I forgot to mention: my shopping was at Valley View Mall. I knew there was a "big game store" there, so I asked someone in J.C. Penney and was directed to the computer game store. I went to the directory and found the store I was really looking for: Game Chest.
Super sized store, and my envy is aroused. The collection is awesome. But it's all retail, sometimes higher. It's not the concept of retail that bothers me; if it was 40% off of a 40% higher price I still wouldn't buy games at those prices. And I have no particular loyalty to the store. If Israel had a store like that, it would be worth it, because the shipping would erase any savings from buying online.
But it was fun to browse.