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2012-05-24 09:21:25 AM
I haven't felt the need to be in a Gamestop for years, I don't think I'll be attending their expo...

/ Funcoland was better....
 
2012-05-24 09:24:50 AM

Splinshints: I haven't felt the need to be in a Gamestop for years, I don't think I'll be attending their expo...

/ Funcoland was better....


Electronics Boutique was better.

I still have no idea how a shiatty company like Gamestop was able to buy EB.
 
2012-05-24 09:35:40 AM
That sounds like the worst EXPO ever. Even worse than that "Diseased Elderly Strippers" expo I went to last year in Thailand.
 
2012-05-24 09:47:24 AM
Last time I went to gamestop I got the entire Professor Layton series when The Last Specter was released.

Hell, I might go. I'm a powerup member and might even have enough points to redeem for a ticket.
 
2012-05-24 09:49:48 AM
I've never been to one but have collegues who have gone as presenters and as gamestop employees and as I recall the actual expo floor previously has only been open for a few hours, like under 3 or so. Also companies are only allowed to show products that are sold at gamestop, basically no indie's or startups.
 
2012-05-24 10:27:12 AM
Yay.
 
2012-05-24 10:44:30 AM
I like GameStop because it's close to the house and has cheap used games.

I hate GameStop because the clerks are assholes and there is always a line of 10+ people being waited on by a single clerk, while 3-5 other employees are doing anything but ringing up purchases.
 
2012-05-24 10:58:06 AM
I was an EB Games / GameStop manager around the time of the merger, so I got to see the expo evolve into something bigger and better. One year, it was just a trade show with some small booths and a few nicely-decorated areas and rooms for larger publishers, and lots of free games and swag being handed out.

By the time the merger was finished, it'd turned into this giant, sprawling thing with E3-style booths and lots of freebies (though fewer free games). We weren't complaining, because we had the chance to see and play the PS3, 360 and Wii (as well as games like Halo 2 and Zelda: Twilight Princess) long before consumers got their hands on them.

I'm not sure the experience would be worth $35, though... especially with large crowds of GameStop customers.
 
2012-05-24 11:48:20 AM
I'd go, but I have a feeling they'll spend most of the time trying to get me to pre-order tickets for next years show.
 
2012-05-24 11:50:40 AM

secularsage: I was an EB Games / GameStop manager around the time of the merger, so I got to see the expo evolve into something bigger and better. One year, it was just a trade show with some small booths and a few nicely-decorated areas and rooms for larger publishers, and lots of free games and swag being handed out.

By the time the merger was finished, it'd turned into this giant, sprawling thing with E3-style booths and lots of freebies (though fewer free games). We weren't complaining, because we had the chance to see and play the PS3, 360 and Wii (as well as games like Halo 2 and Zelda: Twilight Princess) long before consumers got their hands on them.

I'm not sure the experience would be worth $35, though... especially with large crowds of GameStop customers.


I get the feeling that GS is on the way out as a major retail shop for gamers. This all seems way to familiar and reminds me of when they closed down Tower Records. Could they be trying to drum up some extra cash before they collapse? I don't see them being around much more than another 2-3years.
 
2012-05-24 12:04:31 PM

capitafun: secularsage: I was an EB Games / GameStop manager around the time of the merger, so I got to see the expo evolve into something bigger and better. One year, it was just a trade show with some small booths and a few nicely-decorated areas and rooms for larger publishers, and lots of free games and swag being handed out.

By the time the merger was finished, it'd turned into this giant, sprawling thing with E3-style booths and lots of freebies (though fewer free games). We weren't complaining, because we had the chance to see and play the PS3, 360 and Wii (as well as games like Halo 2 and Zelda: Twilight Princess) long before consumers got their hands on them.

I'm not sure the experience would be worth $35, though... especially with large crowds of GameStop customers.

I get the feeling that GS is on the way out as a major retail shop for gamers. This all seems way to familiar and reminds me of when they closed down Tower Records. Could they be trying to drum up some extra cash before they collapse? I don't see them being around much more than another 2-3years.


I stopped shopping at GS when they made it so you couldn't get out of the store without 30 minutes of pitching pre-orders. The last time I went in was about a year before Skyrim came out and the guy at the register went on for 5 minutes trying to get me to pre-order it. Fark that noise.

Do all my game purchases on amazon now. Prime was one of the smartest investments I've made.
 
2012-05-24 01:31:57 PM
AiryAnne: I hate GameStop because the clerks are assholes and there is always a line of 10+ people being waited on by a single clerk, while 3-5 other employees are doing anything but ringing up purchases.

YMMV depending on location.

Around here, we have a ghetto gamestop (basically what you described above), a college game stop (same as above, but with nice clerks), and an awesome gamestop (most of the clerks are gamer girls, so the wait doesn't seem that long :D )

// awesome gamestop is the furthest away
 
2012-05-24 02:52:27 PM

AiryAnne: I like GameStop because it's close to the house and has had cheap used games.


Used to be great pricing, now it's 10% or less off new retail. It's sad.
 
2012-05-24 03:12:34 PM

lordargent: AiryAnne: I hate GameStop because the clerks are assholes and there is always a line of 10+ people being waited on by a single clerk, while 3-5 other employees are doing anything but ringing up purchases.

YMMV depending on location.

Around here, we have a ghetto gamestop (basically what you described above), a college game stop (same as above, but with nice clerks), and an awesome gamestop (most of the clerks are gamer girls, so the wait doesn't seem that long :D )

// awesome gamestop is the furthest away


I live next to a college gamestop(live next to a college) and an awesome gamestop. Guess that's a big influence why I don't have the common gamestop hate most farkers have.

/awesome gamestop has a cute redhead
//i'm biased, I know it.
 
2012-05-24 03:40:05 PM

Grither: Even worse than that "Diseased Elderly Strippers" expo I went to last year in Thailand.


Your Mom was too cheap to hire a babysitter while she was away?
 
2012-05-24 04:02:29 PM
I've stopped shopping at Gamestop, both actual locations and online, because of some horrible customer service.

They finally sent me an "early game-access code" 3 days after the game launched. Everyone in the CS department seemed honestly confused why I claimed it was an unsatisfactory resolution.
 
2012-05-24 10:22:45 PM
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2012-05-25 12:33:34 AM
Cheaper to buy used booths. When we introduced the Neo Geo CD system, the booth was purchased used from Hudsonsoft. 2nd story conference rooms and a clean design. Used it at E3.

(yes, was working in it in a polo shirt)
//good times
 
2012-05-25 01:58:42 AM
the last game i bought "new" from gamestop was opened. it was the display case and the disk was behind the counter. i do go in there to look at GBA and DS games that aren't made anymore.

the best place to get cheap video games is target... target will keep marking down games until they sell. if i can't get a game for 75 percent off, it wasn't meant to be.
 
Skr
2012-05-25 05:57:18 AM
Gamestop was/is one of the authorized prepurchase/preorder dealers of the Collector's Edition of Guild Wars 2. They were supposed to hand out "Beta access + 3 day early start" keys with a full price prepurchase, but some ended up handing out the "no beta + 1 day early access" key instead. The lesser key was only supposed to go with the $5 - $10 preorder. Seen a lot of unhappy people deal with that on some forums. A bit understandable that someone dropping $150 would want the promised Beta weekends.

Personally I've had a mixed bag of experiences with their retail store, but Expos take on a life of their own beyond that. As such gamer gatherings are usually at least interesting if not fun.


Last decent purchase I had there was a copy of Ogre Battle 64 for around $7.

Really liked FuncoLand though. I recall looking through their black and white pamphlets of games + pricing and circling which ones I wanted to check out given the opportunity.
 
2012-05-25 06:45:52 AM
Skr: Really liked FuncoLand though. I recall looking through their black and white pamphlets of games + pricing and circling which ones I wanted to check out given the opportunity.

Ahhh, giant list of NES games, how I've missed you.

// Funny, the used game market didn't seem to be causing any trouble back then.
 
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