Friday, December 11, 2015

Finding Games in a Thrift Store

One harsh truth of some video games...
The gaming cycle can be cruel sometimes. For some of your favorite video games, no matter what console generation they come from, there is always one place that they seem to wind up in, whether it's by chance or simply by the fact that the people who owned them before didn't care enough about them to keep them for a long period of time.

Where do these unfortunate games wind up in? Yes. You guessed it. The thrift store.

Winding up in the setting of a thrift store doesn't always spell doom and gloom for these video games, however. While it is unfortunate that some video games may be buried next to used toaster ovens, ceramic antiques and containers of unused paperclips, when these video games are found by gamers, and depending on what the type of video game it is, these video games are given a second chance of entertaining gamers, and that's always a good thing. It's one thing if a video game is, by all intents and purposes, crappy, because then it would be understandable why it found its way into a thrift store, but it's a different story if a video game was truly good enough to be a part of a gamer's vintage game collection, and yet it was discarded for whatever reason.

I actually found this at the thrift store...
I bought a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis at my local thrift store, and this copy of Sonic 2 is complete, in the official box with official box art. It's just not every day that you find something like that laying around on a thrift store shelf. I wouldn't say that I would compare it to finding a diamond in the rough, but I will say this. There is the slim chance that when you shop at the thrift store, you may just stumble upon some form of gaming history that you simply can't pass up, as long as the price is reasonable.

I have also bought some Playstation and Gamecube games at thrift stores in the past, and unfortunately for me, not many of those purchases have panned out. I won't name the games, but I will say that some of these games initially looked to me like they would be at least fun to play, and then I quickly found out why they ended up in the thrift store in the first place. The novelty of these kinds of games wears out pretty quick.

When it comes to video game consoles that you may see inside glass display cases at the thrift store, I will give you a word and warning. Don't just zoom in and buy a console. There's a reason why it's there. Especially if it has a tag that says "used" or "sold as is", be very careful. If you wind up paying for a console that doesn't even work properly, then you made a bad business decision as a gamer, and you can't take it back.