El Paso’s last four Blockbuster stores closed in March and were among the few remaining stores in the U.S. Blockbuster started in 1985 in Dallas, Texas. The key to their success was the ability to move a bulk amount of videos and new releases fast. Blockbuster’s ‘87 court case win against Nintendo of America, Inc. allowed them to rent out videogames, which arguably led to the current videogame rental market. Customers could rent one flick and get one free on Wednesdays, and the stores offered a variety of new releases, classics and hard-to-find favorites. Returning unfinished video games was torture for many gamers and people certainly won’t miss the late fees, but there’s still some nostalgia that lingers from the hit store of the ’90s and early 2000s.
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