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    Gamestop versus FuncoLand

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    So if you are old enough to remember funcoland and have visited Gamestop then you should vote, if you have never been into a funcoland then you have no basis to vote.

    So which store did you prefer? Ever since GS bought Funcoland it seems to me that buying video games is just not fun anymore. I remember when FuncoLand was around, I would go into the store and they would have systems set up behind these glass cases all ready to play and they had tons of classic games for sale and they treated the old just like the new and it made for a fun experience. They also had what I used to call "FuncoSheets" which was the newspaper like flyer with the names and prices of the games printed on it below the official company logo's, oh man those where the days.

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    I think rose tinted glasses makes everything look better when you were a kid, so I can't safely say that Funcoland was more "fun" than Gamestop currently is.

    But ever since Gamestop stopped selling anything older than a PS2 or Xbox game, it hasn't been the same. I've had to seek out other stores to fill that void.
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    I'd say FuncoLand. I missed going in there and seeing all the retro games all over the wall of that store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Boris View Post
    I think rose tinted glasses makes everything look better when you were a kid, so I can't safely say that Funcoland was more "fun" than Gamestop currently is.

    But ever since Gamestop stopped selling anything older than a PS2 or Xbox game, it hasn't been the same. I've had to seek out other stores to fill that void.

    Seriously, I miss the good old Funco days, when they killed off selling classic gaming that is when my love for games began to dwindle. I found some nice independant classic game retailers, but they come and go all the time because it's not a steady business, but e-bay is a good place for the classics.

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    I'd say FuncoLand. I missed going in there and seeing all the retro games all over the wall of that store.

    The ones around me would have these few gondola displays in the middle of the sales floor with ll their NES/SNES/Genesis and sega cd games, then on the walls they had PSX, Saturn and N64 games, this was toward the end of Funco, but back in the day they had tons and tons of classic games and it was just a joy to behold. They even carried the 3DO for a while, but I have never seen a 2600 or a Jaguar in a Funco/Gamestop. Jaguar was carried in Walmart and TRU for a short time and also at Babages and Electronic Boutiqe, but never funco/gamestop.

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    My main problem with Funcoland's back in the day, were that many of the ones in the area were poorly run, and frequently would have large amounts of boxart for titles that were either sold or missing.

    I remember being excited about getting Master Blaster on Genesis, brought the box up, and it wasn't there. Tried again with Rocket Knight Adventures, same thing. Brought up Sonic 3, same thing again.

    Tried again with Super Star Wars, Final Fantasy VI (III at the time) and Chrono Trigger, and then gave up.

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    My memories of FuncoLand consist of about one or two visits that filled me with childlike wonder, and then about 100 more visits where all the consoles had no controllers in them, or the controllers inaccessible behind a glass case, or they were not turned on at all, or they were frozen at an error screen or something. Gamestop seems to be run a bit better on the whole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddy View Post
    The answer is Play-n-Trade.
    I love that store for their large selection and great prices; only one complaint: Too many games don't contain the manual and box/jewel case art. I've begrudgingly bought many a PS1 game from there sans cover art and manual, simply because it was a hard game to find.

    That's not to say Gamestop is any less guilty of such a thing, though (I absolutely hate that badly-drawn, generic cover art that they use for games with no case art). Actually, they're worse because at least with really old games, it's understandable that cover art and manuals go missing over time. But with, say, an Xbox game from 2006, there's no excuse. Frankly, they shouldn't even accept such a thing if someone tries to trade it in.
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    Gonna throw my 2-cents in here:

    I hated gamestop, and still do.

    There service is horrible.

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    I have a reservation ticket for Team Fortress 2 from Funcoland, dated 1999. I believe that may have been the only time I walked into that franchise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Boris View Post
    I love that store for their large selection and great prices; only one complaint: Too many games don't contain the manual and box/jewel case art. I've begrudgingly bought many a PS1 game from there sans cover art and manual, simply because it was a hard game to find.

    That's not to say Gamestop is any less guilty of such a thing, though (I absolutely hate that badly-drawn, generic cover art that they use for games with no case art). Actually, they're worse because at least with really old games, it's understandable that cover art and manuals go missing over time. But with, say, an Xbox game from 2006, there's no excuse. Frankly, they shouldn't even accept such a thing if someone tries to trade it in.
    I refuse to buy any games without a manual myself. The only exceptions were Unreal Tournament (which at least had an in-game tutorial) and Smackdown: Here comes the pain (which used the same control setup as smackdown: shut your mouth so i wasnt lost).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    I have a reservation ticket for Team Fortress 2 from Funcoland, dated 1999. I believe that may have been the only time I walked into that franchise.

    Wow! That kind of weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Boris View Post
    I love that store for their large selection and great prices; only one complaint: Too many games don't contain the manual and box/jewel case art. I've begrudgingly bought many a PS1 game from there sans cover art and manual, simply because it was a hard game to find.

    That's not to say Gamestop is any less guilty of such a thing, though (I absolutely hate that badly-drawn, generic cover art that they use for games with no case art). Actually, they're worse because at least with really old games, it's understandable that cover art and manuals go missing over time. But with, say, an Xbox game from 2006, there's no excuse. Frankly, they shouldn't even accept such a thing if someone tries to trade it in.
    I'm willing to buy older games like NES and SNES games without a case or manual, but if it's anything PS2 or later, it at least needs the case. I refuse to buy GameStop's horribly drawn make shift covers. The manual is nice too, but I have gotten a couple used games that are missing their manuals, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Boris View Post
    I love that store for their large selection and great prices; only one complaint: Too many games don't contain the manual and box/jewel case art. I've begrudgingly bought many a PS1 game from there sans cover art and manual, simply because it was a hard game to find.

    That's not to say Gamestop is any less guilty of such a thing, though (I absolutely hate that badly-drawn, generic cover art that they use for games with no case art). Actually, they're worse because at least with really old games, it's understandable that cover art and manuals go missing over time. But with, say, an Xbox game from 2006, there's no excuse. Frankly, they shouldn't even accept such a thing if someone tries to trade it in.
    Funny, i bought just disk only of the Civil War game for 360. I couldnt find the case on the shelf, but they had the game. And if someone finds it, "Oh, we sold that game already, and were to lazy to take the case down." Heh, thats gonna be their excuse.

    Play n Trade is about the best thing out there, but when it comes to retro games, certain stores have diff price for games, which bugs me. Some store have rare games for a very decent price, while others will have people who wanna jack it up more or at ebay prices, then your really not gaining anything other than another "walk in ebay store" feeling. They might as well be like any other flea market and ma and pa run store, whatever game it is, price it like its on ebay and put it on the shelf.

    Some games (like imports) are a perfect example of jacking up prices. One PnT in Charolette NC has a gundam PSX game for 50 bucks, and yes its an import. I put it aside till i knew it what it was on ebay. i go and look on ebay, freaking 13.99 for a new copy and hardly any shipping charges. I love import games, but when some arnt worth anything and you try to make it more appealing for the buyer, thats just crooked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddy View Post
    I'm willing to buy older games like NES and SNES games without a case or manual, but if it's anything PS2 or later, it at least needs the case. I refuse to buy GameStop's horribly drawn make shift covers. The manual is nice too, but I have gotten a couple used games that are missing their manuals, sadly.

    I agree, Gamestop's used covers are horrible, and they dont even mark down the price for some of the games with no cover+manual, they just slap the horrible cover on it, write the game title with a sharpie, and throw 14.99$ on it.

    I cant stand Gamestop, there service is horrible, they once tried to sell me a magazine subscription and wouldnt shut up about it.

    The people who work there are like zombies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yusuke Urameshi View Post
    I agree, Gamestop's used covers are horrible, and they dont even mark down the price for some of the games with no cover+manual, they just slap the horrible cover on it, write the game title with a sharpie, and throw 14.99$ on it.

    I cant stand Gamestop, there service is horrible, they once tried to sell me a magazine subscription and wouldnt shut up about it.

    The people who work there are like zombies.
    Cut them a little slack. They have to at least try to sell magazine subscriptions and do things like that to keep their jobs.

    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.
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    Never had a Funcoland and only recently got a (rather lame) Gamestop. We have a Microplay in the next town over that carries games from every system (and where I got River City Ransom for 5 bucks), so that's where I prefer to go. I'm just a bit upset with them for never selling me their copy of Project Justice. Damn that game was awesome.

    I don't mind not having manuals, I can usually figure games out for myself. But stuff like this is just embarrassing:


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    What the hell up with that pic? Someone needs to make a demotivational poster for that.

    My only game stores in my town are other than GameStop is X Zone, it like GameStop, but it has games from the Atari 2600 to the current gen, they even let you play the games, though for some you need to pay, they even have some import games like OSU! TATAKAE! OUENDAN! Everything else is stores like Toys R Us, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Marts and the like.

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    Isn't Funcoland still around? I thought they were always owned by GameStop, but I guess that I missed something.

    I prefer Funcoland. They had overall better service and they were pretty friendly. They had a bit of a larger selection of games and they definitely had better used covers for their used games. The only complaint I have for Funcoland is that it was too small. The only one that I know of is in this mall pretty close to where I live and it is a pretty small corner of the mall. At least another GameStop in a different area has a more roomy feel to it.

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    It was always GameStop and EB Games that were the same store once GS bought out EB Games, which is why I find it odd that some stores use the EB Games, since it the same store now.

    Haven't really noticed FuncoLand around here, last time there was one in my neighborhood was when I was in Elementary School.

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