We have all the major nationwide chains for gaming save for GameRush
Really, what's your source for that?
I have done most of my game shopping at GR the last 2 years. It has sucked lately (the one GR out here has been neglected by corporate with no Wii shipments whatsoever so I had to resort to EB for one), but is still half decent.
Gamecrazy's are like Starbucks out here (on every corner it seems), and they can be OK for finding harder to find games, but they are not good for trade-in deals like GR used to be.
Fred Meyer occasionally has some great clearance prices, and they are overlooked by many gamers so sometimes you can find hard-to-find stuff there as well (older OOP games for example).
Fry's down in Wilsonville is also a good place to game browse, in any case - they have import PSP and DS games and many console games you won't see for sale anywhere else.
But if I had to do it all over again, I would have lived in Vancouver. I work from home (and now pay more in OR state tax than in Federal!) and when I came here from AZ I could have lived anywhere. Because of the tax issues I should have chosen Vancouver. I just couldn't find a proper house up there for the family in the time we set aside for it. But we were in no rush and should have just waited.
The housing market is crashing here though, so you might find a deal now!