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i hate that plan, gamestop is my only way of accessing games and hearing that there closing some of there stores pisses me off. there are not many out there to begin with! i only know of 3 throughout ALL of southern Michigan and there is only one i can go to if they close that one......im fucked
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I never like hearing about people losing their jobs, (well maybe telemarketers ), so I do feel sorry for the employees of the stores that close.

On a business standpoint, Gamestop is looking towards the future and they expect the number of people buying games in a physical store to go down as digital sales and sales from online sources go up. Whether their strategy will work, remains to be seen, but closing down low performing stores to concentrate resource on a new strategy to grow/keep your business afloat when your marketplace is changing does make good business sense.

Personally, there are so many gamestops around where I live that they could close 3 or 4 and I'd still have one that is convenient to where I live that closing a few of them will have little effect on me. I occasionally shop at Gamestop, but I just as often by games from Amazon.
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Its faster to DL the games anyway.
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I like seeing and handling what I am going to buy but I can live without Gamestop and their super inflated prices. Good riddance.
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So what I'm getting out of this, is that they're going to cut way back on the games they sell, and start selling mobile devices? Maybe a name change is in order in that case. Unless I'm missing something and you can buy physical copies of mobile games?
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No surprise about this news considering that the new generation of gaming devices don't really allow for used games. Personally, I don't really care since I'm mostly a PC gamer anyways.
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Peasant stop lol
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What i'm noticing mostly in this thread since my post is:

Most seem to hate GameStop for having the same prices on games as anywhere else that isn't some bargain bin sort of deal, which I wouldn't trust those stores with my money, and I hate shopping online for games, since if I can't see the game I won't trust I get what I am paying for.

A lot of people seem to think GameStop closing 120-150 stores means they are now immediately going completely under... when if anyone read the articles I linked... they are OPENING new stores from brands they bought... Yes they are losing stores and people are losing jobs... but at the same time they are gaining stores and jobs. They are just branching out. If it fails or not is up to the future to decide.

Lastly, GameStop is the only source of console and handheld games for a lot of us who are not complete introverts and can't socialize past the internet. My local Best Buy doesn't even CARRY video games anymore, just the consoles and accessories for them, and according to the manage I talked to, in about 2-3 years they will probably get rid of them as well. No other store has any video games around me either.
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Meh, my local Gamestop has limited selection anyway and I can't stand the way they try to upsell everything.

The last time they pulled the "do you have a preorder?", "we might not have any available....*walks in the back for 10 min,*......found one not reserved!" BS was probably the last time I was in there.

Sadly, I used to like going in there back in the day but now I could care less if it goes away. It reminds me of Radio Shack, used to be able to go in there and find that odd component you needed and talk to knowledgeable employees but now unless you need a cell phone or a warranty your SOL.
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doesn't bother me, retail's typically more expensive than online anyway. I just hope the employees can find new jobs . ^^
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Contrary to what many say I think we all have to face it--home console gaming is becoming more and more of a niche market by the day. Most people don't have the money to upgrade their PS3s and Xbox 360s and they aren't buying Wii Us. Furthermore, stuff is going digital and this will (hopefully) be sped up by the FCC forcing ISPs to get cheap/fast fiber and cable connections for all. Well, hopefully, if they get even lazier and/or start metering bandwidth (much more tightly), we'll have problems (but due to the netflix crowd I bet there will be enough complaints to get the gov to act).

Nevertheless, Gamestop's trek into mobile seems flat out senseless--the fact of the matter is that.
A: Cheap media/games plagues mobile android and IOS devices so people are less inclined to spend more on an AAA title on those platforms (Windows Phone is a slight exception to this rule, probably due to the Xbox Marketing, but MS's mobile handset market share is too small for it to really matter). This is compounded by the lack of time people have nowadays in the information era (which makes them avoid AAA games and is also the cause of the console decline).
B: Everyone has a smartphone already and carriers themselves already take quite a hit to sell phones.
C: It is difficult to sell digital media at a physical store.
D: There's a ridiculous amount of fragmentation in the android ecosystem and few people will be able to play anything.
E: Hardcore gaming in the mobile sector is already filled by the Nintendo 3DS and less so by the PS Vita.

As for the PC people, they all do have a point and Steam really does get many of the AAA titles you see on consoles (like Assassin's Creed, Need for Speed, Watch Dogs, etc) if you're willing to wait a month or two. Furthermore, you can get gaming computer ALOT cheaper than you think--you don't need one of those ridiculously expensive motherboards, Graphics cards, and CPUs to be able to just play games, those are really only for enthusiasts who play on multiple screens, need everything to be absolutely perfect and have the cash. To prove my point, just recently I was able to upgrade the hardware on an OLD Dell Vostro 200 to support mid-level gaming (basically high-graphics at 1080p on most games (such as DOTA 2, Civ 5 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive) and mid on intensive AAA titles) for the following as a DIY project by buying components off newegg and eBay (it's easier to do than you think).

1. Used Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8500 @3.16GHz, $25
2. XFX ATI Radeon HD 7750 1GB $80
3. Used 1TB SATA hard drive (I got lucky here with pricing, but something like 500-640GB should suffice if you never want to uninstall/re-install stuff and you should easily be able to get it for this amount of money) $30

This is a grand total of a mere $135. I didn't need to upgrade the RAM or the OS on the machine as the RAM was already maxed for the motherboard and I already had a license for Windows 7. I also already had high-quality cooling paste to apply to the new CPU. But if you need to add them and don't already have a tower to salvage (so if you start a build like this with nothing already on hand) it would come down to this.

4. 4GB of DDR2 SDRAM PC6400 = 4x1GB sticks, $50
5. Windows 7 or Windows 8 Retail, $99 ($70 if you're a student). I don't recommend you stick with XP if the computer already has it onboard unless you absolutely can't afford this. High quality games use DirectX11 for optimal performance, which XP doesn't have. XP is also a security risk as Microsoft dropped support for it.
6. Used Vostro 200 Tower (If you don't already have an old tower you can upgrade), $75
7. CPU Paste (like the well-known ArcticSilver 5, but I used (and recommend, using the dot method rather than spread) Tuniq TX-4) $8.

Grand total: $367 maximum (If already have a TV and keyboard+mouse you can use, but you can get the keyboard/mouse for next to nothing and if you don't have a TV or a computer monitor...well just lol, you obviously need one before we even talk about this for both PCs and consoles).
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Posted 4/27/14
Well, there is always Best Buy........for me.
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Stonewolfe wrote:
Lastly, GameStop is the only source of console and handheld games for a lot of us who are not complete introverts and can't socialize past the internet. My local Best Buy doesn't even CARRY video games anymore, just the consoles and accessories for them, and according to the manage I talked to, in about 2-3 years they will probably get rid of them as well. No other store has any video games around me either.


I got a ton of used console games off of eBay

eBay "carries" pretty much everything


Jsybird2532 wrote:

Nevertheless, Gamestop's trek into mobile seems flat out senseless--the fact of the matter is that.
A: Cheap media/games plagues mobile android and IOS devices


Not only cheap games but FREE games... If you keep your eyes on deals sites, they list iOS and Android games that go free for limited durations all the time. I hardly have to pay for anything at all, just wait until they're "free for a day"

The only hope for consoles is the exclusives and there aren't enough of them until kind of late in the cycle where there's these tons of JRPGs that I couldn't play (because of the play times required) come out LOL!!

Sometimes "upgrading a gaming PC" is a really complicated process:

1. Get bigger graphics card



However, I do admit that if you go big on graphics cards it could end up costing almost as much as a console.
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