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Chris Nuttall

Visiting the local GameStop on San Francisco’s Powell Street has aspects of going to a pawn shop and an under-the-counter porn store rather than the expected video-game retail experience.

Every wall of the store seems covered in second-hand titles traded in by gamers, new shrink-wrapped ones are hard to spot. Anyone wanting a brand new game generally needs to go and ask for it at the counter. Staff then look underneath or go in the back to try to locate the rare item.