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#1 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (868 posts) -
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#2 Posted by BrickRoad (722 posts) -

I was in a GAME on saturday, it was packed in there. However, no one seemed to be buying anything. I'm pretty sure there are 2 GAMEs and a GameStation in the town I was in. Wasteful.

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#3 Posted by UlquioKani (1412 posts) -

My town has a GAME and a GAMESTATION opposite each other. I was blown away when I found out they are owned by the same company.

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#4 Posted by Sin4profit (3459 posts) -

I assume this is a British people problem...?

*I don't know what GAME is.

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#5 Posted by Niall_Sg1 (379 posts) -

@Sin4profit said:

I assume this is a British people problem...?

*I don't know what GAME is.

GAME is our (UK) equivalent of Gamestop. They recently announced they won't be stocking Mass Effect 3, because they don't have enough money to buy the stock. Now everyone's freaking out and it looks like their going under fast.

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#6 Posted by GS_Dan (1437 posts) -

@BrickRoad: In York we had 2 GAMEs opposite each other and a Gamestation a 5 minute walk away. Obviously HMV and those lot too.

One of the GAMEs closed though.

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#7 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -
@Niall_Sg1 said:

@Sin4profit said:

I assume this is a British people problem...?

*I don't know what GAME is.

GAME is our (UK) equivalent of Gamestop. They recently announced they won't be stocking Mass Effect 3, because they don't have enough money to buy the stock. Now everyone's freaking out and it looks like their going under fast.

Very fast
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#8 Posted by Redbullet685 (6461 posts) -

@Sin4profit said:

I assume this is a British people problem...?

*I don't know what GAME is.

Yeah, it's basically the Gamestop of the UK.

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#9 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

I live about 30 minutes away from about 10 games and 5 gamestations. There could just as easily be 3 total and nothing would change. Very strange business practice. Wonder if they know what operational gearing is.

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#10 Posted by MachoFantastico (6534 posts) -

In my local shopping centre there are two GAME stores right near each other, and a Gamestation store on the second floor. They even use to have a smaller store in Debenhams. No wonder they are struggling, what a waste of money.

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#11 Posted by CookieMonster (2538 posts) -

I was initially worried, but then theres loads of cheap shit games stores back in my hometown, so I should be alright for purchasing games wise.

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#12 Posted by Niall_Sg1 (379 posts) -

@ZeForgotten: Huh, looks like I need to go use up those last points on my reward card then.

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#13 Posted by Sin4profit (3459 posts) -

@Niall_Sg1: @Redbullet685: Oh, alright, thanks.

So are their a lot of alternative retailers for games in the UK? How big of a deal is it if this one outlet shuts down?

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#14 Posted by BrickRoad (722 posts) -

I don't know if you guys remember, but GAME bought out EB in the UK, then GameStation. Surely if they sold/closed down some of their stores they'd be able to at least buy some time to get out of trouble. It's madness that so many towns have 2-3 GAME stores. Not needed, it's crazy! The big supermarkets are undercutting them in terms of prices, and online stores like Amazon sell games so much cheaper that anytime I buy something from GAME it's purely because I'm there and want it now. If they can't afford to drop their prices to match everyone else, they need to be giving out more reward points, so I feel like I'm not shooting myself in both feet every time I go to there.

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#15 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -
@Niall_Sg1: Only if you have enough points to buy a full game by using the card and no money, just to be mean :P
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#16 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (868 posts) -

@Sin4profit: Along with their purchase of Gamestation they're the largest specialist retailer of games in the UK. HMV is an all-media store and really is the only remaining store of it's kind on the high street, I think. If Game/Station went under people would still be able to get their games, and they'd be able to without dealing with condescending staff, so that's a huge bonus.

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#17 Posted by Wampa1 (831 posts) -

@Benny: It's the same all over. Here in Glasgow there are 2 Gamestations and 3 Games within 20 mins of each other, it's crazy.

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#18 Edited by dekkadekkadekka (868 posts) -

@BrickRoad: If I want a game right there and then I go to HMV. The staff there are much nicer, and during quiet times I've actually managed to have decent conversations with them about gaming. Good guys there.

Oh, also, when Infinite Space came out, I had neglected to preorder it, and HMV only got copies in for the people who preordered it. This included their staff. The guy on the till sold me the copy he had reserved. Awesome dude, didn't have to do that at all and I didn't ask.

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#19 Posted by Chindie (195 posts) -

It should be said that, despite what you'll hear from everyone on Game/station, there are good stores, with good staff. Admittedly usually in Gamestation, that has kept that a bit of it's identity and tends to employ slightly different people to Game.

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#20 Posted by Gizmo (5467 posts) -

Gamestation's are poorly laid out and usually smell of body odour.

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#21 Posted by ABritishNerd (331 posts) -

@Chindie said:

It should be said that, despite what you'll hear from everyone on Game/station, there are good stores, with good staff. Admittedly usually in Gamestation, that has kept that a bit of it's identity and tends to employ slightly different people to Game.

I still go in Gamestation sometimes when I'm trading in. Has anyone tried Granger Games? They're quite a good company.

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#22 Posted by BrickRoad (722 posts) -

@Sin4profit: People will still be able to go to ASDA (WallMart) or Tesco for their games, or HMV, if they're not into buying stuff online.

@dekkadekkadekka: I'd rather go to GAME than HMV, because I've always found HMV to be expensive and have poor stock selection, but that's just been my experience.

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#23 Posted by Benny (2009 posts) -

@Wampa1: I know, they bought EB and Gamestation and left the same number of shops. Fuuuuck me it's idiotic to say the least. How many stores does a major retail chain need in any one city? For them it's at least 3 it seems...

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#24 Posted by Chindie (195 posts) -

@ABritishNerd: I work in Gamestation, so thats good to hear.

Grainger are allegedly pretty good, but don't have a store south of Nottingham.

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#25 Posted by ajamafalous (13713 posts) -

It must be different in the UK, because in the US I've lived in multiple cities where I was within 30 minutes of at least 5 GameStops off the top of my head. 
 
I just google maps'd my current location and there are no less than 10 within 30 minutes of me.

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#26 Posted by toomuchcraig (287 posts) -

So weird I went into Game today and their biggest promotion they have Street Fighter X Tekken, last week it was Mass Effect 3. So sad!

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#27 Posted by Stete (782 posts) -

In Kingston there are two Game stores which are literally a 5 minute walk away from each other.

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#28 Posted by BrickRoad (722 posts) -

@ajamafalous: I live 30 minutes away from 8 GAME/GameStations. I don't live in a city either...

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#29 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

wow that is horrible of that happening. i guess people are going to have to buy the games online or from a different place.

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#30 Posted by CookieMonster (2538 posts) -

Grainger Games are really good. They were the cheap shit game stores I was talking about.

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#31 Posted by MrCleanTrousers (52 posts) -

I'm not sure if it's all going to shit here in Ireland. Game's still taking preorders for Mass Effect as far as I can tell, and they were also stocking the Ubisoft Vita games.

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#32 Posted by fisk0 (6611 posts) -

I wonder if this will affect GAME stores in Sweden too, though I think I've seen ME3 promotional stuff at my local store. Kinda odd that we've had pretty much the same chains of stores here, but they've gone through different acquisitions. Our EB Games stores turned into GameStop.

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#33 Posted by JoeyRavn (5283 posts) -

Can't say I fucking care. My experiences with GAME Spain have been piss-poor, both in terms of staff and quality of the store. The sooner the chain goes out of business, the better.

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#34 Posted by Dan_CiTi (4879 posts) -

No SFxTK and no Mass Effect 3? That's a huge blow.

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#35 Posted by Jackcc (68 posts) -

We have a game and gamestation right near one another but iv started using Grainger games. Whether they are independent or they have a few stores I dont know.