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#1081 cubik

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:26 PM

Waterstones is profitable, that's why HMV was able to sell it.

Let's hope it stays that way. The Kindle and other e-readers are really taking hold now, and could do for books what mp3 did for music shops. The larger format books and children's book market aren't really affected by e-readers though so it has a chance of retaining quite a decent chunk of its customers. I think the top 10 paperback sales have been lost to supermarkets for some time so it's obviously managed to cope with that.

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#1082 SeanR

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:38 PM

Wow, a Game shop without games. How novel.


maybe they're going "digital distribution"?
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#1083 cassidy

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:46 PM

They better last till the 22nd. My Vita is preordered in Gamestation.
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#1084 joffocakes

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:59 PM

Are they just hoping the Vita will sell well enough to keep them going? I popped in to the Sauchiehall Street one and got some pre-owned games with a 25quid gift card i had. It was buy two get one free, but it was a total nightmare trying to find three worth getting as the shelves were barren, and one entire side of the stand was almost full of 48p copies of FIFA. Total shambles.

Oh, it was Red Dead Redemption, Brutal Legend and Street Fighter 4 I got. The server kid saw the games and asked me if I liked metal, which was a nice change from being asked if I wanted to pre-order some big name ned-o-game on the horizon or whether I not I wanted to buy a giant puffy 3ds carry case with a pokechu stitched lovelessly onto it. He didn't mention that Street Fighter 4 was pretty much pointless since Super was the same price, but i'll let him away with it.

Uh... I'm not sure what my point actually is here. I guess what i'm saying is I won't miss it when it's gone.
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#1085 choddo

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:02 PM

They are royally screwed if they think Vita is going to make any difference whatsoever. Does anyone really give the slightest shit about it?

But if HMV and they both go bust, there's a market there for a high street games shop which is well run if someone who knows what they're doing snaps it up.
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#1086 Broker

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

Did he point out that Street Fighter IV is pretty much pointless if you've spent the last two years playing Super every second?
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#1087 joffocakes

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:16 PM

Ha. I'd already 1000gamerpoint'ed street fighter 4 and super, and clocked up combined hours on them totalling 2400 hours or so. I just keep giving copies to people and re-buying it to spread the enthusiasm. No one else cares.
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#1088 Wahwah*

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:27 PM

Ha. I'd already 1000gamerpoint'ed street fighter 4 and super, and clocked up combined hours on them totalling 2400 hours or so. I just keep giving copies to people and re-buying it to spread the enthusiasm. No one else cares.

And yet I don't have a copy. :angry:
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#1089 dng

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:29 PM

Joffo's stockpiling them so he can build a house
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#1090 tnman

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:38 PM

bad stuff


I hope if they do go under you can find a better job soon. I don't mean to be horrible or antagonistic, but have you considered looking elsewhere for management opportunities...?
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#1091 moosegrinder

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 09:56 PM

Yeah, because there's an absolutely massive abundance of jobs at the minute.
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#1092 Down by Law

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:19 PM

Game/Station staff it's time to tart up those CV's and start looking for jobs. NOW. Don't think 'it'll get better in a few weeks' because it never does.
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#1093 dumpster

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

I played the Vita today in Gamestation. In the same way that 3DS Zelda looked just like I remembered the N64 version was, the Vita looked like an ugly PSP and Wipeout didn't look any more impressive than Ridge Racer on PSP.

I KNOW this is rose tinted spectacles, but like Choddo says, I really don't see any interest in it. There's loads of gamers where I work and we had a fair bit of chat about the 3DS before launch, but no-ones mentioned the Vita once.
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#1094 jonnyalpha

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

and obviously the pre-orders are dead as soon as this news hits the wider press. Nobody will give deposits to a company they think is about to tank.
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#1095 jonamok

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:46 PM

Anyone fancy combining this with the other "Game is doomed" thread to create a full-on Game discussion spectacular?
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#1096 dreamylittledream

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:51 PM

The Vita is of interest because its the first handheld that actually stands close to a current gen TV console experience, its got the inputs, its got the power and for those of us who have limited main screen time due to family commitments its potentially huge. Its also got a new Uncharted game which to be honest is enough to sell it to me.

And those are seriously rose tinted specs you have - I've yet to see a Vita in the flesh but Zelda on the 3DS looks like how you remember the N64 version - if you put the original game on now you realise exactly how much things have moved on in the last 8 years....

Back on topic though the Vita has no chance of saving Game - its the wrong time of year and the market is niche. I don't think they'll make it to the 720/PS4/WiiU launches which is what they really need to save themselves...
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#1097 footle

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:27 PM

Eurogamer, with their EA quote, appear to be going for the kill.
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#1098 Daley

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:49 PM

Not had a chance to fully to read up on this, but as a store manager at Gamestation, our wages didn't go through first thing on the 31st (we get paid on the last day of each month).


Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Good luck man. Start looking for something else now. That's shocking.


I reckon 2013 will see the end of WH Smith as the demand for half price chocolate dries up.


Interestingly they are doing really well.

http://www.independe...th-6294486.html
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#1099 Perfect Pan

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:26 AM

Game/Station staff it's time to tart up those CV's and start looking for jobs. NOW. Don't think 'it'll get better in a few weeks' because it never does.


and if the company goes under I would not bet on the adminstrators giving a fair redundency or sorting out your last paycheck in a hurry.

Rick Strider (the guy that brought that Game shares) is on NeoGAF for those intrested.

http://www.neogaf.co...4&postcount=336
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#1100 Dandy_Sephy

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:33 AM

And he'a talking just as much crap over there!
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#1101 dayte

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:16 AM

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Good luck man. Start looking for something else now. That's shocking.




Interestingly they are doing really well.

http://www.independe...th-6294486.html


Those pens I bought from them last year when I could have done it cheaper online must've given them that boost
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#1102 Flub

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:36 AM

Those pens I bought from them last year when I could have done it cheaper online must've given them that boost


Would you like one of our pound offers today?
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#1103 sandman

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

A quick thought, apart from Morrisons the supermarkets are terrible at prices for new releases. Just see how much a copy of UC3 costs you in Asda or Tesco. Normally its at least as much as Game. The days of them doing great prices on games are over apart from the odd release (eg, Skyrim at Sainsburys).

If Game and HMV do go they will probably just sell at RRP for everything.
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#1104 angel

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:21 AM

No they wont, they'll be competing with each other. Someone else will fill the GAME void anyway, hopefully with a bit more class. I fucking hate GAME, hope it plays out and Rick whatshisface loses his 600 quid.
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#1105 Padlocked

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:43 AM

Because what always happens when the leading national chain for a specialised market goes under is a new player moves in and creates a fresh brand? Give over.

If GAME go bump you'll have a number of small chains and individual indies popping up to fill the void but nothing more. You and I will have to go to cash converters, the intense price competition will stop, and bargains will be a thing of the past.

As their international brethren go bump publishers and hardware manufacturers will move to digital distribution and second hand sales will be more likely to be stomped on.
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#1106 Dudley

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:32 AM

It's ok if Music box go under, they'll be replaced.
It's ok if Zavvi go under, they'll be replaced.
It's ok if FOPP go under, they'll be replaced.
It's ok if Silverscreen go under, they'll be replaced.

etc.

I don't think GAME is being run especially well but note the footnote of their terrible mid-year results was that it was still better than the overall market. It's not an attractive one.
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#1107 angel

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:35 AM

I think there's a few years left in retail yet, it just needs to be done right. GAME just have too much bad blood surrounding them, everyones been suckered by them at least once. Someone with half a brain somewhere will realise they can create a good shopping experience by basically just doing the opposite of what GAME did for all those years. Decent prices and no harassment would do it.
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#1108 ICECOLD

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:42 AM

Imagine being the poor sod in charge of Game's Twitter today, having to keep a virtual rictus grin in place, dealing with a flood of "But what about my pre-orders?" whilst uploading your CV to monster.co.uk in another window..

http://twitter.com/gamedigital


I know that person. I don't envy them. :(
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#1109 angel

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:50 AM

That twitter feed is horrendous, I imagine everytime the author tweets, he suffers the same fate as in SOTC when you down a colossus.
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#1110 scottcr

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:04 AM

Not being able to swap games will have a big impact on my purchasing. I paid a total of about 5 pounds cash for Mario 3DS and Zelda Skyward Sword. I simply wouldn't have had the money to buy them at release had I not been able to trade in games.

Just look at the price of major game downloads on your Xbox and PS3 to get an indication of where this is going.

Higher prices for us, higher margins for them and no market that can pressure the prices.
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