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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. Read more