In-Store Gaming Kiosks Through the Ages

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I never owned a Nintendo 64, and that was totally fine. See, I lived within biking distance of a Blockbuster.

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Despite its gradual decline on account of downloadable demos and general console popularity (if you don't have one, one of your friends does), the in-store kiosk is still going strong—walk into any Best Buy or GameStop, and you can play a Wii, a PS3, and an Xbox, or even a PSP and a DS. And just like in the 80s and 90s, the kiosk's chances of the coveted trifecta of retail demo gaming (switched on, connected to working controllers, and playing a non-demo version of a game without time limits) hover at around 10%.

Anyway, Kombo's rounded up visual history of some of the most memorable console demo stations, and I defy any of you to make it through without suffering through at least two military grade Circuit City line-battle flashbacks. It's my turn, you turd. [Kombo]

DISCUSSION

OMG!! the super mario world kiosk!!!

That was my babysitter while my parents went shopping!

Still sexy...