Sunday, April 1, 2012

Keza MacDonald

expects that the disappearance of Game Group could herald a return to the main street of small shops enthusiasts

Game Group, the company that owns specialty stores and high street games Game Gamestation, has officially entered administration, after suspending trading of its shares and presentation for the administration this week last. With almost everyone in the media game, I spent a lot of time to think and write about it in recent weeks, examining possible causes of the failure of the game in the competition and its implications for spiral - not only for the obvious victims, to customers in the UK and employees, but for anyone who buys, builds and sells games. You can read about everything here if you are interested, but there is no way to turn -. This is bad news for all of us

What I have not seen much talk about our personal relationship is with the retail game. Located in its current state, with its limited selection of providers focus on strong and sometimes aggressive owned, deposits of up-selling and pre-order, bears little resemblance to the game that I visited when I was growing . Game stores were actually places that used to pass the time when I was a teenager, sailing with friends and sometimes make new ones. It is this side of the retail experience that things like steam and Amazon are not replaced, and I really miss you.

Our local Gamestation in Edinburgh before being swallowed by the Play Group, was a haven for players with two floors and new things on the ground floor and a floor full of shirts, figures, demonstration stations and racks full of retro games dating back to the NES. The most valuable of these items were displayed in glass cases. I remember looking longingly at a perfect (and very expensive) a copy of the rare super-game Secret of Mana SNES in one case for about two months. Occasionally someone would be looking with envy with me, and I want to start a conversation. The staff was friendly and love (like many games are still Gamestation employees), and we'd love to discuss a recommended half hour of trading, and experiences. It was a boutique real enthusiasts. I spent a ridiculous amount of money and little time there.

Following the acquisition of Gamestation, Game, while sales were booming from about 2006 to 2010, largely disappeared. Retro was abandoned and eventually completely eliminated in favor of a game similar to second-hand model which focused on the new games only. The goods have become progressively more generic until the most extravagant things were gone and only the case of DS and Mario was stuffed. I stopped to visit game stores very quickly and began to buy online. I attributed the death of the game store that I remembered as a complication of movement necessary for my hobby to the general public, and regretted that only briefly.

who could have predicted that the shopping experience for gaming in a place like Den Den Town in Osaka or Tokyo Akihabara would be difficult for any geek, but he did not understand Japanese retail, c ' is that shops were like this. In the UK, shopping is something I do reluctantly and as soon as possible, little, things pick online whenever possible. In Japan has become a recreational activity.

All this probably sounds very familiar to anyone who collects vinyl. The record store may be a British equivalent of the Japanese game store. But surely there must be a place for lovers of workshops here, again, beside the megachains as a game (or any game is replaced in the coming weeks). If it appears that the British street can not support a megachain games, does that mean it can not support small businesses instead? Can not be no place for shoppers, too, while moms and gifters and casual browsers pick up FIFA and COD and Just Dance by large chains and supermarkets? The major retailers are essential to the health of the gaming industry, but have long been all there.

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