GAME Into Administration

#1
No link as of yet, but GAME have officially gone into administation...

How many of you still buy from there? Or do you use the 'online retail only' stores, like Play or Amazon?
 
#2
I bought the odd random game from them not so long ago, but ive never been one for the consoles so didnt need to buy them. Plus steam got alot of stuff from me.
 
#3
eBay to be honest. Many people buy a game the day it comes out at full whack of £50+, play it to the death, put it back in the box and never use it again. Eventually student loan runs out and they have to start selling shit. You can get a 6 month old game at more than 50% off it's original price and usually in perfect nick.

I do like the 'Pre-Used' section of GAME though, good deals can be had there too.

My main problem with GAME's closure is that I paid extra to get 5 years accidental damage, loss, theft etc cover on my 360 about 2 1/2 years ago. If they don't rise from the ashes, I'll never see that money again or get the cover. Even if they do return, it's not unusual for takeovers to mean the end of insurance, loyalty card etc schemes, since whilst the brand on the front of the store is the same, the operating company is a different company.
 

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#5
Bollocks! And I'm not in any fit state to go and buy the presumably discounted stock for fire-sale prices...
 
#6
I do like the 'Pre-Used' section of GAME though, good deals can be had there too.
Same here. There is, or was, a Game shop just up the road from where I work. Handy for popping in on a lunch time to pick up pre-owned games.

My main problem with GAME's closure is that I paid extra to get 5 years accidental damage, loss, theft etc cover on my 360 about 2 1/2 years ago. If they don't rise from the ashes, I'll never see that money again or get the cover. Even if they do return, it's not unusual for takeovers to mean the end of insurance, loyalty card etc schemes, since whilst the brand on the front of the store is the same, the operating company is a different company.
I did the same for my PS3 about 2½ years ago. Bugger!
 
#7
I use them quite often. They have a lot of '3 for £10' deals on older PC games which are generally the games I played as a kid and that I enjoy more than most new ones.
 
#8
Not that bothered as I use my local games emporium (support the local business blah blah) ; the owner is a good egg and trades games at a reasonable level in terms of part exing
 
#9
I always go with the cheapest. Which is never Game. If you can't be competitive in the high street then you die as a business and deservedly so.
 
#10
I have heard, but dont know how true it is, that there are 3 consortiums bidding for the chain, one of which is led by RBS. Hope its true, as there is a shop about 5 mins away from me. Still did manage to get Assassins Creed Revelations the other day reduced from £34.99 to £14.98, so every cloud etc.
 
#11
Being as though video games outsold movies and music (although not combined) I am surprised game is going/gone but not surprised they will be taken over. I heard they had some financial difficulties so some key publishers pulled out which made the problem worse.
what annoys me with steam is here in oz Internet still has limits, so I get 50 gig a month, once I download la noir at 13gb 5 movies, porn, wife n kids use it throttles back or you pay mobile phone prices. That and steam and the like have another agenda, they control you too much, you should be able to download and save it and play without Internet big brother. I'll get my tinfoil hat
 
#12
You realise you can use Steam in "Offline Mode" and don't need the permanent connection for most games, right?
 
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Not that bothered as I use my local games emporium (support the local business blah blah) ; the owner is a good egg and trades games at a reasonable level in terms of part exing
Same here mate, better trade in prices and more info about forthcoming releases, even tipped NE off about the special editions!!
 
#14
I'm no Gamer however yet another Business hits Administration!!

Let's hope one of the Consortium's (RBS) or another sorts this issue out swiftly & smoothly.
 
#17
Here in Nottingham there are two Games in the city centre and a Gamestation (same group so I'm told.) I never used any of them though as they were always too pricey. One of them had a shop called Grainger Games open opposite and wiped the floor with them. Preowned MW2 in Game was £12, £5 in the other.

I can't see much future for HMV and Blockbuster either really
 
#18
My local shopping centre had 4 shops selling video games. Now it only has 3. Of the 4, Game was the one I used least as it was generally more expensive and (strangely) always had longer queues. I will not miss them although it is a shame for the local job market that 5 or 6 spotty goth/emos will be out of work.

On the subject of extended warrantys, I never take them out. If it fails in the first 12 months it is covered anyway. Electrical goods generally either fail early or not until they are well knackered, by which time you will have wanted and budgeted for an upgrade anyway. Ask any salesman of electronics/electrics (away from his place of work) and they will tell you extended warrantys are their licence to print money.
 
#19
I don't think I've ever seen a GAME Xbox game for sale cheaper than an online retailer. Used to be Play, but they've hoicked up their prices a lot these days an surprisingly I find Amazon a better discounter now.
This was discussed on the Daily Politics today, and it boiled downed to the fact:

Customers were using Game for Expertise, Guidance and Advice but when it came to purchasing they would use 'other' online retailers like Amazon, Play. a more ruthless strategy should have been implemented by Game.
 
#20
This was discussed on the Daily Politics today, and it boiled downed to the fact:

Customers were using Game for Expertise, Guidance and Advice but when it came to purchasing they would use 'other' online retailers like Amazon, Play. a more ruthless strategy should have been implemented by Game.
Do what ???

Most of the Game employees couldnt find their arrse with both hands in the stores I have ventured into
 
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