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Fighting Video Games are still Kicking (and Punching)

Video games have become a heavily integrated part of our daily lives. It is common and in fact expected that most people have a video game system and some type of favorite game. Admittedly, this is not universally true. Poverty is something a lot of people deal with; financial situations are different for everyone, and they are ever changing on a person by person basis. Nonetheless, most of us (of the younger generation, at least) often ask about the video games others play, especially if you are getting to know someone. Who doesn’t play video games, right? But let’s save the class issues for another time.

Moving on, there are many different video game genres to pick from and an increasing number of video game systems to pick from. Most people will usually answer something like the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One for the system of choice and then something like first person shooters or RPGs (Role Playing Games) for the genre. A genre that is not necessarily popular per se but has a steady fan base is fighting video games.

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Fighting games are enjoyable and desired because they offer a simple premise and objective while still offering countless scenarios, changes, and options to the player. They can stay consistent without being boring. The idea itself is simple; fight and defeat your opponent by making them run out of whatever represents their health/ stamina. But the player has countless options for how to go about doing so, from stringing attacks into combos to using whatever special, and usually character specific, attack they have at their disposal. Then they also have to deal with an opponent, either controlled by the computer or by a person, who has the same amount of options available to them.

No two fights or matches are ever exactly the same. You can always expect something new and different (to a certain extent) each time you play. This is especially true nowadays with games like Mortal Combat X and Injustice 2 that have increasing rosters of new and familiar characters to choose from along with long lists of attacks and combos. More options mean greater possibilities. These days, the games even offer downloadable content (DLC), almost always consisting of at least one new character, as time goes on to keep players interested and invested in the game. There is something to be said for a form of interactive entertainment that can keep a (relatively) simple and basic format while constantly changing.

$45 Time Machine

Almost everyone is looking for the one thing that will act as a time machine to transport them back to their childhood. For many people that time machine comes in the form of a Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Atari or PlayStation. In a world dominated by the Xbox One and the PlayStation Four, the simplicity and nostalgia that these vintage systems bring to the player is priceless.

Radford University junior and business finance major Taylor Easter has turned his passion for retro games into a fairly lucrative small business. Taylor began his business while working on expanding his own game collection. While scouring yard sales and pawnshops, he’d often come across fairly priced duplicates of games that he already had. He began selling these in order to turn a profit, thus beginning Taylor’s Retro Games. Realizing what a gold mine the gaming industry could be, Taylor began setting up shop, even obtaining a table at a video game convention (during which he made enough money to pay off his car).

Taylor's Retro Games! Graphic by McKenzie Gibbons
Taylor’s Retro Games! Graphic by McKenzie Gibbons

Taylor’s strategy is easy to follow. Before going out and buying merchandise, he checks the prices of games on websites such as Amazon and eBay. “I try not to make purchases unless I’m paying 1/3 of its value so I can triple my money,” Taylor says.

Currently Taylor has many consoles in stock, including the Nintendo 64, PlayStation One and Two, Atari, Intellivision, and Sega Dreamcast and Genesis, in addition to some handheld systems. His game inventory includes fan favorites like Super Mario and Pokémon.

So how do Taylor’s prices stack up against big name companies selling the same merchandise?

DKOldies is currently selling a Nintendo 64 for a whopping $74.99, while the slightly more honestly priced Luckie Games is selling one for $61.64. Taylor’s price is a far more reasonable $45. The fact that Taylor has found a way to spend money to make money, and still be able to sell his merchandise at completely respectable prices, says a lot about his character and savvy business skills.

While business is booming now, Taylor imagines that his gaming business will take a backseat once he graduates from RU, becoming more of a hobby than an income. Those desperately searching for a piece of their childhood to buy back at a fair price should make their purchases while Taylor’s Retro Games is still operating.

To contact Taylor, simply e-mail him at taylorsretrogames@gmail.com. For those looking for a game that he doesn’t have in stock, Taylor takes requests and will keep his eye out for the games you desire.