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Makes your neck hurt so bad
Fuuuuuuck those neck cramps. That's why toys r us was the best cause their screens were not as high up. Unfortunately I never got to go there cause that was the expensive toy store.
I've been in TRU stores where every demo console had the screen in front of you that you played on...and another JUMBO screen hanging from the ceiling above you so everybody in the checkouts can watch you play.
Back in the N64 Era the local best buy had a floor to ceiling TV wall about 30 ft high just for demoing games. Of course the same stinky local kid would be hogging it every weekend I went.
Still I'm getting some nostalgia.
Shit, I remember going to Blockbuster to rent the latest N64 game and checking out the Pokémon Snap photo stations to print your photographic masterpieces!
Not to mention the independent video game places that still rented out the Sega Genesis sonic and knuckles cartridges
You remember when we used to be able to rent consoles from Blockbuster? My family was on the poor side, but one time I got to rent an N64 and also the first time I played Ocarina of Time.
Eeeet'sa me, Mario, thanks for playing!
presses button to play again
Toys R Us is gone now... ;-;
I totally thought this was Walmart. Looks just like my old local store
So is Sears. They had demo displays like this tucked away and they were always empty.
I worked at Sears around 2001, during the PS2 era. We were on commission and video games was one corner of our department (which was also bose surround sound, car stereos, early 2000s boomboxes, and cordless phones with 2.4ghz!!!!!!
Our commission rate on everything was 10-20%, except video games/consoles which was 2%. Guess what we didn't give a shit about. Was nice to use my employee discount on a PS2 and FFX though.
Totally a guess here, but do you think the designers made it that way so people would get tired quickly to allow others to have a turn?
Mostly that, and probably a little bit of the practicalities of trying to mount a huge CRT without taking up space in the aisle or on the shelf.
But I think they still mount them that way even though you can fit a modern flat hdtv anywhere
Most Wal-Marts I go to have the Switch demo display right down on eye level
I was wondering the same. Title should have read, "I am this old and I have neck problems to prove it"
I remember as a kid i didnt even bother because A. The controller was already fucked up and B. Staring straight up while playing sucked a horse's dick
YeH, but what else are you gonna do? Watch mom sit and wait for photos to develop?
Wow. This photo brings back that memory. Staring at Metroid prime and Zelda wishing I could get one while my mom is literally getting her photos developed
In my case it was just as supercenters were starting and my mom would be doing the grocery shopping. Problem is, she never felt like walking back to the electronics to pick me up. Instead she would have them page me over the intercom.
There was no way in hell I was going to respond immediately to that, making the walk of shame out of the department. Instead I would meander around a bit, then slowly make my way up front.
"Hey mom, can I go to GameStop while you're in the mall?" *runs as fast as possible so that one kid who doesn't take turns goes on it with his brother.*
When your family is poor af, those are necessary sacrifices for that hour of enjoyment while your mom shops around.
iirc they did that on purpose lmao, so you wouldnt play forever
I can feel it in this picture.
I remember playing Metroid prime at sams club and this younger kid came up to me and said “this is rated t for teens! You’re not old enough! I’m telling my mom!” I just kept casually playing.
That demo made me ask my parents for a gamecube for xmas. I also remember playing the 007:Nightfire demo (I think that was the name).
Nightfire multiplayer is criminally underrated.
That fuckin map on the ski slope or whatever with the castle at the top and bottom.
Then you had those cool grapple hooks to move around the map with!
Also the vehicle single player missions were bomb!
U know it boiiiii
This brought back so many memories.
Idk, I think most people remember Nightfire very fondly. I think the best part of it was the ability to add AI players to the game while you played splitscreen with friends. I think the underrated one was Agent Under Fire, which had jetpacks you could use to fly around with while shooting at people (No AI made it not my favorite though, unfortunately)
I think its more about being overshadowed by goldeneye when talking about bond games
Not in my friend group. It’s only a sore spot because I sucked, but that and time splitters 2 were some of the greatest multiplayer games ever. I miss four-player split screens
Dude Nightfire and Timesplitters 2 were absolute staples in my house. Stop making me so nostalgic lol
I miss four-player split screens
At least Nintendo still has them.
Kid was hella mad that you were playing it and he wasn't allowed to
I was 23 and that demo at Fred Meyers totally sold me. I had my first job that paid me enough that I could just kinda buy stuff, but I was still used to 22 years of being poor. So it was a fun, but vaguely uncomfortable, but fun indulgence.
I kinda miss that about being a kid, the weird encounters with other kids. I had a kid ask me one time “are you Asian?” I responded “yeah, I’m Korean”. The kid insisted “no, you’re Asian!” I explained that Korea was in Asia but he didn’t believe me for some reason.
I grew up two hours away from civilization, and I can vividly remember BIG TRIPS to Sam’s Club, and being super excited to play Sonic on the little 13” tv they had set up
Lil Snitch Ass
I want a VR similator game where you walk around an 90s or early 2000s Walmart.
I'd take that but make it a Blockbuster.
And you turn over every box of the new release to realize they’re all checked out
Or a copy of Stop or my Mom will Shoot behind Demolition Man.
I still never found a copy of "3 ninjas: kick back"
Feel like I was robbed of a masterpiece
Edit: i just want to know what rocky and tum tum are up to
Omg 3 ninjas wtf
I had this on vhs
You guys are gonna make me cry
That movie is on Canadian Netflix right now
Do you think Rocky still loves Emily?
I would want to look at the back of the box for a game my parents would rent for me, so anytime my brother came with us, he would find a Horror movie case, and hide it behind a game he knew I would look at, just to scare me. It worked every time.
You walk around hoping there are new releases this week and that some of the ones you want to rent are "in"'. If not you settle for renting Taz-mania for the Sega Genesis for a sixth time because it's basically fun and your save game is probably still on the cartridge.
I did this so many times, but with Road Rash.
Taz-mania didn't have saves, you had to play through without getting game over.
Source: my mom bought the game for me at Babbages after a checkup at Sears Dental (both in the same mall)
At this time I was the guy working at the video store. Free game and movie rentals every night was a big perk. Especially when you are a community college student trying to pay rent while making barely above minimum wage.
Man i loved that about blockbuster. I would always rent games when they arrived as an employee. I remember playing X-Men vs Street Fighter on the PlayStation after we closed one night until 3 in the morning on the tv near the register we had. It was great fun.
I was Hollywood Video. We'd have people over until all hours playing Mortal Kombat on Sega and drinking wine coolers. Then there was an awesome hard rock bar within walking distance. We also had under the table deals with the door guy and the taco truck for free rentals in exchange. Righteous after parties. Apart from all the Melrose Place bullshit, early 20's was pretty good.
Is not Blockbuster, is BlockBLISTER!
Make it a blockbuster night.
Come to Bend Oregon, we have the last blockbuster on the planet, I just saw a comedy show and did a trivia night at it last Sat and Sun.
I really miss the experience of picking a movie to rent on a friday night.
Even tho now it’s far easier I miss that and wish my son would experience that
Yeah, there was something about it. Bullshitting as you walk around laughing at all the hilarious knock-offs of the current disaster film & some old cheesy horror film. Seeing random people from school. It was the perfect thing to do on a Friday night w/ friends in high school.
Renting heavy metal cause your parents thought it was a cartoon but you really just needed your 90's titty fix
It wouldn't be the same without that Blockbuster SMELL, though.
Need to 4D that shit. I wanna smell the plastic and cardboard.
Yea but half the experience was the smell
Wally World 2000
Rated W for
* Suggestive Low Prices
* Strong Lines
* Tobacco Use
* Intense Sequences Black Friday Violence
* Strong Pajama Content
Black Friday seasonal event brawling cage match
Just go to any K-Mart. The one in my hometown has the same products on the shelves in the electronics section as they did in 1999.
That store has looked like it was going out of business since 1999. It just never closed all those years. It's like corporate just forgot and kept paying the power bill and payroll.
It actually makes me uncomfortable to go in. Everything else in the world has changed so much, gradually, and then you just walk into a place where time has stood still, and it gives you a jarring, "something is wrong" type of feeling.
See, in California, I see tiny k-marts that are just like what you two are describing. In Texas , I've seen ones that are nice and the size of Super Target.
Yeah, my local K-Mart even still turned on the Blue Light every now and again.
My MIL tells me theres a Kmart in her city where people just walk out with shit and the employees do nothing.
Our K-mart closed down a few years ago, but before it did, it definitely had all the same old electronic stuff that had been sitting in there for ages. That op picture actually brought me back to standing in K-mart as a kid attempting to play the Nintendo virtual boy they had on display there while the bright red screen burned out my retinas.
I recently went to one that I always went to as a kid just out of curiosity and it really is a time capsule. They still had full price PS2 games in a display case. Not a bargain bin, a full blown, locked display case. I was excited at first, thinking I'd find a brand new copy of my old favorites (gone through like 5 copies of THUG) but I forgot how much shovelware plagued the PS2 in the later years. That's all they had in stock, random movie tie-ins and just crap games for $49.99
How does this happen? PS2? Is the store a front for something?
I haven't played with VR, but cool would it be if your 'library' was in a Blockbuster simulation and you would walk around grab the game you wanted to play
Limitless possibilities for interactive environmental GUI for game libraries. Like, a 90's arcade and stuff
you can do some fairly extensive customization with oculus home. Each game in your library can be spawned into home as both a box (for decorative purposes) and an actual game cartridge to be popped into a console. doing that boots the game up. it's pretty neat actually.
There's also a 3d customizable 90s arcade sim where you load in roms and they appear as cabinets that you can play. this even supports multiplayer where a second or more players can look at a tv and play along side you
Sega Genesis Classics has a '90s style bedroom in VR where you can play games on a tiny old TV.
New Retro Arcade: Neon is like a framework to build your own arcade in VR.
Not quite what you're looking for but as VR grows, I wouldn't be surprised if someone makes a similar experience. It would be an awesome addition to Plex VR.
That actually has a lot of potential.
Dem fancy similators can do darn ner anythang dees days.
Toys R Us is where it is at, all through the 90's.
They had those once. It was called Kmart
Man gonna to Walmart and seeing this was amazing. I'm kinda sad that they removed this
Same. I dont even remember when they stopped or know why. Just had that experience of going to the aisle while my family shopped one day and seeing them gone. Mightve been my first heartbreak 🤔💔
I dont even remember when they stopped or know why
Probably because consoles stopped booting directly to a game and only a game. Once you had player accounts and online and a persistant OS it turned into a PC that you couldn't adequately lock down.
yeah there's definitely still kiosk consoles at places like GameStop and Target. Walmart just stopped giving a damn.
My Wal-Mart has a Switch kiosk, running a suite of playable demos and trailers. Which I imagine is handled by a Nintendo rep. I know they also has Xbox One and PS4 on display, but I don't remember if they're playable.
I’m sure they have figured out that removing these stations saves a couple cents in operation costs somewhere along the line and probably have saved millions of dollars by not having them anymore.
You can bet your ass that if it helps to make money, Walmart will give a damn.
If it's Walmart, then there's a very good chance they proved that the consoles didn't make an improvement in sales
But gents, let's be real here
The problem was that single player games shrunk on the market
What are you talking about? In-store game demos are still a thing, they just don't have this neck breaking set-up anymore.
I could've sworn I just played a Wii U demo thing in a Target like 3 or 4 years ago. Honestly with online shopping that might actually be the most recent time I was ever in an electronics section in a big box store. I didn't even know this wasn't a thing anymore.
They one by my house has one for the switch, i think the target near me also has a switch display/demo
Every time my mom would bring me to Walmart when I was younger she would always give me the "Go on" look and while she shopped I would head for the video game section and play the whole time. Always had a blast, will never forget
I always feel bad seeing a kid watching me play a game at walmart and then i tell him to fuck off and i feel good again.
Or wait until they fail and exclaim "HA! Fool, let me play now that you have shown yourself to be the lowest of noobs" but actually say "my turn" because you're like 10 and then continue to play for another 30 minutes
Was expecting the console to be an n64, saw gamecube. Am old.
My first N64 experience was being 10 and playing Mario 64 at the display in Blockbuster.
The earliest thing like this I can remember was sonic 3d blast on the genesis at Toy R Us
I remember my brothers and I would jump out of the car in the Walmart parking lot, scream at my mom that we were going to the electronics and battle run down the aisles. We were little bastards and I know it but damn if we didn't want to be the first one to get to play GoldenEye.
Ah man, same here. The parents always knew they could find us in the electronics department.
I remember taking turns with kids playing Tetris on the original gameboy. I even told on a kid for not giving it up after dying.
Shoot, I was 10 and played Mario 64 at the display in I believe Macy's or Sears, one of those other usual mall retail stores, when they used to actually sell video games.
This is likely right when the GC came out. Below the (sideways) GC games are N64 boxes.
It looks like the GC games are sideways because they hadn't yet gotten new display shelves in. This is probably late 2001
The games I can make out are all launch titles, too. Plus Rogue Leader on the screen, which was one hell of a demo at the time.
The n64 and gamecube were released 5 years apart.
The PS4 came out almost 6 years ago.
Hardware being awesome probably has a lot to do with this. Back then it didn't seem to take years for developers to maximize the hardware capabilities. I could be wrong but that's how I remember it anyway.
N64 did. Some of the most amazing stuff from a technical standpoint came at the end. I think it's always true to an extent. Even SNES had some new techniques years in to the generation.
N64 also got a ram upgrade that many of those better looking games rely on. The snes games that were real powerhouses also used enhancement chips in their cartridges
Hell, I was expecting snes.
Buddy, my first console was a Coleco. You're not old.
Haha youve got some years on me. Mine was the NES. Reddit makes me feel it sometimes
Same and same. Clicked this and thought "gamecube isn't that old wtf".
Atari 2600 here - I feel we are both comrades and nemeses at this point in history.
Same, came here to say this hehe. We used to rent Coleco cartridges at the beta/vhs video store.
Yarp. Can confirm am older than OP. GameCube was the first console I bought with my own money from having a job like a real adult.
Remember playing n64 in McDonald’s???
Turbo Grafx 16 at the local Radio Shack. I am older than thou.
For me it was at the Toys R Us. The Genesis showed up in the same aisle just down from it. NES was one aisle over and when you wanted to buy a game, you flipped the little display flap up and grabbed a paper ticket. You took the ticket up to the register and some guy went back into the magic backroom and produced your game for you. I always imagined it was a wonderland back there of secret games that no one knew about yet. Just waiting for the tickets to print. Go home, open your new game and karate chop the little styrofoam spacer at the bottom of the box. Those days are long gone now.
Am older... Was expecting a SNES with donkey kong country...
Seriously my neck started hurting seeing this
I feel really old. I remember drooling over the Odyssey II, Atari and Intelevision display at my local Simpsons-Sears.
Dad had a Colecovision. Bought me a 1st gen NES for my 5th birthday (turned 5 four days after its release).
I feel like it's getting close to crawl in a hole and die time.
It was the NES at Rich's department store for me.
I think it had Super Mario Bros and Kung Fu.
It was sad times when it was time to go.
Maaaan. Y’all remember the old school Toys R Us stores? I loved them as a kid because they were built like fucking grocery stores for toys. Shit blew my mind. Lol. And then the video game section was all little pieces of paper that you brought to the register. Good times. lol.
Apparently Toys R Us thought they were going to go bankrupt from video game theft. Boy were they off.
Oh man. I miss TRU tbh. Whenever I did impromptu shopping trips, I’d stop in there and see what was up in the video games and boy’s toys sections. It was so nostalgic for me.
Their LEGO collection blew my adolescent mind every time I walked in there. It was always a good time going to Toys R Us. I do miss that place.
At my toys r us you didn’t pick up the games off the shelf. There were slips of paper you took to the register.
Here we brought the pieces of paper to the register, then took the paper and receipt to this magical window near the entrance where they took the paper back and emerged with the game. (NES back then). It was magical and I always wanted to go in what I imagined to be a treasure vault of games
This... This is the real throwback... Picking that piece of paper out of that plastic sleeve... Taking it up to the counter with your parents where they held the sacred Nintendo games... The clerk brings the actual hardware game up and all you can feel is the happy anxiety of getting that game home to stuff it in the console and start a new adventure.
God I completely forgot games used to be on display, and the console would be behind this fancy case to make it look as cool as possible
Going to game shops used to be so much fun
I'm old enough that I probably restocked those shelves earlier that morning.
Yeah... Growing up on the Gamecube is old now? Damn... I was in college when the Gamecube came out.
I'm convinced that my neck issues as a 26 year old are directly related to the hours I spent in Walmarts game section as a kid.
And I was the kid working the counter who sold you that game.
I'm that old.
Rumor has it, u/Digita1B0y is still at that same register, still slinging games out of Walmart's electronic section.
I've also heard through the grapevine that if I approach your register and knock 4 times on the countertop that you'll open up the drawer below and allow me to peruse the GameCube games that were thought to be lost or stolen years ago.. In reality, you stashed them away to sell at a later time for cash in your pocket ($85 a pop, brand new, all proceeds funding the small house you're slowly building around the counter and register you've called home since '01).
That's not that old...
I feel so dumb for never keeping the N64 cardboard boxes they came in. They’d always go straight in the trash.
I'm old enough to realize this picture wasn't taken with a phone. And how weird it was for someone to be walking around a store with a camera.
I remember those. Played so many demos back in the day while my parents shopped.
The best was telling kids they could take the console home if they beat the demo. The verbal acrobatics to try and convince my mom to hold off just a bit longer, still had some shopping to do. Then getting dragged out in bitter disappointment. Hilarious in hindsight.