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Submitted by bggriffiths 455d ago | opinion piece

Games at Retail: Adapt or Die

Dealspwn writes: Last week finally saw HMV find a new buyer, ensuring one more traditional bricks and mortar business would enable gaming to have a high street presence alongside Blockbuster and Game. With most of us using online retailers to buy and pre-order games nowadays, you may wonder why we still need video games to be represented on the high street.

As this console generation winds down, we’ve seen a steep decline in game sales across the board. In 2012, retail sales were hit the most and dropped by over 20%. Game, Blockbuster and HMV barely survived, as gamers’ attention wavered. The original Wii’s bubble burst and there was a lack of any serious mass appeal products to renew lapsed players’ (read: more casual than you and I for example) interest. The numbers for Call of Duty are down and we’re repeatedly hearing of sequels selling only a shadow of what the previous game did – hello DMC. (Blockbuster, Culture, GAME, GAME Group, HMV, Industry, Next-Gen, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

ifritAlkhemyst  +   455d ago
Simply put, as internet speeds continue to grow and companies continue to embrace the control that gaming on the cloud affords them, retail is inevitably going to die. In the future, video game retail stores are going to be equivalent to any inner city CD & vinyl music store.
kostchtchie_  +   455d ago
no sympathy for these store, they have all been robbing gamers with BS prices for years, and karma comes back around, they should have just let HMV die off
dangert12  +   455d ago
It will be a sad day as far as jobs etc but i cant wait for GAME to go bust, they been ripping off people ever since i can remember! I remember my friend had tekken 3 when we was young he sold it them for a £5...came back and they was selling it for £30.

(we was young £5 was alot then, or until we seen they was reselling it for £30)
SpinalRemains138  +   455d ago
TBH totally honest, I don't even know what anybody buys games anymore. 95% of games are worthless after a playthrough. All games are simple enough to playthrough within 12 hours, give or take. The games with great multiplayer aspects are the only game which warrant a 60 dollar purchase.

Now, for 17 bucks a month, one can rent and finish as many as 4 games..... A full savings of more than 220 dollars! I don't think gamers just stop and do the math. Look at it!

This also ties in with backward compatibility. It's not necessary by any means. Only a select few titles, just like movies, warrant a replay.

I think gamers are entirely too involved with replaying games just to kill time and want to hoard their old games just cuz they can. The store which sells me games is in decline because more people like me are saving thousands and playing more.

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