Weird Gamestop Experience
This probably isn’t what you think. It’s not a traditional observation of the clueless and/or opinionated GameStop employees, or the ignorant mothers coming in to buy the latest M rated game for their 10 year old. This is more a personal observation on how my GameStop experience has changed.
It’s probably been two or three years since I’ve been into GameStop to “preorder” anything. Which was the majority of the business I did at the store. I stayed pretty well informed on the gaming “scene” and I’d preorder the games I was interested in, and I’d be there bright and early on release day to pick ’em up. Gaming really was a big part of life, and one of the few things I looked forward to when everything else was pretty crappy.
So I walk in the other day, and it just felt weird. There was a lot of stuff that really didn’t appeal to me, and there were a lot of games, that I just didn’t have a clue what they were. I kinda felt like the guy at the party who doesn’t know anybody except the old friend he came with. It was the first time I really realized how much I had changed. Don’t get me wrong, there was still plenty of cool stuff there, and if I had the money I probably could have walked out of there with a hefty bag full. But I didn’t see anything that I just HAD to have…like I used to. Even seeing the new Mario Kart Wii on display was cool, but it seems like its changed so much.
I always said I’d be playing video games when I was 90 years old in the rest home. Don’t get me wrong, I still spend plenty of time with Guild Wars, or Animal Crossing, but I don’t have that need anymore to have the next coolest game I’ve been reading about. I’m content to play the heck out of a few games as time allows. I can go to the mall and walk by GameStop and not feel the need to go in “just to see what’s there”. I don’t know if it’s any healthier, but it sure is cheaper!
I guess this turned into more of a rambling than a detailed description of the experience, but it just took me by suprise how my biggest hobby has made room for things like getting married, working on the car, and just regular boring grown up stuff. I don’t think I’m out growing it. I just think I have less free time.