Throwback Thursday: Video game rentals

When I was a kid, my parents didn’t buy me too many games. I usually got one or two a year and if I wanted to play the latest and greatest, I would have to rent them from the local rental store, “Alltendo” This store only rented video games. The owner boasted about having every game from NES to Turbo Grafx. Alltendo boasted having over 500 games to choose from and multiple copies of each and the cost was 5 dollars for 5 days which included the manual.. I used to play Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past so much, that I knew which copy had my saves on it. Super Mario Kart was a big one too. I rented that so much, my parents bought it for me because it was cheaper that way. Mega Man 7 and Mega Man X were fun to play and I wish 10 year old me had enjoyed them even more since Mega Man 7 is so ridiculously expensive nowadays.

Alltendo lasted for a good 5-6 years until the owner decided to pack up shop and leave the rental business to Blockbuster. A video game only rental store was rare. I lived in a small town and even having a Blockbuster was a big deal. Alltendo really influenced my gaming legacy and I still remember going with my dad on a Friday night during the cold Midwestern winters and picking up a couple of games to play for the weekend.

I still have my membership card in my wallet to show people what I looked like in the 90s. Typical nerd look since there were only 3 or 4 styles of glasses meant for boys at the time. And white hoodie I believe had Mickey Mouse all over it. Those were the days