There may not be any game subscription service like Xbox Game Pass or PlayStation Now that will ever be able to capture the magic of a Friday night trip to Blockbuster.
Nope I'm good. I like the interwebs.
Yeah it was so much fun going to rent the newest game that came out, but all the copies are checked out, so you have to settle on a shitty game or go home empty handed.
Yup, I don't miss it. Can never get a new blockbuster game release ever and always have to settle with an older game. Now, it's never an issue.
Haha yeah, exactly. Or, a game you've been waiting for to come out, but it wasn't a hugely anticipated game, so they only got like 1 or 2 copies in total, so it was NEVER there. I remember wanting to rent the Punisher beat em up game on Sega Genesis, but my Blockbuster only had 1 copy. I had been waiting so long for it to come out. Then I saw the case there, and it was probably a good 6 months before I was actually able to rent it.
In other news, been trying to get the ps5 for a few months now and no luck yet. The "new hype" still lives on in other ways.
In terms of nostalgia, I understand where the author is coming from on this. But unfortunately, the way technology is now, the fun of going to a store to rent something, going to arcades, etc are rendered obsolete. As we get older, we start to understand how our parents felt when they say stuff like "back in my day" a lot better.
We had a large bar/arcade open up here a few years ago and it's great, place was always packed when we went and for $20-$30 you can have a great time for 3 hours. Blockbusters on the other hand is different, unless you liked going through a host of older movies or games and picked up snacks on the way out there wasn't a reason to go there more than once a month, it's like going through Netflix ect and skipping through 99% of the content because you've either seen it or don't care.
We used to go once a week or fortnight ad rent a few movies, great times.
Me and my cousin goes every week! Spent hours in there, its much more exciting going down to your local Blockbusters and look for movies to rent then sitting on the couch and looking for something to watch thru Netflix
Um That's exactly what the article is about.
We use to go to the arcade to hang out and talk to girls ( ppl would put their best stuff on to impress ) it was more then just going to the arcade to game. It was an event. ( now just take some selfies and put it on ig ) lol
I agree with rental places, but arcades could still be awesome. They are definiteky still a thing in Japan. Whats weird is here in the U.S. the only arcades nowadays just have some driving games and light gun games. I really miss the days of fighting games in the arcades. When they were in their hay day, those were some of my best gaming memories. Street Fighter 2. The first time I laid eyes on Mortal Kombat and saw Kano rip someone's heart out. All the Marvel vs. Games, especially MvC2. Putting hour quarter up on the screen to mark your place in line. Man, good times. I really wish I knew why it stopped being a thing here, but not in other countries.
I signed in just to agree with you. Some of my best memories were crowded around Mortal Kombat, MK2, SF2 and Killer Instinct in a dark arcade. It was so awesome.
I don't think that this is unfortunate. This is more about evolution and change more then anything. To me, things change, and if people don't change then that is their choice. As things change it requires our brain to adapt. If we refuse to adapt, we become stagnant, and the more stagnant we are the more likely we are to develop Dementia and Alzheimer's. Last week I was talking to my retired parents about switching them over to movie / channel streaming services. They couldn't wrap their head around not needing a TV Guide to time slot things that were on TV. It was just too much to comprehend that they could watch whatever they wanted whenever they wanted. They were so used to turning on news sharply at 6PM, 8 PM some sitcom they watched, etc. It is the same with the evolution rentals. People that evolve to the change, just move on, but there are people that can't wrap their heads around it and need the things that used to happen. But, over time they will adapt and in 5-10 years people will have mostly forgotten.
Agreed, nostalgia is one thing but you can't beat the convenience & availability of Gamepass or most other DD services.
yeah I miss the iconic smell / odor those video rental stores had lol, I wonder why there were always carpet placed in video stores, nonetheless pretty sure the carpet unclean give them that iconic smell, really can't describe it you have to feel it smell it for yourself :D
Lmao. It’s so funny I couldn’t describe to you what the smell is but if I was to smell it I would instantly recognize it.
Great memories as a kid in the 90s renting SNES games from Blockbuster. Every Friday after school my father would take my brothers and I there to rent a game. We were a poor family, so renting was a good alternative to getting to play many different games. If it was a game we loved, we would save and combined our allowance to buy it
I also had great memories from the 90s(best decade) renting games from movie rental places. I remember if one rental didn't have a game, I'd go to another one that had it. The best memory I got is renting Chrono trigger and killer instinct.
It was fun. I used to rent PS1 games then burn them on CD-Rs on my PC with a custom label, then play them back on my modded PS1 🙃 Also rented DVD's and Blu-rays and also did the same, I got more than my $$ worth 😁
No you didn't.
@InUrFoxHole lol why do you think he didn't? It cant have been that uncommon. We used to have a modded PS1 back in the day and we used to do this all the time when i was a little kid. I actually came across the binder full of like 100+ burned PS1 games when i was cleaning up a few weeks ago. Used to buy CD labels and print trash low-dpi copies from the internet to stick to them. Looked legit enough lol Not gonna lie - i have no idea where the mod chip came from. Pretty sure my dad got it somehow. I'll call and ask him tomorrow lol but yeah i'd assume this was pretty common.
back then i didnt even use a mod, just put good cd in until start up then switch to fake cd. also i just used mIRC to download. I also had a black box tv descrambler for my tv, watch lots of Wrestling ppv shows and movies and xxx stuff parents wasnt home, parents bought the box. I was a kid so I didnt knew any better, I buy all my stuff today.
@Axecution Because I have ESPN! Truly I only commented because a handful of people clicked disagree but didn't indicate why they disagreed.
Hahaha loads of people did this. I did this. All my friends did this. Little spring placed on the cd closed button to dupe it into thinking the lid was closed, then swap the disc out
Why didn't he? I used to rent snes games from Blockbuster back in the 90s and I used to copy them onto floppy using my Pro Fighter, so XxInfernusxX story really isn't so unbelievable.
I'm not proud of it, but I bought a PS1 mod chip and legit would rent games and not even play them, just burn them to disc so my modded PS1 could play them. Worked perfectly. Parasite Eve was the first game I ever successfully burned. Back then we only had like a 2X CD-ROM speed so it was really slow burning a 650MB-700MB game. I remember being confident with chipping my own systems after that experience so I tried and accidentally killed my Xbox (original) about 2 years into owning it.
@bradfh mIRC! I remember that… Wow, what a throwback!! Those were the days!
Exactly Axecution. @InUrFoxHole I did, me and my friend did the mod together. Now for dvds and blu rays I was using dvd fab, which I believe, first came out in 2011. After that, I'm using MakeMKV and still use sometimes to this day. 😁
What about the wherehouse rental stores?
Yeah except when they never have the game you wanted to rent.
I worked at Blockbuster. They didn't always have the games you wanted. There's also Gamefly.
Too bad the execs at Blockbuster literally laughed at Netflix when having buyout discussions. Not sure how they’re feeling now
I would say Blockbuster saved Netflix. Had they bought them out they would've suffocated them and turned them into a worthless company like many other large corporates buying out start ups.
FACTS, man. There's just something magical about a run to the video store that can't be replicated.
Not to mention the bargain bin. Ty Blockbuster
To me... nothing beats the game informer with the disc of demos. Key word, “demos”. I will not pay any fee to play games. You have faith in it, you release a demo. To date... we get fluff pieces to support a rental... but if the game is worth it’s value, to date, it will not be on a “service” guaranteed. The price to play day one is far more important is supporting developers. No service will do that. Mask any musician on a service.
Rent? I prefer to steal my games, thank you very much.
I dunno. I have a certain nostalgia for Blockbuster for sure - I used to get so excited to go there as a kid and see which new games they had - but GamePass has an infinitely better and bigger selection of games than my local Blockbuster ever had - and I don’t have to wait on others returning the disks or even leave my home.
This was a bit before I got into video games but I still remember my brother used to rent yellow Gameboy Color to play that was just prior to his purchase of Playstation in late 1999. I think my distant cousin used to run video game rentals and coin op consoles up north back then. Movie rentals was still widely available we only rent a few Disney and HB cartoons VHS tapes. I never get to rent games or maybe a few movies rentals but that was with my parents but still magical experience.
I'll tell you what...those late fees weren't fun.
Used to rent movies VHS--DvD's Great times at the Blockbuster
You can still make Friday night trips to gamestop. I mean sure you might not be able to get the newest games that week but give it a month and you can get it for free for a week. I rent my games from gamestop from time to time.
Never thought about that. Hmm
Must have rented master blaster, MK, NBA jam and marble madness 20 times
I still go to my local library to borrow games. They have a massive selection.
Mine is still closed due to COVID.
Damn, I’m sorry to hear that. Hope it opens soon!
That’s kinda cool that your library has games, ours has none - which country? Or state if in the US.
I live in California and most of my local libraries have games. Very few current Gen games tho. They are mostly 5 years or older. There are some PS3, Wii, and 360 games too. It’s a good place to find cheap used games too-along with movies and books.
Indiana. The one I go to has a request system. If they don’t have the game you want, you can ask them to get it and they’ll have it within a week. I just played Returnal and Demons Souls the other day. I love my library.
I think you needed to be a kid in the 90s to get this.
Right you are. I can't imagine why someone who wasn't around in that time would understand why anyone would miss having to actually go to a store to rent movies or games. Obviously, streaming services are far more convenient, and you don't have to worry about whether the media you wish to access is in stock. But, it's a tradeoff. I wouldn't describe streaming as being an experience that even remotely holds a candle to going down to the video store. Still, it's definitely something you had to have been there to understand.
I miss the whole rent the game to see if I like it before I bought it part. I also remember as a kid being good all week getting through a shitty week of school. And my parents allowing me to rent a game for my Master System back in the day. Movies and games rentals were a weekend thing loved playing Shinobi, Pro Wrestling, Rampage over the weekends as a kid.
I disagree. This person either had not really rented games from blockbuster or simply forgotten the real experience. Because for sure the thrill of renting a movie was there but when it came to games it was rarely a good experience. More often than not the game you really wanted to play was already rented out and in that 'permanent rent status' where the person is just never going to bring it back regardless the rules. Or when you did get a game home it was so scratched up that you were lucky if it worked. Blockbuster and games did not really mesh. The most titles available were the games you didn't want to play.
I'm sorry but Blockbuster sucked. There was nothing worse than going to Blockbuster to rent a game you've been wanting only to find out all 50 copies have been checked out. Screw that I'll take gamepass
I can actually count the number of times I've been to a Blockbuster in my lifetime on one hand, but that's because there was a local video store near my house that my family and I liked to go to instead, and it was much closer than any Blockbuster. That said, whether it's a chain or a local shop, the experience of visiting a video store was something the likes of which today's kids will never know, but which holds a special place in the memories of those of us old enough to have been there. There are actually a handful of stores I've come across in other cities that still do rent physical media, though they also sell stuff, and are generally retro-oriented. It's usually only a small part in a store that's also small that's dedicated to rentals too, so it's not quite the same experience (and not one I've personally partaken in either). Also, it's my local store from my childhood that I miss above all. The store itself was part of the experience for me.
People are really reaching on the nostalgia front if we're talking about how great renting games from Blockbuster was.
Uh no, you didn't have to pay the late fees like your parents did. Also as an older gamer I want to game not run my kids to a video store for 2 hours of the day I don't have. I enjoy seeing the random games my kids play on Game Pass that I didn't know even existed. Oh and I don't have to worry about them scratching the disc of a game we don't own.
I've got great memories of renting games from NES and Sega mega drive through to the PS3 /360 era. From when I was kid to an adult and they are awesome memories I feel bad that my son won't get to experience finding a hidden gem in the shelves or get to just play everything because you can rent whatever you want for a few dollars a night. But they should remain just that memories because there was so many problems with rentals if we went back to that model it was chaos piracy was rampart new releases could be on backorder for weeks to boot. As fond my memories are now realistically that rental store is just to old to work anymore.
What a load of rubbish. If you went in blockbusters and they had a copy of a fairly new game in stock you would consider yourself extremely fortunate. Renting games from blockbuster was a real pain in the ...
Blockbuster killed off all of the local movie rental places in the area I lived. Those local places are what I am nostalgic for, the cool posters they would give away when finished with, the business owners who knew about movies and could recommend cool films etc.
Now there's the convenience of picking and choosing exactly what you're looking for. I do miss going into a brick and mortar location and browsing the selection. That was a way to find some great hidden gems. Funny thing is that I see those Redbox kiosks to still rent physical media. I don't use them, but I'm glad to see a demand still going.
Although I've had great memories there as a kid, I can't disregard the frustration my parents felt with some of those late fees. That was probably the lion's share of their revenue back then.
Personally places like Blockbuster seem very antiquated compared to the game subscription services we have grown accustomed to as alternatives With Blockbuster you’d pay about $6-$10 or so to rent 1 game for a week, and that is if they even have what you’re looking for at that moment in stock. If you drove over there and didn’t see what you’re looking for you’d be sorely disappointed. Also if you didn’t return the game on time you’d incur late fees. With game subscription services you’d pay $10 for 1 month to access hundreds of titles at any given time. It’s even cheaper if you can find deals or in PS Now’s case subscribe to the quarterly and annual models. You can do this from your home and the service would run out if you don’t feel like playing anymore, thus no equivalent of a late fee. Nostalgia is nice but you can’t convince me that the former option is superior to the latter. Plus another alternative like GameFly offers more recent games with little of the flaws that Blockbuster and Hollywood Video had. Blockbuster allowing the renting of consoles on the other hand was a really cool thing that hasn’t been replicated anywhere else really
blockbuster destroyed the wallet, especially if you were late.
I have somewhat fond memories of Blockbuster, but more were frustrating about not having the game I was looking for. Sure, I did discover some gems, but not nearly as many as I do now on Game Pass. True, I might not give them as much of a chance as I would if it was the only game I had been able to bring home from the store that week, but more often than not the game was what it looked like, average at best. Not sure of the age of the writer but I think most of this can be summed up to nostalgia. I'm 52 and much of what I look back on, especially with tech stuff, that seemed more cool then can be summed up by the fact that I was 12 years old and everything in the world seemed cooler. Over time it takes more and more to impress us, that's the main difference.
Yeah coz everyone just loves standing in line just to get a sorry it's all out
I stopped as soon as GameFly existed, and still do. Blockbuster was like 7 dollars for 3 days for games at the end, then 3 dollars an additional day. Then they changed it to 11.99 for 5 days