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2014-04-25 08:20:07 PM
so they took their name literally?  well that's just retraded.
 
2014-04-25 08:23:39 PM
Universally beloved video game vendor GameStop

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2014-04-25 08:25:41 PM
I can't remember the last time I left the house to buy a game. I think it was when The Burning Crusade came out for WoW. Everything is Steam now.
 
2014-04-25 08:25:43 PM
So they want to expand into electronics other than video games?  Perhaps a boutique of some sort?
 
2014-04-25 08:26:39 PM
What about Battletoads? How did that factor into the deal?
 
2014-04-25 08:44:32 PM

NeoCortex42: So they want to expand into electronics other than video games?  Perhaps a boutique of some sort?


I'm thinking of something more shack like.  Perhaps named after a type of wave.
 
2014-04-25 08:50:12 PM
GameStop has grown weary of the whole video game thing, what with the imminent collapse of the physical-media game market and all.

I got a quick question about this, given the state of the internet in America, how many games could a person download for their console (equivalent to GTA or whatever standard you wish to use) before facing caps?
 
2014-04-25 08:55:11 PM
They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.
 
2014-04-25 08:58:54 PM

Gergesa: GameStop has grown weary of the whole video game thing, what with the imminent collapse of the physical-media game market and all.

I got a quick question about this, given the state of the internet in America, how many games could a person download for their console (equivalent to GTA or whatever standard you wish to use) before facing caps?


Most ISPs in the US do not have hard caps. Comcast I think has a soft cap of something like 200 Gb.  I don't know of anyone that's had an issue with hitting a cap from buying games. Only major torrenters have had problems with ISPs with regards to data amounts.
 
2014-04-25 10:15:21 PM

Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.


I've seen them have two in the same mall.
 
2014-04-25 10:19:33 PM

ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.


I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.
 
2014-04-25 10:21:48 PM
Not for long I suppose.
 
2014-04-25 10:23:27 PM

The Bestest: ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.

I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.


The real problem is likely that walmart is doing trade-ins now too, and there are likely 15 of them within 6 miles of you.
 
2014-04-25 10:53:33 PM

The Bestest: ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.

I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.


Yeah, in this town there are 2 in teh same mega shopping development, then another in a smaller strip mall about a mile away.
 
2014-04-25 11:12:27 PM
Too bad they won't start accepting and selling retro games. It'd be nice to have a local spot to pick up old SNES games, though I suppose GS would probably charge full-on Ebay prices.

/I guess I never did have a point.
 
2014-04-25 11:17:23 PM

The Bestest: ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.

I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.


I believe a lot of those are remnants of the buyouts of Electronics Boutique and other smaller game chains.  In malls where both existed before the buyout they often just converted the second store into another Gamestop instead of closing one of them down.
 
2014-04-25 11:17:43 PM
I'm guessing they're realizing that we're probably looking at the penultimate console generation and the very real possibility of the industry contracting severely when gamers quit shelling out for the yearly COD expansion packs being sold for full price.

The current trend of huge multimillion dollar productions isn't sustainable and will end up killing a lot of companies. It's just as well, since it'll hopefully free the talented ones to join up with or form their own studios.

/can't decide whether I'd rather see EA or Activision go first
 
2014-04-25 11:25:35 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The Bestest: ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.

I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.

I believe a lot of those are remnants of the buyouts of Electronics Boutique and other smaller game chains.  In malls where both existed before the buyout they often just converted the second store into another Gamestop instead of closing one of them down.


Often cheaper to run two stores than break the lease.
 
2014-04-25 11:45:41 PM

FutureWars: Too bad they won't start accepting and selling retro games. It'd be nice to have a local spot to pick up old SNES games, though I suppose GS would probably charge full-on Ebay prices.

/I guess I never did have a point.


Shop local for retro games (or thrift stores...or garage sales). The hunt is the best part and you might not have eBay prices.

As much as I'd like the simplicity of GameStop doing that, I'd prefer the local shop in town to survive

/Two GameStops in the same Mall
 
2014-04-25 11:53:25 PM

Strolpol: I'm guessing they're realizing that we're probably looking at the penultimate console generation and the very real possibility of the industry contracting severely when gamers quit shelling out for the yearly COD expansion packs being sold for full price.

The current trend of huge multimillion dollar productions isn't sustainable and will end up killing a lot of companies. It's just as well, since it'll hopefully free the talented ones to join up with or form their own studios.

/can't decide whether I'd rather see EA or Activision go first


I don't see the big budget games going away, but Sony and MS are both pushing towards digital delivery and selling older titles themselves at reduced prices to cut third parties out of the used game market.  Gamestop surely sees the writing on the wall that their current business model is troubled.

They could rebrand themselves as a small electronics retailer, focusing on cell phones, tablets, and the like.  If they're going to do that though they'll need to offer something that other retailers don't.  Best Buy is opening up Best Buy Mobile stores in a lot of malls that basically focus on phones and tablets, but depending on the store they may just have dummy models instead of working devices.

If I'm buying a phone or a tablet I want to try out a real one in person before I pull the trigger.  If Gamestop can negotiate with Google to carry the Nexus line and have real working models that would be a huge coup.

They could also continue on their 'trade in' model with small electronics and take in to resell last year's iPad, phones, etc.  That would be a unique niche, none of the other mobile device retailers sell used items in store that I know of.
 
2014-04-26 12:13:58 AM

NeoCortex42: Gergesa: GameStop has grown weary of the whole video game thing, what with the imminent collapse of the physical-media game market and all.

I got a quick question about this, given the state of the internet in America, how many games could a person download for their console (equivalent to GTA or whatever standard you wish to use) before facing caps?

Most ISPs in the US do not have hard caps. Comcast I think has a soft cap of something like 200 Gb.  I don't know of anyone that's had an issue with hitting a cap from buying games. Only major torrenters have had problems with ISPs with regards to data amounts.


That and multiple streamers in a household using Netflix, hbogo, huluplus etc. That stuff adds up quickly when you have a household using them as the primary tv source. A couple gigs for a movie.

I don't have a cap but I'd bet we would hit 200 some months.

When people have small home storage and all their games on a direct download account, I expect to see more people hitting that point.
 
2014-04-26 12:15:43 AM

TuteTibiImperes: The Bestest: ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.

I've been in 3 malls that have at least two of them (and one of them had -three-), and there are 6 of them within 15 miles of me.

I believe a lot of those are remnants of the buyouts of Electronics Boutique and other smaller game chains.  In malls where both existed before the buyout they often just converted the second store into another Gamestop instead of closing one of them down.


That is weird. Mall space costs money.
 
2014-04-26 12:16:26 AM
I'll miss them kinda. Sure I haven't bought a physical copy of a game in years, but I always used to like wandering around them if I was stuck at the mall for some reason.
 
2014-04-26 12:17:20 AM
I mean, are the leases that long a term?
I guess they must be.
 
2014-04-26 12:18:30 AM

Smackledorfer: NeoCortex42: Gergesa: GameStop has grown weary of the whole video game thing, what with the imminent collapse of the physical-media game market and all.

I got a quick question about this, given the state of the internet in America, how many games could a person download for their console (equivalent to GTA or whatever standard you wish to use) before facing caps?

Most ISPs in the US do not have hard caps. Comcast I think has a soft cap of something like 200 Gb.  I don't know of anyone that's had an issue with hitting a cap from buying games. Only major torrenters have had problems with ISPs with regards to data amounts.

That and multiple streamers in a household using Netflix, hbogo, huluplus etc. That stuff adds up quickly when you have a household using them as the primary tv source. A couple gigs for a movie.

I don't have a cap but I'd bet we would hit 200 some months.

When people have small home storage and all their games on a direct download account, I expect to see more people hitting that point.


Comcast is playing around with different caps.  They've raised it to 300GB in a lot of areas, some still have no official cap, and in other they're testing a tiered system with anywhere from 300GB to 600GB depending on which level of service you subscribe to.  They're also testing a low cost 5GB 'Grandma wants to e-mail' type of plan in some places.
 
2014-04-26 12:57:41 AM

FutureWars: It'd be nice to have a local spot to pick up old SNES games,


Half Price Books.  Though if your profile is telling the truth, you would have to travel a little ways to get to the nearest in North Olmstead.
 
2014-04-26 01:34:23 AM
Sorry buggy-whip reseller, your days are over.

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2014-04-26 02:12:55 AM

Strolpol: I'm guessing they're realizing that we're probably looking at the penultimate console generation and the very real possibility of the industry contracting severely when gamers quit shelling out for the yearly COD expansion packs being sold for full price.

The current trend of huge multimillion dollar productions isn't sustainable and will end up killing a lot of companies. It's just as well, since it'll hopefully free the talented ones to join up with or form their own studios.

/can't decide whether I'd rather see EA or Activision go first


I don't see EA or Activision going away, only because they put out enough PC titles that they could survive if they quit making console games. I do see brick-and-mortar game retailers going away because most PC gamers purchase their games digitally nowadays. I can't remember the last time I had to put a disc in my computer in order to play a game.

/subby
 
2014-04-26 02:19:00 AM
NeoCortex42:

Most ISPs in the US do not have hard caps. Comcast I think has a soft cap of something like 200 Gb.  I don't know of anyone that's had an issue with hitting a cap from buying games. Only major torrenters have had problems with ISPs with regards to data amounts.


Yet.
 
2014-04-26 03:03:09 AM

CraicBaby: Strolpol: I'm guessing they're realizing that we're probably looking at the penultimate console generation and the very real possibility of the industry contracting severely when gamers quit shelling out for the yearly COD expansion packs being sold for full price.

The current trend of huge multimillion dollar productions isn't sustainable and will end up killing a lot of companies. It's just as well, since it'll hopefully free the talented ones to join up with or form their own studios.

/can't decide whether I'd rather see EA or Activision go first

I don't see EA or Activision going away, only because they put out enough PC titles that they could survive if they quit making console games. I do see brick-and-mortar game retailers going away because most PC gamers purchase their games digitally nowadays. I can't remember the last time I had to put a disc in my computer in order to play a game.

/subby


But how will my kids get skylanders? Say what you will about video games in general, but that was a brilliant marketing move that has sucked hundreds from my wallet(happily to I might add). In the end kids need a place where they can go to want and anticipate a new game. Without that they are just poor mini adults.
 
2014-04-26 05:21:28 AM
I don't so much mind Gamestop. I made 'friends' with the manager of a local GS, so I get her discount whenever buy something. I only buy maybe 2 or 3 new release games a year, all the rest I wait till it goes to Greatest Hits or it's an older game. I never sell games, as I only buy ones I know I'll replay and replay. One timer's I'll borrow or rent. I like not having to be online to play a goddamned video game. I like to actually own the thing without my gameplay being monitored. I like owning physical copies. This whole 'well, you don't reeeeeeally own it' bullshiat is, well, bullshiat. Outside of GTAOnline, and a bit of TLOU, I really, really don't like online multiplayer. Good single player campaigns are getting fewer and farther between, And I I farking hate that. I've found myself playing far more older games lately, NES, SNES, PS2, older PC games, even.
 
2014-04-26 07:56:04 AM
Madden 05? Everybody knows ESPN 2K5 was the football sim to have back then.
 
2014-04-26 09:46:11 AM

robohobo: I don't so much mind Gamestop. I made 'friends' with the manager of a local GS, so I get her discount whenever buy something. I only buy maybe 2 or 3 new release games a year, all the rest I wait till it goes to Greatest Hits or it's an older game. I never sell games, as I only buy ones I know I'll replay and replay. One timer's I'll borrow or rent. I like not having to be online to play a goddamned video game. I like to actually own the thing without my gameplay being monitored. I like owning physical copies. This whole 'well, you don't reeeeeeally own it' bullshiat is, well, bullshiat. Outside of GTAOnline, and a bit of TLOU, I really, really don't like online multiplayer. Good single player campaigns are getting fewer and farther between, And I I farking hate that. I've found myself playing far more older games lately, NES, SNES, PS2, older PC games, even.


Just wait. I predict in the near future that consoles will require you to be online. Not all PC games require you to be online. Most Steam games allow you to play in offline mode. And it's nice not having to worry about lost, broken, or scratched discs. Or finding a place to store them all. And I can play my old games without worrying about backwards compatibility issues or keeping older platforms around so I can play them.
 
2014-04-26 10:26:06 AM

Aar1012: FutureWars: Too bad they won't start accepting and selling retro games. It'd be nice to have a local spot to pick up old SNES games, though I suppose GS would probably charge full-on Ebay prices.

/I guess I never did have a point.

Shop local for retro games (or thrift stores...or garage sales). The hunt is the best part and you might not have eBay prices.

As much as I'd like the simplicity of GameStop doing that, I'd prefer the local shop in town to survive

/Two GameStops in the same Mall


That.  But there's a place in my town called GameExchange that has almost everything from NES and up...I've even seen an UNOPENED FFVII in there before (two years ago...how did someone not open FFVII for 12 years???).
 
2014-04-26 11:13:15 AM

CraicBaby: robohobo: I don't so much mind Gamestop. I made 'friends' with the manager of a local GS, so I get her discount whenever buy something. I only buy maybe 2 or 3 new release games a year, all the rest I wait till it goes to Greatest Hits or it's an older game. I never sell games, as I only buy ones I know I'll replay and replay. One timer's I'll borrow or rent. I like not having to be online to play a goddamned video game. I like to actually own the thing without my gameplay being monitored. I like owning physical copies. This whole 'well, you don't reeeeeeally own it' bullshiat is, well, bullshiat. Outside of GTAOnline, and a bit of TLOU, I really, really don't like online multiplayer. Good single player campaigns are getting fewer and farther between, And I I farking hate that. I've found myself playing far more older games lately, NES, SNES, PS2, older PC games, even.

Just wait. I predict in the near future that consoles will require you to be online. Not all PC games require you to be online. Most Steam games allow you to play in offline mode. And it's nice not having to worry about lost, broken, or scratched discs. Or finding a place to store them all. And I can play my old games without worrying about backwards compatibility issues or keeping older platforms around so I can play them.


Ya I have pretty much came around to steam too. And gog.com.
 
2014-04-26 12:52:55 PM

ManateeGag: Mugato: They had 6,457 stores? Holy shiat.

I've seen them have two in the same mall.


There were 2 in the mall here, and one less than 1/2 mile away and then they built a new one on the other end of town ~8 miles from those three.  They closed one of the ones in the mall (the current one used to be Electronics Boutique and before that Software Etc.  Bought all of my DOS software there way back when.

There are 2 more within 8 miles of the 3 we have here as well.   Hell we only have 3 Starbucks within that same area of 5 Game Stops, THAT is saying a lot!
 
2014-04-26 06:03:52 PM
Maybe if they didn't vastly over-charge for their used games, I'd still go there.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 has been out for five years now. It's still $45 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. That's ridiculous. I saw it being sold NEW in stores for $29.99 two years ago.

That's just one example. They over-charge for the used stuff, and under-pay for the trade-ins. I used to manage a Funcoland back in the old days (the 16-bit era) and while the original company was bought out, the pawn shop mentality of the corporate overlords remains the same: Screw over the customers any way you can.
 
2014-04-26 10:16:19 PM

Nix Nightbird: Maybe if they didn't vastly over-charge for their used games, I'd still go there.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 has been out for five years now. It's still $45 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. That's ridiculous. I saw it being sold NEW in stores for $29.99 two years ago.

That's just one example. They over-charge for the used stuff, and under-pay for the trade-ins. I used to manage a Funcoland back in the old days (the 16-bit era) and while the original company was bought out, the pawn shop mentality of the corporate overlords remains the same: Screw over the customers any way you can.


Funcoland was the worst of them all in the regard though.
 
2014-04-27 12:21:05 AM

Nemo's Brother: Nix Nightbird: Maybe if they didn't vastly over-charge for their used games, I'd still go there.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 has been out for five years now. It's still $45 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. That's ridiculous. I saw it being sold NEW in stores for $29.99 two years ago.

That's just one example. They over-charge for the used stuff, and under-pay for the trade-ins. I used to manage a Funcoland back in the old days (the 16-bit era) and while the original company was bought out, the pawn shop mentality of the corporate overlords remains the same: Screw over the customers any way you can.

Funcoland was the worst of them all in the regard though.


Yeah. Our buy sheets were insulting, but people kept selling to us anyway.

When they turned into GameStop, they just learned to hide it a bit better. When EB bought them, they just decided they would screw people hard and without lube, but make it seem like a great deal.

On the other hand, I don't like to recall how many times I got NES, Genesis, or SNES systems from customers that were filled with cockroaches or obviously stolen. Funcoland didn't care about proof of ownership, and the cockroaches were vacuumed out before the console was cleaned and sold to customers for three times what we paid for it. More than a few times I decided the console was too grody to sell and under company rules was required to take it out back and smash it to bits with a hammer.

I'll tell you: It's very therapeutic to smash a front-loading NES with a hammer. Those suckers were actually very durable. Game Boys were, too. We used to take turns smashing the ones designated for destruction by throwing them at the brick wall in the alley, or stomping on them. They took a lot of work to really thoroughly destroy them.

The reason the company wanted this was because they didn't want people dumpster-diving and pulling out the defective consoles to fix and sell them back to us. It's the same reason at video stores I had to smash X-rated videocassettes we were pulling from inventory. I personally pulled the guts out of more VHS porn cassettes than anyone I've ever met. `Smashed them with a hammer, tore up the tape, etc... All because corporate didn't want to pay to ship them for resale, and decided they were to be destroyed and discarded when we were bought out by a big company that didn't have Adult Rooms in their stores.

Good times.
 
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