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Yup, just read that. That's surely the beginning of the end.

A game shop that can't stock new games... unless they can restore publisher confidence quickly, then I don't see how they're going to come back from this. What the hell does that mean for Vita pre-orders? Worst case scenario, could Sony just not give them any units or games?

Can anyone clarify what's going to happen to Game in the short term if this is true?

They can stock new games, they'll just have to buy them for cash from a distributor.

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What's the situation with gift cards when a store goes under? I've got a 50 quid voucher which I was planning to save but if it would become worthless then I might just go and buy a load of MS points with it.

You have effectively lent them £50 on a "Repay on demand" basis.

If they go into Administration then you effectively become an unsecured creditor, and one very, very far down the food chain.

Bring back Electronic Boutique.

EB is Gamestop, you might get your wish.

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If the preowned copy hadn't been a mere two fucking quid cheaper than a brand new copy I might have bought it, but the sheer cheek of it was too much. That £28, minus whatever pittance they paid for the game, is absolutely pure profit. Bastards.

Or it could have come in for £35 as part of the whole "Fun for a fiver" thing.

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I went into a GAME store yesterday. It was the first time in a while. An assistant asked if I needed help, I said I was just looking, turned to the 360 section and...er... Is that it?! There were barely more than 15 games on the shelf. There were a bit more in the pre-owned section, but I was struck by how empty the shop was overall. Ten or more years ago the shops were stocked up completely. This shop looked to be on its last legs

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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). I was rather irate to say the least, and we received a store email to say there had been issues with the banks, and that all managers and assistant managers would get their money at some point during the day.

Maybe it was related to that 'website issue' senior management are citing as the reason they didn't have any stock of Resident Evil: Revelations.

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Maybe it was related to that 'website issue' management are citing as the reason they didn't have any stock of Resident Evil: Revelations.

We barely got any last week, despite it being the sole title on an end-of-aisle. So anyone picking it up to buy it were sorely disappointed. And we were sorely embarrassed.

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Their Twitter feed is reassuring people asking about their existing preorders but once the rumours start consumer confidence starts to plummet. Of course if Game go they will take Gamestation and Gameplay with them

Do they own Gameplay? I hope my Soul Calibur V pre-order is safe!

EDIT - Order status says "Complete" so it looks like it.

It would be nice to think that the loss of Game/Gamestation on the high street could become a positive thing for independent shops but I think that ultimately it will only lead to an even worse chain of shops replacing them.

Just look at the music shops in most shopping centres these days, HMV isn't perfect but the rest are mostly places that just stock the latest top ten and 1000s of pre-owned Johnny Mathis and B*Witched CDs.

Indy music stores struggle in anything other than major cities (for example, Picadilly Records in Manchester does OK, but I doubt if a smaller town would be able to sustain it). Most indy game stores I've seen are usually empty, so I do wonder how they stay in business.

Game may be shit, but sadly it's probably better than the alternative.

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This really is the end isnt it. Bye Bye Game!

It would be nice to think it wasn't but it is inevitable. Even if they limp along for a few more months I think the end is nigh. Yet more empty stores on the high street plus a lot of people losing their jobs is never a good thing.

It's just another case of a physical store failing to change with the market. Web sales and supermarket shopping have decimated them, and having 10,000 copies of Fifa 2008 in preowned stock is just madness. I can see why preowned is attractive to a store, but there must be a point where you don't want another copy of a game that won't sell, even if you are only giving a pound for it. It's still a pound you won't get back.

I'll be more upset when HMV goes, I've got some really happy memories of how buying music used to be, browsing for rare titles, or getting an album on the day of release with only having heard one track off it on the radio. Happy days, but nostalgia has no place on the modern high street. Unfortunately it's change or die for a lot of stores.

It's getting fairly obvious that by the end of this year we'll probably have lost Game and HMV, with Waterstones probably near death. I reckon 2013 will see the end of WH Smith as the demand for half price chocolate dries up.

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It's definitely not looking good. But it's got to the point where the pressure to get pre-orders is fucking unbelievable, it all reeks of absolute desperation.

And the staff are now (mostly) better off buying from other websites than in-store, and that's including our staff discount, which shrunk a few months back.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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