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End of the Universe

November 13th, 2009

Game Universe on route 9 closed recently.  I didn’t go there much, but I did find it very useful to have a place in town where I could buy old game cartridges for my Atari 2600. 
I also liked that there was a place in town that brought together the gaming community in a similar way of how arcades did back in the day (like when Fun and Games was fun).

Their MySpace page doesn’t mention why they closed or if they have any plans of opening anywhere else.   It seems like they had a lot of fans so I’m sure they will be missed.


  1. Back when I was a member of the UMass Amherst video game club we had a bunch of people form this store trek out weekly to play some games with us. It was a good group and their skill was amazing. Since recently moving to Framingham I was hoping to attend a Tekken6 Tournament or two out there. This is very sad news indeed 🙁

    Comment by Christopher Giroir November 13, 2009 @ 9:48 am

  2. Darn, It looked quiet the other night. We were just talking about hosting a Madden tournament there which is unfortunate. I guess the bigger gamestops with multiple in the area were to convenient for people to drive a little further for a more homegrown style store. Anyway, thats a buzz kill and reminds me of the “save the princess or funco land” days when gaming was less corporate.

    Comment by zfarls November 13, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  3. Seriously this is a shame, me and my friends were talking about having a LAN party here and having a World of Warcraft night. It stinks to see the little guy get forced out again

    Comment by Matt Shumilla November 13, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

  4. Remember how Fun&Games stretched the entire length of that building? And it’s huge sign out front? The flags on the top?

    How the giant model spaceship would grind by overhead while the fog machines pumped out smoke and you got your quarters from the man behind the smoked glass enclosure? Skee-Ball, the Pool Hall, the snack-bar and all the people I used to know who worked there are all long gone but I still can remember it all clear as day.

    I remember when they brought Dragon’s Lair in and had the extra screen bolted to the top of the cabinet so everyone could ooh and ahh at the future of videogaming. I miss “Games”. 🙁

    Comment by Chris M. November 14, 2009 @ 4:59 am

  5. Listen, they were over priced, very unclean in the bathroom, people have complained on ebay about their shady practices as far as online selling of game systems, games, and accessories.

    If you want a real gaming center, it should have a more solid foundation, just like any good place.

    Comment by MightBeaJerkonThisOne November 14, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  6. Game Universe was by far the BEST videogame store around. I am so sad to see them go, I loved going there every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights to just play video games. It was so close to me, and I could just walk there since I don’t have a car. Also although they were a little more expensive I still liked the place better, I tried getting a job there recently but it didn’t work out. So if anyone needs a game enthusiast please contact me, I have been an unemployed video game employee since being let go by Best Buy about 2 years ago.

    Miss you game universe!!

    Comment by Chuckles Puma November 15, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  7. They weren’t forced out. It was a decision made by one of the co-owners (Jamie). His partner owes him a LOT of money (to the tune of about $20,000) and he simply just couldn’t afford to stay open. That’s all.

    Comment by Mark November 16, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  8. I’m real sad to see this go, I sgot a couple of systems from there (Dreamcast, Nintendo DS) and I was hoping to get a copy of Steel Battalion for Xbox there.

    Now I must wait for it to appear on Amazon, it’s pretty rare.

    Comment by Mike November 24, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  9. I just noticed this sign when I walked in to planning on collecting more classic games. Now, it even has a sign saying: “Retail Space for Rent…” on the door.

    This sucks big time. Closed in a flash. It looked like things were great this past summer. It was a unique store because I was collecting NES games, and recently started to purchase Genesis games.

    I hope one day, Game Universe would work out a plan to reopen the place somewhere else when they fix whatever the problem was and start over again. Till then, I have to rely on eBay to get my games and had to put up with the shipping costs to get my classic games. I also hope that I don’t get conned by counterfeiters on eBay.

    Oh Please, would whoever owned the store at least PLACE whatever reason why they shut the store down. I check the sites, and there was nothing. What a shame.

    I hope they reopen this store some point in the future. If not, I hope that someone would open up a store that sells classic games again. Maybe someone will chip in to reopen the store.

    Comment by James December 4, 2009 @ 2:04 am

  10. The store has re-opened under a new name-Game Universe-this past weekend.

    Comment by JustMe May 4, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  11. An employee there had a friend who was at my house with my son, and he stole my son’s PS3 and several video games. I had written the serial numbers down when I purchased the PS3. Did some investigation and went there and found my sons PS3 in the store for sale. I took a picture of the system with the SN in the store. When I confronted the owner he got angry and told me to leave. I went to the Framingham police and showed them the picture and told them the story. No surprise they are closed.

    Comment by JA December 10, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

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