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Re: Post Your Local/Favorite Indie Game Stores

by Betamax001 Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:01 pm

Heh, no Chicago love here? Well there is a PNT at the Brickyard, which I have never been too, but the one in Crystal Lake around where my parents live is pretty cool. They used to be better but all the good stuff is going up in price. Still you can find some good stuff there occasionally, like I got my copy of Contra there for only 10 bucks, which usually I've seen for 20-30 on places like eBay and other stores. So that's cool. I'm sure there are more locations elsewhere, but those are the only two I know.

Trade N Try Games or TNT Games There are two locations, one in Harvard IL, and one in Woodstock IL. They suck. It's pretty much a copy of Play N Trade, except everything costs more there. I got Golf for NES for 99 cents at my local PNT and TNT wanted 10 bucks for it. Same condition too. Ugh. I would just avoid them and get what you want online because it's essentially the same price.

There is a place in the Volo Auto Museum and Antique Mall (The Auto Museum is pretty neat, they have all sorts of cool cars to look at) that sells some old videogames, but like everything else in the Antique Mall, it's probably alot more money then it needs to be. But they have some pretty interesting stuff and worth a peek to see neat things if you happen to be there anyway. I probably wouldn't get anything there because it seems to me to be really expensive.

Videogames, Etc. or Videogames Then and Now
Not really sure what it's supposed to be called, I've seen both. It's on Harlem and Montrose in Norridge/Chicago, IL. It's a few blocks north from the HIP Shopping Mall, so there are other places to shop if you need other stuff besides video games ;) But they have some really neat stuff for OK prices. They pretty much sell whatever people trade in, so they tend to get some lesser known games. They do have a good selection of systems that come with a free game (not anything ZOMG but kinda cheap stuff like Mario/Duck Hunt for an NES, Keith Courage for a TG16, DK for Coleco, etc. It's cool because I don't know to many stores that do that) and games for systems you don't see too much like Odyssey2, Pico, Jaguar and JagCD, CDi, and even a few Neo Geo carts. They also have some neat accesories for a great price. Worth checking out if you are in the area. You might buy that sealed US copy of Clockwork Knight for 15 bucks. They also have a few sealed Atari games, which I think is pretty damn cool. The only thing that sucks is that they are a bit disorganized and I'm not sure they really know what they are talking about, and when I call to ask them something, I get the feeling I am pissing them off.

People Play Games
This place is closer to Wrigley Field and probably the game store that I frequent the most as of late. (Where I am living, it's really easy to just hop on the Red Line to Belmont and walk the two blocks from the stop) It is on the corner of Clark and School, a block north of the Clark and Belmont intersection and about 3-4 blocks south from Wrigley on Clark. They are pretty similar to the store in Norridge, but the games they have are MUCH better. While they don't have all of the classics, they tend to have more of them then Videogames, ETC. The prices seem pretty fair except for systems. Unlike Videogames ETC they don't give you a free game, which kinda sucks because the systems cost a few dollars more here. Still they occasionally have something of note (like a MSX2 computer from Japan or some systems CIB in their original box, something you don't see often if at all at the other store) that is worth getting. They have quite a bit of different controllers as well, but I have trouble seeing them because they are all on a wall behind the counter and my vision sucks and I can't really make out what they are or how much they are, but if you ask they will gladly tell you. Pretty good customer service here, much better than the other store IMO. If you are visiting Chicago, I would definitely recommend coming here, especially before or after going to see a baseball game at the historic Wrigley Field. You might find something pretty cool!

The Exchange
This is the last one, and it's pretty short. I think this place is a small chain akin to PNT, but they sell tons of used CDs, DVDs, and video games. The selection is pretty good, but there are more last gen games than retro, and the prices range from overpriced, to pretty good. I got a used fat PS1 with all cables and a controller for only 5 bucks, so you might luck out. From what I have seen here it's better than Trade N Try as far as prices. Worth checking out since it's really close to People Play Games. There might be a few locations in Chicago, but the one I know of is on Belmont in between the Red/Brown line El stop and the Clark intersection. The customer service is pretty good and I haven't had too many problems. Worth going to if you want some new flicks and tunes as well as games.

There might be more places in Chicago and the suburbs, but those are the ones I am familiar with.
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Re: Post Your Local/Favorite Indie Game Stores

by YoshiEgg25 Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:03 pm

Betamax001 wrote:Heh, no Chicago love here?

I honestly wasn't familiar with any of those outside of the Crystal Lake Play 'N Trade. Out in the DeKalb area, we get two GameStops within a block of each other but no retro stores within a reasonable distance.
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Re: Post Your Local/Favorite Indie Game Stores

by CRTGAMER Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:04 pm

A lot of Independent Retro Stores here in lisalover1's post:

Retro Game Store Directory

Say, maybe Sticky this link in the Marketplace or Guides section? Right now its under General Gaming, lisalover1 put a lot of work updating the OP list.
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Re: Post Your Local/Favorite Indie Game Stores

by final fight cd Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:37 pm

Betamax001 wrote:People Play Games

i agree with this. i visited my friend over the NYE weekend who lives right down the street from this place. it is heaven for sega cd/sega saturn collectors/players. mint copies of crime patrol, space adventure, demolition man, and shit ton of others for sega cd. i really didn't look at the saturn but i noticed they were selling winning post. i walked out with space adventure. :P

by far, the greatest retro shop i have ever been to. but then again, most of the ones around me are pathetic.
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