We all know and (don’t) love and (occasionally) require our local GameStops.
However, coming into contact with consumer gaming culture in a small, concentrated location can be pretty shocking and can put you around some pretty odd people. I went into one today for the first time in a few months to get Metroid: Samus Returns, so the experience is fresh in my mind. A few of my experiences and the things that make GameStops special:
-Today, some customers were talking about a game trailer that featured the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”, and they said “what’s that other song they do–Ice Ice Baby?” I had to walk out. I was fucking perishing. Yeah, they do “Lose Yourself” too.
-On the midnight launch of Titanfall and Dark Souls 2, there was a guy talking trash about Titanfall and the Xbox One and counting the customers that were there for Souls vs. Titanfall while also heckling the Titanfall people. Always fun to see System Wars in real life.
-They somehow find the most cringey way possible to advertise and talk about games on the little TVs that are constantly playing.
-Watching a guy customer flirt with a woman cashier and hold up the line in front of me, more times than I can count.
-Also more times than I can count, a cashier has tried to spit some weird insider info about the release or development of a game to me, and it’s either completely false or a little off-base but it’s always amusing.
None of my experiences are that bad, but I know y’all can outdo me, so let’s commiserate.
If you don’t have a GameStop, you can talk about another game store but I’m really jonesing for that specific GameStop dirt, okayyyy?