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@kraznor said:

I hadn't heard this, thank-you for posting.

Are you in this region yourself? Just wondering whether this would be a bummer for those hunting for older used games or if there are plenty of smaller stores that do that. I guess online shopping negates the necessity but I like poking around for stuff in person.

Like @krummi said, GameStop has competed with small local chains for years now and I haven't seen those chains really reduce their store count much in recent years. Those local chains will still continue to support the used games market. In addition, online auction sites have for a long time been a much cheaper and often more efficient place to sell and buy used games. Finland for example is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, so the convenience of being able to ship games from household to household via mail us often more convenient than going to a store.

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#2  Edited By isomeri

GameStop have announced a decision to "wind down operations" in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The last stores in these countries are scheduled to be shut down by the end of 2020.

In what seems to be an immediate result of this decision, GameStop have stopped accepting used consoles in their trade-in programs in Finland at least. I wasn't able to find a public statement on this matter, but all mentions of trading in consoles have been removed from GameStop's Finnish site.

While GameStop's leadership is blaming the elongated console cycle as the reason for their financial woes, I can't help but to think why they decided to pull out of the Nordic countries specifically. Internet connections in these countries are faster, more widely available and cheaper than in almost any other part of the world. It would make sense then that adoption of digital game stores would be more prevalent in these countries.

There are no great stats available on the matter, but I was able to find a story by the Finnish MTV News mentioning that the sale of physical games in Finland had dropped from 92 million euros in 2010 to 52 million euros in 2015. Considering that the PS4 and Xbox One with their digital storefronts were only released in this country in 2013-2014, I can only imagine that the decline of physical game sales has accelerated after 2015.

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Just got that new Crash Team Racing for 25 euros. Might still update my phone plan tomorrow for unlimited everything at 150mbps for 19 euros a month.

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@boozak said:

I'm okay with garbage existing, even shit attached to things I like. But if I were to kill something to make room for something better (in my opinion) it would be the MCU. I've enjoyed some of those movies but at best they're okay.

My hope is it would result in less generic action movies and allow for more variety but something equally as terrible or maybe even worse would probably take it's place.

Same here. Some of the Marvel movies are entertaining but most of the ones I've seen have been tremendously average. The millions of dollars, both on the studio side and on the side of customer cash, could have been spent on something more varied and interesting.

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It looks better than the last few Need for Speed games, but it's just hard to get excited over a new casual racing game when there's still so much of Forza Horizon 4 I haven't played. This just seems too similar to Horizon and Horizon is very good.

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I go to a mall when I need to buy shoes. Everything else I get from the stores in my neighborhood or online.

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The first two Brothers in Arms games are deserving of a remaster, and if Borderlands 3 doesn't do well, Gearbox might have to spin up some remakes to keep money flowing.

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It needs to be more quiet than any PS4 model I've used.