GameStop Sales Flat Ahead of Next Generation Console Launches

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vrmlbasic

I remember going to EB Games & Gamestop all the time. I got quite a few PC games that I enjoyed from there as well as all the non-360 consoles that I've ever bought. Even after EB was assimilated into the Gamestop collective I still went to 'em fairly frequently.

When consoles settled on being nigh indistinguishable from PCs, having extinct PC parts in smaller boxes, the current generation, I stopped going to them. Strangely enough, that was around the time that they decided to stop supporting actual PC gaming by and large.

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PCLinuxguy

me too, that's how i used to get my games. I'd watch eXtented Play (later Xplay) from TechTV for game reviews and that made it easy to get games.

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Rift2

Gamestop girls are the best a girl gamer my future wife works at Gamestop.
Actually I didn't ask her out yet but I hope she still works there.

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KayHai

lel

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jaygregz

Digital sales on consoles are bullshit. You guys can have your digital sales. I'll always take a physical copy.

Let me explain why. Say you buy the latest copy of the latest overhyped game at $60 retail. You play the game and it sucks. You go ahead and beat the way too short campaign and jump on multiplayer to find out that the game has absolutely no replay value. So you slap that sucker on ebay and minimize your losses. With the game being so new you sell it fast for a cool $50. You now have only wasted $10 on the same crap title that had originally cost you $60.

Can you do that with digital copies? Nope.

Also I'm not sure why but this current generation of consoles offer no compelling reason to buy digital. There are hardly ever any sales on triple A titles. You can look on the marketplaces of the consoles and see year old games going for full retail. That's just insane.

Now, pc titles are different. Digital is the way to go for pc gaming. Especially considering that I never pay the early adopter fee on pc. There are just too many games out there that are great and cost less. It's easy enough to wait a month or two for something to go on sale.

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jgottberg

What makes you think a console gamer can't "wait a month or two" to get a triple A game for a lower price? Are you really trying to make this a PC vs Console thing??

On second thought, this wreaks of trollism. Good day.

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vrmlbasic

He's saying that on Xbox Live Marketplace and PSN that the digital copies of games do not decrease in price like the physical copies do. I have also seen year old games on there for ~60 bucks, and I've seen games on there for 30-60 bucks that could be had for under 10 in physical form.

He's saying that there's no reason to go to digital downloads for the next generation of consoles as it, unlike on the PC, offers absolutely no net benefit to the consumer on the current generation. History predicting the future.

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jgottberg

Oh ok, excuse the misunderstanding.

But even at that, there are discounted games on PSN all the time. Obviously, the big sellers are rarely discounted but if a game is older, they do discount them. But then, if it's a game I really want to play, I'm not waiting a year to play it... I wish I had that kind of restraint! lol.

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Sirius

Yeah I was about to say. Personally I'm very picky about the games I fork over that kind of money for. I rarely buy on release day or preorder a game. Injustice is the first game I've preordered in years.

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PCLinuxguy

depending how the "next gen" consoles will behave towards discs, if one is patient maybe GameFly would be the way to go and just rent the game instead of paying $60 for something (digital or physical) and if you don't like it, send it back. If you like it then buy a copy to keep. that's just my theory though as I've never used gamefly nor do I own a console. However have been using Netflix discs in that fashion for a while. If they both work the same in that regard it could be an idea.

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jedisamurai

I honestly can't wait for GameStop to go out of business. I refuse to do business with them any longer. Small game shops with actual customer service and ethics will get all of my future business.

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Sirius

I wonder how long GameStop, and stores like it, will manage to survive.

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Spiral01

Once the new consoles go over to All digital DL of games, they will falter. Simply walk into any Game Stop and see if you can find the PC section...didn't think so, and most of us get our games from digital DL's and the like, will happen to consoles.

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jgottberg

"once they go over" ?? Did you buy a crystal ball on eBay? What makes you think they will? What makes you think PC's won't? Hello... Steam... ring a bell?

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Spiral01

Once the new consoles go over to All digital DL of games, they will falter. Simply walk into any Game Stop and see if you can find the PC section...didn't think so, and most of us get our games from digital DL's and the like, will happen to consoles.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Hopefully not much longer.

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Sirius

Honestly, I'd prefer to not have to go to a store to buy a game in the first place. Hopefully the next-gen consoles will allow digital purchase/download of more titles.

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jgottberg

Careful what you wish for... I bought Madden 2013 for the PS3 digitally and regret it. I regret it because I can no longer just take my copy of Madden to a buddy's house to play for a night, I have to take my entire system.

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Sirius

Can you not have your buddy let you log in to your account on his PS3 and play that way?

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jgottberg

I could probably do that but then we'd have to wait for my "Trophies" to download and the game (took me over two hours to download it on a 30mb conneciton). Also what if his box doesn't have the storage capacity to download the full game? Then he has to delete his content to make room for mine? eh... not a fan.

Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience but after trying it for a few games, I like my physical copy.

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Sirius

So far I've not run in to that problem because my friends and I mostly play the same games. But I can see your point on the download time as well as the storage capacity issue.

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jgottberg

If the game ran primarily from the cloud or something similar, I could definitely be persuaded to buy digital.

I also have 3 PS3's in the house (one is primarily for gaming and the other two for streaming/bluray)so having it in the cloud would be pretty cool cuz then I wouldn't even need to tote a disc around in my house. (another reason why the digital purchase didn't do it for me as I would have had to download to all 3 PS3's.)

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KayHai

ew, cloud gaming. BURN IT WITH FIRE

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bobthegoat2001

I actually like the way the Xbox 360 digital downloads are setup. You can actually put your downloaded games and profile on 32GB USB sticks. That way you can just bring your USB drive, log-in and play without needing to re-download the game to your friends console. I do this a lot with when I play games at my friends house, I just bring my USB stick.

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jgottberg

No kidding? I didn't know that... Interesting. Thanks for the info, it may sway my purchase decision when the next gen consoles arrive.

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