Computer Shops in Nottingham

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Do you miss the old computer shops?

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Computer Shops in Nottingham

Post by honglong1976 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 11:54 am

Hi, I am new to this forum and thought I would post something i feel passionate about.

Computer Shops.

Ever since I was young I have been to computer shops to buy my games, and they have always been a magical place for me.

I am 30 and have owned a lot of computer and consoles ranging from a C64, Vectrex to Super Famicom, Neo Geo, PCFX PS2, Xbox, etc.

Now all these shops have died and your only option is to buy a game from Asda, Virgin, Tesco etc. Guys, its just not the same.

I am from Nottingham and there were always loads in this great (or used to be) city.

80's

- Godfreys in Bulwell, I spent many a time buying a £1.99 matertronic title from here.

- One at hockley which I cannot remember the name but they used to sell C64 games and I remember buying Incredble Hulk with a free Comic. Great game, if you have played it, you will get "Bite Lip". hehe

- Boots. I remember going into Boots alot to look at the C64 games, it was very typical of buying games now from Asda or Morrisons. Not great!

- Woolworths. I remember buying a Vextrex for about £24.99 and what a great buy that was. Games could be bought from upstairs in broadmarsh roughly above where poundstrecher was/is?

90's

- Downstairs in Broadmarsh next to pound stretcher was a computer shop which was there about the time Amiga's were popular. I remember going in their just to browse and noticed a Sonic clone running on an Amiga. At the time it blew me away. They also had sesame street playing on a CDi.

- Another very japanese style import shop at the top of Broadmarsh. I bought lots of Japanese GB games from here, and I remember spending ages trying to get my mum to buy me Final Fight on the Super Famicom. But got nowhere (come on, we'll be late for the bus) hehe. First time I saw Project X on the Amiga, Cyberlip on the Neo Geo and Pilot Wings on the Super Famicom. Amazing.

- Software +
This is where I bought my first Japanese Megadrive game, Insector X, then Tongue of the Fatman. Everyone in my class was getting a UK Megadrive, I wanted a Jap one (the games were cheaper). I am lucky, as I used to get lots of weird games no one has heard of, but ended up being classics.

- Megacom
A fantastic place. I really really miss this place. Its the nearest I got to Japan. They had all these amazing consoles. Sharp TV's with a built in Super Famicom. PC Engine GT. Neo Geo. I could spend hours just looking at things. First time I ever went in they were playing Big Run on Super Famicom and Fatal Fury on the Neo Geo.

- Beyond 2000
I remember going upstairs every Saturday with my friend to buy the latest amiga PD demos. Such a great scene with lots of passionate people who knew Dcopy and Xcopy like the back of their hand.

Robin Hood Computers - They were on the same side as Beyond 2000 and facing CO-OP. They were next to a martial arts shop inside the arcade. I remember buying lots of 3.5" discs from here and seeing Star Fox on the SNES for the first time.

- Computer Plus? I cannot remember the name but it was in the arcade and had a chinese woman in there selling all sorts of wonderfull japanese consoles and games. Didn't last long, but again, bought a japanese style shop to nottingham. Thanks! :)

- Electronic Boutique in the city centre. I remember entering the StarFox competition at the one next to Littlewoods and not winning anything. I also used to buy lots of Game Gear games from here and remember buying a magazine with a StreetFighter 2 soundtrack CD. I also remember buying Sherlock Holmes for the PC CDROM. My dad said PC's are the future, I said, no way, consoles are! We both were kinda right.

- Electronic Boutique near to Game. I bought my first Nintendo 64 and got about 8 games for £149.99. Bargain.

- East meets West, AKA another name (can't remember) AKA (yup another name change) AKA Andy's Shop. This was in Hucknall facing the police station and was probably the last ever Jap console shop. They sold Neo Geo, PC Engine, Virtual Boy. My friend even bought a SuperGun cheap from here and I remember swapping my Sega Saturn for a Neo Geo then swapping that for a PCFX then that for a PC Engine with some games. I didn't care, I got to play on all these great consoles again.

- Another world. I remember going downstairs into the basement and looking at the 3D0 and Atari Jaguar games. The only competition was the SNES and Megadrive which were looking old about now.

- Game. great place or was. Now it seems very much go in, buy a game, come out. Not much of an experiance. I remember seeing Sonic R on the huge projection TV's running on a Saturn. Amazing game too.

If you live in Nottingham I am sure you'll agree with me about this shops, if you remember them or the names, please reply! :)

If you not from Nottingham, whats your opinion? Did you ever come to Nottingham and see these shops? Do you miss these little shops?

Thanks for reading. I hope this was nostalgic from someone. I will add more as I remember! :)
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Post by RetroENZO » Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:59 pm

Yes.

I remember being completely naive one day when I went into my local computer shop asking to read the inlay of a Spectrum game because a friend had copied it for me.

How stupid was I?
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Post by honglong1976 » Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:14 pm

Been there and done that RetroENZO! hehe

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Post by woody.cool » Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:10 pm

PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD COMPUTER SHOPS! 8)

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Post by jdh » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:22 pm

I think the shop on Hockley was Intoto - only place to find good Atari 8 bit stuff in the late eighties in Nottingham

There was also a good one in Broadmarsh upstairs, Microbyte ?
Remember marvelling at the Amiga 500 when it was starting to be popular!
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Post by Frank Chickens » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:09 pm

Had a couple of these in my area:

Microtronics in Tamworth - My first one and it was great! Used to sell game advert posters, 5p for a small one and 10p for a large one. and would occasionally give you freebies. Prices later went up to 10 and 20p. They would occasionally have games before they were released elsewhere, saw Thrust in there a month before it was available on the highstreet; wanted it but that would mean being in debt to Dad and since he didn't give me pocket money would be paying him back for months to come which was expensive since I only got pocket money from my grandad. Pre-ordered my first game there too, Saboteur II for the Speccy and they had it on the day of release!


Software City in Walsall - First time I went in there spent ages just looking around since they had all the new games for nearly half price! :shock: :lol: Spent my early college years going there to get games, occasionally taking back a game that 'didn't work'. :wink:


Software Plus in Walsall - This is how a computer shop should be! Down a sidestreet by the town centre, yellowing walls with the odd yellowing advert ripped out of magazines (mainly Zzap! and Crash) peeling on the walls. A pile of magazines lying in the corner which could be bought for 5p each (or nothing if the owner was feeling kind) and a selection of games most of which hadn't seen retail since the mid 80s. Was still going well into the 90s despite not having any evidence of customers inside. Great place to go to and a loved the atmosphere in there, I really miss it. :cry:


Mr. Disk in Birmingham - There were two shops across the road from each other - one for business the other for games. Sold C64 disc games when no-one else did and bought Chip's Challenge from there for £17.99 and the shop workers were just as big game fans as you were. The rise of Game and EB in the city centre put paid to the shop.

I would LOVE to go to Microtronics and Software Plus just one more time, just one..
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Post by Scapegoat » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:16 pm

jdh wrote: There was also a good one in Broadmarsh upstairs, Microbyte ?
Remember marvelling at the Amiga 500 when it was starting to be popular!
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Well remembered. I worked there for a few months in '89 while on my travels around the country. It was a very nice shop with some interesting customers.
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Post by merman » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:32 pm

Just out of interest, what is there in Nottingham in terms of retro/games shops nowadays?
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Post by Wil » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:37 am

Frank Chickens wrote:This is how a computer shop should be! Down a sidestreet by the town centre, yellowing walls with the odd yellowing advert ripped out of magazines (mainly Zzap! and Crash) peeling on the walls.
We had one like that in Harlow, too. About 15 mins walk from the main town centre in what was called a 'hatch' - a little group of local shops (chippy, newsagent, happy shopper etc.). Yellowed interior and that board dotted with holes so you could hang wire racks anywhere, on the walls. Felt really empty with only little cassette boxes on the shelves.

I'm sure I've posted this before on another thread like this but if there's anyone who hasn't seen it there can only be one Grithiffths Games Megamart

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CuNISaThemA

Can't say I know of any retro games shops in Nottingham nowadays but then I haven't looked recently - just tend to head straight for Page 45.

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Post by RetroRik » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:28 am

LMAO... Did you see how Grithiffths was holding his joystick in his crotch and giving it a good bash infront of that lady sitting next to him... I bet she was dying not to laugh... :lol:

Then he was sitting there topless then starts crying at the end.. Hang on... It's a p*ss take isn't it.?

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Post by James A » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:25 pm

merman wrote:Just out of interest, what is there in Nottingham in terms of retro/games shops nowadays?
Haven't been there for a couple of months but i don't think its that great anymore. Just the normal big shops, not sure if Chips is still going in Arnold or not. Theres a junk shop thats a real treasure trove in the East End arcade but i think the blokes clued in on the prices and put them up through the roof.

Used to work in the Electronic Boutique near to Game when i was in Uni. Wouldn't chase shopliffters now though in good old Gun City!!!!!

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Post by Xesh » Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:32 pm

Wil wrote:.....and that board dotted with holes so you could hang wire racks anywhere.......
Usually called peg board in the trade. :wink:

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Post by Wil » Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:33 am

Xesh wrote:
Wil wrote:.....and that board dotted with holes so you could hang wire racks anywhere.......
Usually called peg board in the trade. :wink:
I'm not in the trade :)

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Post by yatesDELTA » Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:20 pm

in stevenage towncenter we have 2 games and a gamestation. dunno bout the past though

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Post by Katzkatz » Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:50 pm

I have mentioned this on the Game forum, and got into a debate with TMR (he used to work in one of them). They were treat places, you to on the bus/train at weekend (no more crappy school!!) to into them and watch the demos running of new games, I had 3 friends who were into Amigas (like myself at the time). Looking at an Amiga with a GVP yard drive attached (it was special at the time ok!!). Maybe you would even buy a game. It was called Computerworld.

I do remember software plus (they just used to sell tames I think). there was a store in Canterbury, not there now. Did they to bankrupt?

We also used to play on Megadrive in Blockbuster Videos.

there was an EB store in Canterbury, it then became a Virgin Gamestore, and it is now a Gamestation. there is also another shop (which just sells tames tames as well), next to the old C & A store.

I think I mentioned there was an ST specialist shop in Deal (which was called Lighthouse). there was also a small shop in an industrial estate in Deal. Strange place for it, but the guy would order stuff in for you.

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