I miss the days when I could rummage through the retro wares of my local FuncoLand, spurning the shiny racks of new PSone titles in favor of a dingy bin filled with old Nintendo games. Unfortunately, GameStop eventually bought out FuncoLand (and every other game retailer…) doing away with these retro titles for good. Though now it seems that the corporate overlords in charge of the retail giant have been made aware that the secondary market for these retro titles inspires a certain type of fanaticism. Hoping to capitalize on this, GameStop has now loaded up their rewards program with a variety of "classic" games for purchase.
A cool idea, but why we get the feeling that they found these retro titles in a dumpster somewhere?
Let me stress for a moment that this promotion is completely ridiculous, and seems to have been put together by a drooling imbicel. There is indeed a very dedicated retro gaming crowd, many of whom would likely be more apt to shop at GameStop if they could save up towards a copy of Earthbound or Suikoden II or any truly rare gaming release. Meanwhile, GameStop is offering titles you'd expect to find at the flea market for a buck: WCW vs. NWO? A label-damaged Donkey Kong for the ColecoVision? E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, regularly hailed as one of the worst games of all time?
It's the pricing here which truly has us shaking our heads in disbelief. Sure, you can pick up 1942 for 24,500 points (aka: $1,225 in used game purchases) but a true "rarity" like Mortal Kombat is going to run you a cool 30,000 ($1,500). Or hey, you can find a copy on eBay for like five bucks, but that's your call.
Anyhow, this promotion is awful, the games are terrible, and GameStop is stupid. Thankfully, I'm comforted by the fact that digital distribution will eventually ruin GameStop's business model and likely put them out of business. What a great day that will be…