Unbelievable. It is hard to understand how I can feel sadder because of this, than from hearing that someone I actually personally knew died. I guess thats the best eulogy I can pay him, that he endeared himself to me even though we never actually met, just by being himself.
@spiralcut: I think the most important point people are forgetting is that after a while, the Old SimCity "maps" also seemed small. I usually ocupied all of the space on the map without much trouble, and more importantly, when I was done I felt like "great... now what?"
This at least will allow for more longevity in gameplay I hope.
People just have a distorted view of the size of old simcity cities. They weren't that big either people...
@ultraspacemobile: By physical stores I actually meant everyone of those you pointed out.
In response to your second question, I have put it on a few forums online, and passed it around a few friends of mine who also know people who play games. I get what you're saying about Gamestop. The fact that they have become known for some shady business practises (e.g. reports of them selling second-hand games as if they were first-hand), and ill informed/educated store clerks hurt thembadly in my opinion. They could distinguish themselves as having a kind of "high touch" approach to videogame selling... But they really don't in my experience. Still for people who buy games as a gift for example (and there are a lot of them) and aren't well educated about the product, that could mean having an upper-hand on other retailers.
The thing is that when I was making a survey, I didn't want to make it ten minutes long. So asking about gamestop and wal-mart/Target/etc in separate wasn't much of an option. Perhaps one day if I get to work in a publisher or something I'll get to ask all the questions I wanted =)