Let me ask you a different question: Are you…game crazy enough to work in video game retail?
Ha, see what I did there?!
You clicked “Read More,” so obviously you’re either intrigued or a masochist. It’s ok, I’m a little bit of both myself.
After all, I do watch training videos like they’re awesome enough for Retroist articles.
(Related Reading: That time I sat through Montgomery Ward’s Loss Prevention Training Video)
Game Crazy: That Other Video Game Store
When I was a kid/teenager/college student, the top video game stores in my area were Game Stop and Electronics Botique. Oh, and there was Toys R Us, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart (ick), and Circuit City. Lots of options for game buying. Heck, my mall had two Electronics Botique locations – the upper level, and the lower level. No, the store was not two floors, they actually had two separate locations. I’m serious.
Seriously. I am. Serious.
There were plenty of retail outlets to purchase games, but to rent them, my local video store sufficed. From 2003 until 2005, I worked as a cashier at a local mom and pop (you know the type of place, they always had an adult section), and I rented Game Cube, Playstation 2, and XBox games to bratty kids. At the beginning of my time there, we still had Nintendo 64 and Playstation games, though we phased those out to the Point of Sale racks.
In my time there, and the years both before and after, I’d never heard of a store called Game Crazy. In fact, I managed to get to 2016 without hearing of such a store…until I spotted an episode of The Spoony Experiment, where Noah Antwiler riffed (though “ripped” is a better descriptor) his way through a training video for a store called Game Crazy.
Unfortunately, I can only associate the store with what I saw in the training video, and um…yeah, there’s a reason the store didn’t last.
Ok, aside from competition.
The 411 On Game Crazy
Game Crazy existed within the Hollywood Video universe (located within or adjacent to their stores), based in Wilsonville, Oregon, and a subsidiary of Movie Gallery. The concept of Game Crazy was to sell new and used games, consoles, and peripherals, as well as host gaming tournaments. You know, it works like your standard Game Stop, except well, they dared to be different by having a “Try Before You Buy” policy. Isn’t that what renting games was for?
Game Crazy’s downfall came from over-saturation of the market (read: they had competition!), with Movie Gallery filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in November 2007. In September 2009, the announcement came that 200 of the 680 operating Game Crazy stores would close. By April 2010, with its doom in sight, Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and began winding down business by May.
As for Game Crazy, the brand was relaunched as a gaming blog, but ceased to update since October 2014.
Check out the site, it looks nice!
Let’s Go Game Crazy
Dearly beloved, we gathered here today, to get through this thing called…Allison trying to be creative with song lyrics.
Actually, the only thing you’re going to get through is this thing called …The Game Crazy Training Video. That’s not the official title, but it works.
Contained within this journey to effective salesmanship (or, “The Keys To the Game”) are your two “Not Ready for ESPN Players”…
I wish I was kidding!
Seriously, I’d kid about this, but I can’t. Because I’ve sat through this twice, and sadly, I’m convinced it gets more and more offensive each time.
So, whenever you’re ready, click play and go Game Crazy over the keys to the effective selling of video games, consoles, and peripherals!
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Hopefully, you didn’t go Game Crazy over the craziness of it all!
Bomb-diggity and BOO-YAH!
I think I’m going a bit…Game Crazy!
Oh, and if you want to see the riff that introduced me to this whole Game Crazy madness, I highly recommend checking out Noah Antwiler (aka “Spoony” from The Spoony Experiment) riff the heck out of it! (Warning: The video does contain strong language of the infrequent sort).