Game STOP!!! seriously… just Stop.

GameStopGameStop is not doing great at all, and when people complain about their past employees, they take it personally and go after them at their current places of business. While their stock continues to fall to new low low prices, GameStop thinks up new old ways to re-brand themselves in an ever-changing world where physical video games are becoming more and more cumbersome. So… what should GameStop do in this case?

FuncoLandStop being GameStop. Bring back the old company names and logos that you purchased, such as FuncoLand, Software Etc., EB Games, and possibly even Babbages.

j5Stranger Things season 3 featured a lot of defunct 80’s brands and stores, and the nostalgia for those things that can never be again was HUGE. They should tap into that, especially considering they want to sell retro video games in stores. Team up with console creators new and old, and re-release the mini and flashback consoles alongside other novelties. This might help GameStop survive as company for a few years longer than it will.

I assume GameStop wont do this out of ignorant pride. Maybe I’m wrong?

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I Thanos snapped my video games away?

Zelda ocarina of time mangaFor (at least) the second time in my life, I’ve purged myself of most of my video games. Almost all of my GC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U games netted me over $170 in Gamestop store credit. True, I put that into gift cards from Subway, Xbox, Steam, and Taco Bell… but it was the right decision.

I would have bought an Amazon gift card, but sadly… Amazon cards can not be bought by store credit. The women behind the counter tried to do it by turning the store credit into a GameStop Gift Card… and still… nothing. So now I can eat and buy a few digital games on PC and Xbox One… which I’m keeping as my Blu Ray player.

Eventually, maybe I will get rid of my NES, SNES, Super Famicom, PSX, PS2, Dreamcast, and Sega Saturn… I swear to god, I got rid of most of my physical games O_O … most being at least 50%…

OH MY GOD! WITHOUT MY copy of The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition, I have no way of playing Ocarina of Time! Oh wait… 3DS… Whew… that was a close one.

twilight princessI’m not happy… not all of the time. My games collect dust in a box in my garage, not even properly displayed so they can peer over my should and judge me for not playing them.

My roommate got rid of all of his games years ago. Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, DS, and a crap ton of PC games that he literally threw away. He also got rid of his DVDs. He too wasn’t happy. He seems happier now.

Tips_Tricks_Volume_IV_Issue_1_1997-01_LFP_USI want to note that GameStop, outside of selling every single game independently, was my best option out of three. I first tried Half Priced Books, who after over an hour and a half told me that all of the games that I brought in, some DVD and Blu Rays that were not open, and a crap ton of magazines and some books would only net me $130. Gamestop would have given me a little under that for just MOST of my games alone. Cash America Pawn? they would have given me $1 for each of my Xbox 360 games, and looked at me weird with my cube collection.

mario kart double dashOH MY GOD I SOLD Mario Kart Double Dash!

It doesn’t matter though… because the friends that I played that game with were from over a decade ago, and re-buying it didn’t re-buy that experience for me.

It was the right time to sell, as each game got me an additional 50% in store credit. I’d have received more if I had subscribed to their magazine, but I would have still had to pay $3 of the store credit to get their magazine for a year. Nope.

Switch_SuperSmashBrosUltimate_illustration_02OH MY GOD! SMASH BROS! Melee, Brawl, and Wii U! What did I do?! NOOOooo… doesn’t matter. I still own my physical consoles, and there are a lot of games downloaded that I can still play… and… ouch.

BUT I WASN’T PLAYING THEM! The idea that I would be a grandfather someday and some kiddo would find my games in a trunk in the attic and become engrossed in them like I once was… I might never have that… so things are fine. They are fine.

I would like to point out that I got the most money for my Gamecube games… still there was a trade bonus. I’m still gaming a little… and there’s some hope for the future.

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Happy out of context Throw Back Thursday!

Thursday is an amazing day to just throwback to some more nostalgic times, shows, thoughts, etc. I decided to just share some images I’ve previously shared on my blog. Some are quite meaningful, while others less so but I still find them cool.

  1. The Doctor Who one is special, because it was Dorky, taken in my birth state of MS, and it recently helped me meet someone who I thought was… pretty nifty.
  2. The little comic under it, was from a Blog Post about GameStop, and I just think it’s a cool quick sketch of me?
  3. I really like this picture I took of Dugg Finn at Louisianime.
  4. Sailormoon meets steam punk photo was quite cool from an Oni-Con YEARS ago.
  5. Member Holiday in Aculpoco from Pokemon? I used to have banned episodes from it on VHS. Good times.
  6. I like I Dream of Jeannie, and her sister was evil… but damn if that green outfit wasn’t cute.
  7. Galaxy Express 999 was amazing, and it reminds me of how coll/weird it was to see it when I was younger..
  8.  I have worked on two pony fanarts of friends, and the other one was my first OC I believe. The first one was of my friend Julie’s Transformers Animated OC alongside an OC I made of her husband David named Dashing Husband. The second one was something I did for/of an ex. The third one(?) was just a cool character that I named Doodles. While I was living with my dad, I made some Gaming with Sean videos for the first time, and well…
  9. Ice Ocean wasn’t a real NES game, but it’s one of my favorites from a bootlegged bunch of nes games in a controller?
  10. A-kon 16 was my first A-kon of two, and yeah… not awesome, but one of the best Pose Offs ever? I did them under the banner of NetSenshi, and none of the people behind the table really hang out these days, to my knowledge? Take pictures kids!

I quit Youtube?

I had grown weary months back when I was doing videos covering fighting games last February. I stopped doing those videos, but I still occasionally posted a few videos. One video I made but never posted suggested that I just… wasn’t feeling it anymore with fighters and games in general. That video is below:

I later put most of my videos to private, and a lot of them are still kept private. Why? Because I’m a fat piece of s*it according to quite a few people who have watched my videos yet never made even one of their own. This got me… also, a lot of the videos that I like to make are sadly just not do-able on youtube, such as Nintendo related videos and Blind reacts to trailers, and I was never going to make any money off of it… so it seemed like I should just hang in the towel.

For some reason, I made two more videos, and I dunno… maybe I’m not quite as done as I thought I was?

Recording in dumpsters and stores

Dumpster diving is a term that is used to describe the act of searching for treasure in dumpsters. A very long time ago, I was a stupid child who did dangerous and disgusting things that embarrass me to admit that I did. For example, I used to dive into the paper recycling bin at my old Elementary School to get all of the old newspaper comics out of. Good not so clean fun, right? Before that, I would find stuff in actual dumpsters… I was sort of a pack rat. I still am, I suppose.

Recently, Gamestop has threatened legal actions against dumpster divers, as well as people who film inside of their stores, even if you are just filming the voices and using the audio of their employees. In some states, such as Texas, it’s legal, as explained in YouTuber BeatEmUps video below about his friend Damien.

As far as recording in a store goes, do not do that. You can film outside of a store from somewhere else, but not at the store. I remember using my Flip camera in 2009 at BestBuy when I was just taking a look at what Anime titles they had, and being told that I couldn’t film there.

It must be really hard to prevent people from recording stuff now that everyone has a camera in their pocket I bet.

Back in May, DEE davE was caught by the police diving into a GameSTOP dumpster, the Police caught him and his crew going through dumpsters, they were told that it is not illegal, and they just chatted for a bit.

Below is a video from OmarGoshTV where he actually went and tried to return the things he found in the dumpsters, and while it was entertaining, I could not help but notice that he asked the people at 5 Below and not the people from GameStop.

From what I know about GameStop, I really hope Omar is careful and doesn’t get sued over this set of videos.

So, is dumpster diving wrong? Should recording in stores be wrong? I’m not the one to answer these questions, but I can say one thing for certain… I sort of want to go diving after seeing this, and that’s probably not a good thing.

 

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I made this comic when I worked at a game store. Huh. Foresight? Irony? No frigging clue!