaming section became a separate store called Gamestation. So i was wondering where everyone else purchased their games?
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      • 4 years 4 months ago
      • Posts: 1982
      New games probably came from Toys R Us. That was the only place I remember that I saw them, anyway. Those cool tall glass cabinets with the demo kiosk. But I have to assume, because the only time I would actually get a new game was on Christmas. Making the kiosk all the more magical.

      Later, this place called FunCoLand showed up and it was the best! They didn't stop selling games for a given system just because it was old. And the prices were just incredibly good. Then they got swallowed up by some jerks called GameStop.
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        • 4 years 4 months ago
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        Prior to the internet age, I bought my games at a variety of places. Kaybee Toys, Toys R Us, Hills. In the late 80's and early 90's, a game store opened in Vienna WV that not only sold new and used games, but also let you pay $.50 or $1.00 and you could go into a back room and play the game you were thinking of buying, like a test drive. They also had a smaller room in there that had a large screen tv and surround sound system with recliners so you could test the most recent gaming systems games in glorious home theater style. My brother and I loved that place. It went out of business when an EB went into the mall nearby. Those were the days.
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          • 4 years 4 months ago
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          In the 80s I mostly ought mine used from the local video rental store. In the 90s kmart started having "reconditioned" 8 and 16 bit game cartridges for around $5, I bought quite a few of those. I never bought a game in the 00s or later (by that time even used cartridges had dried up, and I hate friggin disc based games/systems).
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            In the 90s, my games mostly came from Toys R Us and the local video store.

            In the 2000s, they came from places like Circuit City, Rhino (Now called Gamestop.) and from various video stores like Blockbuster.
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              • 4 years 4 months ago
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              I never bought them, but my siblings did and that's how I got interested in buying them myself. However, being interested in old-school games basically means I buy them off eBay mostly I guess!
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                • 4 years 4 months ago
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                Babbages, EB Games, Sears, KB Toys and Toys R Us.
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                  Probably Sears and Toys R Us in the 80s & 90s. Then Funcoland, Babbages, Target, garage sales, flea markets and Gamestop.
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                    This is pretty bad but here goes...

                    About 80% of the games I got growing up were stolen. I was only a kid so I didn't really understand (Or ask questions) but my older brother had a friend who worked at Blockbuster and would give him rental copies. We had a pretty large library of games and a lot had Blockbuster logos branded on them. Too bad we didn't get any of the super rare exclusive titles though.
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                      • 4 years 4 months ago
                      • Posts: 1982
                      Blockbuster deserves it.
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                        • 4 years 3 months ago
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                        Quote by stake
                        Blockbuster deserves it.


                        I wouldn't say they deserved it.
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                          I actually miss Blockbuster. I miss perusing the aisles.
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                            yeah I miss blockbuster too
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                              • 4 years 3 months ago
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                              Quote by bklynbren
                              I actually miss Blockbuster. I miss perusing the aisles.


                              I miss the video game kiosks.
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                                • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                In the 90s I got my games from GameXChange. I was a regular for months until the old lady that worked there made me so angry I yelled at her and stormed out. It took a lot for that lady to enrage me the way she did (I was very patient with her until I finally snapped), so I never spent another dime at that place until that franchise disappeared from my town.

                                Next place I frequented for a while was Software Etc. I also bought new games at Toys R Us, Circuit City, and Best Buy.

                                Now I get most of my games through Amazon. Sometimes I get used games at Vintage Stock.
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                                  • 4 years 3 months ago
                                  • Posts: 1982
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                                  Quote by stake
                                  Blockbuster deserves it.


                                  I wouldn't say they deserved it.

                                  I would.

                                  Those fucking bastards operated like Starbucks, putting their cookie cutter stores everywhere until they could grab attention from other, smaller stores with their chain atmosphere and family friendly bullshit of censored movies and hundreds of copies of new big Hollywood stuff that they would then offload as soon as the next round came, meanwhile squelching old movies and independents and B titles (as well as X, obviously!) They killed the other video stores by monopoly attempts, and then they killed themselves with stupid decisions, good goddamn riddance I say. Blockbuster was fake crap and I abhor their intrusion onto so many peoples' impressions of what a video store was and should be.

                                  The only good thing they ever did IMO was winning legal rights to have video game rentals and that was in 1987.
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                                    • 4 years 3 months ago
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                                    When the NES was new, I'd get games at Toys R Us. I miss picking up one of the little paper slips and taking it to the booth at the front of the store.

                                    After the NES, when the SNES came out, I didn't really have many games. But the couple that I did have I got at KB Toys. Pilotwings and F-Zero.

                                    As for Genesis, I had a few games, but the only ones that I remember actually getting were the two Jurassic Park games from Sears.

                                    After that, all the games I got were as gifts. And later on, once the internet came out, I would buy games online.

                                    I do really miss the in person experience of picking out games in person. There's just something about picking up a controller to test play a game, or looking at a display card and reading the description of a game and looking at pictures of it to decide if you wanted it.
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                                        • 4 years 2 months ago
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                                        Toys R US, Funcoland(now Game Stop, Software Etc. Kaybee Toys, Sears, Service Merchandise, Kmart, Target, Walmart, video stores, ebay, yard sales, thrift stores, Play and Trade. That's just off the top of my head though, probably left a few out.
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                                          • 4 years 2 months ago
                                          • Posts: 1982
                                          I've been trying to remember where we got used games, and I really can't! But we must have had some, because most of our games didn't have boxes or manuals, and we kept those when we had them.

                                          I guess it was FunCoLand. But I only really remember one specific trip there. And I have no idea where it was.
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