I was up in Orlando (technically Kissimmee) this past weekend and visited a little mom-and-pop called Game World. After browsing the store and walking out with a few Genesis games including the clone-tastic Socket: Time Dominator, I have to ask the rest of the country... what the fuck is your problem?
Where are the retro shops? Are people allergic to them? I have a Console Game Exchange and a Play N Trade near my home, but you are lucky if they even dedicate a whole glass cabinet to Game Boy games. The big push is towards the current or previous-generation consoles, essentially pissing all over the past three decades of the hobby. Leave that shit to GameStop. When I go to a retro shop, I want to see walls brimming with gray paks and black cartridges. I expect the staff to understand that it's important to have the damn case for some of these games.
Game World blew my mind. It has everything. It respects the classics. Praise the Lord, the staff will shave a few bucks off a purchase for no reason other than, "Hey, I like you! Lemme give you a break today!" Is there anyone around here with the balls to open a retro shop and blow the fuckin' roof off? Do I need to take out a small business loan and start one up myself?
In other news, a few days ago our perpetual fail machine michiyoyoshiku announced that he was leaving for good. He threatens to leave Destructoid all the time. Just like before, he'll come crawling back eventually as much as we wish he would just stop. He's currently holed up at Blogger.com, making post after post describing how crappy Destructoid is, speaking to an audience that isn't there. He'll be back for the attention. As such, I am instituting:
MICHI WATCH '09!
Technically, this is the second day of the watch seeing as how he left on the sixth. If we are lucky, he'll stay true to his word. Maybe. I doubt it.
Unfortunately, it would appear that a number of clown college dropouts have decided to pick up the slack in michi's absence. I failed nine blogs today. I hypothesize that michi's posts were just so bad that everyone else's seemed brilliant in comparison.