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Gamestop closing 500+ stores hehe
02.03.2013
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good riddance, can't remember the last time i bought a game from them.

02.04.2013
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They give you $50 for a vita trade in lol not surprised they are going bye bye

02.04.2013
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bloody hell guess its goodbye to gamestop

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As I am in the retail game myself, it's always sad to see a store close. I know a lot of people whom will be affected by this. 500 stores at 5-8 people a store is 2500-3500 out of work. Hopefully this isn't in Canada quite yet, I would be interested to see what locations are being hit the most. Unfortunately with everything going digital is was inevitable just like BB.

02.04.2013
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Hard to fight the interwebs. And now Amazon wants us to feel sorry for them as well -- Amazon, who killed B&N, who killed the local bookstore.

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==> 500 <== stores ?!
Ouch.....

02.05.2013
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500 stores is a lot. They'll need to lower used game prices and increase the amount paid to those that sell their games there, or they will be gone by the end of 2014...

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500 stores x 5-8 people per store is a lot sure.. but there's also the argument that those store should never have been open in the first place. Whatever you feel about gamestop for or against. I think I can convince you that they had too many stores. Especially considering all the complaints (or lies) they would constantly spew about their lack of money and how much things cost them. You can't justify having stores every 6th block. The gaming industry is not one that needs that much presence.

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500 stores x 5-8 people per store is a lot sure.. but there's also the argument that those store should never have been open in the first place. Whatever you feel about gamestop for or against. I think I can convince you that they had too many stores. Especially considering all the complaints (or lies) they would constantly spew about their lack of money and how much things cost them. You can't justify having stores every 6th block. The gaming industry is not one that needs that much presence.

You have a point there.
Even in my suburb, we had 2 gamestops in the same commercial center. The second had been open for about 8-10 months before it had to close.

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you could even argue that what we're seeing is the WalMart effect.

WalMart comes into town undercutting all the local stores.. then when they're functionally gone shoots up the prices. GameStop has decimated the likes of the now mythical mom and pop game store and even the smaller stores like Game-n-Trade, absorbing EBGames, etc. If I was a paranoid person I'd just call this the beginning of the other shoe dropping.

Of course I could also argue this is a sign of the industry finally caving in on itself.. but there's a lot less drama in that.

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I won't argue that that is alot of stores, there are 7 store in London. However it's sad to that sort of failure and the ripple effect it has with the people involved. This is the first step in shutdown process I am sure. By 2017 they will be gone. New systems are still disc based for now.

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If next gen goes 50% download.. gamestop is going bye bye

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oh please don't even talk about that nightmare. The "all digital future" :shudder: Nothing worse could happen to the industry. That would literally be the end of gaming as we know it.

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wolfkin said

oh please don't even talk about that nightmare. The "all digital future" :shudder: Nothing worse could happen to the industry. That would literally be the end of gaming as we know it.

why is that, @wolfkin?

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wolfkin said

oh please don't even talk about that nightmare. The "all digital future" :shudder: Nothing worse could happen to the industry. That would literally be the end of gaming as we know it.

why is that, @wolfkin?

I go over this so many times I forget where I've said and haven't said it. First off even here in America there are many places where getting online is difficult. There are a lot of gamers that don't play online because it's hard for them. What about the gaming businesses. Tournaments, places like Battle-N-Brew that let you come in and play like an arcade for $15 admittance fee. In a strictly logical sense what you're doing is you're forcing console gamers to adopt a PC model. Console gamers aren't PC gamers for a number of reasons. One of which is that they prefer the console system.

The PC can get away with things like always online because it's already on my internet box. Consoles are not. It's one thing to give me more with my internet but it's another thing to force me to use it. Even now my own internet is sticky. Some days it works some days it doesn't.

I really gotta start my site so i can put together my theory of industry implosion which is based on the fact that according to game stop people need to sell used games to afford new games. This is something I too believe and i think it's a sign of something wrong with the industry. The car industry has a similar model but a car has features like scalable price that don't translate in gaming. Our industry has a HUGE problem with price both on creation and selling.

The PC can go internet only because when you're selling games like Saint's Row the Third for $7 you can go ahead and force me online and put me thru configuration loops. If the Xbox really and truly does online always then we better see prices for games plummet. I mean hardcore plummet. We won't. Microsoft will never lower prices Xbox Live Gold went up $10 with virtually no incentive for increase and they make money hand over fist on XBL Gold, which I hear is like a ransom.. do you really lose your account if you stop paying? All your achievements and friends? That's insane if they really don't just downgrade you to silver.

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wolfkin said

premiersoupir said

wolfkin said

oh please don't even talk about that nightmare. The "all digital future" :shudder: Nothing worse could happen to the industry. That would literally be the end of gaming as we know it.

why is that, @wolfkin?

I go over this so many times I forget where I've said and haven't said it. First off even here in America there are many places where getting online is difficult. There are a lot of gamers that don't play online because it's hard for them. What about the gaming businesses. Tournaments, places like Battle-N-Brew that let you come in and play like an arcade for $15 admittance fee. In a strictly logical sense what you're doing is you're forcing console gamers to adopt a PC model. Console gamers aren't PC gamers for a number of reasons. One of which is that they prefer the console system.

The PC can get away with things like always online because it's already on my internet box. Consoles are not. It's one thing to give me more with my internet but it's another thing to force me to use it. Even now my own internet is sticky. Some days it works some days it doesn't.

I really gotta start my site so i can put together my theory of industry implosion which is based on the fact that according to game stop people need to sell used games to afford new games. This is something I too believe and i think it's a sign of something wrong with the industry. The car industry has a similar model but a car has features like scalable price that don't translate in gaming. Our industry has a HUGE problem with price both on creation and selling.

The PC can go internet only because when you're selling games like Saint's Row the Third for $7 you can go ahead and force me online and put me thru configuration loops. If the Xbox really and truly does online always then we better see prices for games plummet. I mean hardcore plummet. We won't. Microsoft will never lower prices Xbox Live Gold went up $10 with virtually no incentive for increase and they make money hand over fist on XBL Gold, which I hear is like a ransom.. do you really lose your account if you stop paying? All your achievements and friends? That's insane if they really don't just downgrade you to silver.

I don't necessarily agree with that. This new system will be disc based. That means another 6-8 years before all digital future comes. At that point there will be differences in who has internet where and what speed is available to them, as well as the consistent use of it. This is the evolution of gaming. PC's never used to require a internet connection until the internet became a thing. I remember playing plenty of PC games before the internet existed. Console's will and should evolve too.

This generation I have warmed up to digital purchases, that I probably would have not made before, I think most people would agree with that. At the end of the day consumers need to vote with their wallets. If you like digital use it, if you don't do not buy and send a message. However the current message being sent is digital is the future.

As for Xbox live theirs a reason I don't own a xbox. I voted with my wallet. Live was a huge component of that. As well i'm a plus member.

In terms of used games, i don't buy them personally or trade in. I want the developers to get the money from a game to help support them. Too many closures this year of good studios. I won't miss the used games market which if I guessed will not exist on the next consoles.

02.07.2013
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The problem with an "only digital" future? Download limits in Canada, shitty Internet in the US.

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I don't necessarily agree with that. This new system will be disc based. That means another 6-8 years before all digital future comes. At that point there will be differences in who has internet where and what speed is available to them, as well as the consistent use of it. This is the evolution of gaming. PC's never used to require a internet connection until the internet became a thing. I remember playing plenty of PC games before the internet existed. Console's will and should evolve too.

the thing about the PC is.. they've added much more to games to make the requirement of internet much less. First off the PC isn't just for games, it's a primary box FOR the internet. The gameconsole is not no matter how much they try to add internet based services to it. It will first and foremost be a box that plays games.
If you look at the PC as a gaming console you see thing that we've never seen in console space. Games priced at $7-12 dollars only a year old, Graphical fidelity that I'm told has always surpassed the console, online systems that don't really charge you for anything, levels of customization far and beyond what we get on consoles. The console's offline aspects are an example of product differentiation. No muss, no fuss, just buy the game with Xbox on the cover and you're good. Taking away that ease will wreak havoc on what will be shown to be a surprisingly large number of people. It was only a few years ago that they stopped doing all the "Wow would you believe X% of xboxes are not online" articles. I doubt it's because the numbers changed.. It's because of the age of the console. By the next generation (5 yrs) yeah maybe in theory America will be wired up for internet ( i doubt it but let's assume) that doesn't change anything for Mexico or any number of countries where consoles are sold but internet isn't easy to get to. Not to mention the caps.

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EdEN said

The problem with an "only digital" future? Download limits in Canada, shitty Internet in the US.

I agree as someone in Canada who has a download limit of 120GB I almost reach it every month. Those will have to be expanded. Is the internet really shitty in the states. We tend to have great quality internet in Canada thought it would be similar.

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