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Topic   Did anyone here ever rent Atari games?

razeak
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23-Nov(#1)
I was the NES generation and never considered this.


Frank
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23-Nov(#2)
Sorry I'm quite a few generations behind as well. I do remember watching a video on game rentals.

Since the big chains weren't around back then, it seems like it was very much YMMV as far as if your store would carry any games.

By the time I was born, you could rent games at not only movie rental shops, but discount drug stores and grocery stores. It was a bittersweet moment purchasing some of the games I rented as a kid when my local store stopped renting them out.

benstylus
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23-Nov(#3)
I don't recall ever seeing them for rent.

I don't think VHS had wide enough adoption when the Atari was in its prime for there to be a lot of video rental places.

They really came into their own in the early 80s. The NES kind of appeared at the perfect time, and rental stores jumped on it once they realized NES was a real hit, and wasn't going to go bust like Atari.



benstylus
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23-Nov(#4)
Some stores apparently did it back in the day

https://forums.atariage.com/topic/24752-renting-vi...

KCPenguins
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23-Nov(#5)
benstylus wrote:
> I don't think VHS had wide enough adoption when the Atari was in its prime for there
> to be a lot of video rental places.
>
>


This. My area didn't have them. First place that rented movies out was actually our local movie theater. They started with shelves in the lobby, but eventually moved to a new location a block away when it became stupid easy to sneak into movies.
SwiftJAB
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23-Nov(#6)
I didn't start renting games until the SNES era. Before then, I just had to be happy with whatever my parents bought me for the NES. Thankfully I had Nintendo Power to give me suggestions on what to ask for.

KCPenguins
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23-Nov(#7)
SwiftJAB wrote:
> Thankfully I had Nintendo Power to
> give me suggestions on what to ask for.
>
>


I hope that's sarcasm... lol
Frank
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23-Nov(#8)
KCPenguins wrote:
> SwiftJAB wrote:
>> Thankfully I had Nintendo Power to
>> give me suggestions on what to ask for.
>>
>>
>
>
> I hope that's sarcasm... lol

Why? Nintendo Power in the 80s-90s was supreme!

Staraang
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23-Nov(#9)
NES was the earliest generation I rented. Don't ever recall seeing Atari games for rent but my memory could be fuzzy.
Finn
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24-Nov(#10)
When Atari was a thing, I lived out in the sticks, I was also pretty young but my brother was an Atari/C64 guy but I remember him saying they usually had to go to Lloydminster wich was an hour drive or so there was no close place to rent. The Town we lived close to did not really even have a convivence store, even to this day there is nothing like that. I have always found that weird... It would be an absolute awesome place to put one.





3hitcombo
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28-Nov(#11)
I think because atari games were much cheaper than....any other games ever.....they were just easy to buy so I'm not sure anyone considered putting them up for rent. I remember when stores started renting NES games and even then the selection was smallllll

ManiacMadman
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29-Nov(#12)
Most NES games that were out for the system when it first came out were only $29.99 and $34.99 so they really weren't expensive. Mega,Man only cost for $29.99 at toys r us when that game came out. Me and my brother saved up together to buy Pac Man for Atari when it first came out and it was $34.99 plus tax so those systems games were pretty much the same as NES games if not more expensive. I never saw Atari games for rent but people scored big time in 1983 and 84 when Colecovision , Atari and Intellivision all went on clearance and out of business at the same time. The one Christmas my Mom went out to many stores buying so many Coleco and Atari games for us. I think between the two of us we got like 125 games and it only cost like $350 for all of them.

It was crazy because stores like Sears and KB Toys and others had games for 3 to $5 each so it wouldn't have surprised me to have seen video stores renting out those games after buying those games in bulk to rent back then. And then after that you didn't really see any games for home consoles until NES came out in 1985. So after that it was about playing at the arcade or computer games. And it was quiet for a little for while but thankfully toys like Thundercats, He man, GI Joe and Transformers took all the attention. I still loved my Atari and colecovision as well as all the toys. After that you couldn't find those games as there were no resale stores selling those games.
3hitcombo
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* 30-Nov(#13)
Yes but renting a $30 game for $3 made more sense than renting a $5 game for $1 or anything. If you wanted an Atari game back then, you just bought it.

I also remember nintendo games being around $50 but maybe it was ymmv

benstylus
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* 30-Nov(#14)
3hitcombo wrote:
> Yes but renting a $30 game for $3 made more sense than renting a $5 game for $1 or
> anything. If you wanted an Atari game back then, you just bought it.
>
> I also remember nintendo games being around $50 but maybe it was ymmv

Once it got to 1990 or so and started using custom chips, yeah. But in the early years they were mostly $30-$35.

But $30 in 1985 would be closer to $80 today.

ManiacMadman
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30-Nov(#15)
Video stores paid about $100 for most movies back then so adding games at even a third the cost was a worthy investment. Most video stores were lucky to break even that's why they started utilizing space to try anything to make a buck. So if any were smart enough to to try buying video games when all those games were clearances they could have made out like bandits. Just because they ceased making any new games didn't mean people stopped playing those systems so renting would have been a great idea. You just had to take a chance and try it. Most people who were renting movies regularly also rented video games for themselves or their family.

Again since so many of the stores were lucky to break even is also what caused so many stores to buy and sell other stuff. I knew many stores that bought and sold games and CDs and comics just to try making money. I found that most stores really only made good money if they rented and sold adult movies. None of them ever had the cash to have the buying power of say Blockbuster. So I'm sure there were quite a few that probably tried renting Atari games. I never saw them rent those but most of places that did do that kind of stuff were piss poor at advertising it. I had a great relationship with my local video store guy and it wasn't until DVDs came along that they were making good money. So that wasnt until 1998 when DVDs came along and basically all movies in that format were sell throughs and cost $20 or less (except VHS which some still cost over $100 each). I gave him some great advice on how to make it better but didn't take the advice and went out of business in 2006.
3hitcombo
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30-Nov(#16)
Ok....well....anyone actually remember the renting of Atari games? I most definitely do not.

FinalFantasyForever
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30-Nov(#17)
Did not see Atari games for rent.Hell, not even SMS games, but definitely NES and up.

You watch the 1987 John Riggs video?
KCPenguins
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30-Nov(#18)
benstylus wrote:
> 3hitcombo wrote:
>> Yes but renting a $30 game for $3 made more sense than renting a $5 game for $1
> or
>> anything. If you wanted an Atari game back then, you just bought it.
>>
>> I also remember nintendo games being around $50 but maybe it was ymmv
>
> Once it got to 1990 or so and started using custom chips, yeah. But in the early
> years they were mostly $30-$35.
>
> But $30 in 1985 would be closer to $80 today.
>
>


What? I remember Contra being close to $50, Bart vs the Space Mutants the same, Mario 3 was $55. I have Odyssey^2 games in the early 80's at $45-50. This was the Midwest.
Staraang
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30-Nov(#19)
I don't remember NES being that cheap either but I think he's right. Check out this TRU ad from 1989.

https://www.reddit.com/r/retrogaming/comments/z7d3...
benstylus
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30-Nov(#20)
Is 1989 right for that ad? I didn't think they were still selling Rob at that point?

KCPenguins
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* 30-Nov(#21)
Staraang wrote:
> I don't remember NES being that cheap either but I think he's right. Check out this
> TRU ad from 1989.
>


The Genesis released in '89... the NES games advertised released in the mid-80's. That ad is for older hardware/games if truly an '89 ad. Maybe they released cheaper then quickly shot up after sales and rentals boomed? Or the early stuff went on sale some years after their release like most games do... barring recent Nintendo.
Staraang
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30-Nov(#22)
Yeah, I guess that's possible. Too long ago for me to remember. Probably would help to find an ad from around the time the NES was released, I do remember as a kid saving up a long time to buy Robocop for NES so it at least feels like 30 bucks would have been too little to have been a big purchase in my memory.
benstylus
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30-Nov(#23)
This listing https://www.ebay.com/itm/175504016632

says it is 1987 (see picture #2 for the same ad) which would make a lot more sense

ManiacMadman
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* 30-Nov(#24)
NES games were always rather cheap in comparison to games later. And they were that price from day one. I do know I got Contra within a couple months of coming out and it was $34.99. It wasnt until the SNES came out that Nintendo games hit $49.99 or higher prices. It why I missed so many games for NES from the 90's like Dragon Warrior 3 and 4 were suddenly about $44.99 each but I had moved on to Genesis and SNES by then but then were still a lot of them for $34.99 too. Then they came out with games like Strider and Phantasy Star which were both $79.99 each for SMS and Genesis. That was the highest prices I would see until Genesis released like 4 or so games for $99.99 in the mid 90's. Those high prices for Genesis games also brought with them the cheap cardboard boxes instead of plastic.

Also I did see a few stores that rented SMS games but they only had 10 to 15 for rent mainly because a lot of stores didn't carry Sega stuff. It was similar to what would happen with the Jaguar except SMS had a lot more games. It took awhile for other stores other than Toys R Us and Child World to carry any Sega products so a lot of video stores were probably unaware the system existed. Until Genesis came along and started doing a lot of commercials and by then everyone knew
ManiacMadman
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* 30-Nov(#25)
Turbografx was another game system I never saw rented but once again Toys R Us was one of the few stores to sell them. And as much as I liked Turbografx the games all started out at $49.99 and having to buy the turbo tap to play more than one player as well as having to buy another controller. At least with the release of NES, SNES, and Genesis all came with two controllers. As did the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. Systems probably wouldn't have sold as well if you had to buy an extra controller to play a two player game. We are all use to it now but in the 80's and early 90's they all came with two controllers. Turbografx really started a terrible trend that Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft would follow well with and run with. Also most stores had layaway including Toys R Us so it was pretty easy to save for stuff back then.
kesslerm
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1-Dec(#26)
My uncle had a gas station and started renting VHS and NES. Those were quite popular in the mid 80's. Don't recally anyone renting Atari.

Topic   Did anyone here ever rent Atari games?