In the days of the '64, I was introduced to gaming by a store that let us rollarblade around inside, had under-paid enthusiasts that actually knew what a game was, and enjoyed these games too. So, you know, an awesome place. It was called 'The Gamesman', the 'G' was pacman, all the writing in yellow, and the backround in black.
Every second Friday was game night, and what a night the boys(and girls, suprisingly enough) put on. Myself and the few of my friends interested in gaming used to beg our parents for a ride down, just so we could spend a few hours getting our butts kicked in DOA, kicking some arse in Smash Bros, and generally boasting and eating pizza. I even went down for the midnight release of the gamecube when I was fifteen, and on a school night I remember being up 'til the wee hours squinting at the mind-blowing visuals of Luigi's Mansion, sucking those ghosts up kinda like The Ghostbusters.
Eventually, I hung around so much, they offered to pay me for it, as long as I sold some shiny stuff when I could. I remember it being so quiet the first day I managed to get through about half the GBA draw and ran the battery dead. I was stoked.
Fast-foward four years, and here I am, upstanding member of society with an opinion on just about everything etc, etc, and I found out the other day that the only New Zealand game retailer left has been taken over by EB Games. You probly know the movie Empire Records, well its kinda like that. Sure, The Gamesman had it's faults, yet it was an awesome place to hang out, and I'm really gonna miss it. Does anyone else remember what really got them into the wide world of games? For me, it was this store, and the people working and buying there.
Maybe one day I'll have myself a sweet game store to show my shiny wares to the world.
Until then, I think I may resort to internet purchases, and will shake my fist at global retailers.
Plus the black slate and yellow colour sceme is so much better than that damn salmon pink.
P.S:This is the first time I've ever managed to log in and post, so hi all! read