Originally Posted by neurotix
Where'd you say you got the games at? Microplay? You're in Canada.... never heard of Microplay, what's it like?
Here in town we're pretty limited. The store I frequent is called Video Game X-change. I know the owner, Lance. He's like a 50 year old Midwestern metalhead rocker dude. HE's been in business here ever since I've lived here, which is '94, and I've been going to his stores since. He sells stuff for good prices, and usually has decent inventory, but his store is small. It's usually very common stuff he has in his store- I've never seen a Turbografx or a Neo Geo CD or anything cool like that. He used to have two other stores in town but they closed down years ago. The other place in town is Preplayed Games, they're much newer and have only been around since I moved back up here (2006). This place sucks, they overcharge for everything, and I frequently see games in there that I've seen at Lance's. Lance says shady guys have come in with fat stacks and bought all his Pokemon games, then people see them at Preplayed. For example, last time I was there I counted at least 15 copies of Mario 3 for $20 a piece, which is ridiculous. I only spend my money at Preplayed if I can't get the game at Video Game X-change, and if it's cheaper than Amazon. Other than that, there's PawnAmerica which has been awful the last few times I've been in. We have a GameStop™ in each mall. I avoid those places and the crowds they have (bros) like the plague if I can. What's a shame is that people don't realize they can get used PS3 or 360 games at the local stores for much less, AND support a local business. The last time I was in Gamestop some fat brofist frat boy and a black guy were playing Madden™ and being really fricken' loud the whole time. It was disgusting. I don't believe people who only play games like that should call themselves gamers...
Microplay has been around since I was a kid, not sure how big it is, but I am pretty sure there are a few stores scattered throughout Ontario. I think I bought my original Sega Saturn way back in the day from them, though a different location in town than the one they have now. The store is a mixed bag, like I said. I don't mind hunting for deals, but you definitely have to hunt. Most of the stuff is priced quite a bit over Ebay prices...but that had some OK stuff in there. There was an Atari 2600 though they wanted quite a bit, and I really have no interest. They have games for most systems, though selection is pretty thin on things like PS1 and Dreamcast even. Not really somewhere you'd go to find something particular, as the chance of them having exactly what you are looking for is slim. They mostly carry newer games there, it's a bit like an EB Games just with a little bit of retro stuff mixed in here and there.
My main store in town that I like to spend my money at is that Games Exchange one, another one I have been going to since I was a kid. Great service in there, nice guys. I haven't seen the original owner in there for awhile, and I think a couple of the guys that used to just work there run the place now. They have a really small collection of games, especially when it comes to cartridge games (other than handheld stuff). They usually have about 10 SNES games, about the same in N64, rarely a Dreamcast anything, you get the idea. But there is a different selection each time you go there, and their prices are absolutely awesome. If I can spend my money here, I do.
I also have a few pawn shops in town, but only one is really any good. Not a huge fan of them because I had a bad experience there years ago, but I can't resist at the prices on some stuff. They don't really follow any ebay pricing or anything, a Genesis game is just a Genesis game, for example, and the prices usually only vary from $2-6, depending on how cool the cover looks I think lol They've been a lot better in the past while, but they don't have any type of return policy, so if you get something that doesn't work, nothing you can do about it.
There's also the other big one, KW Vintage games, nice guy too in a way, but really can't stop talking about trades, trades, trades. His store is pretty much amazing to look at, he's almost literally got everything in there. But the prices are Ebay prices + about 10%, sometimes even more, so I don't go there very often. When buying original consoles, he gives you third party controllers and cables and keeps/sells the branded stuff. And the third party controllers he gives are the absolute cheapest crap possible. The only place in town to go if you are counting on something being in stock though...he's got a nice collection of 32X/Sega CD/Dreamcast, which most stores around here lack. He's got all sorts of systems and stuff too, I am sure you could go get a 3DO or Jaguar there, but you'd pay out the behind on it. I'll likely go there to get 32X/Sega CD since it would be a waiting game in any of the other stores. The place is also kind of like a clubhouse, lots of Magic Cards going on and general nerding out. He doesn't mind if you just come to hang out and not buy anything. Felt weird though cause I am a little old for that kind of stuff now, honestly, it was mostly just kids sitting on their phones and looking mopey lol
There's a few other stores in town too that I have yet to check out, as well as a few swap meets. I haven't heard much good about the swap meets though. Just overpriced stuff, probably a lot of resellers.Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 9/9/15 at 10:06pm