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Game Valley: Egypt’s First Video Game Store

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Ahmed El Mezeny
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Game Valley: Egypt’s First Video Game Store

Long before Virgin Megastore opened its
doors to the Egyptian public, there was Game Valley; a shop that catered to
every geek’s and gamer’s needs.

Game Valley was the talk of the town when
the gamer culture was still new in Egypt. The shop usually stocked wicked
posters to make any geek green with envy, but nowadays they’re limited to selling localised copies of Winning Eleven.

This successful chain started out as a
small shop off of Syria Street in Mohandiseen, and its attempts to corner the
market on copied games were triumphant. As far as we know, Game Valley has never been shut down for copyright
infringement and continues to market and operate heavily today.

This place was immensely popular during
the PS2 phase; as the shop carried almost every single PS2 video game at refreshingly low prices. While they still carry an immense collection of PS2,
Wii and copied games for other consoles, the market is all about PS3 games now.

The fact that their PS3 games are originals
doesn’t justify Game
Valley’s attempts to sell
the games at a marked up price of around 545LE, while Facebook
groups sell the same games for 300LE legally. They usually carry the latest PS3 games, but
you’ll only find a copy or two of seriously popular games such as COD.

This shop also stocks almost all consoles
for the same prices that you’ll find elsewhere in Cairo, such as a PS3 slim with
two games and a controller for 2900LE. If you decide to buy a Wii instead, they
can modify it for you so that you can make use of their extensive collection of
non-original Wii

However, their collection of Nintendo DS, PC and GBA
games is completely outdated. Several non-original cartridges purchased
here stopped functioning after a short while; so you’re better off sticking to
original merchandise when it comes to Nintendo cartridges.

Game Valley can also fix any
broken console that you have. They’re successful in fixing PS3s at rather high prices (1000LE for a new lens, which you can buy or have fixed for much less in Attaba). Their
attempts to fix other consoles have been very unsatisfactory, according to our sources.

If you want to buy a game that you’re not
too crazy about and just want to try; then head to this shop to pick it up. If
it’s not a PS3 game, it should be pretty cheap.

Disclaimer: Cairo 360 does not condone the sale or appropriation of pirated or copied products in any way. This review is solely for the purpose of enlightening the reader.

360 Tip

Sometimes Game Valley will carry PS3 games that are not out in Virgin yet.

Best Bit

Cheap non-original games.

Worst Bit

Extremely pricey original games.

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