By frankfartmouth 2 Comments
I grew up mostly in Fort Wayne, IN, a shitty Midwestern industrial city of about 250,000. There's not much to mention about Fort Waste, but one bright spot has always been McVan's Video Games, an awesome chain of stores that specialized in vintage and collectible games. Growing up, a trip to McVan's was like a trip to Santa's workshop. That place was fucking awesome. They had absolutely everything you could imagine: from the rarest Neo-Geo games down to the most obscure accessories (I remember seeing a U-Force there for Christ's sake). Of course, along with this comprehensive archive came some salty prices, and I personally quit buying things from them many years ago when I started using ebay to get used games and accessories instead. But I still loved going in there and just looking around and talking to the awesome people who worked there. Some of them had been there for many years and were really cool people. They had giant flat screens set up all over with various consoles at the ready for you to just try things out, or just play some games with them and shoot the shit. Made Gamestop look like the ATM of gaming retailers. So it really sucked to bump across this news story about their closing:
I suppose all of these places are marked for death, but it was still a shock to see it actually happen. Being in the online retail business myself, I don't see how they can compete anymore. But it's still very sad to see a hometown staple with such a focused appeal go down like this (btw, this actually happened a few months ago, but I've been living in or around Detroit for 4 years, so I just heard about it).
However, despite my sadness over the death of McVan's, it's been 7 or 8 years since I've given them any money, so I guess I can't really bitch too much about it. But now that they're gone, I guess I realize how much I actually enjoy the act of perusing through physical media in a real store. Just scrolling through lists of thumbnails on ebay doesn't have that same magic. Which makes me wonder whether we're all going to be missing out on something special when the only things you get from a brick and mortar store anymore are toilet paper and milk.