Game - New bunch of c***s Page 78

  • Deleted user 6 November 2017 14:54:48
    Unfortunately GAME highlight what is wrong with high street retail as a whole. The whole sector is stuck in the past with only the biggest chains able to keep their heads relatively above water.

    With the current shift toward digital game buying seeing a huge spike this year, GAME's problems are only going to get worse.
  • cowell 6 Nov 2017 15:33:41 1,519 posts
    Seen 27 minutes ago
    Registered 9 years ago
    There seems to be plenty of 'just make the games cheaper' type sentiment from the armchair economists here. Allow me to be one also and topline why its not that simple....

    On a £55 SRP PS4 game, they're probably paying around £32 when you take the VAT out. Selling at £55 makes them £14 for each copy sold. Sell at £50 - that's £10. Sell at £45 - that's only £6 profit.

    If they sell 10k copies at full SRP, they make £140k. To make £140k at £6 profit per unit, that's 23,000 copies of the same game they'd have to sell. I don't for a second believe that cutting £10 off their price is going to more than double the volume they sell.

    Their problems are broader than just pricing. Being a specialist high street retailer is extremely tough and i'm sure they aren't the only ones seeing these problems

    Edited by cowell at 15:34:03 06-11-2017
  • myiagros 6 Nov 2017 16:00:53 1,405 posts
    Seen 18 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    My local store has halved in size in the last year as they have given over space to a networked pay-to-play PC section.
    The stock selection is terrible as it has been for many years now.
    If it isn't a high profile "New Release", then they don't have it.
    I can't really see the point of a specialist retailer if their offering is more restricted (and more expensive) than the local supermarket.

    I recognize that the economics are difficult to make work, hence the pricing, but without a better offering you would be a mug to shop there.
    I feel like an idiot when I even bother to go in for a browse.
  • neems 6 Nov 2017 18:25:53 3,825 posts
    Seen 2 hours ago
    Registered 10 years ago
    Where I work we have a Game and a Grainger Games. For those who don't know, Grainger is an independant retailer with 70 stores in the Midlands and the North of England. Now i don't expect Game to compete with Amazon or supermarkets, but new releases are consistently £5 cheaper in Grainger which is maybe 100 yards away. There is literally no reason to shop in Game.
  • simsini 10 Nov 2017 11:19:03 417 posts
    Seen 3 days ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    Game in a nutshell...

    https://www.game.co.uk/en/amiibo-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-4-pack-2098281

    £69.99 for Urbosa, Revali, Mipha and Daruk Amiibo 4 pack. £20 over the RRP at Nintendo's own store and it's £44.99 in Argos.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 10 Nov 2017 11:27:39 7,610 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 11 years ago


    She's having a good time.
  • the_milkybar_kid 10 Nov 2017 11:29:58 7,047 posts
    Seen 16 hours ago
    Registered 4 years ago
    Yup. They deserve everything they get.
  • ghearoid 10 Nov 2017 11:34:56 2,998 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 16 years ago
    BigOrkWaaagh wrote:


    She's having a good time.
    Revali and Daruk also have their stands shooting up their ass. At least they're transparent unlike Smash Link and his piss yellow stand.
  • robthehermit 10 Nov 2017 12:11:07 6,590 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    Do Game still price match trade ins?
  • BigOrkWaaagh 10 Nov 2017 12:12:35 7,610 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    No.
  • robthehermit 10 Nov 2017 12:14:58 6,590 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    Bumholes.
  • minky-kong 15 Jan 2018 10:48:55 13,683 posts
    Seen 46 minutes ago
    Registered 10 years ago
    Went into the Stratford Westfield branch yesterday as I was passing to see what ridiculous prices they're charging these days.

    Highlight was Battlefront 2 for £54.99, or if that's too rich for your blood you can have a preowned copy for £47.
  • Trendyninja 15 Jan 2018 10:55:59 212 posts
    Seen 2 months ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    @minky-kong Its crazy isn't it. Amazon are selling it for £34 for Xbox One and the PS4 version for £32.49
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 15 Jan 2018 10:57:33 3,576 posts
    Seen 2 hours ago
    Registered 13 years ago
    Popped into my local branch on Saturday and it seems that they've stuck the prices on many/most titles up by a fiver since the end of the Christmas sale.
  • Graxlar_v3 15 Jan 2018 10:58:36 2,789 posts
    Seen 4 hours ago
    Registered 9 months ago
    And now i am getting ad's for game all over EG :)
  • ghearoid 15 Jan 2018 11:12:00 2,998 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 16 years ago
    Whenever I pop into my local branch I just see a lot of games with "available to order" stickers on the game cases.
  • BigOrkWaaagh 15 Jan 2018 11:22:24 7,610 posts
    Seen 1 hour ago
    Registered 11 years ago
    I can just about, maybe, barely understand someone buying a laughably overpriced game from GAME because it's right there in front of them and they want it right now. But what kind of idiot do you have to be to go into GAME with your more money than sense, spot that the game you want at £55 is out of stock and get them to order it in for you so that it will be ready for you to go into the shop and collect next week? Who is doing that instead of just ordering from Amazon where it could be in your hands tomorrow for £20 less. I'm actually asking here.
  • d_h1234 15 Jan 2018 11:31:43 73 posts
    Seen 28 minutes ago
    Registered 8 years ago
    You go to GAME instead of Amazon because of the expert staff.
  • Pipedream 15 Jan 2018 13:03:40 352 posts
    Seen 20 minutes ago
    Registered 4 years ago
    Game near where I live has closed down. Local town by the seaside also closed. The Game I walk past daily on my way to work is open.

    The difference is that the open Game is in a town full of scum and villainy. Maybe Game works where brain-dead live?
  • nudistpete 15 Jan 2018 13:43:43 302 posts
    Seen 12 hours ago
    Registered 9 months ago
    d_h1234 wrote:
    You go to GAME instead of Amazon because of the expert staff.
    Chortle.
  • nudistpete 15 Jan 2018 13:50:27 302 posts
    Seen 12 hours ago
    Registered 9 months ago
    I still find it perplexing that shops selling retro stuff have popped up all over the shop and yet Game still are ignoring this growing market, even though Gamestation used to do this - so they have the experience.
  • FilthyAnimal 15 Jan 2018 13:56:57 423 posts
    Seen 13 hours ago
    Registered 12 months ago
    Astonishingly, Plymouth still has two Game stores in the City Centre, although one has very few games and has half of its floorspace dedicated to some PC gaming thing that looks like a cross between an internet café and a hardware shop (in which absolutely fuck all was happening).

    I went in the other on the off-chance of a good deal and saw there was an offer on for two new games for £40. There were some good games (Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4 GOTY), so I thought "why not?". So, I picked up RoTR and Fallout 4. Neither in stock, despite masses of empty boxes on the shelves. Wolfenstein 2? Out of stock. Shadow of War? Out of stock.

    So what did they have in stock from the offer? Knack 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Minecraft, Skyrim and Prey, all of which were easily obtainable for £20 or under from various outlets.

    Obvious bait-and-switch. Bunch of cunts.
  • minky-kong 15 Jan 2018 14:00:09 13,683 posts
    Seen 46 minutes ago
    Registered 10 years ago
    Pretty sure RoTR and Fallout 4 GOTY can be found for less than £20 each online as well.
  • freddymercurystwin 15 Jan 2018 14:31:16 1,415 posts
    Seen 14 hours ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    @FilthyAnimal I have fond memories of the dingy little cramped Gamestation that used to exist down on Cornwall Street, before it was relocated and eventually closed. Remember buying a Crystal Xbox with Fifa 2004 from Woolies and popping over to Gamestation to exchange the game for a coverless version of Halo CE for a fiver or something and getting about £15 credit to boot. Happy memories!

    I hate Game.
  • FilthyAnimal 15 Jan 2018 14:31:34 423 posts
    Seen 13 hours ago
    Registered 12 months ago
    minky-kong wrote:
    Pretty sure RoTR and Fallout 4 GOTY can be found for less than £20 each online as well.
    RoTR can't be found quite as easily as the others though. I've not found it for any cheaper than £23. And Fallout 4 GOTY has only just depreciated as much as it has since it was revealed that it was just the base version with a season pass code in the box. At the time it was going for £30 everywhere.

    Fallout 4 vanilla can be had for less than a tenner now, I'll probably get that and wait to see if there's any decent deals to be had on the DLC down the line.
  • FilthyAnimal 15 Jan 2018 14:42:57 423 posts
    Seen 13 hours ago
    Registered 12 months ago
    freddymercurystwin wrote:
    @FilthyAnimal I have fond memories of the dingy little cramped Gamestation that used to exist down on Cornwall Street, before it was relocated and eventually closed. Remember buying a Crystal Xbox with Fifa 2004 from Woolies and popping over to Gamestation to exchange the game for a coverless version of Halo CE for a fiver or something and getting about £15 credit to boot. Happy memories!

    I hate Game.
    Yeah, I do remember that one. The staff knew what they were talking about for the most part and I used to buy a lot of used PC games there for quite reasonable prices. I still have a lot of those games with the GameStation stickers on them - fond memories indeed.

    On that note, also fond memories of the Gamestation up at the Horsefair in Bristol, which was just as good as the one in Plymouth and which I got most of my stuff from when I went to uni. Also ePlay in Bristol City Centre and Special Reserve on Gloucester Road.

    The staff in Game nowadays are a very different breed - in many cases akin to trained monkeys conditioned to parrot off standard phrases. I tried paying for something with my German debit card on their antiquated card machine (which I've had no problems anywhere else in the UK) and one of the machine prompts had the staff completely perplexed.

    CeX is a similar case, albeit much filthier than the corporate cleanliness of Game, but for all the dreck, the useless staff and the dodgy provenance of much of the stuff on offer, at least they're cheap as chips for much of the retro games.

    What gets me is that there's clearly a lot of demand for brick-and-mortar games outlets - the footfall in Game should make that apparent, not to mention Gamestop, Media Markt and Saturn here in Germany. So why did all the others in the UK fail?
  • LittleSparra 15 Jan 2018 15:06:10 7,926 posts
    Seen 2 weeks ago
    Registered 3 years ago
    superbob85 wrote:
    I don't know how they stay open. Certainly not relevant anymore buying online is so much cheaper.
    /thread
  • samharper 15 Jan 2018 15:12:27 997 posts
    Seen 10 hours ago
    Registered 6 years ago
    I dunno, I still occasionally go in and get a decent deal. Their 25% off all pre-owned games last week was alright, got Skyrim VR for £28 which is better than eBay.
  • freddymercurystwin 15 Jan 2018 15:15:49 1,415 posts
    Seen 14 hours ago
    Registered 14 years ago
    This, whilst not altogether relevant and also a little out of date (and may or may not be accurate) is mildly interesting.

    http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2015/09/30/why-you-pay-what-you-pay-for-video-games

    Edited by freddymercurystwin at 15:16:56 15-01-2018
Log in or register to reply

Sometimes posts may contain links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.