London's Last Surviving Retro Gaming Store 'Game Focus' Closes

London-Last-Surviving-Retro-Gaming-Store-Game-Focus-ClosesGiven Gamestation and CEX have long since left the retro gaming world behind, British gamers have found their daily hunts for classic games harder than ever. With just a few retro gaming specialist stores left dotted around the country, we must reluctantly wave goodbye to one of the more notable ones in the heart of London.

Many of the older generation of retro gamers will recall the glory days in London- a CEX store dedicated to selling retro games, countless import specialists and the likes of Game Focus also catering for our pixelated needs. During this time one could easily stroll into the city centre and leave with bags overflowing with the likes of PC Engine, Super Nintendo and Mega Drive games to name a few.

This incredible time wasn't exclusive to London though. Many other places around the country have been lucky enough to have a central location for retro games. Another one we fondly recall is Chip Shop 2000 which was situated in Liverpool. Unfortunately though, this Merseyside based shop quickly became known as the 'retro gaming museum' due to everything being either overpriced or behind a glass cabinet. Nevertheless we'd always stop by to enjoy the sight of shelving packed to the brim with all the classics, just like yesteryear.

Sadly though, the arrival of eBay and other sources of retro gaming purchases have since muscled in on the once untouchable stores, leaving them with a dwindling profit margin. While CEX and Gamestation bailed out much earlier, the likes of Game Focus have enjoyed a healthy slice of the pie since, despite the profit margin continuing to raise questions.

Earlier this week the front of Game Focus looked barren. Upon the unopened shutter lay a note declaring that London's last remaining retro gaming haven had opened for the last time. To commemorate this saddening event, we've hand picked a video from YouTube providing a guided tour of Game Focus in its heyday.

While we are incredibly lucky to have the likes of eBay (and our very own Buying & Selling forum) for our internationally connected retro gaming bargains, where does this leave the future of retro games on the high street? Here's to hoping the likes of RetroStation in Birmingham, Electric Town in Ripon and Castleford, and Retro Play Games in Manchester continue to lead healthy lives filled with 1UPs!


Last Updated ( 11 April 2012 )  

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+2 (Link to this comment) discopot 2012-04-11 22:08
Please Note there is still a thriving retro shop in Croydon Called M&M Games. We are located just off the high street and we have a huge range of retro consoles and games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzyhAf-MrtY&feature=plcp&context=C42cc688VDvjVQa1PpcFN02-1klC4pddcEQyQjohY4P5GRWUfbXnk=

our latest shop video so see for yourself
(Link to this comment) Level Up Games 2012-04-12 11:03
And us down here in sunny Canterbury :)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Level-Up-Games/116890628389593?ref=tn_tnmn

We, as indie retro shoppes are becoming fewer and further between :(

Alot of throuble with Imports is the liscencing issues - none of them are BBFC/PEGI certified so there is this massive grey area of legal goo and potential fines attatched to selling them 'over the counter' As private individuals such as ebay or your buy/sell thread here is all good, but as a bussines it's trickier.
The heyday spoken about in the article above see's the '90's as the key area that sparked much legislation to try and curb imports. Nintendo were very vicious to quite a few companies who they 'caught' selling imports before they were actually released in the UK.

anyhoo
what with the recent debacle of Game's 'closure' there may well be a few more of us coming to the fore
can but hope ;)
(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-04-12 21:42
That's a shame that in such a big location, a retro game shop cannot survive. Bummer :(
(Link to this comment) Tempest2K 2012-05-17 17:30
thats soo sad :(
(Link to this comment) retrogamebase 2012-06-03 09:59
Game Focus did not adapt to the current environment. A niche business such as this needs to be able to survive almost entirely on ecommerce/mail order. I'm pleased to announce that Retro Game Base (currently a thriving ebay store) will be opening a dedicated retro gaming outlet in Streatham. Lease signed and more details to follow soon!
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