Friday, September 22, 2023

A last look at vintage video game retailer 8 Bit and Up

Photos by Stacie Joy

8 Bit and Up is expected to close tomorrow — as first reported here — after 15 years in business... most recently at 86 E. Third St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. (The shop started on the second floor at 37 St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.)

The owner here is said to be retiring (there's word of an eBay shop ahead).

We stopped by for one more look at this memory-inducing time capsule of video games and consoles from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

As Untapped Cities once said, "The lack of windows, the low ceilings, fluorescent lights and concrete floor seem to recreate our memories of multi-night Counterstrike marathons."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was a very cool place. It was a little uninviting looking, and especially warm in the summer, but the selection was incredible. And unlike the competition in the neighborhood he charged realistic prices in line with the actual value. It sucks that no business seems to be able to make it unless they are gouging locals and preying on tourists.