I'm fickle with consoles. I like the idea of them but then 3 months down the line, they are never touched so sold on eBay!
PC gaming FTW.
WHSmith are profitable (>£80m), always busy. Besides, they have an exclusivity on the Kobo Arc which I want for my birthday.
Maplins? Again, they have a high mark-up, they stock a lot of staple stuff which doesn't date or subject to trends and fads, so these will probably last the course.
I can't remember what it was [It was that good...] but all I remember was that it was a nightmare to run.
Another game I had installed used the same files and when you ran one it locked out the other until you did a repair install for the one you wanted to play.
I've also had to uninstall flash to get an indie game running before [And install a much older version] because the game seemed to check for a specific version and refused to load if it wasn't EXACTLY the same. Strangely... it didn't even NEED flash as far as I could tell.
For Game this is bad news as all these business models revolve around cheap (£5-£10) downloads or monthly subscriptions. Triple-A titles will still sell but even they (if somewhat over priced) are released in online stores now.
Back on topic, I think bricks and mortar video shops have been struggling against Sky and Virgin for years. Digital TV (more channels) and then VoD has left pretty much Blockbuster and Choices as the only players left. Lovefilm and Netflix have since come along and put the final nails in their coffins. Same as iTunes to HMV really.
I Love my streaming only Lovefilm subscription. I find I watch a greater variety of movies on a whim now.
The silver lining on the cloud is that they will have a closing down sale - maybe I can get some cheap games ;)
Then not many people will buy them. [Judging by reactions on EVERY article I've seem mentioning them.]
Das EDIT: I somehow misread that as GAME will be stuffed UNTIL next gen.
Game are still on the way down. Taunton store is closing next week. They "say" it's due to an issue with being unable to renew the building lease in time, but considering there are a fair few empty shops in Taunton already, I can't imagine it being too hard to relocate.
I dont know about everybody else but I enjoy my movies on Blue Ray not only for the HD picture but the DTS master audio or dolby true HD ... I watched Ghost Protocol last night with Dolby true HD 7 channel audio ... Amazing sound and streets ahead of standard Dolby 5.1 ... So I will not be streaming my films until they get to the same standard ..
- New films that I think look awesome, I go to the cinema
- New films that look okay, I stream
- Old films I'm unsure/haven't heard of, I either buy cheap on DVD or stream
- Any film I've seen and love, I buy on BluRay to get the better picture and audio
EE to close 78 retail stores
UK LTE carrier EE has announced that it will close 78 of its retail locations across the country in order to cut costs. The company found itself with numerous outlets located within close proximity to each other after the Orange and T-Mobile merger — some even side by side — so the reduction in numbers shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. EE says there are other practical considerations, though, such as low footfall in certain areas as well as the decision not to renew specific leases that are due to expire.
Staff members at the affected stores won’t be losing their jobs either. Front line employees will be moved to different locations, which EE says should help "boost service levels significantly." The situation is somewhat murkier for managers, however. Only one manager is present in each retail location, so the ones affected by the closures can’t simply be moved across to a new store. Instead, EE says that it will "redeploy" managers where necessary, but it’s currently unclear as to what that will entail.
I must be weird, I don't really care whether something is HD or not. I don't have fancy speakers or the like, and don't really enjoy surround sound particularly, so none of that bothers me. I just want to see the movie clearly and that'll do me fine.
BBC News - Argos sees successful transition to click-and-collect
Argos is picking up, apparently. There may well be some correlation between their performance and the fact they've actually embraced an online model, instead of sticking their heads in the sand and hoping the internet will go away.