The History of 'The Gamesmen'
Here at The Gamesmen we've been in the game for over 30 years... and let me tell you a lot has changed in the world of Video Games since 1982. If your as much of a fan of 'retro' as we are you'll love having a browse through our timeline. Below you will find everything from our first market stall, selling the Intellivision and 'Pac-Man', through to more current next gen gaming competitions and events.
Want to re-live the old days... watch our '30 Years of Video Games' video or check out the timeline below.
Our story begins... - 1982, September 2nd
Founded in 1982 by Angelo Cusumano Snr, we began our retail journey trading from market stands in almost every major marketplace in Sydney such as Carringbah, Fleminging, Penrith, Mount Druit, Bankstown travelling to Canberra, Newcastle, Nowra, and Menangle.
First Stall at 'The Sydney Royal Easter Show' - 1984, April
After our first year at the markets, we wanted to promote 'The Gamesman' (as we were known at the time) to a larger portion of the NSW population. So during the 13th-24th April, 1984 we set up our first stall at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Showground.
The First Showroom - 128 Bonds rd, Riverwood - 1984, November
In November 1984, we moved into premises at 128 Bonds Road, Riverwood. With a small showroom and a large warehouse, we would later operate our mail-order service from this location.
The First Catalogue goes to print! - 1989, May
Our very first catalogue. In black and white. These were circulated to customers who had shopped with us either at the Sydney Royal Easter Show or at our Showroom on Bonds Rd. Have a flick through the pages, what a trip down memory lane!
Time for something bigger... - 1989, October
In October of 1989 we moved into our current location at 491 Forest Rd Penshurst, as you can see there was a lot of work to be done to convert what used to be an old paint store.
The Gamesmen Opens for Business at 491 Forest Rd, Penshurst - 1989, November
As The Gamesmen grew so did the need for more room, so we relocated to our current Penshurst store. On the 30th October, 1989 we re-opened for business at 491 Forest Road Penshurst. With the growing business, so did the need for more staff, at that time we had approximately 8 full time staff and casuals that were still operating the market stalls.
Our First Big May 4 Day Sale - 1992, May 23rd
Our first Gamesmen Sale. Everything was on sale. Even though it was busy and the queues were long, all seemed to be having a great time.
Electronic Expo at the Sydney Convention Centre - 1994, June 10th
In June 1994, The Gamesmen participated in an Electronic Show in the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. It was a huge display and a huge task to put together with a custom built display of iron gate sections. It worked as a fully operational store staffed by experienced Gamesmen staff. It was a great success, and provided exposure for The Gamesmen.
Rennovations begin at 491 Forest Rd, Penshurst - 2004, September
In late 2004 we decided it was time for a change... the back wall was knocked down to make room for four mini 'booths' to showcase videogame trailers and feature products, which would allow customers to try out the latest video game accessories and play the latest games in store.
25th Anniversary Sale - 2007, September
What a day to remember... to celebrate our 25th year of business we decided to give something back to the customers to say thanks. Among many other products on sale, the ever popular Nintendo DS Lite consoles were at prices never seen before, sparking a queue that went around half the block!
Building 'The Gamesmen's Retro Video Game Museum' - 2011, October/November
In October of 2011, we begun work on putting together a to showcase what we had been collecting since we started almost 30 years ago...
The Opening of 'The Gamesmen's Retro Video Game Museum' - 2011, December
In December 2011, to celebrate the History of Video Games in Australia, and to commemorate our own 30th Year in Retail, we opened ‘The Gamesmen’s Retro Video Game Museum’. Customers of all ages are invited to visit and re-live the old days, is your first Video Game console on display in our Museum?