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Blast From the Past: A Guide to Local Retro Video Game Stores (San Francisco, CA Edition)

January 12, 2016 / 9:00 AM

By: Matthew Williams


Happy New Year, Tribuners! Due to its massive popularity in 2015, we’re happy to bring back our Blast From the Past article series.

Old school gamers and retronauts unfamiliar with this series will be happy to know that this is VG Tribune’s attempt at creating an aggregated database of local retro video game stores within major US metropolitan areas. While individual articles/forum topics already exist which list out retro game stores by city, they often don’t contain real-time information on store closings, new store openings, and relocations. This article series aims to solve that problem!

Our first 2016 entry in the Blast From the Past series will visit the major metropolitan area of San Francisco, CA. Known as the gaming mecca of the industry, San Francisco is the hub for North American game development and publishing. The same can be said for the Bay Area’s retro gaming community, as the area is home to five renowned stores.

UK-based retro game retailer, CeX, has two flagship stores off of Mission Street and Market Street that are worth taking a look into. Other boutique stores can be found scattered throughout the Bay Area suburbs, like: Phoenix Games (Concord), Brentwood Game Exchange (Brentwood), and 4Jays Video Games (Antioch).

Are we missing a retro video game store from San Francisco not on this list? Do you have a story you’d like to share about one of these stores? Feel free to let us know in the comments section, or e-mail us at!


Store Name: 4Jays Video Games
City: Antioch
519 W 4th St.
Antioch, CA 94509


Store Name: Brentwood Game Exchange
City: Brentwood
7351 Brentwood Blvd # E
Brentwood, CA 94513


Store Name: CeX
City: San Francisco
960 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Store Name: CeX
City: San Francisco
2757 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110


Store Name: Phoenix Games
City: Concord
4607 Clayton Rd.
Concord, CA 94521

About the author /

Matthew, a graduate from Texas Christian University, now works as a Senior Digital Analytics Consultant for Ernst & Young. With a passion for video games (mostly retro and survival horror) and data, Matthew is pursuing a career in game analytics.

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