Almost every day I get asked the same question. “How do you guys sell so many rare cartridge games when people can just use emulators to play the games?” There are actually multiple answers I give to people about this.
First, emulators do not always give a true representation of the game. Timing, graphics, etc can be extremely different on an emulator vs the actual game cartridge it came from. Many RPGs and fighting games (among many others) are just not playable due to the timing differences. Sometimes we are only talking about milliseconds, but that is all it takes to change the outcome of certain games. Second, emulators give some people the reassurance they need to drop big bucks on a game they have been wanting, but could not justify spending the cash just to see if they like it. For example, let’s say someone has been hearing about this awesome game called “Earthbound”, but has watched it get more expensive each year and still hasn’t gotten a chance to try it. Rather than dropping the $200+ dollars it would take to snag a copy and possibly not like it, they can try it on an emulator to at least get the basic idea of how good or bad the game is. This will make it much easier for them to justify the high price tag on the cartridge.
Lastly, just like the old saying about land, “they aren’t making any more of it.” With more and more people starting to collect each year, most classic games are steadily going up in price as fewer copies are too be found. As in the previous example, a $200 copy of Earthbound will only increase in value as time goes by.
PC Gamer s and console gamers have been going at it for years now, both insisting that their platform of choice is the best. PC Gamers will always bring up graphics and overall game design and console gamers will always talk about ease of use and not having to upgrade their system every time a new game comes out.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below!
This first post is just to say hello to all of our followers and let you know how much you have all meant to our business.
We are quickly approaching our 5 year anniversary and each and every year has been better than the last. From the launch of our 6500sqft super store last year to our recent expansion into new categories and business opportunities, Next Level promises to remain your home for everything geeky.
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Fred Stark, President
Next Level Games, Inc.
I am curious to know if there is any local gaming clubs or events in the Springfield area that I do not already know about. I'm not really into PC Gaming, but more looking for XBOX 360, ONE, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, or other console LANs or tournaments.
What would you think about the store getting into a monthly or quarterly tournament? I would love to eventually do Smash Bros, Halo, Call of Duty, Madden or other multi player games.
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