Cut them a little slack. They have to at least try to sell magazine subscriptions and do things like that to keep their jobs.
Originally Posted by Yusuke Urameshi
Oh, and Zeonic Freak, that happened to me today. The Gamestop I visited sold me Grafitti Kingdom after looking for the case for 10 minutes and not finding it. I'm usually on the other end of it, though. There have been numerous time I've found an awesome game with complete case only to find out someone has bought it disk only. The most recent was Yakuza just a couple of days ago.
As for Funcoland, I used to shop at the one in Lexington, Kentucky. I remember I bought Dreamcast games there, new, including Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. The one I went to was nice didn't strike me as an especially awesome gaming wonderland that was greatly superior to Gamestop, though. There weren't really that many demo stations set up and they were already phasing out classic games and systems with just a few sad clearance titles. They still had PSX stuff, though, and I remember the big price sheets but they didn't matter to me because I don't trade games and if it wasn't in the store already, it wasn't like you could buy it anyway as far as I know. Maybe I got there too late. This would have been through most of 2000, so it was slightly before and around the time of the merger, I think.
However, I have not forgotten that Game Informer and pushing it on patrons as part of a "membership" is a Funco innovation. They got me to sign up for it in 2000 just to get them to shut up and leave me alone. Gamestop didn't actually "buy" Funcoland because it didn't even exist until Funco, Babbages and I think some other stores that were owned by the same company were merged under that name. And then that monster ate EB a few years later and now we have the hyrbrid we have today. So if you get nostalgic remember that at least one Funco policy survives.
Oh, hey. There is a place just like the Funcoland of yore that you describe now in Central Kentucky. It's called Game King and they sell everything back to the 2600 and will let you play it on TVs they have set up in the store (maybe for a fee, I'm not sure) . I went there today actually, to the one in Manchester and bought some games. The only problem is that most things in there are way, way too expensive. It's like the Super Potato of Kentucky, just about anything if you are willing to pay a lot for it. I even saw Dragon Warrior IV NES, which is basically the NES grail for me in the wild. For $80, cart only. Dragon Warrior III was even more expensive, $100 IIRC, cart only, for some reason. There were some deals, though, so it was worth the stop.
Here's the deal, I'm the best there is. I wake up in the morning and I urinate excellence. And nobody can hang with my stuff. I'm just a big hairy American winning machine.
I'm very humble, too.