Question for us that grew up in the 90’s as far as video games.

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As I was looking at these video Game ads from 1996. How in the world did some our parents afford these games? Lol. $70 for a video game was a lot. I know for us, we didn’t have that many sega or snes games due to the prices.
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Pops managed to get a booster to get an OG Nintendo for me. Box was all crunch up.

Had it for 2 weeks...Then *poof* it disappeared. :lol:

Had to go to my cousin's house to play, or they would bring it to my grandparents so I can play.
 
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The rule in my house was I couldn’t get a new game until I beat the one I had. Thankfully that rule was flexible around christmas and my birthday because this was NES era.
 
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We had all the systems, but very few games and I knew better than to even ask for games. My parents knew we didn’t play them.

i remember my dad rented the original PlayStation during a Christmas break for $250, my ten yr old self felt like it was $2k. I wouldn’t ‘rent’ anything for $250 in 2021, let alone 1995. That’s a carnote.

off topic, I remember window shopping in the 90s and not really understanding how all the kids wore Guess, RL, Hilfiger, Jordan’s, etc… I don’t recall clearance and sales back then, so their parents were paying full till? My mom kept me geared, but it was definitely the bodega/swap meet specials.
 
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off topic, I remember window shopping in the 90s and not really understanding how all the kids wore Guess, RL, Hilfiger, Jordan’s, etc… I don’t recall clearance and sales back then, so their parents were paying full till? My mom kept me geared, but it was definitely the bodega/swap meet specials.
Pretty sure there were still clearance and sales back then, just not on the scale there is now. That said, a lot of people definitely stole stuff (ex: lo heads).
 

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I was spoiled growing up systems wise but I don’t remember having THAT many games. N64, Dreamcast, and PS2 were my prime childhood gaming. I mainly played fighting games and RPGs so those kept me busy for a while.
 

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I remember newer games on the original Xbox, so like pre-2005-ish, being $49.99 when they’d come out (like NFL 2K5, with Terrell Owens on the cover).

It was sticker shock when they all of a sudden went to $59.99 a few years after.

I don’t remember the feeling around game prices in the 90s though because I was anywhere from 1-8 years old.
 

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man as an adult now thats married and we got a kid, lookin back now, Idk how my Parents afforded half the **** that they did for me and my brother. this **** aint easy lmao

but yea I definitely had allllllllll the systems growing up. My parents would buy a nice amount of games as well. Me and My brother would hustle up to cop games too, but I definitely had a nice arsenal.
 
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I feel games were a lot harder during the 90s we had a Megadrive (Genesis in the US) and I doubt I finished any of the games we had. I remember buying Toy Story with my own money, it was £40 which seemed like a lot as a kid.
 
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Birthday and Christmas were really the only times I got games. Blockbuster and having a cousin that had the same system is what got me through lol.
 
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If you adjust for inflation games cost pretty much the same, if not cheaper. I would just acquire games via hand me downs and trades and such. Occasionally, my parents would get me a new game when I accomplished something. Most of my gaming experiences came from rentals, tho.
 

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Haven't bought many games at all this gen or last gen.

Not happy at all with how things have been going these past several years.
 
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off topic, I remember window shopping in the 90s and not really understanding how all the kids wore Guess, RL, Hilfiger, Jordan’s, etc… I don’t recall clearance and sales back then, so their parents were paying full till? My mom kept me geared, but it was definitely the bodega/swap meet specials.
I felt the same way. Only to get a job and discover Ross and Marshall’s. I was like y’all could’ve been doing this the whole time instead of sending me to school with BX Basic Concepts wardrobe. :smh:
 
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Folks would buy all of my NES and Sega Genesis games w/ the system(s) during the holidays. I didn't want for too many new games outside of that. I would either rent from the local video store or roll to my friend's cribs to play stuff I didn't have. It was nothing to ride out some games for a year or 2.
 
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