Christina Warren and Casey Liss return to discuss video game retail and all it entailed: sexual harassment, death threats, Pokémon cards, babysitting kids, "quick change", and the loss of camaraderie and caring over the last 15 years. Part 2 of 2
Pictured: NOT Casey Liss, but close. Adam from the FuncoLand training video.
- Christina Warren is the Senior Tech Analyst at Mashable. She's also a big-time film nerd. Big. Time.
- Casey Liss writes software and is one-third of Accidental Tech Podcast (ATP if you're nasty).
- Part 1, "The Summer of '99"
- Funcoland commercial "Back in Five Minutes" was the bane of many's existence because a) it encouraged dropping kids off, b) minors could not sell back items, c) no one got a check or cash equivalent for trade-ins, and d) no kids were ever allowed to have that much fun in the store. Where did they think they were, FuncoLand???
- Pokémon cards are the devil, and Redemption (which is still around!) fought the devil and all the "Satanic" other CCGs of the 90's.
- Not only is Redemption still around, but they have "Women Booster packs" and a 2008 expansion set called Rock of Ages.
- Casey inaugurates "Shrinkwrapping, shelving, helping customers on the floor, or ringing in customers?" as the new "F/M/K"
- Consumerist is a great site filled with loads of customer service horror stories alongside some of the best-ever reporting on consumer advocacy issues.
- Quick change scams are mean, awful things to do.
- Superman 64 is still 100% awful.
- Intelligent Qube is a great, tragically forgotten puzzle game for the PlayStation worth saving life good scotch. Chu Chu Rocket too.
- Syphon Filter really wanted to be Metal Gear Solid.
- People often forget the N64 had a bunch of really great games like Wave Race 64 and Banjo Kazooie.
- Resident Evil 2 and Code: Veronica were an obsession for many. Both games would be sold back and re-bought in Moisés' store repeatedly.
- Earthbound, part of the Mother series in Japan, still has an enormous cult following (including creator Shigesato Itoi) that drove its being made available on the Wii U eShop and the digital release of the classic Nintendo Strategy Guide.
- A combo GameCube/PS1/PS2/XBox controller to USB adapter. An yes, this makes it possible to use a Wavebird or two.
- A two-port N64 controller to USB adapter.
- You can still find loads of original vintage-plug controllers, but USB "alike" variants are all over too.