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I went there! It used to be run by one of the owners of Computerworld in Canterbury! Last time I was there I bought some MasterSystem games, but that was about 5 years ago!

Do you mean Play Away in Folkestone? I remember Computerworld in Canterbury. They used to be an Amiga specialist, then branched out into PCs. They also had stores in Ramsgate, and Walthamstow(in London). Ian was the owner of iit, is he still at Play Away?

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Do you mean Play Away in Folkestone? I remember Computerworld in Canterbury. They used to be an Amiga specialist, then branched out into PCs. They also had stores in Ramsgate, and Walthamstow(in London). Ian was the owner of iit, is he still at Play Away?

Yeah I think Ian's still at Playaway. He owned the Canterbury one but apparently the Ramsgate one was a franchise or something, I remember Ian saying he had nothing to do with the Ramsgate one.

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Yeah I think Ian's still at Playaway. He owned the Canterbury one but apparently the Ramsgate one was a franchise or something, I remember Ian saying he had nothing to do with the Ramsgate one.

Okay thank you for the reply. Yeah the Ramsgate store got sold around 1993 I think(it got turned into a Calculus store at one time).

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Yeah does anyone else remember Computerworld(in any of the branches, but I mainly remember the Canterbury branch, I went to the Ramsgate one about three times). Jason(the blonde hippy guy from there) is on the Retro Gamer forum a lot(as TMR) and still on Cosine (the C64 group), I don't know what happened to Rem(the engineer there) I think he went to work in the old Macintosh shop(I can't remember the name of it), and I think the other owner Brian has a website business I think.

Canterbury now has XElectrical which is quite a good retro shop(the retro section is downstairs). They do just about everything retro down there(I even saw a Spectrum in there once).

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The best thing about the shop is that a lot of the stickers are so ancient they just fall off. I took a bundle of Dreamcast games up to the counter when it was just the girl there (she's obviously not as savvy as the owner) and she let me have them all for a fiver each.

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The best thing about the shop is that a lot of the stickers are so ancient they just fall off. I took a bundle of Dreamcast games up to the counter when it was just the girl there (she's obviously not as savvy as the owner) and she let me have them all for a fiver each.

but surely they are all sun damaged, stink, and are smashed up like the rest of them?

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Yeah does anyone else remember Computerworld(in any of the branches, but I mainly remember the Canterbury branch, I went to the Ramsgate one about three times). Jason(the blonde hippy guy from there) is on the Retro Gamer forum a lot(as TMR) and still on Cosine (the C64 group), I don't know what happened to Rem(the engineer there) I think he went to work in the old Macintosh shop(I can't remember the name of it), and I think the other owner Brian has a website business I think.

Canterbury now has XElectrical which is quite a good retro shop(the retro section is downstairs). They do just about everything retro down there(I even saw a Spectrum in there once).

Where in Canterbury is this shop, please?

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Joined this forum just because this thread was funny. I live in Poole myself and have visited this haven a few times! This bloke has been around for more than 15 years, remember buying SNES games when he had a store in the Old Town Market. Back then he had plenty of imports of varying quality but certainly a lot better than now. He sleeps in the shop apparently and is quite odd indeed but knowing him for so long im used to him.

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No idea why, I assume an accidental click, but this thread was locked when I got up this morning. If there's a reason it should be closed, drop me a PM. Can't see why anyone would want it closed so presume it was an accident.

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I visited Play Away today. My God, Folkestone is run down nowadays - and I say that as someone who visits Ramsgate quite regularly! The shop has quite a lot of second hand DVDs. I got Band of Brothers in there for 8 pounds. I also got Mass Effect for the PC for 9.50. The downstairs section(internet cafe and LAN) seemed closed off. Does it only open up that section on weekends? Although it says PC repairs and so on on the shop front, they don't seem to have a price list for PC parts? Do they make PCs still?

Still it was good to see an independent shop still going considering that they are quite rare nowadays. Particularly as Folkestone has a GAME and Gamestation as well in it! Plus the supermarkets!

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Yeah Margate sadly is a former shadow of itself. I can think back to about 1996 and the seafront had a great selection of arcades(I regularly used to play Ridge Racer and Daytona there). Nowadays half the arcades are gone and the ones that are left are stuffed full of one armed bandits and dance mat machine. :hat:

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Joined this forum just because this thread was funny. I live in Poole myself and have visited this haven a few times! This bloke has been around for more than 15 years, remember buying SNES games when he had a store in the Old Town Market. Back then he had plenty of imports of varying quality but certainly a lot better than now. He sleeps in the shop apparently and is quite odd indeed but knowing him for so long im used to him.

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Managed to pop in here the other day with the gf. Didn't think it was that great to be honest. Just a bunch of old PAL stuff.

Yeah lately they seem to have a lot of Dreamcasts, PS2s, and N64s(plus loads of games for it) in the glass display panels. However I have seen a Neo Geo, an Amiga A1200, and a Spectrum in there at one time. Ironically XElectrical is in Burgate Lane, the same street that Computerworld was on.

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