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KManX89 said:
hunter_alien said:
Damn... there goes another dinosaur. Like them or hate them, this is not good for the industry as a whole :-| Having full digital monopolism is not an idea I adore.

No it's not, despite what some people glossing for the idea of an all-digital future want you to believe. 

An all-digital future would be a VERY bad thing. 

I can do a lot more with a digital copy I bought from steam than a physical copy I bought for PS4. Digital isn't the issue, DRM is. I think it's kinda ridiculous how physical discs are somehow lauded as gaming Jesus while they're full with DRM and already are just as tightly controlled as their digital counterparts.

The protest shouldn't be against digital but against closed platforms.



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Tempted to go there and buy some figurines.
I have a lot of bad memories with GameStop...but I also have a lot of great memories, too. That's because I was there so much over the years. I take no joy in this news.



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d21lewis said:
Tempted to go there and buy some figurines.
I have a lot of bad memories with GameStop...but I also have a lot of great memories, too. That's because I was there so much over the years. I take no joy in this news.

Its like your favourite porn actress retiring, you had great times, but shes just getting shown in the gilf catagory these days and its time to let it go



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I don't like their business model of paying very little on the used games and selling for almost full price. But no one is mandated to sell or buy on this condition.

But every time I go I was well taken care of. Good discount on the old games that I wanted, nothing forcefully pushed, and when offered I just said I wasn't from the country so I had no use for it.



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vivster said:
KManX89 said:

No it's not, despite what some people glossing for the idea of an all-digital future want you to believe. 

An all-digital future would be a VERY bad thing. 

I can do a lot more with a digital copy I bought from steam than a physical copy I bought for PS4. Digital isn't the issue, DRM is. I think it's kinda ridiculous how physical discs are somehow lauded as gaming Jesus while they're full with DRM and already are just as tightly controlled as their digital counterparts.

The protest shouldn't be against digital but against closed platforms.

True, but the issue is that pretty much most digital platforms are DRM systems, to begin with. GoG is a model I fully embrace, but let's be honest, it's one that most publishers will not pursue, so it will always be a niche player in the industry.

Physical with DRM is absolutely an issue, and lately, they became downright cumbersome to use, but I think when most people say physical they refer to the old pre-7th generation distribution models. I think the Switch cartridges are still (mostly) there, but it's only a matter of time until they will go the way of the Dodo.

Still, gaming (as an industry) will get through this, and there will always be an opportunity in it that some will try to exploit, so who knows, maybe one day we will get the best of both worlds



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thismeintiel said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:
I don't think physical media is going away, but Gamestop may be another matter. I don't think they are managed well. Whenever I go into a Gamestop nowadays I see this tiny little section for Switch games with huge sections for PS4 and XB1 games. The Switch basically has the same shelf space that the Wii U did. Is it any wonder why Amazon always over represents Switch sales? Tons of Switch customers go to Amazon, because Gamestop is just not going to be their store. They can get the Switch games they want at Amazon, but not at Gamestop.

Surely Gamestop knows that the Switch is selling a lot better than the Wii U, but they haven't changed their behavior accordingly.

You must have a bad GameStop. The one near me has the Switch section out front and it's got to be the same size as the PS4 and XBO sections. They also have a decent sized section for Amiibos. 

Of course, who knows if your store is basing their layout on regional sales or it is just poor management of that store.

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I've always had a good experience at GameStop. Well, minus the hounding about preordering. Sometimes you get a good employee, who knows people hate it, and he'll ask once quickly and be done with it. But, other times you'll get the overzealous employee who asks you, you say no, but will go through the upcoming releases to try and get you to preorder anyway. I know corporate has quotas for them, but God, they have to learn that turns people off from coming back.

I've been to several Gamestops in my area and they all have a small section for the Switch.  It is out front at least, but it is always small.  It could just be that the regional manager for my area sucks.  Interesting to know that the one in your area has the Switch section stocked a lot better.  I have to wonder if your experience is the norm or mine is (or maybe somewhere in between).



For all I care, good riddance. Well, I guess it's a shame there's going to be one less in the competition, but still.



vivster said:
KManX89 said:

No it's not, despite what some people glossing for the idea of an all-digital future want you to believe. 

An all-digital future would be a VERY bad thing. 

I can do a lot more with a digital copy I bought from steam than a physical copy I bought for PS4. Digital isn't the issue, DRM is. I think it's kinda ridiculous how physical discs are somehow lauded as gaming Jesus while they're full with DRM and already are just as tightly controlled as their digital counterparts.

The protest shouldn't be against digital but against closed platforms.

So, because I can't play a PS4 game on an XB1 that's DRM? If only GoG got as many games as Steam. Sadly, most publishers want to make their own store, or put their games on the EGS where there's always online DRM that bricks the game as soon as the servers go down. 

hunter_alien said:
vivster said:

I can do a lot more with a digital copy I bought from steam than a physical copy I bought for PS4. Digital isn't the issue, DRM is. I think it's kinda ridiculous how physical discs are somehow lauded as gaming Jesus while they're full with DRM and already are just as tightly controlled as their digital counterparts.

The protest shouldn't be against digital but against closed platforms.

True, but the issue is that pretty much most digital platforms are DRM systems, to begin with. GoG is a model I fully embrace, but let's be honest, it's one that most publishers will not pursue, so it will always be a niche player in the industry.

Physical with DRM is absolutely an issue, and lately, they became downright cumbersome to use, but I think when most people say physical they refer to the old pre-7th generation distribution models. I think the Switch cartridges are still (mostly) there, but it's only a matter of time until they will go the way of the Dodo.

Still, gaming (as an industry) will get through this, and there will always be an opportunity in it that some will try to exploit, so who knows, maybe one day we will get the best of both worlds

What's the difference between pre-7th gen distribution models and today's distribution models? Most disks still come with 100% of the game on it. Sure there are day one patches, but in my experience those don't really change much about the game. Of course there are those certain types of games that are constantly being updated, and changed ala GaaS games. But I don't play those, and those games have always been like that even in 2004. They've just become more numerous and popular in the last few years. 

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On the plus side as soon as GameStop shuts down for good, Jay's CD and Hobby will be getting all of the good games! He'll price them cheaper, and offer in better trade credit.



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Not a fan of what they've turned their stores into. They are mainly half filled with bobble heads and figurines. Then they tried branching out to tablets and other stuff. Just too much random shit in their stores now.

Reminds me of party store Spencer's that they had in malls.  Just a bunch of random shit and then the company went bankrupt I believe.