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General Chat Thread, GAME group goes into administration in General; Never been into games since the mid eighties (I personally detest consoles and games), so the only thing I will ...
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    Never been into games since the mid eighties (I personally detest consoles and games), so the only thing I will comment on is that the lowly sales people and store managers will be put on the scap heap with the other 2.5 to 3 million and the CEO and directors with the teflon shoulders will be operating another business within 6 months again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I'll pop back in when they have the fire sale (looked last week and it wasn't much) but all I can think is that they really did bring this on themselves.
    The fire sale is on now... apparently. I went in the other day and it was pretty much the same prices.


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    I tell you what, let's not go any further otherwise we'll get to the 'Put on women's clothing' bit and things might get.........confused, shall we say.


    Dammit... I wanted you to say it. Then I would have screen-capped for future lols and a t-shirt for things like BETT.

    As for confusing... On another forum/site I'm the trappiest of traps. [Due to a misunderstanding.] And get grief regardless of whether I go along with it or try to sort it out.

    [Hello Liege if you're reading this.]


    But, that's a thread for another day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Discussion on all this in this thread as well - and as I said there, I am saddened for a number of reasons but not surprised. The range of stock is utterly appalling - having just got my PS3 and thinking "ooh lovely, bet there's some great games from the 6 year backlog I can pick up" I wandered into GAME and they only had the current top 10 and a handful of overpriced pre-owned. I mean, fer Christ's sake, the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus disc was more expensive pre-owned in game than if I bought it off PSN, which is a monopoly shop for digital downloads on the PS3. That's just mad.

    I'll pop back in when they have the fire sale (looked last week and it wasn't much) but all I can think is that they really did bring this on themselves.
    I agree - the prices in the store are ridiculous and for pre-owned games too!! I would only buy a pre-owned game if the price was 5 or less tbh.

    Having said that, don't expect much from the fire sale - considering how Game has not been allowed to order stock from certain game manufacturers, it is likely that chart and new stock will be withdrawn by the distributor and resold elsewhere because if they operate anything like the company I used to rep for, the game manufacturer distributes to a third party such as EUK who then sell to stores - excess stock is returned to the distributor and the store is 'refunded', what the distributer then does with the stock is between them and the game manufacturer. The sale will likely consist largely of the massive catalogue of pre-owned games as well as non-returnable titles and backstock. Even then, the administrators will need to wring every penny out of what stock is left to pay creditors so I doubt we will see much in the way of fabulous reductions - especially on consoles etc as the supplier will simply recall the stock. Anything that is left was sold outright to Game and will not be eligable for return which is usually older models sold off at a discount before new releases.

    I bet actual monies that you will see some REALLY old XBox consoles and PS2s coming out of the Game store rooms before the end...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    I bet actual monies that you will see some REALLY old XBox consoles and PS2s coming out of the Game store rooms before the end...
    Then I may keep an eye out for ORIGINAL SHADOW OF THE COLLOSSUS!

    [censored] PSN. I don't have a PS3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    The fire sale is on now... apparently. I went in the other day and it was pretty much the same prices.
    That's their Spring Clean sale, which was the "oh god please don't let us go under sale" and was pretty pathetic, yeah. Think I picked up Skyward Sword for 25 new which was ok, first party Nintendo titles don't often drop below that anyway, and I got a Ratchet and Clank game for my daughter pre-owned for about 3 (50p by the time I cashed in the last 2.50 on my older-than-the-staff GAME card), but it wasn't exactly inspiring.

    Hoping for a Woolworth's style fire sale, which was a real SELL EVERYTHING effort. As @AMLightfoot says though, probably unlikely - and given what their range has been like whilst solvent, there probably won't be anything I'd want in a sale anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    That's Think I picked up Skyward Sword for 25 new which was ok, first party Nintendo titles don't often drop below that anyway

    If I remember correctly, my "limited edition" version with the Wiimote+ and CD was about 30. Before the "aaaahhh don't let us dieeeee" sale.


    Although, the Slim 320GB PS3 [silver with AC:R] for 99 was decent.

    Which I totally missed. Not sure if it was even a legit offer. It isn't on the site anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
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    Dammit... I wanted you to say it. Then I would have screen-capped for future lols and a t-shirt for things like BETT.


    <SNIP>
    Ho hum................join the long (but distinguished) list of people that I've disappointed at some time or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    Ho hum................join the long (but distinguished) list of people that I've disappointed at some time or another.

    Soon in year, I will get someone to say something silly through subterfuge and shenanigans.

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    as mentioned the range is awful just before christmas i wanted the halo 1 remake for the 360 not a new game granted but not that old few game stores diddnt have it and what games they did have were expensive. The asda living over from it had a much better range of titles and they were cheaper. So if a "specialist" retailer dont do range and cant compete on price whats the point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    So if a "specialist" retailer dont do range and cant compete on price whats the point?
    Exactly.

    The range thing is more to go with current gamers, though. They don't want old games. They want the newest, shiniest games with the best graphics.

    So, old[er] games don't interest them. As they spend the most [CoD and the like], places like GAME focus on them to maximise profits.

    Which is why I see multiple high end headphones [Turtle beach] and MW3 branded accessories and nothing I'm interested in. Like the Portal: Still Alive XBLA card...

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    Thing is, they didn't maximise profits - they drove those who are looking for other things out of the store. So, it was a bad plan plain and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post

    Personally, I'm not that bothered. Game employees, at least the ones I've spoken to, have no idea what's going on game-wise. They're overpriced and usually packed solid, so it's a nightmare trying to look for anything. [Asking for help usually gets a blank stare...]

    I'm just waiting for the clear out. Then, I may grab a Vita or 2... if they're really cheap. Which they wont be.
    And smell bad because their air con has no maintenance?

    I buy from Play.com and may shop around, not a fan of Game their prices do seem high although their PC game offers have been the only thing I ever buy from them. You know the 3 PC games for 15 kind of offers. With Internet sales going up and up and their prices much better then shops why buy from them? Unless they actually do nice offers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Thing is, they didn't maximise profits - they drove those who are looking for other things out of the store. So, it was a bad plan plain and simple.
    I know.

    I didn't say they did it well... I was just saying what I think they were trying to do.


    Quote Originally Posted by mthomas08 View Post
    And smell bad because their air con has no maintenance?
    No air con.

    Shop gets hot >> parents get confused/annoyed/tired >> more likely to submit to children demanding games.


    I've actually seen it work.

    "FINE! You can have the game..." Then once outside, that look decends on their face. The look of "Why did I do that?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    The range thing is more to go with current gamers, though. They don't want old games. They want the newest, shiniest games with the best graphics.

    So, old[er] games don't interest them. As they spend the most [CoD and the like], places like GAME focus on them to maximise profits.
    I don't think that's true. This thread/site speaks otherwise, and the success of gog.com, and Kickstarter revivals, and the re-released classics on PSN such as God of War and Ico/SotC, and the outcry when backwards compatibility gradually got removed on the PS3 (and iirc, 360). I think claiming that all gamers want is MW and FIFA is just believing what the mainstream media talk about, and we all know they haven't got a clue when it comes to gaming.

    A record store wouldn't stock only the top 40 singles and albums, the whole point of them is the range they offer, the back catalogue, the obscurities you can find in them. And as a specialist retailer, GAME should have done the same thing for video games. If their perception was that people only bought MW and FIFA, then it was their responsibility as the main games retailer to push a wider range and get people interested in games two or three years old. It's in their interest! If people only bought those headline games, they're only coming into store twice a year, and those are the games most likely to be sold as loss-leaders by supermarkets anyway. You can't compete with them on price and quantity, so you damn well better compete on service and range. God knows their stores had enough floor space, they just left it empty. Their layouts had more in common with a trendy clothes or furniture shop than a record store.

    Gamestation were much better in this regard, but I fear have now been dragged down by the sins of the father.

    And as @localzuk says, clearly it didn't work anyway...

    EDIT: and as you said above while I was typing this, not saying you're stupid for believing it... saying they were stupid for ever believing it. It's purely and simply strategic mismanagement that has brought them down. For the biggest retailer of a growing entertainment sector to collapse is appalling.
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    The amount of times I went into game and actually argued with staff when they tryed to sell me a game I knew I didn't like often completely unrelated to my purchase. Up-sale ahoy in their eyes, the last time being COD:MW3 with the clerk trying to sell me the special edition sets and Xbox live points to purchase COD ELITE! He goes on to tell me what elite was... I explained I knew I've worked for a competitive computer game retailer before and play my fair share of games along with keeping up to date with new games and deals, this package is not something that interested me, I then explained how my expectations were low for MW3 but I was only getting it to play multilayer with my mates. The clerk did not like this, being either a huge fanboy of the series or receiving commission he began to get rather annoyed saying nothing beats it its the best game out there. Last purchase from there!


    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    Hoping for a Woolworth's style fire sale, which was a real SELL EVERYTHING effort. As
    I loved walking into woolworths asking how much for the till and finding out it was 80...not that I wanted or needed one. However the large red bull can shaped and themed freezer for 50 was tempting for my bedroom or even the office now!
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