Solved Why do game shops never sell new PC games?

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June 19, 2012 at 10:15:40
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1 GHz / 4000 MB
If i want to buy something new like Mass Effect 3 for PCs, why won't game shops ever sell them, the only place i can find them is online and i don't want to shop online for games, they only seem to sell old PC games like mass effect 1 or fable the lost chapters or something i have never heard of.

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June 20, 2012 at 11:35:35
Hi Jay

at my Asda, you can order a game or dvd if not in stock. They have a counter set aside for this.

However I would suggest you consider purchasing online as often items are much cheaper, even when delivery is involved. Ebay is becoming better than Amazon for finding small traders selling new items.

They can be delivered to any address - we use my wife's office as someone is always there to receive.

On you not having a card, surely you have a friend or mum, etc. who can purchase for you?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.



#1
June 19, 2012 at 10:44:42
Ever hear of Walmart, Target, BestBuy, etc? Many times, if you're not willing to buy online, you simply have to wait until the titles become available in stores. Why is it that you don't buy online?

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#2
June 19, 2012 at 10:47:16
Shouldn't have to buy a game online when it should be on sale in the shops, plus i'm never at home for the deliverys.
How long, they don't even sell mass effect 2 or any versions of Assassins creed except 1, mass effect 2 came out around 2 years ago, isn't that long enough unless they don't care about PC gamers.
In GAME, they should sell newer PC games, but they don't.

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#3
June 19, 2012 at 11:29:36
I see u mentioned ME trilogy (one of my favorite).
plus i'm never at home for the deliverys
It's much better to purchase your games on steam and u will have to wait few hours(depend on your internet speed) to complete the download.

I have mass effect 2(with all dlc completed) saved games ready to be imported to ME3.

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#4
June 19, 2012 at 11:53:21
Sadly I suspect that game shops you mean are small independent shops that can't compete with the big guys. They simply don't have access to the latest.

Sounds like an Alan Jackson song.

Hang up and live.


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#5
June 19, 2012 at 11:58:17
The shop i was talking about was GAME as in the game shop, and who are the 'big guys' Jefro.

And to Kuwese, one of mine favorites too, i don't have a credit or debit card, can only pay with cash.


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#6
June 19, 2012 at 12:44:13
kuwese, I like how you mention the Mass Effect trilogy, then mention Steam. As if Steam will ever see ME3. Steam also sucks if you live in the land of bandwidth limits. Currently playing: Endless Space - Finally a new Space-based 4X game.

To answer the OP's question, those stores don't buy/sell computer games because the publishers are more paranoid over copy theft. That's why they install copy protection that cripples your system. Then they wonder why the market notices it's better to pirate than purchase.

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#7
June 19, 2012 at 12:49:53
Thats a bit stupid, for people who don't copy games anyway, how come they never worried about the older games?

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#8
June 19, 2012 at 12:50:31
@jefro
Which Alan Jackson song?

@jay
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...

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#9
June 19, 2012 at 12:56:53
Thanks for the link Kuwese, but i live in the UK, not in the US, i seem to find more clothes shops than any other shops.

And Razor 2.3, people can still copy downloaded or ordered disc copies, if they are so worried why don't they stop making games for PC and keep making them for the consoles.


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#10
June 19, 2012 at 13:04:25
Some do.

The irony is it's easier to pirate console games.

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#11
June 19, 2012 at 13:05:59
Razor
I guess it is ea origin exclusive. We live in a land of bandwidth limit and we are forced to pirate everything plus no credit or debit card, current i have free internet(20 cent for 24hrs). Friend of mine got 6GB copy of ME3(i am gonna use his copy) and i helped to download From Ashes DLC.

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#12
June 19, 2012 at 13:09:42
To Razor 2.3, LOL to the publishers!!!!

To kuwese, so your getting ME3 for 3 (trying to be clever), lucky fish.


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#13
June 19, 2012 at 14:21:04
First quit shopping at "Game shops". The majority of those is this area are set towards used games. Sometimes that's okay but if you're looking for a brand new new release their a waste of time.

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#14
June 19, 2012 at 14:31:16
Call your local walmart or best buy or taget or any other department store that sells pc games and ask if they have it in stock.

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#15
June 19, 2012 at 14:33:25
To Likelystory, If you read #9 then you would know that i live in the UK not in the USA, here we have ASDA which is apparently part of the Wal*mart family but i,ve seen ME3 on PC their website but not in store.

The 'game shops' i was talking about was this---> http://www.game.co.uk/

I do go to a shop where they sell used games called CEX, games are cheaper and are usually in good condition.

And i live no where near a best buy store or i wouldn't be complaining about this, i would be complaining about something else.


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June 20, 2012 at 11:35:35
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Hi Jay

at my Asda, you can order a game or dvd if not in stock. They have a counter set aside for this.

However I would suggest you consider purchasing online as often items are much cheaper, even when delivery is involved. Ebay is becoming better than Amazon for finding small traders selling new items.

They can be delivered to any address - we use my wife's office as someone is always there to receive.

On you not having a card, surely you have a friend or mum, etc. who can purchase for you?

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#17
June 20, 2012 at 12:01:25
My Mum doesn't trust putting her card details on any website.

Wasn't eBay always cheaper than Amazon?



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#18
June 20, 2012 at 12:31:13
you could ask a store to order the game into the store. that way you can pick it up when its in and don't have to be home..

:: mike


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#19
June 20, 2012 at 12:53:27
How bout the older games like ME2, AC2 other games like that.

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#20
June 20, 2012 at 20:53:26
Or Zork on a Commodore 64.

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#21
June 20, 2012 at 21:39:06
... or "Hangman" on a Vic20!

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#22
June 21, 2012 at 07:05:44
to DAVEINCAPS : http://zorkonline.org/ :D

:: mike


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#23
June 21, 2012 at 12:21:51
LOL, i didn't mean that old.

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#24
June 22, 2012 at 04:21:06
Hi Jay,

Ebay or Amazon are not necessarily the cheapest. You have to conduct a reasonable search, compare and choose. Secret of buying is decide what you want, then look for the best deal. Problem in the UK is we are brainwashed into looking at the bottom line, which creates amstrads. Quality and convenience etc, tend to be forgotten. e.g. I recently purchased a wii bundle from Amazon UK, which actually was the best price, additionally they delivered to Italy free.

When it comes to cards you can trust ebay or Amazon. Ebay have their own bank (Paypal) which offers extra facilities if required, and bank details are not passed on to the seller.

Ebay is no longer just people auctioning used items. Now small traders use it, probably because it is closer to their ethos then Amazon, and much reduces overheads. If a seller 'mis-performs' ebay bars them.

For all vendors, Ebay provides information on how many sales and purchaser ratings etc. These should be checked when purchasing. e.g. I just purchased a laptop battery from a company, although Chinese, were based here in the UK. They had sold 13400 items and had 99.5% positive rating.

If a seller has a few negative ratings, check what was said for these and make your decision. Remember rarely is any relationship 100%.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#25
June 22, 2012 at 05:17:23
If you're looking for games around the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time era or before, I suggest the shop formally known as Good Old Games.

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#26
June 22, 2012 at 10:36:02
Big guys are places where you can find the latest. They have access to more than local shops would have.

Alan Jackson's "The Little Man" is a song about dying small towns. The inability of small locally owned stores to compete with mega stores. The song would relate to anyone who had a family business from farming to industry. It is a very tough world to compete with Amazon or Walmart or what ever.

Hang up and live.


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#27
October 17, 2012 at 08:38:55
They do have really new copies of game on PC at Game (which is in the U.K) and if you ask them they can keep hold of a copy for you or you can request that they order one in and then you buy it. hope that helps =)

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