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This might end up well. All in all the gaming wins if these young brats are exposed to the roots of gaming and what made it great from the beginning. Hopefully physical releases of consoles are available.



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AlfredoTurkey said:
zorg1000 said:
So basically going back to what they used to do? I remember like 5-10 years ago u could but NES/SNES/Genesis/etc, games/consoles from Gamestop, I always wondered why they stopped.


They stopped because in 2000, most of these consoles weren't in such high demand. I bought a NES top loader from them for like, $30.00. I bought ALL NES Megamans, 1-6, for less than $60.00. I got a SNES with two controllers for under $40.00. Back then, no one really wanted them. People wanted to play PS2 etc. 

As with anything, when there is a market, someone will try to exploit it. Gamestop is no different.


It was more recent than 2000, I think things like the Virtual Console kinda caused the demand for retro games/consoles to die down for awhile since u could play many of those classics on Wii.



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zorg1000 said:
AlfredoTurkey said:


They stopped because in 2000, most of these consoles weren't in such high demand. I bought a NES top loader from them for like, $30.00. I bought ALL NES Megamans, 1-6, for less than $60.00. I got a SNES with two controllers for under $40.00. Back then, no one really wanted them. People wanted to play PS2 etc. 

As with anything, when there is a market, someone will try to exploit it. Gamestop is no different.


It was more recent than 2000, I think things like the Virtual Console kinda caused the demand for retro games/consoles to die down for awhile since u could play many of those classics on Wii.

People just didn't WANT them back then. There really wasn't a thing as collecting retro consoles. Some people did, I'm sure, because I was... but I was odd lol. Now, it's like THE thing to do. Hipsters and kids who weren't even alive are buying these things and that has made collection a BITCH. 

I bought a Sega CD back around 2003ish on Ebay for like, $40.00 and it came with Nightrap. Now? They're over $150.00!!! Such bullshit. I am going to be broke buying all of my stuff back (ex wife sold all of my original consoles without my consent.)



GdaTyler said:
This might end up well. All in all the gaming wins if these young brats are exposed to the roots of gaming and what made it great from the beginning. Hopefully physical releases of consoles are available.


Those "young brats" wouldn't attempt to play a game like Contra Hard Corps. It's way too hard and far beyond their feeble skill sets lol



Ah I used to love it in GameStation when they had a retro games section. Before GAME assimulated them (quite literally). No doubt this attempt will suffer the same issues that did though. 80% of the software being football games and the most over pressed dross making it difficult to actually build a decent collection without having to resort to eBay.



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spemanig said:
The days of used games is nearing it's end as the industry converts to digital. This is an interesting way for Gamestop to prepare.

If by "nearing" you mean "when us Gen X-ers and Millenials are all old and grey," then yeah, maybe. The demand isn't there yet. Not even close. According to a DFC Intelligence report on 2014 sales, only 12% of AAA unit sales for console games are digital, and of those 60% are from bundles, meaning only one out of 20 AAA games bought on their own are digital. That's not much. The vast majority of console gamers want physical. We want to actually own our games and enjoy the benefits said ownership confers, including the first-sale doctrine that allows us to collect all those old cartridges. Also, the infrastructure really isn't there to support digital. According to the most recent data I could find (about a year ago, give or take), some 30% of U.S. households lack broadband (based on the former definition of "broadband" as speeds of at least 4 mbps), and 76% lacked speeds 10 mbps and faster. Incidentally, as of the end of 2013 about 40% of 360 owners worldwide were not connected to the internet.

Print was supposed to be dead by now. Paper-and-ink books are thriving and e-book sales are stagnating. Blu-ray was supposed to be dead by now. Sales are growing. Hell, wasn't TV supposed to have killed the movie theater decades ago? An impending all-digital future isn't quite "we'll all have flying cars by 2015" territory, but it is pretty far out there as predictions go. Between the lack of demand, the infrastructure concerns, and the fact that all-digital would require them forcing it (something the music, movie, and book publishing industries have yet to do) would create a lot of ill will, the idea that discs (and cartridges for portables) are going away any time soon seems rather outlandish. A lot of people have predicted that either next-gen or the following gen will be all-digital, but, like predictions that last generation was supposed to be the last, it'll end up in the dustbin of failed prognostications.



Oh, and as for the actual story, I did buy quite a few old games from GameStop back when they did sell retro games, but then they stopped. Fortunately, we got a 2nd & Charles (a place that sells used games, movies, books, music, and other stuff) and a Play & Trade (a game store that still sells retro games). Play & Trade closed, but we still have 2nd & Charles. But GameStop is closer, so maybe if the prices are good I'll start working on my collection of old video games again.