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.


Posted on June 4, 2008, in Moments of Clarity. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Video games are to your generation what t.v. was to my generation. So I see you playing forever. You and Andrea will have kids that cut teeth on wireless Nintendo controllers. Last night Jamie and I were playing Rock Band and Bryson picked up the Guitar for Guitar Hero and ‘played’ right along with us. It’s just a part of everyday life now.

    The games and systems have changed more than anything. It used to be much more affordable. You worked and earned money to pay for half of your first Nintendo. There is no way you could have done that with today’s price on game systems. How old were you then, 7? Can you imagine doing that with today’s PS3? Earning a dollar here and there til you get half of the money would take you forever!

    Another big difference is availability. How long has the Wii been out? Is it any easier to find? When it first came out I wanted one. There were trips to Walmart just to see if it was in stock, those turned into phone calls and eventually it all seemed like more trouble and effort than it was worth. It would have been easier to find a needle in a haystack than to find a Wii gaming system. If Bigfoot had brought a Wii to my front door I’m not sure which would have surprised me more…discovering that Bigfoot existed or finding out the Wii really existed!

  2. I’ve been boycotting gamestop ever since the Wii has been released ….. so i cant say I’ve been in there =P .. the stupidity and ignorance of the employees i just couldn’t take anymore! but i understand what you are going through …I’m not getting married however i understand that I’m not gaming nearly as much as i use too heck i haven’t fired up the GC since i beat NFS:Carbon it just collects dust. the ps2 hasn’t been fired up since i finished FF13 and I’ve not had any reason to buy a new game. Guild wars keeps me content even though i haven’t played in days and I’ve been wanting to play!

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