Any kid born before 2005 knows the magic that is Blockbuster: choosing a film to watch at you or your friend's house, wasting an inordinate amount of time perusing the aisles seemingly for no reason. Blockbuster video wasn't just a place where you rented videos. It was the old school equivalent checking your Facebook just to swipe through, even though you know there's nothing new to see there. It was a place for the nerdy kids, the film buffs, the AV kids, and anyone who loved being surrounded by a seeming endless choice of movies.
There was a certain vibe at old Blockbuster stores, and all video shops really, but Blockbusters were the ones where really we had them everywhere. They had a weird smell and a certain vibe. It was both mysterious, family-oriented, or just a place where you could pretty much do anything you wanted. So much so that they even started to install little arcades in them.
If you're nostalgic for the time before streaming video service and Amazon rentals on demand, this is for you.
Hoping Desperately That They Had That ONE Out-Of-Stock Movie Behind the Counter
Everyone you ask that worked at a Blockbuster will tell you how much they hate these people. But if you were driving somewhere in the rain or it took you a while to get there, or even if there were no other Blockbusters nearby, you needed that movie, and some employee "eyeballing" it wasn't it enough. They needed to check again.
There was always a pile of movies from the drop-off box that hadn't been scanned it in yet, and your desired video game or Mel Gibson movie (pre-antisemitic rant) could be there. And all he - or she - needed to do was look.
That Feeling of Satisfaction When the Tapes Were Actually Rewound
When the tape didn't need rewinding, you didn't need to stand by the TV waiting to get back to the beginning - the hellish limbo of non-time you suffer through. Sort of what it feels like when you have to restart your Internet router today.
They Sold Popcorn and Soda There
Which saves you a trip to the grocery store, or waiting in lines at 7-11, or really going anywhere else to go do that thing you just rented to enjoy.
Being Able to Rent GAME SYSTEMS
There were just cartridges, consoles, and maybe rumble packs. Before DLC, Steam, The Playstation Store and Xbox Online, there were just consoles. You got them. You put in your games, maybe blew on them a little, and you were off to the races. And if your family couldn't afford one, you could rent them. Can you imagine that? Poor kids wouldn't have to just watch "Let's Play," but play the games themselves... and that's how they would realize how much most games suck.