Physical game sales are falling and high-street game stores face increased competition from online retailers. Is there anything they can do to stay open?
Sad but true
Niche stores will always be around, but the rest will have a very hard time staying alive...
They should introduce loot boxes and micro transactions, everyone else is doing it.
One of my first jobs growing up right after high school was at a mom and pop video game store....long before Gamestop and EB put them out of business. No toys on the wall...or exclusive comic books or tee shirts...Just video games. It only paid minimum wage but I received a really good employee discount (almost cost) that helped advance my collection and was the only way I could afford my Neo Geo at the time, so that was pretty cool. I enjoyed it! Looked forward to going to work. This was when video games were not yet mainstream and still a fringe hobby. Unless it was a kid just getting into the hobby or their parents buying them games, pretty much everyone who came in was an enthusiast so the conversations were always good ones. I worked in the LA area and would even get a celebrity or two come in who were every bit the gaming geeks as all the others who came in. Was sad to see most of those type of gaming stores disappear...a while ago now. Even though Gamestop is a big conglomo that pretty much put private brick and mortar game stores out of business, that now caters to majority casuals and trendy stuff it will still be sad to see it it go the way of the Dodo. Which it most likely will do in time. Just the nature of how things are in gaming and retail overall. Time marches on I guess.
They'll be around for as long as a noteworthy amount of people have demand for them. No less.
They could survive. If other game company's come around in the same vein as Nintendo. It's all going to go streaming, i hate the thought of that. But us old skool gamers all probably do.
It's not going way of Streaming, that's a failure. Digital downloads is what the future will be.
I go to a little games/movies shop right around the corner where I live. They sell games 10€ cheaper than the big shops and I will support them as long as I can.
Those type of stores disappeared from my area long ago! Enjoy it!
Dedicated game stores will eventually get phased out. Stores that are more broad in their offerings like department or electronic stores are able offer cheaper prices for games as they can cut the margin there but make it back elsewhere. I only see them surviving in my neck of the woods if they change their stores to be cleaner and less cluttered. Like an Apple store for games in a way. A store with games hooked up via a VM would be novel. But basically this sort of shit needs to stop. http://www.theaureview.com/...
I like Gamestop for the wide array of games they have for various platforms and how abundant they are in different locations. Places like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are more spread out and less common and they carry less games.
Game here in the UK are sh*t. Their over priced. Their own online store is usually £5 cheaper and has free delivery. Compared to their physical store. Online retailers (who also have physical stores) are a lot cheaper than GAME. Why would we shop at a place that's designed to mug us off? My most recent purchase. Skyrim Nintendo switch Coolshop £37.99 Game online £49.99
I still buy physical discs and would do so because you can keep it forever unlike downloading a game. Until the day comes everyone is on fiber internet with ridiculous speeds and large amount of HDD space then ill go full digital. And I dont want to order my console online. i want to buy it at a local store. People still prefer discs.
GAME has no chance, it's gone to the point where they are slapping a £5 nonrefundable deposit on every preorder and selling tat along with games, and obvious desperation with the monopoly on exclusivity. Their 'uninformed/casual' market is dwindling due to the competitiveness of online retailers and other Supermarkets (and shops like Smyths Toys emerging with great prices for games). GAME's online prices are slightly more reasonable though which is why I think they'll switch to an online business (but even that is very competitive with online retailers like SimplyGames, Base and Shopto already having low sub-£40 prices (sometimes sub-£35!) for games and preorders, Amazon, Argos and Tesco Direct mostly holding the £40 range for preorders and other supermarkets usually selling preorders for the standard £40-45 range).
I choose to support game retailers rather than Supermarkets or Amazon, but will never use Game as they are a complete ripoff. For me Shopto and SimplyGames offer an unbeatable service as online retailers, fair prices, good sales, free next day delivery and usually I receive the game a day early too. Personally, I really dislike how Game prey on the industry they should be supporting with their very shady used game practices too.....I would hate for people to lose their jobs but I wouldn't miss Fame if they disappeared from the high street.
And yet online sales have been slowing down in favor of high street stores.
If they had sensible prices then they will be fine. Charging £10-15 more than online retailers for the same game is not ideal.
I still by physical games and know a lot of people who do. I'm pretty sure it's just the PC crowd who has more or less completely renounced physical media. I actually default to physical games with notable exceptions such as many games being digital only, which I still play, or a really good Flash Sale. On the other hand, I don't often go out to go game shopping anymore, and often just buy games off of Amazon or something like Iffy's Online Store, which I guess isn't helpful to physical retailers. When I do end up at physical retailers though, I often impulse buy.
I renounced physical media on consoles. Not just the PC crowd.
Yeah, a percentage of console gamers have, but physical media is still really popular too. PC gamers are the only crowd where the vast majority have just dropped physical media altogether and only a select few actually buy games on disc.
And the reason PC gamers are happy to go digital is because its an open competitive market where you can buy from different competing retailer/etailers and also sell 2nd hand. The console version seems to shout " you look like a good moron, pay us an extra 10 bucks" and lets call it ... NO you cant sell it on after you've played it
All my purchases are usually when on sale and I mean a good sale.
Anytime anybody pushes the all digital stuff I just try and remind them of all the BS we deal with when something digital goes wrong. I can't stand that headache....physical keeps me from dealing with that.....+ they can't take the games away after 10-20 years like some are doing.
They could save themselves but my local one for example (GAME) far too greedy they say they can’t conpete with supermarkets etc yet charge Full RRP every single time. Official Nintendo store £69.99 for Pokemon Dual Edition (ultra sun and moon) £89.99 at GAME. Amiibos are £4+ everytime Ni no Kuni collectors edition is another £20 more than elsewhere the Fan editions of Ultra sun and moon £36 and deliveries a day before launch yet go with GAME they’ll charge you £49.99 each and not get it to you til launch day after various balls ups. Overcharging your card etc. Absolutely gone downhill they might as well give up... oh we do an elite reward points system now... which still basically doesn’t cover the overpricing and yet you gotta pay to get the extra reward points... or just shop around get a better service for cheaper 🤔 GAME need to pull their finger out Big Time.
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