In the middle 1980s, my brother and I both had Commodore 64s. Our next-door neighbor was the electronics buyer for a catalog showroom—a breed of variety store brought to its knees by Walmart before Best Buy and e-commerce finished the job. Our neighbor was in charge of buying computer hardware, and software.
That meant we got lots of free games, in addition to deals on returned hardware that people claimed was defective but actually wasn't (or could, with a little lead solder, be made effective.) Activision's lineup from 1984 to 1986—including Alcazar, The Great American Cross-Country Road Race, and the haunting, poignant Alter Ego were all gifts from our neighbor during our birthdays and Christmas.