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Ka-pi96 said:
Ya know people always blame digital games for the decline of game stores, but I'd argue that them being shit is just as much, if not more, the reason for their decline. Especially relevant when Game is used as one of the examples. They used to be good, but have gotten progressively more shitty over the years. In store sales declined at the same time. I don't think that's just a coincidence.

You ever see a small business game store? Like not Gamestop or GAME, but just a little store or small chain of stores run by a passionate gamer that decided to start a business of it? I have quite a few in my area, and from what I've seen, none of them have gone under. Moved, in one case, but never gone out of business. They're always such better places than Gamestops. They usually have a collection of rare, retro games dating back at least to the 3rd generation if not earlier, plenty of used games at fair prices (usually based off of an average of what it goes for online, in my experience), and cool events, like when one near my old college worked with the college's video game club to host a gaming marathon charity event. They hang on because they're just better stores. Or because they set up near colleges with tons of gamers for a steady customer base, take your pick, but at the very least, I feel good supporting them, and enjoy shopping there more. If Gamestop went bankrupt, I'd be upset mostly because I don't like to shop at Walmart and Target for games. If those small business game stores died out, I'd be genuinely sad and mourn them.