More shocking secrets of game store workers - Part One

The Store, The Job, The Management

Aug 21 2007

Games Radar: Why did you want to work at a videogame store in the first place? Was it what you expected?

Employee #1: Gaming, really, and becoming a regular in a game shop, and then deciding that%26rsquo;s what I wanted to do. You assume %26ndash; as people still assume these days %26ndash; that you just stand around playing games all day. But in reality it%26rsquo;s like any other retail job, you have to look after stock and keep customers happy. Gaming in the store is the last priority, really.

Employee #6: I'd established a friendship with the local shop staff and they were always very nice people, so it made me want to become part of the team.

Employee #5: I was looking for any part-time work. I'd say it was mostly how I expected it to be, there was maybe a bit more to do than I had envisioned.

Employee #3: Games are my passion and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity. It is fun for a while but soon gets monotonous and boring, and I never realised the retail world was quite as bitchy as it seems...

Employee #7: It fell upon me really. One day, I popped in to buy a game and the owner asked me if I wanted a job. I%26rsquo;d just walked out of my previous job as an animator a couple of days before, so it came at the right time. I stupidly assumed that it would be a fun job. To be fair though, it was fun for about three years; it%26rsquo;s only over the last two and a half years that it%26rsquo;s all gone to shit.

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