Looking at FF[whatever... the long newish one.] and asking about whether Arkham City DLC will be available as cards [Like they do with CoD map packs and Fable III]...
"Can I interest you in MW3?"
The hell? Where did that come from? I didn't mention CoD as an example of DLC cards. The cards were next to me... and there were no CoD ones anyway, so I was pointing at Fable III.
Think I will be off to GAME Saturday morning I have some money on a card from trade-ins and a load of points on my reward card.
I’ve not been happy with game for a long while.
What happened to the “be the first to play” stuff I recently pre-ordered got to me a week later.
But this one did it for me I pre-ordered a game I got told by email it was not going to be available and so my pre-order was cancelled. Week later money had been taken from my bank account and a game turned up 2 days later. Customer support didn’t see what the problem was.
EA also put a notice on Fifa 12 telling those who pre-ordered from GAME to get the game from shopto, amazing or other online retailers.
Just looked on their site they are now taking pre-ordereds for the £359 star wars console and Diablo 3 £69.99, stop promoting these expensive packs so much they won't sell that well just get average game prices down!
I'm not someone who quivers with excitement at the though of getting a game at 1 minute past midnight and then rushing home to be one of the first to play. I'l happily wait a few days/week, or longer if I deem it to be too much. However that's one of the things I love about Steam. I pre-ordered something on it (can't remember what as it was a while ago) and it downloaded a week before. On release day, logged into Steam, waited for it to activate the game (a few seconds) and then I was away. Happy days! :)
I remember the old days, the Jan sales they used to have - going into the (admittedly packed) shop to find that there was the gem of a new game at about £3-£5. The old "this week on offer" games, where each week a single, relatively new title was £10 with any other purchase. Staff were helpful, liked more of a range of games than CoD, and were actually nice to talk to.
I went in recently though. After getting grunted at by an employee for being in his limited field of view, I was almost leapt on by another employee whos enthusiasm I can only put down to whatever glue they had managed to find licking boxes in the storeroom. I did, however know what I was looking for and managed to fend him off.
All I was looking for was a copy of Batman: Arkham City for PS3, but the price of their preowned copy alone was sufficient to cut that visit short.
Luckily for me - there's a Grainger Games close by, who in Derby seem to be taking quite a lot of business from the Game group. It's not hard to see why.
Well, it now officially 'in' administration: BBC News - Game Group goes into administration
TBH, I think anyone trying to sell games on the high street should learn alot from Games Workshop. There should be more 'hands on' with new games, not simply looping trailers with 'Not actual game footage' listed at the bottom of the screen. Have multiple platforms all availble to test games on, and take a lesson out of Games Workshop's books. Have after hours gaming sessions and get people in the shops. Gaming needn't be a solitary pursuit and getting a loyal customer base is one (almost) guarenteed way of keeping afloat when times are tough.
Think I'll wonder down there on lunch ad see what's going on sale-wise. :)
To be honest, I think this was always on the cards. It's not just Game, but other retailers too.
Rates have gone up, VAT has gone up and sales in general are down. It just isn't sustainable to sell games using the business model they have.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Computer Exchange (CEX) as they're in the same business.
The likes of Play and Amazon are doing extremely well, but I question for how long. It's only a matter of time before games are no longer sold on a physical disc, but streamed to a console. This'll mean game manufacturers will make even more money as they cut out the middle-man retailer.
As for the final point, Steam seem to be doing well at that. Not only is it good to not have to worry about a physical disk that can get bork'd up, but it's all-over easier which people always love. I've wondered why other retailers haven't done this. And then BOOM. EA Origin. Which everybody hates. xD
Plus the absolute denial that they even have an RP line of games (ok they are published under license by someone else but they exist and are damn popular).
That just screams loss of sales opportunity by cross matching products.
But then again I remembed the heady days of yore when GW where a games Hobby shop and not a catalogue shop :P
But it doesn't seem to have curbed their particular brand of plastic sprued success!
GW is horribly expensive but then again, so is the video games industry! Plus GW are kind of running a high street monopoly at the moment in the tabletop wargame business. I reckon if another manufacturer was sufficiently big to have their own store, they'd have to bring their prices down a few notches.
As for trying games, that was commonplace at one point but the consoles in video game shops appear to have been dying out.
Hell, I remember buying PC games when they came in giant cardboard boxes. The joy of opening them to find a tiny CD-ROM case in there. I could only fit 7 or so on my shelf. Most of them were the games from the 'Unreal' series. I treasured them like a third leg.