GAME exits Administration

Discuss and discover all the great games of yesteryear!

Moderators: mknott, NickThorpe, Darran@Retro Gamer, MMohammed, lcarlson

User avatar
Liamh1982
Posts: 8297
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:11 am
Location: Wrexham
Contact:

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Liamh1982 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:59 pm

At least one store is closing on the 24th.

Bye, GAME Wrexham. :(
You had your faults, but I have many happy memories of the last 15 years or so.

DABYX
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:46 pm
Contact:

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by DABYX » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:16 pm

Sigh. The whole business saddens me.
While I will buy online, there's also the joy of browsing.

I never feel cheated paying more and getting it there and then as I take the viewpoint of, "well Ive had an extra X amount of time using/playing it"

I was shocked when I found out Asda/Walmart owned Zavvi when it went!!
Hence the trade part now I guess.

Times are just going to get worse and soon we wont own anything as it'll be digital.

*waits for HMV and Waterstones to go bust within the year* :-(
If anyone's interested I have a retro game blog at http://dabyx.wordpress.com

Stainy
Posts: 195
Joined: Tue May 22, 2007 3:41 am

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Stainy » Sat Mar 17, 2012 7:49 am

I remember walking into WH Smith in Watford and buying Combat Lynx for the Spectrum..


Ahh those were the days :(

User avatar
Freestyler
Posts: 4150
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:15 pm

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Freestyler » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:52 am

The ZX Spectrum was the reason I got into gaming. It was a fabulous computer. However, pre-owned games were the reason I stayed a gamer, and never gave it up for something else.

The potential loss of GAME (and Gamestation, and others to follow no doubt) is a sad loss to Videogaming as a whole. Many of us only stay gamers because it's such a cheap and rewarding hobby. To see games go back to full retail value is to see me go elsewhere for my thrills.
Freestyler: A customer that's too hard to please, complains all the time and wants everything for next to nothing.

User avatar
Freestyler
Posts: 4150
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:15 pm

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Freestyler » Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:54 am

By the above I mean that a healthy Pre-Owned scene is what keeps brand new retail prices low. Remove the pre-owned scene and you get SNES prices all over again.
No thank you.
Freestyler: A customer that's too hard to please, complains all the time and wants everything for next to nothing.

User avatar
Sel Feena
Posts: 3506
Joined: Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:38 pm

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Sel Feena » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:36 am

^ And if the industry does eventually go online-only, with no option for gamers to buy physical copies? Be prepared to pay whatever the hell Sony/MS feel like. No options or promotions, no shopping around...
Image

User avatar
DPrinny
Posts: 24494
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:24 pm
Location: Super Mancyland

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by DPrinny » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:44 am

^I wont be buying then.

So far from what ive seen of this "Next gen" I dont want any of it.

User avatar
retrojc
Posts: 4267
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:41 am

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by retrojc » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:44 am

DPrinny wrote:^I wont be buying then.

So far from what ive seen of this "Next gen" I dont want any of it.
I doubt it wants you either

User avatar
DPrinny
Posts: 24494
Joined: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:24 pm
Location: Super Mancyland

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by DPrinny » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:46 am

Thats good to know.

Just think of all those that collect sealed games.

What will they have? Loads of unopened files?

User avatar
Freestyler
Posts: 4150
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:15 pm

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by Freestyler » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:53 am

1992: SNES Street Fighter 2: £64.99 retail.
2011: Xbox 360 Street Fighter 4: £39.99 retail.

The difference? Not least the fact that it's nearly half the price but the fact that absolutely nobody paid £39.99 for it either.

Frankly, if you did pay full retail then you're precisely the kind of sucker the whole "Pay for your pre order now!" mentality is designed to ensnare. Back in '92 it was different. Nowadays we have so many ways to buy games that it's a very unlucky shop indeed that doesn't have some form of "motivation" to get you to buy there. Collectors Editions... Pre Order bonuses... Loyalty Card rewards... cheaper prices... anything to get your sale. Back in '92 all they had to do was stock the game.

Long may alternative markets exist. It'll be a sad day indeed when you can only get your software from one place.
Freestyler: A customer that's too hard to please, complains all the time and wants everything for next to nothing.

simes
Posts: 397
Joined: Fri May 29, 2009 7:33 am
Location: Lichfield, England
Contact:

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by simes » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:12 am

Freestyler wrote:1992: SNES Street Fighter 2: £64.99 retail.
2011: Xbox 360 Street Fighter 4: £39.99 retail.
If you factor in inflation and in the increase in VAT, the RRP of Street Fighter 2 today would actually be over £100 so games have actually come DOWN in price over the years not counting the 8-bit market. All things considered, I don't think we're doing too badly. I'd say anything 16-bit / PC onwards has probably reduced slightly compared to current PC titles but console wise we're experiencing a massive drop so it's pretty good time for gamers.
ImageImage

http://www.transformersvideogames.co.uk - complete guide to Transformers computer / video games
Sales / Trades Wants: http://retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=32492

IronMaidenRule
Posts: 4413
Joined: Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:33 pm

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by IronMaidenRule » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:13 pm

If places like GAME and Gamestation go, I would like to think it would give independent shops another crack at the high street market, I would much prefer to buy games that way, then hand money over to all these online companies.

User avatar
retrosofer
Posts: 974
Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:11 am
Location: UK
Contact:

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by retrosofer » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:27 pm

simes wrote:
Freestyler wrote:1992: SNES Street Fighter 2: £64.99 retail.
2011: Xbox 360 Street Fighter 4: £39.99 retail.
If you factor in inflation and in the increase in VAT, the RRP of Street Fighter 2 today would actually be over £100 so games have actually come DOWN in price over the years not counting the 8-bit market. All things considered, I don't think we're doing too badly. I'd say anything 16-bit / PC onwards has probably reduced slightly compared to current PC titles but console wise we're experiencing a massive drop so it's pretty good time for gamers.
This isn't the first time i have heard someone say this, 'if you factor in such and such, then if released today it would have been more expensive,' but i cant see it, if it was released today, it would be £39.99, or an rrp £44.99, plus another £30 of dlc rubbish on day 1 release.
The price of £64.99 for SF2 on the SNES was a product of its time so to speak, with alot of different factors causing that price point, things such as smaller games market, cartridge etc. So inflation really means nothing as if released today, unless it was a special edition and came with a miniture Ryu, would be priced at todays prices, and as such a product of modern times, if this makes sense.

User avatar
sirclive1
Posts: 1934
Joined: Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:57 am
Location: lancaster

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by sirclive1 » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:07 pm

DPrinny wrote:^I wont be buying then.

So far from what ive seen of this "Next gen" I dont want any of it.
Totally agree , i was silly enough to buy loads of xblive arcade games , not many of them get a good replay , cant do much with them , there just stuck there on my hardrive . I much prefer something i can touch / trade / look at / own . Just be prepared for sky high prices for any decent download games if they try it on with the next gen . Remember pspgo , what a load of cack , i hope people realise what they are letting themselves in for , being at the mercy of microsoft's prices (no thanks) , a new console will probably rise up (sega anyone ?) and use a form of media that we can cherish again .
Luxor the moonprince - Doomguard Slayer

ALK
Posts: 3006
Joined: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:01 am

Re: GAME - Comet owner OpCapita has offered to buy out GAME

Post by ALK » Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:20 pm

If Sony and Microsoft go all out download only, it'll take Nintendo 5-10 years to catch up, so one less thing for me to worry about too much... :lol:
3DS FC= 0301-9774-9044

PM me if you add me.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests