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#1  Edited By Hizang

In an attempt to make some last money, GAME and Gamestation are selling a whole load of there products at dirt cheap prices, for instance the first Resistance was 98p and Brink and Bulletstorm was £2.98.

http://uk.games.ign.com/articles/122/1220206p1.html

I have no idea how long it will last, so get on over to GAME!

EDIT - GameStation also have a Firesale!

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#2  Edited By AndrewB

So was this whole GAME downward spiral saga as short as it seems to me, or was it only just in the news for a short period of time before things started getting *real* bad? Because it seems like just the other day I kept hearing how they were the biggest game retailer in the UK.

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#3  Edited By BleedingStarX

@AndrewB said:

before things started getting *real* bad?

Well if you consider "real bad" confirmation that GAME won't be stocking ANY new releases for the next 2-3 weeks then yeah I'd say its pretty bad.

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#4  Edited By zeforgotten
@AndrewB said:

So was this whole GAME downward spiral saga as short as it seems to me, or was it only just in the news for a short period of time before things started getting *real* bad? Because it seems like just the other day I kept hearing how they were the biggest game retailer in the UK.

I think that was the problem. 
They were the biggest when it comes to how many stores there were but not when it came to being an actual place worth going to.  
People couldn't get paid, money started to vanish because buying their games was way more expensive than going anywhere else on the planet to get your games so nobody bought their games.  
 
Good riddance. 
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#5  Edited By A_Dog

I feel as though I've seen those three games at similar prices before.

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#6  Edited By BeachThunder

*their.

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#7  Edited By AhmadMetallic

no PC?

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#8  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

Preowned games only? So that means no PC games? Bah, no sale!!!

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#9  Edited By Hizang

@AhmadMetallic: @MattyFTM: Yes no PC games, but what about some of those hot new PSP Hits!?

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#10  Edited By zeforgotten
@MattyFTM said:

Preowned games only? So that means no PC games? Bah, no sale!!!

Don't worry, Steam has had 2 of those games mentioned on sale for the same price many times. There is still hope! 
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I would have thought that an English person would at least know how to use his own language, rather than making glaring errors.

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#12  Edited By Dixavd

@AndrewB said:

So was this whole GAME downward spiral saga as short as it seems to me, or was it only just in the news for a short period of time before things started getting *real* bad? Because it seems like just the other day I kept hearing how they were the biggest game retailer in the UK.

It was definitely talked about late - it has sort of been in public knowledge for around a year now that they were losing money, and for much longer that Developers/Publishers didn't like them.

And I saw this earlier but saw loads of games ont he pre-owned section with none in stock (I had for instance to go through 4 pages before an instock PSP title appeared) - does anyone know if these are going to be in stores at a huge price drop too?

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#13  Edited By BrickRoad

Tobias Funke will have shot his wad for sure, but I'm waiting for the non-used games to go on sale. Then I'll have something of a mess on my hands.

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Everybody abandon ship! Figured this was coming when I tried to pre-order Street Fighter X Tekken and couldn't, EA games is one thing but all new games..

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#15  Edited By JoeyRavn

Brink is like 3 pounds more expensive than it should.

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#16  Edited By jpe

Cashed in £27 worth of ancient reward points plus £5 for the cancellation of my Mass Effect 3 preorder to get SSX for £8. Worth using up any reward points asap.

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#18  Edited By Vanek

I lost interest the second I realised it was preowned games only. I gave up on that years ago after several bad experiences, however if they drop the prices of new games/not used games I'll be interested.

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#19  Edited By MysteriousBob

@Vanek said:

I lost interest the second I realised it was preowned games only. I gave up on that years ago after several bad experiences, however if they drop the prices of new games/not used games I'll be interested.

What the hell is wrong with used games? I've bought them all my gaming life and I've never had a single problem. Just return it.

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#20  Edited By Vanek

@MysteriousBob said:

@Vanek said:

I lost interest the second I realised it was preowned games only. I gave up on that years ago after several bad experiences, however if they drop the prices of new games/not used games I'll be interested.

What the hell is wrong with used games? I've bought them all my gaming life and I've never had a single problem. Just return it.

I've never bought one that hasn't been scratched to fuck and come with a manual that stinks to hell of cigarettes. It's absolutely disgusting and not worth the tiny saving Game offer.

The other problem, and my main one, is that the nearest Game isn't in my town. I got sick of having to travel back and forth returning games that didn't work. The travel time and cost sometimes exceeded the saving I made buying games used.

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#21  Edited By mosespippy

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This is a shame.

Is it really though? From the sounds of it the stores were not pleasant shopping experiences. Now that it's going out of business it'll create the opportunity for new and better independent stores to open up. Hopefully enough new stores open that there will be competition on pricing allowing consumers to save. Sure lots of people will lose their jobs at GAME soon but the market for games still exists so those jobs will still exist, just at different companies. Of course the reason GAME is going under is because their costs (largely payroll and land I'd imagine) outweigh their revenues so there will likely be some reduction in the total number of jobs in games retail but that reduction is just the industry getting more efficient meaning investors will lose less money/ have less risk.

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#22  Edited By mandude

@mosespippy said:

Is it really though? From the sounds of it the stores were not pleasant shopping experiences. Now that it's going out of business it'll create the opportunity for new and better independent stores to open up. Hopefully enough new stores open that there will be competition on pricing allowing consumers to save. Sure lots of people will lose their jobs at GAME soon but the market for games still exists so those jobs will still exist, just at different companies. Of course the reason GAME is going under is because their costs (largely payroll and land I'd imagine) outweigh their revenues so there will likely be some reduction in the total number of jobs in games retail but that reduction is just the industry getting more efficient meaning investors will lose less money/ have less risk.

From my own experiences they had the nicest shopping experience out of any video game retailer. Their business practices seem really shady, but I always enjoyed going there.

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#23  Edited By Ramone

@mandude said:

@mosespippy said:

Is it really though? From the sounds of it the stores were not pleasant shopping experiences. Now that it's going out of business it'll create the opportunity for new and better independent stores to open up. Hopefully enough new stores open that there will be competition on pricing allowing consumers to save. Sure lots of people will lose their jobs at GAME soon but the market for games still exists so those jobs will still exist, just at different companies. Of course the reason GAME is going under is because their costs (largely payroll and land I'd imagine) outweigh their revenues so there will likely be some reduction in the total number of jobs in games retail but that reduction is just the industry getting more efficient meaning investors will lose less money/ have less risk.

From my own experiences they had the nicest shopping experience out of any video game retailer. Their business practices seem really shady, but I always enjoyed going there.

I always hated going in GAME because I knew as soon as I walked in the door even if I had headphones in and did my best to look uninterested I would get harassed about some stupid offer they had on. Add into that the fact that most of the staff didn't know what they were talking about and that they were almost always the most expensive games retailer around and you have a pretty shoddy operation.

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#24  Edited By Karl_Boss

Get on over before its GAMEover.

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#25  Edited By mosdl

I remember the local Blockbuster closing down and trying to hawk used versions of games for 24 bucks each - they barely sold any until the last few days when they cut them down to...19.99. Most of the games were available for new cheaper on Amazon.

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#26  Edited By Mattyboysmith

Nothing amazing on that list yet, but many in a few days who knows!

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#27  Edited By Vexxan

If anything, that's a fantastic GIF.

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#28  Edited By BigChickenDinner

Loving the world economy.

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#29  Edited By Hizang

I'm going down to GAME and GameStation in a few hours and see what I can get, one of my friends said they were able to get Uncharted 3 for like £10 and Skyrim for £15, which is kinda crazy.

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#30  Edited By ikilledthedj

What about GAME Australia

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#31  Edited By optimusprime223

GAME's retail experience depends solely on the staff in the store. I used to work for them in Leeds, UK and to be fair, our store was pretty kick ass when I was there. I ended up walking out cause the assistant manager basically said I was shit at my job when I was the only one who could define genre's, reguarlarly read gaming magazines (they were free to staff but not the point) and played games almost everyday, as well as being the only person in the store to have all the consoles. GAME's fate had been sealed while I worked there because we had a couple of the directors come to the store, so the area manager told us to tidy up and get everything spick and span, which is fair enough. I did disagree, however, when we started moving the entire store around (gameboy advance (yes it was THAT era) to back of store, swapping where Xbox and PS2 sections were etc) in about four days because, and I quote "The directors like it to be this way". We were second on the region in terms of sales and performance, we didnt need to change it, the company just pander to managers all the time. It especially pissed me off when the directors spend exactly 5 minutes in the store, then left, didnt even talk to the staff. When the guys running the company dont give a fuck about the people that are actually making them money, or how the store even really looks, what hope did GAME have?

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#32  Edited By optimusprime223

Also as I side note, I once helped a customer in there when I no longer worked there because I knew more than the staff serving her. He just walked off and left me to it...

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#33  Edited By ryoma122

yeah i walked into a store yesterday and walked out again with a hole lot of kool games for less that £20

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#34  Edited By cookiemonster

@BigChickenDinner said:

Loving the world economy.

wat.

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#35  Edited By Levius

I just got Medal of Honour for £3 and the Saboteur for £5 from gamestation, but apart from that most of the sale isn't that great.

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#36  Edited By Hairy_Fish
  • God Hand
  • Fable 2
  • Brutal Legend
  • Uncharted 2
  • L.A Noire
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Condemned 2

All for under the price of a new game! I've still to check other ones around. It's like a Steam Sale for consoles! Just with a company going under...

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#37  Edited By Ravenlight

I clicked on the picture. Well done ;)

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#38  Edited By Jimbo

The GIF made me snicker.
 
Kinda weird going into town earlier this week and seeing no GAME hype for ME3. Just a general sense of despair and resignation hanging over the place instead.

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#39  Edited By Hizang

I picked up like 16 games from both GAME and Gamestation for less than a new game, insane!

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#40  Edited By SomeJerk

This has nothing to do with the world economy or the UK economy. It's their upper management being run by spastics.

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#41  Edited By AlexW00d

I went in earlier and they were zero price drops on PC games, and as I walked past the pre-owned section I saw that Skyrim was £32, that's not a firesale son, not even close.

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#42  Edited By Hizang

@AlexW00d: @MattyFTM: @Vexxan: So here is what I picked up, keep in mind I used all of my money from my GAME cards so only spent £16.

  1. Unreal Tournament 3 - £1.98.
  2. Kung Fu Rider - £2.98.
  3. Lost Planet 2 - £1.98.
  4. Red Faction Guerrilla - £1.98.
  5. Brink - £2.98.
  6. Prototype - £7.98.
  7. Bionic Commando - £1.98.
  8. Bodycount - £4.98.
  9. Killzone 2 - 48p!
  10. Motorstorm - 98p
  11. Homefront (New) - £4.99
  12. Tom Clancys Rainbow New Vegas - £1.98
  13. Nier - £2.98.
  14. BlazeBlue Calamity Trigger - £1.98.
  15. HAZE - £1.98.
  16. King of Fighters XIII Deluxe Edition - £4.98

Some of those prices are insane, I mean I swear that King of Fighters game just came out at the end of last year, oh and 48p for Killzone 2 is a fucking great deal! I may go back to them next week if its still on and just spend a little bit more.

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#43  Edited By NekuSakuraba

I find it strange that GAME Australia is stocking Mass Effect 3 and don't seem to be having a sale like this.

Aren't they owned by the same company?

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#44  Edited By SeriouslyNow
@BrickRoad said:

Tobias Funke will have shot his wad for sure, but I'm waiting for the non-used games to go on sale. Then I'll have something of a mess on my hands.

  
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#45  Edited By Akyho

@AlexW00d said:

I went in earlier and they were zero price drops on PC games, and as I walked past the pre-owned section I saw that Skyrim was £32, that's not a firesale son, not even close.

I think its online only right now.

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#46  Edited By Hizang

@Akyho: No its in store.

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#47  Edited By LukewarmGravity

It's not really a fire sale if they're trying to get money out of all the capital lying around in the form of used Games.

Whlie it's been speculated, there's been no actual word from the company about going into administration. If, IF, they do that. That's when the actual firesale would start.

Plus there's reports this morning of the international stores having a potential buyer. People seem really eager to stick the boot in.

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#48  Edited By Jimbo
@LukewarmGravity said:

It's not really a fire sale if they're trying to get money out of all the capital lying around in the form of used Games.

Sure seems pretty smoky for something that isn't a fire sale.
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#49  Edited By Nitrocore

This isn't a firesale, it's a clearance sale, all they're offering is tat and other stuff that they can't get rid of normaly.

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#50  Edited By Jimbo
@SomeJerk said:
This has nothing to do with the world economy or the UK economy. It's their upper management being run by spastics.
Kinda. It's not the recession, but it is largely due to the natural and unavoidable decline of the high street. I agree they should have managed that decline a lot better than they have, but the ultimate demise of GAME and shops like it seems pretty inevitable.