Submitted by CGMagazine 1030d ago | opinion piece

Game Retailers Need To Catalog Games More Seriously

When Wayne walks into a book store, he can stroll over to the mystery, science fiction, spiritual, architecture or biography sections. When he walk into a music store, he can browse through jazz, rock, pop, classical, alternative or metal. When he walk into a video store, he can peruse comedies, dramas, documentaries, horror, or action.

When he walk into a game store, he can check out Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Wii sections. In the immortal words of Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the others. (Culture, GameStop, Industry, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

SpiralTear  +   1030d ago
This is an interesting article, but some games are so hybridized that you can't organize them by genre. Would you put Kingdoms of Amalur in the RPG or action section?

Then again, I'm pretty sure that avid and educated gamers already know what they're looking for in an alphabetical catalog. It's the newer gamers that would need a fully reorganized catalog to sift through.
sdozzo  +   1030d ago
What was that a picture of... A store? What... I do everything through the computer box.
Soldierone  +   1030d ago
I have to agree. I think Gamestop needs to open a bigger store, but still have their smaller ones around it.

The issue is how many of these other stores still exist? Hardly any. Sure you were able to browse genres etc... but the stores are gone. For books the ONLY store we have here now is Barnes and Noble and the libraries (which are threatened to be shut down), for music we have Zia Records THATS IT, my local Bestbuy doesn't even have a music section anymore. Well they do, but its nothing like it was. For movies you are lucky if Blockbuster is still around in your area.

Big brand stores like Wal-Mart are making it so small direct product stores like this can't exist. And in order to offer everything, they need to scale back certain sections. It sucks, but thats what they need to do. In order to have bigger stores, you pay bigger property prices, and then compete directly with Wal-Mart to keep the place.

I think video games are more like comic books than anything. And those are still to this day sorted in alphabetical order, not by genre.

It's also harder to catalog more when the audience typically just wants the new product. There is no real reason to have older copy's. Video games don't have the "collection" perk that comics have.
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azshorty2003  +   1030d ago
I'm just lucky if the Gamestop I walk into has the freaking games Alphabetized!! Let alone by any sort of category.

I refuse to even browse if its not in any sort of order.
Hicken  +   1030d ago
You should say something to the other customers, then. It's not like GS employees WANT the walls out of order; that makes inventory-related tasks stupidly difficult.

That said, it's rather impossible to categorize games beyond a certain level. There are sci-fi sports games, RPGs, and action/adventure titles. Where would you put Deus Ex?

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