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Posted: Oct 21st 2011 9:31PM Jack Pipsam said

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I hope this comes to GAME Australia.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 4:01AM Seffrid said

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"GAME's Tricia Brennan sees move as not just a smart one, but a necessary one"

Necessary for Game certainly, they're close to being finished off as a game retailer, and switching from total reliance on High Street sales to some form of participation in the online digital trade is about their only remaining hope for survival.

Unfortunately, I don't see it as necessary for their customers.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 4:43AM Chambers said

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Seriously sometimes i do not understand publishers and gamedevelopers. For years in the UK at least brick store retails have ripped of the consumers for at least a £5 a purchase (more than 10% of most games price), since the large emergance of both online stores and competative supermarkets onto the scene the price from shops like Game and Gamestation (owned by the same company btw) have plummited. The staff are poorly trained and know nothing about the subject they are employed to sell in, ever ask for a game to be put on the show console to try it? Back when i bought an original XboX (which i was trying to buy several game with is) i asked them to put gun valkyrie on the display machine so i could try it, he refused stating they were too busy. What other shop would refuse to allow you to demo a £50 game when you are spending almost £500.

In more recent years these shops have begun to cut the throat of the devs and publisher in the most harsh way by reselling traded in game for £1 cheaper than brand new games while still only offering a pitiful price for them. I do not understand why these devs and pubs would continue to support a company in the UK who is responsible for such a low profit for themselves, how long will it be before they band every game with an activation number and from there own steam like platform allow the trading of 2nd hand games to further cut down these devs and pubs?

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 7:12AM bobfish said

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@Chambers

Retailers make more than £5 from a game, they make around 30% on average, which is £20.
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Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 8:25AM FrostPaw said

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I wonder what their cut is for selling subscription time to other peoples games?

Seems pretty cheeky to me, they made nothing, they stock nothing but they want people to pay them for it.

I'm also never giving GAME money, as a uk customer I have seen an increasing ammount of new releases blocked from Steam UK and there are rumours its these guys stopping Steam UK stocking them digitaly.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 9:42AM bobfish said

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@FrostPaw

It will be 30%, the same cut that Microsoft, Sony, Facebook, Steam and every other service take for payments on digital goods.
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Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 1:28PM Budukahn said

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"...two things are holding it back: ... and the lack of a one-stop shop offering advice across a wide range of titles from different publishers."

I'm sorry. "Advice" from GAME? I don't know of any other specialist retailer on the British high street that, as a rule, knows as little about the products it sells as GAME does. And as for online PC titles... PC Gamers haven't had a place in their stores since 2001.

Posted: Oct 22nd 2011 3:53PM Seffrid said

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@Budukahn

I'm not sure that's fair. PC Games are still stocked in Game shops, but only in proportion to their availability and the fact is that since MMOs took over the PC market there haven't been that many new PC releases, and certainly not many of any quality.

A good many of those that have been released have done a deal with Steam, as is the case with Skyrim like New Vegas before it, and the chances are that you are always going to be able to download such games cheaper from Steam than you can buy them from a High Street chain. I deepy resent having to run an online Steam account in order to play an offline game.

I also mourn the passing of the decent sized game boxes that we had pre-DVD cases as well as their contents including maps, manuals and sundry loose items, along with the independent shops that specialised in selling them - such as the much lamented Strategic Plus Software.

Progress? Not in my book.
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Posted: Oct 23rd 2011 1:08PM nevin said

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@Seffrid I feel the opposite regarding the packaging. Apart from a few exceptions where the contents justify it (my WAR CE copy being one), most older games going all the way back usually contain a tape/floppy/DVD and thin manual swimming in acres of space. Wastage for the sake of getting shelf space.

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