Before PC went digital where did you buy your physical copies from?

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#1  Edited By warmblur
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Just curious where did you guys go back in the day for PC games? did you have a certain local store or did you go to different ones? for me I mostly got mine at Best Buy when they had full shelves of them.

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#2 SOedipus
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Mostly at Staples and Futureshop (now Best Buy), a few from EB Games.

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#3 rmpumper
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Used to get pirated copies in a local market, and for a long time did not even know that the games are not legit (I remember returning the copies, because they did not work for some reason - turns out I just did not know that I had to crack the exe). Legal copies just did not exist in my country back then, no one could afford them anyway.

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#4 AcidTango
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EB Games.

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#5 mrbojangles25
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CompUSA

Best Buy

Staples (very rarely....but they had surprsingly good bargain-bin games).

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#6 osan0
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There used to be small independent games shops when i was a kid but they got overrun by gamestop. Gamestop now basically dominates the street retail part of selling games. so mostly there.

Those small shops were cool though. They would have PCs setup with the latest games for people to play on and try. PC demo stations basically.

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@rmpumper said:

Used to get pirated copies in a local market, and for a long time did not even know that the games are not legit (I remember returning the copies, because they did not work for some reason - turns out I just did not know that I had to crack the exe). Legal copies just did not exist in my country back then, no one could afford them anyway.

Same here, only it wasn't the market but a sidewalk, that red-eyed skinny guy with a cardboard box full of CD's LOL. For us it was the only way to buy games back then (late 90's/early 2000's).

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Wow that's going back a while, probably wow

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#9  Edited By DaVillain-  Moderator
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Mainly, I used to buy them at Toys "R" Us or at EB Games before they became Gamestop but mostly, my purchase came from Toys "R" Us. Also, you can find PC physical games at Office Depot but most of the times, they carried very old games you couldn't find anywhere else.

Edit: My final physical purchase was at Gamestop and that game was Diablo 3.

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#10  Edited By the_bi99man
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The local Fred Meyer in my town used to have an entire PC gaming section in their electronics department. That was the shit. Whole wall of shelves with basically every PC game on the market, and even a hardware area with a very solid selection of CPUs and video cards. I bought all my old Blizzard battle chests there, Age of Empires and Flight Simulator, Duke Nukem 3D (ATOMIC EDITION. FUNK YEAH), and most of the parts for my first custom build rig. Got Crysis and Prey (2006) there. I even bought Half Life 2, and later the Orange Box, there. Which, obviously, led to the creation of Steam accounts. And the rest is history.

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Mostly Fry's Electronics. They used to have a lot of shelf space dedicated cheap older games. I think there were a few times I got something at EB/Gamestop or Bestbuy, but the vast majority of my physical PC game collection came from Fry's.

I got genuinely sad the last time I went to Fry's. Half their shelves were empty hardly anyone was in the store. Writing is on the wall for that place. They already shut down one location near where I grew up :(

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Comp USA FOREVER!!! :D

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#14 mrbojangles25
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@judaspete said:

Mostly Fry's Electronics. They used to have a lot of shelf space dedicated cheap older games. I think there were a few times I got something at EB/Gamestop or Bestbuy, but the vast majority of my physical PC game collection came from Fry's.

I got genuinely sad the last time I went to Fry's. Half their shelves were empty hardly anyone was in the store. Writing is on the wall for that place. They already shut down one location near where I grew up :(

Ya they opened up one of those stores near me maybe 15 years ago. It was pretty impressive; COSTCO-sized building filled with electronics. And competitive prices, too. It was fun to just go there and look at all the hardware and stuff.

There is something to be said about being able to go to a store and still test out products on display. See the differences and such.

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#15  Edited By VagrantSnow
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Game, Gamestation or HMV. Usually had a pretty decent selection of PC games, old and new.

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#16 Blazepanzer24
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Mostly at Walmart, though sometimes I'd find some at the Dollar General or Fred's. Nowadays I occasionally order some for older games and on more rare occasions, I find them at yard-sales.

The last physical games I bought new was Civilization 5 at Wal-mart, Sim city 2000 at a yard-sale, and Moon Tycoon from Amazon.

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#17  Edited By xantufrog  Moderator  Online
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Egghead Software, EB Games, some Best Buy. I'm not sure why this one is so vivid, but I remember being so excited to walk into Egghead to buy my copy of Myst.

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#18 pyro1245
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Best Buy and EB Games, probably

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#19 joebones5000
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kmart was the first, then later best buy and walmart.