Ahh... Sears. It was the "Amazon.com" of the 20th Century, and an absolute retail juggernaut. Having offered both a substantial brick-and-mortar presence as well as a comprehensive mail-order catalog, they offered everything from bed linens to entire houses and just about everything in between. If you've been living under a rock since the early 90's and just emerged from your slumber, we're sorry to report that they have been going steadily downhill for the better part of two decades. That came to a head on October 15th, 2018, when they officially filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. While this is technically a step in reorganizing the company to forge a path back to profitability, most analysts and consumers are extremely skeptical that they will emerge, and it's likely the beginning of the end for the once-proud business.
"Bbbbut... What does this have to do with video games, man?" I'm getting there, don't you worry. Since Sears sold basically everything under the sun, they also proudly sold video games! Since the dawn of gaming, they were there; selling the prehistoric stuff your parents were coveting as kids. They stuck with it until a few years ago, when they started pulling electronics from their stores. Let's take a look back in time, shall we?
After the 16-bit era, the branding stopped, the exclusives went away, and the selection dwindled. It wasn't the same anymore. And sad to say, the same thing happened everywhere else in the store. A few years back, they just stopped selling games altogether. Hell, last time I went into that old store (which is still open somehow), they didn't even sell electronics at all. The TV's, cameras, and games were replaced with an endless sea of mattresses. How exciting.
So, let's remember Sears as it was. In its prime, it was a great place to grab games or even try something out on one of the kiosks. And as awesome as one-click buying on Amazon is, there's nothing like grabbing a hold of one of those giant Wishbooks and circling all the stuff you wanted for the holidays. Man, I will miss that forever.