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Video Game 'VideoHeroeS' Recreates the VHS Rental Experience

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If you're of a certain age (we won't get into numbers here), you probably have fond memories of browsing for hours through the horror section of your local video store, seeking that undiscovered treasure lurking beneath the artwork adorning the VHS sleeves and boxes laid out before you. Some of us even had jobs at those shops, back in the days of our misspent youth. The designers of VideoHeroeS (or VHS for short... naturally) remember too, and out of that nostalgia was born the first video game where the player takes on the role of a '90s-era video store employee.
 
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“We want to convey what it is like to explore a collection of forgotten gems,” says game design duo Santa Ragione [source: Kotaku.com]. “You are the clerk of a video rental store during the amazing '90s. Over the course of the day, many customers will enter the store and ask for that one movie, and it is your job to make them happy.”
 
To capture that sense of nostalgia, the designers lovingly recreated hundreds of virtual tape cases using actual VHS cover art, from which the player must make recommendations. If the customer approves the selections, the store's money counter goes up. It's obviously not designed to be challenging, just a fun trip down memory lane for videotape lovers... and if you keep your eyes open, you can spot some groovy titles among the colorful covers.
 
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The VideoHeroeS drop date has not yet been announced, but you can subscribe to their mailing list for updates. In the meantime, check out the gameplay trailer:
 
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