A non gaming post this morning (plus I still have a bad migraine that I can't shake).
Blockbuster has announced it is closing the last of it's 300 stores and it's mail-in Netflix-like service.
While I am sad at the passing of an era and I feel bad bad about those loosing their jobs, I do not mourn the passing of Blockbuster.
Once Blockbuster could be found in every strip mall in suburbia and a store in every town. That was it's appeal to so many. Not to me. I disliked that Blockbuster came in and more or less destroyed the Mom and Pop video stores that had sprung up in the 80s. I remember renting many old horror movies on Laser Disk (yeah I had one of those) and VHS. When Blockbuster came to town with their far cheaper rental prices I wasn't a fan. I had rented Hellraiser once to show a girlfriend at the time and noticed how much of it was cut out. Yeah they had either edited it themselves (not likely, but that is what I thought at the time) or only stocked edited versions. No thanks.
While I marked the passing of Borders with sadness of something I had lost, I have not been in a Blockbuster in I don't know how long. Between Netflix, OnDemand and Amazon Prime streaming services I have unprecedented access to viewing options.
So goodnight Blockbuster. Be kind, please rewind.