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Postby ted1138 » 17 Jan 2013, 13:28

Am I the only one that remembers what it was like before chains like HMV and GAME came to dominate the high street? I remember lots of tiny independent record and game shops on the high streets of every town. Then the big chains expanded and put them all out of business. The record labels and movie studios didn't care, they were making more money supplying these large chains instead. Now we find the same record labels and movie studios only too happy to support supermarkets and online retailers instead of HMV and GAME... :|
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Re: HMV and other chains closing...

Postby TheLastDodo » 17 Jan 2013, 14:07

I can't ever remember seeing any indie game shops in my town, certainly not in the last ten years, actually that's not quite true, we had one indie game shop last year for about four weeks then it closed down around the same time Game decided to get rid of Gamestation.

Before We had a HMV in my town we had Ourprice and a shop called MVC (never heard of this store before, they did decent prices on music but it was too clean and polished to be an indie store) and one indie music store called Cassadisco around the time Limp Bizkit were becoming big but they went years ago, they mainly sold vinyl records and hoodies of your favourite metal/nu metal bands.
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Postby shellster2 » 17 Jan 2013, 15:16

there were a few in Leicester, i think one was called Byte and another Dimensions. There was a Commodore shop as well.

I used to frequent them often and regularly chose games by how good the cover looked (especially in my Speccy days) :)

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Postby ted1138 » 17 Jan 2013, 19:09

@Dodo, we're going way way back to the 80's and beyond here, back in the days of space hoppers, spangles and spectrums. Where record shops sold records, and were run by hippies, and computer shops sold computers and games that came on cassettes(or if you were lucky, cartridges)... :D
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Postby shellster2 » 17 Jan 2013, 20:22

don't forget the bottle of tipex to mark exactly the right volume which would load a game!
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Postby rbt2 » 17 Jan 2013, 20:38

shellster2 wrote:don't forget the bottle of tipex to mark exactly the right volume which would load a game!

I don't remember that.
What was that all about then?
Or did it only apply to you smelly speccy owners but not to us superior, fragrant C64 owners?
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Re: HMV and other chains closing...

Postby shellster2 » 17 Jan 2013, 22:24

rbt2 wrote:
shellster2 wrote:don't forget the bottle of tipex to mark exactly the right volume which would load a game!

I don't remember that.
What was that all about then?
Or did it only apply to you smelly speccy owners but not to us superior, fragrant C64 owners?


I was supporting the British. Too poor for a C64. International Soccer on the C64 was awesome.
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Postby neilpfox » 18 Jan 2013, 16:13

I had a ZX Speccy!

I would have only been about 8 at the time though, so I can't remember much.
I do remember playing Duck hunt, Frogger and I think Lemmings on it!

Then we got a Master System and I fell in love with Phantasy Star! :D
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Postby Simon_H4 » 18 Jan 2013, 16:58

neilpfox wrote:I had a ZX Speccy!

I would have only been about 8 at the time though, so I can't remember much.
I do remember playing Duck hunt, Frogger and I think Lemmings on it!

Then we got a Master System and I fell in love with Phantasy Star! :D

Ah those were the days! I got a speccy in 1982/3 as I recall, i was hooked.

I was always a little envious of the sussex dwelling gits that could afford a C64 but I think the speccy stuff was better overall. You've got to love the SID chip music on the C64 games though, they were fantastic, whereas the Speccy sound was egregious!!

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Re: HMV and other chains closing...

Postby ted1138 » 19 Jan 2013, 15:52

And Blockbuster is to close down too. Amazing how these companies are now on the receiving end. I guess what goes around... :|
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