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Is GAME on Borrowed Time and Possibly Facing Administration?
Written Friday, March 09, 2012 By Richard Walker
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If the sight of 'Spring Clean' fire sales and so-called "supply issues" surrounding certain EA and Capcom titles, including Mass Effect 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken weren't enough to set alarm bells ringing surrounding the future of GAME and Gamestation, then reports of GAME Group facing the possibility of administration will certainly set them off.

Senior staff have apparently been told to brace for a potential, looming D-day for GAME, with CEO Ian Shepherd saying that the UK retail chain has approximately two weeks in which to turn around the company's ailing fortunes. For now, the only hope for the survival of the high street store is a possible buyout from US games retailer, GameStop, who have apparently expressed interest in a deal.

According to MCV, GAME is preparing for the worst, readying for a move into administration should the fire sale measures fail to buy time, with a "pre-package acquisition" on the cards should a buyout go forward. Whatever happens however, things aren't looking too good for GAME right now.

In response to this story, a GAME spokesperson told MCV that it does not comment on rumour or speculation.




 
 

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Comment #1 by Arron114
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:33:44 AM
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Think what you will about GAME. Its a sad day for everyone involved and the job losses.

Though they did help put independent game shops out of business. Karma? You decide.
Star


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Comment #2 by DarkWolf114
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:35:06 AM
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GAME's main issues that I believe are having too many stores. I know of 4 stores (3 GAME, 1 Gamestation) within a 1km radius. Secondly they have become pretty appalling at customer service. If these two issues are resolved they may find themselves in a better position.
The UK needs to have a dedicated gaming retailer, it will be a loss if it goes.


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Comment #3 by OmarStyles9
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:35:28 AM
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Great, closing down sales and lots of games sold for cheap :D Well, hopefully...knowing Game, they'll probably still charge £40 for "new" games :/


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Comment #4 by ClassicZach
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:37:56 AM
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i go there for all my games and i love the atmosphere that i get when im in game but i can see why they are heading out, they just lose customers to online shoping and i agree with darkwolf they have way to many shops i know of 5 in my area with about a 20 min walk between each one. good luck to them i hope they do turn it around!!


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Comment #5 by Kisushima
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:41:26 AM
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In agree whole-heartedly with #2. They have far too many stores, I know of a situation of 3 in a similar or less radius. In 1 case, they're 50m away from eachother. As for customer service, I find it's more a case of WHAT customer service? I've found some employees to not only be rude, but snobbish about my game choices. Saying that, I've also met some pretty nice guys from gamestation. What will another gaming shop alternative be?


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Comment #6 by jamie1000013
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:43:42 AM
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Hopefully this is just a rumour and there is not much truth to it. I kinda feel guilty now for purchasing most of my games from Amazon, Ebay, and Shopto. I still buy most of my hardware from Game and Gamestation though and I buy games when I am at their store.


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Comment #7 by JuanPabloSmoker
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:47:21 AM
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Where I live Game is literally 20 paces from Gamestation. Plus another 2 Game stores in the city centre. Yeah Subway might be able to get away with it but not a retail outlet. Whoever's in charge, send me a message over xbox live and I will give you some free business tips


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Comment #8 by Bucksea
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:49:05 AM
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What a shock


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Comment #9 by Doric
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:49:21 AM
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The reason for the mass amount of stores is due to takeovers. When the company took over EB and Gamestation all those stores were still within their lease contracts. Its often cheaper for a store to stay open and not renew when its due to be than to buy out of its lease contract.


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Comment #10 by tsydrown
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:49:40 AM
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We had 2 Game & 2 Gamestation shops within a 10 min walk of each other in Bradford City Centre, 1 Gamestation closed, but really, 3 stores in walking distance of each other, poor business decision IMO . . .

BUT, Game has always been good in my eyes, granted they might charge a couple of quid more, but when it comes to Pre-Owned Games (non-online sales) they're one of the best . . .

On-topic, I went in yesterday and picked up Dragon Age 2 for £8 and Bulletstorm for £3, now THAT's what you call bargain prices (both pre-owned, but reduced by around 50%)


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Comment #11 by Fang Foom
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:49:48 AM
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I used my reward points to buy some MS points from the website on Weds.
Haven't received a code or an answer to my Email.

Bad times

:(


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Comment #12 by Carlageddon
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:56:04 AM
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Wasn't it announced that HMV are also on the brink of Administration? even though there games are even higher priced then GAME - but makes you wonder, in 5years time will there be a high-street prescence for computer game shops?


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Comment #13 by master_shake_350
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:56:11 AM
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Is that why I can get some used games as low as 49p here?


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Comment #14 by Andreas_loel
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:57:28 AM
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Still sad for the people that lose their job, but like what most people seem to say is that they have stacked way too many stores close to eachother.

Spread out and rebuild


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Comment #15 by GamePlayUK
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 10:58:51 AM
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theres too many GAME branches in Leeds its unbelieveable


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Comment #16 by MattDaddy V1
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:01:07 AM
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Kinda sad, but the writing was on the wall. Where I live there's a GAME and Gamestation within 2 minutes walking distance of each other. But what really confuses me is the absolute amzing price differences between them, I mean our Gamestation store is always at least £5 cheaper than the GAME store on new releases and half the time Gamestations new games are cheaper than GAMES pre-owned copies!?!?! Don't they expect people to shop around?


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Comment #17 by gazmaster1
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:03:56 AM
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Just been to one of the Game stores here in Cardiff and it is business as usual. Yes the spring sale was in full effect with great titles such as Tiger Woods Golf 06 going for 48p and Skyrim selling brand new for a stunning £42 but no signs of the deals I see every one posting online. The manager was trying to push a mother into trading her sons 3DS for a PS Vita and the staff were friendly as ever.


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Comment #18 by Metabolic XBA
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:05:01 AM
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Kinda sad, my first legit job was at Electronics Boutique and we changed over to Game before the Xbox launched. Worked there for years, it was a fantastic place to work back then.


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Comment #19 by austen2k7
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:07:01 AM
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In Leeds city centre there's 2 games and one gamestation within 2 minute walks of eachother not to mention the one around 10 minutes away just outside the centre and the two in the white rose centre, it's ridiculous.


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Comment #20 by o D M C o
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:18:52 AM
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Try the Trafford Centre, theres 2 Games quite literally on top of each other... just the thickness of the fucking ceiling seperates them!


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Comment #21 by The Destroyernatorer
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:20:12 AM
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Yeah there's way too many stores in close proximity.

Although I can't agree about poor customer service. Well, maybe Gamestation; some of the staff in there can be useless. But in the Game I go to at least the staff are friendly and I often find myself getting into discussions with them about stuff.


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Comment #22 by Dark Knight1990
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:20:22 AM
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Considering what happened with EA and Capcom, even if they do manage to survive I doubt the company will ever recover the fanbase that lost their preorders to that incident. It's hard to build trust with customers and I think they've damaged what they had beyond repair. Spend your store credit now or you may not get a chance.


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Comment #23 by bob101910
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:24:11 AM
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Idk Gamestop has stores really close together and they are doing fine (I may be wrong). I've been to several malls and they al have a gamestop inside and 1 in the same parking lot with another a couple miles away.

#16 is right. People shop around and find better prices. Smartphones make it even easier.

Good news if they close down, should be some great going out of business sales


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Comment #24 by Caramel Cardinal
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:30:53 AM
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i want to the spring sale today, it was shit
some of the new games were cheaper then the pre owned versions but still more expensive then alot of other places
and half the great deals were nowhere to be seen


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Comment #25 by Gallzy111
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:31:22 AM
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Say whatever you like about GAME, they do charge more and they do have shocking customer service. BUT it will NOT be good if they close. Closing day sales may be good or may not be. Peacocks when they closed has nothing for under £5. Pretty shocking really.
Bad for jobs and the industry. People buy too much from Amazon, Ebay, Play and game station even.
To save themselves they should put everything at 50% less, even new games! Only do this for something like 5 or 5 days. Then they would probably make enough to keep themselves in business for another year while they keep high prices but ones that people are willing to meet ( not £45 per "new" game ).


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Comment #26 by MattDaddy V1
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:35:28 AM
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@ 22, I know if this had happened when Gears 3 came out, i'd never of bothered with them again, (that's maybe coz I dropped £500 on that beast!) I went in Gamestation yesterday and the queue was out the door with people voicing their displeasure over no EA/capcom titles and spending their remaining credit.

I remember a few years ago swearing i'd never use internet shopping, well thanks to GAME, my obsession with Resident Evil/Devil May Cry and my wifes obsession with Sims 3 i've bought more games from Amazon in the last year than I bought from GAME & Gamestation combined, Sad day but it was bound to happen


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Comment #27 by taffaroo97
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:37:34 AM
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theres a game and a gamestation in town literally 5 mins walk from each other, with a HMV and a private owned one in between!

Peaks has only one game

Meadowhall has two and a gamestation


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Comment #28 by mageinator
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:41:43 AM
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I'll miss Gamestation when it dies, my favourite shop to go to by a long way and the one here in Hull is fantastic.

The excitement from pillaging the cheap games that would come from them going under will be short lived and then that'll be just about it for specialist game retailers ! =[


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Comment #29 by ninjachicken
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:43:40 AM
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I think they will end up as another online store selling M$ points codes and MMO subscriptions


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Comment #30 by thenewpeter
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:45:52 AM
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I miss the older game station, back when it was about general gaming, not just the latest gaming things. Back when it was broadening it's self to all gamers, not the current one, who rip off the customer any way they can compared to then (hell, look at current trade in cash back to then, gone from about 60% average to 30-40%).
I even miss electronics boutique, what I can remember of it from when I was little. :(
It was great back then, why did it have to change so much TT_TT (doesn't need an answer, I know why).

With their fall, better games shops should crop up, I do actually want them to NOT be bought out by gamestop, because I'd like to see some new independent shops start to raise, it'd be something nice and fresh, even if gamers have to make do by other means, give a fresh start, see if things can be done better.


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Comment #31 by chrishaney23
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 11:47:54 AM
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Gamestop is taking over. Bet those rumors on the next xbox having no optical drive get bigger legs after this. Now Europe can feel the wrath of Gamestop and their bullshit like we do here in the US.


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Comment #32 by stevedb79
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:00:24 PM
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Shame for more jobs going but if you treat customers like crap then i have no sympathy. Sorry but i dont, 6 emails with no reply and the 45mins on hold to customer services with no answer because you didnt send my pre order bonuses is pretty much a screw you from me Mr.GAME you (unfortunately) deserve it :(


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Comment #33 by Stufin135
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:05:59 PM
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There's just too many. Lakside has one upstairs and one downstairs like 5 shops down, it's insane.


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Comment #34 by DecadentBeaver
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:13:45 PM
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Where I used to live in Telford, the shopping centre there is tiny, and 1 end has Game, the other end has a Game and Gamestation just a couple of doors away from each other.

The nearest place to where I live now is Chester. Both shops are on opposite sides of the road, with Game 2 doors away from HMV.

On the way into Chester by bus, I pass through Broughton Park. There is a Game there as well. If they close, I have nowhere to shop for games unless its the local market dealer for 2nd hand games. Not a great selection either.

I have internet, but only for XBL. Can't order games that way, and screw GoD. The service, not the almight creator.


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Comment #35 by iMartin AFC
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:22:21 PM
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administration is a disease, soon we will have no shops what so ever! it'll be like i am legend....


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Comment #36 by l.maciver
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:26:17 PM
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so even though huge games come out even this company could die. So givin a year or two supermarkets will be next.

Here in EK of scotland where i live we have 3 corners to are centre and each have atlease 1 store for games, GAME-GAMESTATION-HMV. about 5-10 mins apart. I aint going to HMV for my games not with there prices. My only hope is mabye poundland can start selling games but which out of the 5 poundland stores would it be? hmmmm. Chances are the old games stores become poundland stores.


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Comment #37 by l.maciver
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:27:21 PM
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#35, dead high streets, shopping centres ect. Probly gonna be full of poundlands. lol


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Comment #38 by the action frampton
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:27:23 PM
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Doesn't seem like they learned anything. Just went to their massive sale. Anything worth getting is gone and all that's left are some of the worst 'deals' I've ever seen, Need for Speed The Run 32.99, Batman Arkham City 32.99, Modern Warfare 3 37.99, Black Ops 22.99. Sigh... No wonder they're in trouble if they think they are deals.


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Comment #39 by Darkdefiler84
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:40:40 PM
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I love all the people saying "shocking customer service", what service do you retards need? You go in, pick a game up, hand it to a guy behind the counter who gets it out, puts it through the till, asks if you have a loyalty card and says thanks and see you when you leave. What customer service are you idiots talking about? You bought a game and they wouldn't give you your money back because it's shit? That's your own dumbass fault, they are a business not a charity


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Comment #40 by thenewpeter
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 12:48:13 PM
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@39
Customer service... things like asking about a game, about new releas's, having the person behind the desk talk to you as a person rather then another sale only, phoning in to ask about things, being sold a broken game and being given no refunds ect. is one point I hate about game, seriously 'break the seal, no refund' Like you can tell the condition of a disk from the outside of the box.
And bugger with these sale things, I'm going to see if theres anything worth picking up tommorow, but not holding my breath.

And peoples, no dissing the poundlands, they are awesome :p lol, even if they are slowly invading the shopping centre's -eye's a poundland- Home bargins will always beat them on food prices.


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Comment #41 by ScottCorno1987
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:00:41 PM
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Not sorry to see them go.

Survived thus far based on ripping of those not in the know (parents, grandparents)

Cheerio!


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Comment #42 by pauly_27
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:04:30 PM
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Went in my local Gamestation yesterday to get some MS points. Guy told me they were having a big sale starting at the weekend, I asked if it was because of the rumours, and he claimed that the whole Mass Effect thing was because it's near the end of the tax year, but he did also say they were plans for a buyout on the horizon.

I lol'd, then sadfaced when I realised that I will have nowhere to go to actually buy niche games. HMV is a joke, and the supermarkets only stock CoD and FIFA type games where I live.

Oh, and people need to realise, the reason so many Game and Gamestation stores are so close together is because they were at a time in direct competition with each other. I would imagine the takeover deal meant Gamestation staff kept their jobs, whilst also trying to make the uneducated consumer believe they had a choice by keeping the Gamestation brand alive.

Still though, better get your loyalty/reward points spent ASAP.


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Comment #43 by [Waggly Bean]
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:06:37 PM
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Ah man I think I've got a couple of quid on my card - better go spend it!


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Comment #44 by toonsim2
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:08:42 PM
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Im still pissed off about my ME3 being cancelled and not being able to get the collectors edition anywhere. But this needs to happen and its been on the cards for awhile now. One way or another the staff need the uncertenty to end. Just hope Gamestop buys them out and closes the multiple stores in the same places.


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Comment #45 by MartyMcFal
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:18:16 PM
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They have really shot themselves in the foot, you walk in and most games are way overpriced compared to its competitors. Even the pre-owned copies are like £10 more than other stores.

In meadowhall sheffield their are 2 game stores in the same area, 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs.

I never really shop there so this doesn't bother me that much. Are gameplay.co.uk owned by the same company?


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Comment #46 by cheevo360
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:21:56 PM
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Hey people if your collector's edition version of Xbox 360 and been cancelled by GAME and still unable look for this. Yes almost anywhere is sold out. but here I found

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B007ETERN6/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1331320729&sr=8-2&condition=new

There 22 retailers have collector's edition but they are over 854 pounds. Of course expensive then normal price but at least 22 retailers have in stocks for it.

If need it go "ORDER IT NOW"


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Comment #47 by cheevo360
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:22:58 PM
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Oppps sorry not over 854 pounds I meant over 85 pounds. Sorry mess lol


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Comment #48 by cheevo360
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:24:34 PM
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Again sorry I didn't mention that for Mass Effect 3's collector's edition sorry again lol


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Comment #49 by TheTCD
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:42:49 PM
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A summary of the Game group in Swindon: two Game stores within a minute's walk of each other, Gamestation within 2 minutes of that, and up until recently a third Game store found inside of a Debenhams another minute from that.

You can do a lap of Swindon town centre in about 4 minutes. Yeah, nice one, Game. Play the victim for living above your means and ripping off customers, why don't you?


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Comment #50 by cursednaruto
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:48:36 PM
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i worked at gamestation i wont shed a tear the manager i had and the staff i work with were great but then game bought gamestation and we got a up tight s.o.b for a manager then he left and a older up tight s.o.b came and all the original staff one of the reason people came to gamestation were force away because the newest manager is a arse and they treat you like shit for stating a point when to a the shop with a friend to buy cod mw 3 for him they did a raffle got there in the like 1st 20 people and never got a raffle number and then the idiots choose to sell by the number on the raffle paper so what would have took me 10 to 15 minutes to get a lame game for a friend took me over 1 and 1/2 hours and they were arses to me when i brought up the fact that that was a stupid way to do it and this was not how game there owners did halo reach midnight opening complained to there website to customer service they said were sorry you had a bad experince at gamestation in london best thing i dont live in london i live in the middle or england


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Comment #51 by LeeJ2512
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 01:49:45 PM
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Cancelling my Prototype 2 order and spending all thats on my points card next time I'm in town :D


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Comment #52 by DirtySeb
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:18:06 PM
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I rarely buy games from the high street any more... However, when I do, I usually head to a supermarket or Argos, where the product you want is either cheaper or comes with a complimentary gift (800 Microsoft Points for example).

It's the same problem with Game as it is with HMV; overpriced and overpopulated.


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Comment #53 by pauly_27
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:29:43 PM
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@#52

I'm sure you make a good point somewhere in that post, but by god it's unreadable.



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Comment #54 by GaryYEAH
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:30:01 PM
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What they could do to turn it all around? HUGE SALE!!! That would give them at least a chance.

But seriously, while I would absolutely hate to see yet more people (and lots of them) lose their jobs for silly reasons, who's to blame here? GAME are, and quite a fair chunk, I would say. For example, each and every single one of the GAME shops that I've encountered in my life (a good fifty or so) have been packed to the brim with customer service of THE WORST level I have ever experienced, delivered by people who know as much about video games as I do racing cars - and I hate that shit, man! You can't even call the shops directly any more, that's how bad it is!

I mean, I have social anxiety disorder and so the challenge of talking to a stranger is absolutely terrifying to me, but on a good few occasions where I've been browsing through the Xbox games in a GAME shop and have overheard some of the bullshit that the sales assistants have been spouting to customers who aren't that experienced with games, I've had to literally step between them and say, "Yeah... no, you're wrong," and take over and help the person MYSELF, and all because the assistants are idiots with absolutely no care, love, or passion for their job who are given targets EVEN THOUGH they don't earn a penny of commission for their efforts. So it's bullshit on both sides, really. (I'm sure the bad stuff doesn't apply to EVERY sales assistant or shop worker, but it definitely does for the many I've encountered.)

I've had an idea for a long while now that involves USBs and being able to have games installed directly onto them via an in-store computer in various game retailers - and it even got me featured on the Monday Musing - but nothing has been done to push this technology. I've gone into further detail on my blog if you'd be interested in having a read: http://gamesoupideas.blogspot.com/2012/02/straight-to-usb-game-extension.html

Could it save them? It could be a start at least.

xx


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Comment #55 by kevski1984
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:53:05 PM
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The trouble with GAME is that there are multiple stores in the same town (3 where I work), there own in store prices are more expensive than their own website and the employees offer a poor experience and can't actually sell anything (up sell / cross sell). This is of course through my own experiences


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Comment #56 by icechef007
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:53:29 PM
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@45

Gameplay.co.uk are part of GAME Group and infact I got an email from them maybe 3 weeks ago saying that Gamplay was being shut down and merged into gamestation.


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Comment #57 by GaryYEAH
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 02:59:22 PM
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P.S. Totally agree with #57 - their prices are just appalling at even the best of times. I remember trading in a copy of *Eternal Sonata* that I bought brand new online for about £7, and they gave me maybe £2 for it. The next time I went into the shop, they were charging £22.99 for the damn thing! (And yes, it was definitely my copy.)

WHAT THE HELL?!

xx


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Comment #58 by kaiyo penguin
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 03:08:42 PM
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its funny how portsmouth are in administration....yet in the city centre of pompey (baring in mind the centre is quite small really) there are 2 GAMES and a gamestation within about 3 minutes of each other.


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Comment #59 by ThousandLegs01
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 03:19:04 PM
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lost my job with game a few weeks ago and all of us at my store knew this was coming the manager at the store I worked had sed for years that our games were WAAAAAAAY over priced and people would stop coming in.

most of the year we were dead xmas time and CoD might night releases were crazy yet this year we didnt have a full store once =[

@27 lol you live in Chesterfield too =p


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Comment #60 by BADFELLA
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 04:01:14 PM
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well for years they were screwing people over with low trade prices and high preowned games its there own doing as many shop online for games...but the spring sale has sum awesume buys


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Comment #61 by Farrmark
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 04:21:56 PM
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@9 For the record it was EB that bought out GAME and rebranded, not the other way around.


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Comment #62 by Son Of Apathy
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 04:27:05 PM
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There is a GAME and a Gamestation within 5 minutes of each other. The two have started to have problems now because a CEX has opened in the middle of them, all the customers from both stores have simply gone there.


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Comment #63 by graham84
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 05:00:07 PM
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I was at zavvi when it went under and it's a heart wrenching time...GAME is a massive chain and would be a big loss to the high street, but they've made a lot of mistakes along the way, mainly not doing anything with the Gamestation brand. Seemed a bit of a sideways move to be honest. I really hope they can pull themselves out of this

@27 & @61 I was born in chesterfield!!


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Comment #64 by AgentOrange330
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 05:10:37 PM
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In the city I live in we literally have 2 Stewarts Shops right across the street from each other. Further up the road we have 2 Rite-Aids right across the road from each other as well. Weird...


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Comment #65 by sumthingchronic
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 05:10:43 PM
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Need to spend my £100 gift card double time!!


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Comment #66 by AltarofPlagues
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 05:13:25 PM
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this does not surprise me. I will however be sad to see Gamestation go.


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Comment #67 by totallykyle101
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 05:30:41 PM
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Hope they are able to sort this mess out, i'd be sad to see gamestation close. I get paid next, i'd better go on a gaming spree lol =p


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Comment #68 by trymemf
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:04:55 PM
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Is this for UK Game only or will it affect Swedeb too? Pm me if you know the answer, thanks.


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Comment #69 by Jabbawocky
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:05:38 PM
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Well I'll be sad to see my local Gamestation go but the GAME justa short walk awayfrom it I couldn't care less, even for the people who worked there and just didn't care.

Me: Hello there, I see you have a 3 for 2 deal going. I'd like to buy these games but the box for Deus Ex is broken. Can I swap the box for another?

GAME Employee: Sorry we don't have another copy of Deus Ex.

Me: Can't I swap it with another box for one of your second hand games, after all in the end its not like I'm causing hassle, I just want a decent box to keep the disc in.

GAME: We don't do that.

Me: Then I guess I won't be buying your games then.

That was how my last transaction went with GAME. For store in financial trouble they sure as hell could care less.


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Comment #70 by cursednaruto
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:16:51 PM
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wow was thumb down on original post if it was because you could not read it could not care less i have learning difficulties so feel bad about yourself if you are a high voice little boy who plays cod could care less


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Comment #71 by X V3NOM SLAPS X
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:24:55 PM
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@5 oh yeah, do u often go to gamestation to meet guys?


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Comment #72 by Xtrovert
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:29:47 PM
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bollocks!!! gonna have to hunt down The Witcher 2 Dark Edition from a retailer i know will still be there by mid april!


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Comment #73 by ash356
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 07:11:07 PM
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GAME dies.
Shopto and Gamestop rise to UK power?
... I could live with that! ;D
Unfortunate about the job losses, but I'm positive another games firm will take over the existing sites :)


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Comment #74 by ginge88isfun
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 07:38:34 PM
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In the Potteries Shopping Center in Stoke they have two GAME stores almost on top of each other, a big one upstairs and a small one just below them, the small one is probably the best GAME store i've ever been in, the staff are friendly and extremely helpful with any problems you encounter which for a GAME store is rare in itself.

I'll be sorry to see the staff lose their jobs if the worst does happen, but this is what happens when its mis-managed and the games they sell are way overpriced.


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Comment #75 by The fatt matt
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 12:23:39 AM
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Same as everybody else, in my town here in Kent there's a GAME and a game station literally 60 paces apart. I say screw them. GAME staff here are rude , ignorant and seem like they generally couldn't give a damn.

Am also sick of the whole " we'll give u a £5 for your trade in game sir and rommotow if u pop in you'll see it on sale for £30"

My local morrisons and tescos always manage to beat them on price , £29 instead of £40 for new releases like cod or gow3 and are now doing midnight launches aswell. Brought it on themselves I think.


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Comment #76 by The fatt matt
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 12:26:46 AM
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*tomorrow* not romtomtom or whatever The hell i misspelt, sorry lol


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Comment #77 by UberPirateNinja
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 12:48:30 AM
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i bought Bulletstorm (pre-owned) for £3 in game yesterday. got it home, opened the case up, the disc was filthy, looked like it had boogers all over it, and no manual. not surprised they're going down the tubes.


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Comment #78 by Achilles8249
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 01:04:59 AM
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Sound like some piss poor management to me, like the accounting dept couldnt tell that they werent making money year after year. Maybe instead of raising prices you should lower them, just a thought. Good luck to you guys with Gamestop, IMO I think theyre ok over here in the US. Just keep in mind that it takes a lot of reward points to get free stuff.


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Comment #79 by Aiden 514
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 01:22:06 AM
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Spent my reward points got a few games.


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Comment #80 by ConfederateSuga
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 03:18:49 AM
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The great irony about this is that Gamestop sucks, too. If they do buy out GAME, nothing will change. lol xD


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Comment #81 by Pyro Stick
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 05:02:17 AM
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I checked out their "sale". Everything under £10 was already out of stock and everything else was no deal at all and some were almost full retail.


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Comment #82 by Jellybean468
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 07:04:41 AM
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Where I live, the closest GAME is 15 minutes away, and gamestation is right next to it haha!


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Comment #83 by MasterGazelle
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 07:13:45 AM
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Hurry up die is what I say. An end to snobbish staff that think they know everything but know hardly anything about the product. An end to price fixing, and pushing out smaller shops that actually care about gaming. And end to them throwing their weight around and demanding devs code for stupid Pre-order exclusives instead of decent ones. An end to CE content getting crappier because Game think they should get more for less. And finally Idiots that buy any old crap that GAME tell them to, may actually start to show some descretion in their purchases, thus not making it so easy for Devs & publishers to fob us off with lacklustre product.


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Comment #84 by TUSCANreborn
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 08:34:24 AM
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Not suprised at all, not because of high prices etc but the fact our high streets are dying. After the high streets go, supermarkets will close next. Moving all their business to massive warehouses, prices will then rise as there's no competition. All you guys that cry about high prices at Game will cry a little more as these places won't have the over heads stores do. Then you'll start seeing small shops spring up again, full circle.


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Comment #85 by Maca0716
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 09:42:28 AM
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For anyone that actually buys from GAME or Gamestation then the closure of these shops should stop you getting ripped off every week.

Then again I suppose you will all just go next door to HMV and start paying £49.99.

Am I right? You guys who pay games prices are paying anything from £5-£10 more than I do when I shop online and I get my games 1-2 days early


Err why do you shop at GAME again?


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Comment #86 by Sabre120
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 10:31:26 AM
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If customer service was improved and they stopped selling games at the prices they do then interest would vastly increase. Why walk to a store and buy a game for £39.99/£44.99 when you can quite easily buy it online from say Amazon or Shopto.net for £3-£8 cheaper?


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Comment #87 by MasterGazelle
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:02:12 AM
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Next week you can buy Mass Effect 3 at GAME..............................Preowned! :P


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Comment #88 by Trolls88
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:09:20 AM
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I hope GameStop do decide to buy Game and keep the shops going. While the in store service is not the best(from what i have been told and read about) buying form the online store is not so bad. I just wait till they have sales on, so most games are cheap.

Since i dont have a Game shop in my town, the nearest one being 10 miles away,its nice to able to buy online.

I do but most of my games from Amazon or Ebay but, sometimes Game have decent prices and they do deliver fast so thats a bit of a plus.


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Comment #89 by Trolls88
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:10:50 AM
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I hope GameStop do decide to buy Game and keep the shops going. While the in store service is not the best(from what i have been told and read about) buying form the online store is not so bad. I just wait till they have sales on, so most games are cheap.

Since i dont have a Game shop in my town, the nearest one being 10 miles away,its nice to able to buy online.

I do buy most of my games from Amazon or Ebay but, sometimes Game have decent prices and they do deliver fast so thats a bit of a plus.


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Comment #90 by Buckdawg
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 12:42:24 PM
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@27, @ 61, @67 lol, no way, what's with the ChezVegas boys representing?!

Well I currently still work at Game in Chesterfield, and today was just depressing. Such a shitty feeling in the air, from customers and workers alike, but honestly, I'm glad this is happening. I seriously hate the company and am literally only there for the perks of the job, ie: staff discounts and first dibs, which admittedly have also taken a hit too. Only 5% off new hardware?! FUCK OFF THEN!!

The funny thing now is that everyone has rushed to spend their loyalty points and store credit on all these cheap deals, so we're barely taking any ACTUAL money. Can't wait to see it go under, it's one of the greediest companies I've ever worked for. And in all fairness, if Gamestop do take over, alot of jobs will be secure as they'll need people to run them, and who better than the guys who've already been doing it for years?

But to be honest, I think the game industry, along with music and dvd just does not have a future on the high street anymore, what with the rise of digital distribution and online shopping. Any visit to a shopping centre and you'll see most shops are clothing, something that you can never replace online, as people want to try their stuff on and see it in the flesh, which obviously you cant do online. But people who buy games and films and music on the other hand, know exactly what they're getting, and all they care about is the cheapest price. And when a website doesn't have to employ a bucketload of staff to run a shop, that costs to rent and run so everything is made more expensive to compensate, it will win hands down every time.


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Comment #91 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 01:56:48 PM
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Fuck I have £35 in credit at gamestation!

What should I spend it on?

HELP!


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Comment #92 by HalfEVILmonkey
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 02:50:24 PM
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I live in the US and I tried to buy points for my UK buddy as a present. Game took my money and never gave him the points, so they can suck it.


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Comment #93 by ccliffy90
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 03:27:59 PM
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Not surpised where i live i have 5 games and 2 gamestations within a 10 min drive lol. Sad about job loses never nice but i did today get homefront, dragon age 2, lost odyssey, brian lara cricket and mgs hd for 20 quid happy days for me


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Comment #94 by andyp159
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 05:53:34 PM
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The problem with game group is two-fold in my eyes:
1. The company has grown too fast. there are too many shops in a small area. Case point, there are 3 games and 2 gamestations within 30 mins of my house
2. The company's main competitor is itself. Gamestation and Game do compete against each other. I used to work for them, and there really is a rivalry between the 2.


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Comment #95 by Shotgun Ogsy
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 07:30:35 PM
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I just cannot fathom how someone senior at Game hasn't noticed how expensive their games are in relation to everyone except HMV! Even their sister store Gamestation...

Such business naivety deserves to be punished methinks.


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Comment #96 by ademlakey
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 08:10:47 PM
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Has anyone seen the spring clean sale on the site? They are trying to save themselves from going bankcrupt and yet they still are selling games that are apparenly on sale overpriced.


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Comment #97 by RUBBER DUBBER
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:44:31 PM
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had fun friday at game in st enochs centre glasgow askin for mass effect then street fighter vs tekken then azuras wrath... lol havin been on wrong end of there returns policy i found it amusing i was still laughing on saturday .... i know not every store or employee is a fudd but i enjoyed see the manager squirm


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Comment #98 by Farrmark
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 03:54:51 AM
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@92 What a great attitude you have, a credit to your team :-/


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Comment #99 by papajimbo
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 04:12:59 AM
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I think in 12 miles between southampton and winchester there are at least 7 game stores 2 of which closed down a while ago 2 gamestations. Madness! How the hell do you make a profit from having that many stores in such a small area.While we are on the subject the staff at game generally aren't that well informed of the product they sell. If they say can I help I cringe as half the time they don't even know and almost everytime in the last 3 months I went there they didn't have the product in stock.Really? Put a fucking sticker on it then saying out of stock is it really that hard?!!!


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Comment #100 by DC KUSH 91
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 08:05:38 AM
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Better get my ass down to gamestation and spend the £20 store credit i have!

The manager in my local game is an arsehole, i find that gamestation staff are genuinely friendly, though some do have funny haircuts.

The fact they didn't stock mass effect 3 or sf x tk is a complete joke, i bet they are giving good trade in prices for those titles.


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Comment #101 by crazy88
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 09:46:58 AM
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My Local gamestation in Cumnbria were selling nintendo DSi's for £39.99. Bargain. Although I was meant to get an xp bonus on my card this month which hasn't been put on yet. If the store in my town closes the only places i'll be able to but games in a shop will be blockbuster's or morrisons. Online is taking over.


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Comment #102 by Buckdawg
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 09:50:42 AM
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@100 Trust me mate, one month working for the company and you'd hate it too.


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Comment #103 by Farrmark
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 11:57:45 AM
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@104 I've been in the job for almost 5 years. I worked my way up from a part time job on Saturday in Palasades to ASM at New Street before moving on to manage a top 5 store for Gamestation.

I don't hate it, never have.

I'd suggest though that if you hate it that much you should do the company a favour and leave.


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Comment #104 by Cringer85
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 02:00:20 PM
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Game had been my favrorite reseller a few years back. Now, everything they sell is priced even higher than the initial price at normal shops. Only seems like they try to use their image of 'cheap' games to steal away people's moneys nowadays. If you ask me, they are bound to fail and I hope the worst for them.


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Comment #105 by superandyt
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 03:16:30 PM
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I agree with the number of stores point. I live in Swindon at the moment are there are 2 stores literally within 50 metres of each other. As for the customer service issue. I used to work for them back home many years ago, and can honestly say that I back in those days in our store at very least we had great customer service. A huge stock of regular customers that came in all the time and lots of feedback from irregular visitors around x-mas time etc that we'd really helped them out.

Based on those memories I'd be sad to see them off the high street even though I don't shop there as much as I once did for me prices online and the fact I need to visit supermarkets anyway and they're are still open when I finish work have pulled me away.


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Comment #106 by Buckdawg
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 03:20:07 PM
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@105 Gamestation isn't Game. Sure, we're owned by the same PLC, but you guys don't get half as many of our silly targets and distinct lack of customer service due to the "in your face marketing" and constant pushing of sales attachments. Infact it's only this past year you guys have even had a sniff of them. Nor have your hours likely been cut to the breaking point where you can't even offer the most genuine of customers the quality time they deserve. Game claims it's "dedicated to gaming" but in reality, all it gives a crap about are figures figures figures.

But don't worry, I'm professional enough to turn up and do my job to the best of my ability for a flagging company who fails to reward loyalty and hard work. And I dare say I'm still the hardest worker at the store. Doesn't by any means I have to approve of the way the company handles its shit. I'm allowed to have an opinion.

And in my opinion, these hard times might just be the stern kick up the backside the company needs in order to change its stone-age, greedy attitude.


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Comment #107 by bazariah
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 04:15:19 PM
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i was in my local gamestation today and they were trying to downplay the whole issue regarding stock of new games and shit, pretty much saying it was internet rumours.. funniest thing though is i've been following the news about the group as a whole and the point was further hammered down when they were telling me that there budget wouldnt allow for two rolls of shrink wrap


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Comment #108 by ScottCorno1987
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 04:46:33 PM
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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/10-000-game-workers-may-lose-job-122313224.html

tick-tock, tick-tock


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Comment #109 by martin541
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 06:21:07 PM
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there are too many stores there are 4 within 20 mins of me thats crazy


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Comment #110 by Timmsy
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 03:07:33 AM
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Like everyone has said, they saturated their own industry, in Cambridge there is multiple Game stores also, they fucked it themselves good work now let someone who knows what they are doing take over please.


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Comment #111 by Optomistic
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 03:47:33 AM
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Is GAME a localised EB? (Electronic Boutique?) Because my town only has a population of around 80K, yet we got 3 EB's within 5 mins walking distance of each other. Not to mention JB-HiFi, and all the other game retailers.


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Comment #112 by Big Stoz
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 06:15:52 AM
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In this hard pressed financial times I think everyone is feeling the pinch. The problem GAME seem to have is the total mismanagement from the top and as usual it's the staff who feel the pain. I used to pre order direct from GAME as it's on my doorstep, then they started demanding £5.00 upfront so I moved to ordering on line. They also seem to be the most expensive for new titles, which puts all the emphasis on 2nd hand games and then they are not cheap. When you are in a market where there are so many other competitors you soon develop a reputation for been expensive and people don't bother going (as this forum clear indicates). GAME have decided to keep their offers totally to online, so it is no wonder the shops have gone pear shaped, and Items they have on "sale" are usually considerably much cheaper elsewhere. Despite all this it will be a sad day when it folds and the 1st of many. The bigger picture is that you will only have dear old Walmart to buy from, so you can kiss goodbye to any controversial titles you might want to get, because they won't stock them.


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Comment #113 by macd
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 08:23:45 AM
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I rarely buy new games from Game or Gamestation as they tend to charge £42.99 or more, when I can buy it online from their stores for less, or ShopTo for even less. ShopTo has been the home of my pre-orders for a while now.

The thing I'll miss if they go belly up, cheap pre-owned games. The number of games I've bought dirt cheap (less than £5) from them is ridiculous, plus they do free first class delivery so I can order on a Wednesday to have my weekend's gaming sorted.

Even if Gamestop jump in and buy them out, I don't see the number of stores being kept. There are a good few Game/Gamestations here all pretty close together. I could see them scrapping at least one no bother.


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Comment #114 by S1rJ0hn0fY0rk
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 07:43:13 PM
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@115 - don't be so sure of that man...i live in Illinois and i have at least 4 gamestops all within easy driving distance from my house. factor in the "somewhat" major cities around me, and that number goes to 14. unless your locations are about 5 blocks apart, i doubt gamestop will shut em down. they may cut hours for employees, but no full shut down


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