CHICAGO, IL – The waning months of the year 2011 may be most notably remembered by future gaming historians for the record-breaking sales of such titles as Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, or perhaps the back-and-forth parlay of rumors pertaining to Shigeru Miyamoto’s position at Nintendo.
For many avid video game players, however, current industry stories hold little relevance, as their fondness is firmly staked on the consoles and cartridges of yesteryear. Such vintage hobbyists, commonly known as “retro gamers,” can find solace in downtown Chicago within a little storefront shop on Clark Street.
The location is People Play Games, a retail locale that deals in hardware that may be over 30 years old. They will buy and sell used games, and although their inventory does have some modern-day titles, their specialty is definitely bent on the old-school.
“This is a video game store where we specialize mostly on the retro,” explains owner Adam Rolnick in a local ABC news video report. “People are really nostalgic when they come in, people love going back to games that they remember playing when they were kids.”
The sentiment is undeniable as one peruses the inventory. One wall is mostly dedicated to 16-bit Sega Genesis boxed cartridge games, which face shelves with aged peripherals such as Atari 2600 paddle controllers, which themselves are within sight of some obscure Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) items, like the Miracle Piano Teaching System.
Rolnick gladly defends his taste in old games, such as when People Play Games is mentioned in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, and can likely be expected to champion the cause of retro gaming for many years to come.
People Play Games can be found at 3268 North Clark Street, just north of Belmont Avenue in Chicago, about four blocks away from Wrigley Field, and can also be found on Facebook. Their phone number is 773-883-8813.