Game Shops in Downtown Vancouver
Posted by parappayo on May 8, 2010
The past few months have seen the two of the best game shops in the downtown Vancouver area shut down: Cheeky Monkey Games (formerly on Pender and Richards) and Play N Trade Kitsilano (hop across the Burrard bridge; it was on 4th Ave W somewhere near Cypress or Maple). Both closures caught me by surprise–there were no closing sales or other such precursors that I was aware of. So what does that leave?
The biggies are EB Games in Pacific Center, Future Shop on Robson and Granville, HMV on Robson and Burrard, and Best Buy on Cambie near 6th Ave W. Between these giants you’ll have your new releases well covered, but my personal gaming diet draws heavily on used games. EB Games is a decent option there, and while I haven’t been to Best Buy yet, they must be selling used games since they have a program to take trade-ins. Blockbuster video on Robson near Denman most likely sells used games too, but I generally only buy used video games at rental shops as a last resort.
Another alternative for used games is Charlie’s Music City on Granville near Robson. They have an excellent selection stretching back to the PS2 era with a smattering of PS1, although the prices are often steep. It’s no substitute for Play N Trade but it’ll do for those afternoons when I’m not willing to make the trip out to Richmond.
If anybody out there has good tips on where to shop for games without straying too far from downtown Vancouver, a comment would be appreciated. Gamer solidarity!