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Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas – Part 2: Genres 1

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Welcome back to our 4 Part Blog Series on Finding the Perfect Game for Christmas! If you missed Part 1, click here to read!

Today we will be discussing genres, and what genres might be perfect for your gift recipient. There are about 10 major genres, each different from the last. Keep in mind that sometimes defining a genre of a video game can be tough – it’s just like movies or books. Sometimes genres can mix – creating a brand new genre. It can also be difficult to pin down a specific genre to a game. It happens, and it can get confusing. Always know that if there are any questions you have that this blog does not answer, you can always call our stores and ask an in-store associate what might be best for you.

This is a chart generated by statista.com breaking down the most sold genres in 2015. These are the 10 most popular and will be the ones we will explore today.

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Let’s get down to it!

Shooters

The best-selling video game genre of 2015, and for good reason! Shooters have a wide variety of content in them and often end up blending many different genres into them. They can be first person – where you see your hands and guns, or the game be third person, where the camera zooms out to show your entire character.

In this video game image released by Activision, special forces try to repel a Russian invasion of Paris in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." (AP Photo/Activision)

This is an example of a first-person shooter.

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This is an example of a third-person shooter.

Shooters usually involve, well, shooting! So on that note, please consider that most shooting will involve shooting other virtual people, and as a result of that violence, will be considered an M rated game. Shooters often have a strong emphasis on a multiplayer experience with minimal single player options, so note that you may need to invest in Xbox Live or Playstation Plus subscriptions with these games to get the full experience! Some notable titles in this genre would be Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, and Battlefield.

Action

Here is another broad genre. Games in this genre usually involve lots and lots of action and usually little story or slow moments in the game, though that isn’t always true. These games often include lots of challenges including but not limited to shooting, platforming, and puzzle solving. Games of this genre can include gun or swordplay, but can also be fun, silly games for a younger audience. Ratings on action games can be all over the board. Notable action titles are Batman, Grand Theft Auto, and Dark Souls.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an example of an action game.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is an example of an action game.

Sports Games

These games are virtual recreations of popular sports. A vast majority of these games will be rated E for Everyone. The gameplay is usually simple, dynamic, and most importantly – fun! Easy to pick up for most people, and they come our annually! Notable sports games are FIFA, WWE, NBA, MLB, and Madden NFL. Note that these games will be followed by year titles for the sports year their rosters will represent.

Fifa 15 is an example of a sports game.

Fifa 15 is an example of a sports game.

NBA 2K16 is an example of a sports game.

NBA 2K16 is an example of a sports game.

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WWE 2K16 is an example 0f a sports game.

 

Role Playing

Also known as RPGs (role playing games). Sometimes, nothing can be more fun than getting home from work or school after a long day and pretending to be something you aren’t – an epic, well-known hero who travels distant lands, or a nameless adventurer dodging arrows and taking down dragons. Role playing games are often long, time consuming games that can spread a little bit of money out a LONG way. I’m not kidding. You can spend $7 on a copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and be playing until the cows come home. Spoiler: That’s a LONG time. Role playing games often have a strong single player emphasis and often little-to-no multiplayer aspects. These games are also often set in a fantasy or sci-fi universe. Ratings in this genre tend to be spread all across the board. Notable games of this genre are Pokemon, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Tales of Xilia and other Tales games, and Dragon Quest.

Final Fantasy is a great example of an RPG.

Final Fantasy is a great example of an RPG.

 

Adventure

Adventure games often include a stronger emphasis on story than action games do, but often include a lot of the same conventions. Adventure games will often move slower than action games, but still include the same elements such as platforming, puzzle solving, and shooting. Adventure games will be more about an experience – like RPGs – but not inherently quite as long. Adventure games can have multiplayer aspects, but also focus mainly on a single player experience. Notable adventure games are The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, Heavy Rain, and The Walking Dead Game.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great example of an Adventure game.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a great example of an Adventure game.

 

Fighting

Yes! We all need to let out some steam every once in a while, and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t remember playing some sort of fighting game as a kid? Fighting games often require a lot of technical skills and memory, being able to react quickly and pull of counters and combos. They aren’t for everyone, but if you are willing to put in a little bit of focus you can get REALLY good at them. Most popular fighting games also have a strong community following, so getting into some of the bigger fighting games can make you some very great friends. However, sometimes not knowing what you’re doing and just button mashing your way to victory is the best way to win. Fighting games often have a VERY strong multiplayer focus, and are some of the only game still around that have two-player local gameplay, as well as online. That being said, most games also have a decent story mode used to get the player invested in the world of the game. Ratings range all across the board on this one. Notable fighting games include Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, and Injustice.

Mortal Kombat X is an example of a fighting game.

Racing

Racing games are all pretty simple in idea, and pretty broad in design. If you like high speed and always being #1, try one of these on for size. Racing games also typically have a fair balance of multiplayer and single player functionality, however some recent games are giving up on local multiplayer and only allow online play. Most racing games will range from E to T, with the kicker often being mild lyrics in the songs used or suggestive themes – no one wants to endorse reckless driving after all. Notable racing games include Forza Motorsports, Gran Turismo, Need for Speed, and Mario Kart.

NASCAR Heat Evolution is an example of a racing game.

Mario Kart 8 is a great example of a fun racing game.

Strategy

These games require time, patience, and a capacity and love for learning. Strategy games can be huge times sinks, in fact there is someone out there who has been playing the same game of Civilization II for the last 10 years! (Note: NSFW material such as inappropriate language may be present in the comments of the thread) The catch is that strategy games are NOT for everyone. And that’s not bad, but if you can learn to love one and curl up with it, it can very quickly be the most played game in your library. Most strategy games are solely single player experience with limited multiplayer aspects. Most strategy games will range from E to M. Notable strategy games include Civilization, SimCity, and Red Alert.

Battallion Wars 2 is a classic example of a strategy game.

Family Entertainment

These games are built for families, and as such will mostly be rated E or E10+. These kinds of games will be meant for family games nights and will include virtual board games, card games, trivia, or unique challenges. There is almost solely a local multiplayer aspect to these games, often between 2-4 players. These games will include the Family Game Night series, You Don’t Know Jack, Monopoly, and Just Dance.

Family Game Night is a perfect example of a family game.

Just Dance is another example of a family game.

Casual

. These are games – mostly mobile games but many still do make appearances on console – that you boot up because you’ve got some time to kill or want to keep the kids busy. These games often have a minor story and are meant simply to relax. These include puzzle games, mobile games, or creative games. These are games that you will put some times into, but you probably won’t notice it because you’ll be playing them for half an hour or so at a time rather than for whole hours. Ratings on these games are usually on the lower end of the spectrum, ranging from cE to T for the most part. Popular casual games include Peggle, Plants vs Zombies, LittleBigPlanet, and Chocolatier.

Plants VS. Zombies is a fun, favorite casual game.

And there we have it! Using these descriptions, you should be able to decide what games will be best to make the perfect gift! Do you like long drawn out single player experiences? Or do you prefer shorter bursts of fun multiplayer battles with friends? You can find everything you need up there and remember – sometimes genres are hard to track down. If you need help, call or stop by one of our stores and ask for an associate. Until next time, when we talk about Console Exclusivity!

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First Official MGX Pokeblog!

pokeblogThe world of Pokémon is constantly changing, growing, and evolving. With such an expansive virtual world to explore, and so many Pokémon to obtain, keeping up to date on events, news, and giveaways can seem somewhat overwhelming. Enter the MGX Pokéblog, our brief weekly breakdown of Pokémon related news, compiled by our leading Pokémon professors. These posts hope to offer an in depth look anything you might have missed through the week, in a bite size and easy to process all-in-one post.

General News:

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This week in Pokemon we got to see a lot of our favorites from our childhood revisited. With the 20th anniversary of Pokemon celebration still going strong, The Pokemon Co. has dug up a few nostalgia bombs. Long time fans of the series can look forward to taking a trip down memory lane while seeing “Pokemon: The First Movie” re-released in theaters for the first time in over 10 years. Selected theaters will have matinee showings on October 29th, and evening showings on November 1st. Whether you want to relive your childhood, or introduce new trainers to the film, it is certain that there is something to enjoy for anyone attending.

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In similar fashion to the re-screening of the first film, The Pokémon Co. has decided to celebrate the Pokemon Trading Card game as well by reprinting one of its most iconic characters first card. In solid gold. Yep, you read that right, 11 grams of 24-karat gold. The card features original art work as well as the same move set taken from the initial print. The reprint is available on the online Pokémon Center web-store and retails for roughly $2,100 making it easily the most expensive trading card released in the series to date.

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Pokken Tournament players might have something to look forward to with an upcoming update to the game for the Nintendo Wii U. In the past playable characters have been released in the arcade format of the game overseas, before making their way into the home console release of the game stateside. While not all Pokemon released in the arcade are eventually brought over, more often than not they are available via update or dlc later on. Japan recently saw the addition of Scizor, and Darkrai to the arcade variation of Pokken Tournament, and Bandai, recently confirmed Scizor to be released on consoles. There is still no official word on Darkrai or the rumored Empoleon but we have our fingers crossed!

Pokemon Go:

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For all the Pokémon Go fans out there, you might have found that your favorite place to hunt has become empty or that you are able to track down new Pokémon in places you couldn’t before. That is because with the newest update to Pokemon Go the nest locations have began to migrate. Players have been reporting this change from all sides of the globe, and even began updating the “Pokenest Atlas” maintained by the Silph Road fan community on Reddit. Updates like these provide the opportunity to discover new Pokemon in the game and encourage players to get out and keep hunting.

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The holidays always provide an opportunity for developers and moderators to get into spirit through their craft. In the past we have seen these changes made in games like Destiny, Nights Into Dreams, and many more. With Halloween fast approaching players have been asking themselves and the community if we will see a Halloween themed event within the game. The games developer Niantic has yet to make an official statement, and instead has only touched on this subject with a brief post on their Facebook. Be sure to take your Pokemon with you while trick or treating just to be safe.

Upcoming events and releases:

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We are all counting down the days until the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon but Nintendo and The Pokemon Co. have much more on the horizon for us. In the spectrum of physical releases there is a good amount to talk about. Nintendo and The Pokemon Co. have teamed up to bring us what are quite possibly the cutest Pikachu collaboration we’ve seen. The items, which can be purchased from Pokemon Center stores in Japan, are Mario and Luigi themed and range from plushies and keychains, to 3ds covers and t-shirts.

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If you find yourself in the market for an imported handheld, Nintendo has announced a new limited edition 2ds system to go alongside the release of its upcoming games. The 2ds features pictures of characters from the games as well as fan favorite Pikachu on the face. The console will not include a copy of either game, and is also region locked so be sure to do your research before ordering!

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Nintendo is always releasing legendary and mythical Pokemon via official event, and this upcoming winter is no different. For those of you already owning a Nintendo 3ds and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire be sure to log into the network to snag a few of these elusive creatures! For a limited time users are able to receive the legendary Pokemon Keldeo via mystery gift when connected to the Nintendo network. Players may also obtain legendary Pokemon Darkrai and Volcanion via serial code released via supporting retailers. These codes and events are all time sensitive and wont be around for long so make sure to get yours today!

Pokemon of the week:

With over 700 Pokemon released to date it is easy to look over a few and not give them much thought. This segment is designed to give you a closer look on an individual Pokemon, while explaining some of its history, backstory, techniques, and strengths, to give you an all around better understanding of the Pokemon. While keeping it festive, this week we take a closer look at the Ghost-Grass type Pokemon Phantump!

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Description, Origin, and Backstory:

Phantump is a dual type, ghost-grass, base Pokemon introduced in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. It has quite the unsettling backstory and has been the cause of many Pokemon lore rumors. The Pokedex entry for Phantump describes it as a “rotting tree stumps that have been possessed by spirits” and states that its preferred habitat are lonely forests. Some players in the Pokemon community have taken the creep factor a step further and implied that the spirits possessing Phantump are those of children led into the woods by another ghost Pokemon named Duskull. Regardless of the creep factor, this cute little spook actually brings a unique typing to the table and can be useful in many situations.

Useful tips for training and battling:

Phantump’s dual typing is one of its biggest advantages. Phantump’s ghost-grass typing offers resistance to four common attack types, as well as makes it completely immune to normal and fighting type attacks. Another thing this little guy has going for him is the ability “harvest” which has a 50% chance to reuse a berry held by the Pokemon. This Pokemon is best used as a support for your team but can be efficiently used as an attacking Pokemon if desired. When setting up Phantump for competitive use there are a few moves highly recommended to use it at its full potential. The two “must have” moves for Phantump would be Substitute, and Horn Leech. Substitute provides optimal cover while setting up crucial attacks and buffs, while Horn Leech will attack defending Pokemon and offer a small HP recovery in the process. All in all Phantump can bring an unsuspecting set up to your Pokemon battles leading your opponent to misjudge your team which is often a crippling mistake.

What kind of build do you use on your Phantump? What Pokémon would you like to see next week? Which Pokémon is the “ace in the hole” of your team? We want to know!! Leave a comment below and tell us who you would like to see next week! Until then, happy hunting trainers! 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

October 27 – November 1 2016

 

Buy 2 Games, Get 1 Free! (Showcase games not included.)

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

October 6 – October 12 2016

 

Get 25% off all games!

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

October 6 – October 12 2016

 

Trade in your games for store credit and get an extra 40%!

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

September 29 – October 5 2016

Retail value for trade-ins. Get full used retail value in store credit only for one game – one per customer please. Trade-ins may only be done with customers over the age of 18 and providing a valid form of photo identification.

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

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Disc Repair

Do your games freeze, do you get disc read errors, or they simply won’t load? Sometimes it is the lens going out on your machine but more commonly it is smudges or scratches. Smudges can be wiped off with a soft cloth like a t-shirt. Don’t use a paper towel, it’s too rough!

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At Matt’s Game Exchange we have hi-tech buffing machines that will repair discs by taking out scratches making them look and function like brand new. Our machines have several settings from light buff to deep buff.  We have a 95% success rate. (However, if there are deep gouges like it was scrapped across pavement or the silk screening on top is damaged we won’t attempt to fix these).

We only charge $3.00 per disc. If you have a lot we can certainly work out a quantity discount. Often we can run them through our machine quickly while you browse the store.

Currently we fix XBOX, XBOX 360, PS1, PS2, Dream cast, Sega CD, Sega Saturn, Wii, Music CD’s and Game Cube games.

We use these machines on all scratched discs traded into our stores. We want you to play games and this gives us confidence in giving you a 30-day guarantee on all games that we sell.

We encourage you to look at discs before purchasing whether it is from us or someone else so that you can play with confidence.

Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

And don’t forget – we just want you to play games and have fun!

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Video Game Promotion of the Week

Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

September 22 – September 28 2016

As a thank you for signing up for our rewards program and for being a loyal customer, we’d like to show our appreciation by offering double loyalty points 9/22-9/28. Points are earned per dollar spent. Rewards include special discounts and free swag!

 

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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Turbo Review Tuesday! Journey to save the princess in Dragon Spirit!

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It’s a plot device as old as storytelling itself; The princess has been kidnapped by a dragon, you must venture to save her, vanquishing ghouls, monsters, and dragons along the way. In 1987 Namco decided to take that story and tweak it just a bit, the ending result, a vertical fantasy shooter known as Dragon Spirit! While this game was ported from arcade cabinet, to multiple home consoles, this review is going to focus heavily the TurboGrafx port of this incredible game.

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In Dragon Spirit you play a warrior named Amul as he journeys to save princess Alicia after she has been kidnapped by Zawell, a serpent demon that has escaped after a thousand years. He points his sword to the sky and vows to save the princess, in doing so his sword is struck by lightening and he is transformed into a blue dragon. After defeating eight of Zawell’s strongest beasts you are given the opportunity to fight Zawell himself and rescue Alicia for the kingdom.

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Dragon Spirit approaches the vertical shooter genre in a way that not many had thought of at the time, and many still forget to take advantage of. With the “shoot-em-up” genre being over saturated with lone pilots battling in the dark void of space against an alien horde, you are piloting your dragon through rich forests, caverns, and dungeons. You are able to move Amul in 8 different directions, breath fire at oncoming enemies, drop bombs as predators below, upgrade your firepower with over 13 different power ups, and have your dragon grow multiple heads! All of these features combine to make for a breath of fresh air to the genre.

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While this game was ported to other home consoles around the same era, the TurboGrafx port is arguably the best. The 16-bit GPU of the TurboGrafx made it possible for the game to remain relatively unchanged from the arcade version. While the arcade version as one more level and boss to fight before getting to the end, the home console version held its integrity with the stunning graphics, speedy gameplay, and a unique aesthetic that made it stand out among the competition. All in all this game is enjoyable for first time players or gamers wanting to try something new!

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Score:

9/10

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Visit Matt’s Game Exchange today and take advantage of our weekly video game promotion. Matt’s Game Exchange is conveniently located in Florence, SC and Greensboro, NC. Our expert staff is always prepared to handle all of your retro and next generation gaming needs.

September 15 – September 21 2016

 

20% off all games!

What are you waiting for? Visit us today and let nostalgia take over. We are the area’s leader in retro and next generation gaming. MGX carries old school favorites and new cutting edge consoles. We carry all of your favorites from Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog to the latest Call of Duty.

Rather than going to that “big box store”, come to MGX! We offer a competitive trade-in service for cash or store credit. Trade in your old stash for new games! If it has to do with gaming, chances are we want it!

Most importantly, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Receive updates on all the latest promotions, specials, and deals!

Finally, we just want you to play games and have fun!

 

 

 

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