With Blockbuster Out is GameStop Next?
This may date a few of us but who here misses Hollywood Video? I remember the number one decision at my house every Friday night was Blockbuster versus Hollywood. Obviously Hollywood had the upper hand because of the weight of entertainment the word promised. Also they were a lot easier on the "Be kind, rewind" rule.
Netflix took care of these giants it seems overnight. Though Blockbuster put up a fight with their online service but everyone could see the blood on the street. Its days were numbered and now word the great Blockbuster has finally fallen.
The aftermath is bittersweet. Yes Netflix is convenient and not having to deal with people via Redbox is headache free. But the allure of it all isn’t the same. Drop me a line below, tell me I’m not the only one who feels this odd emptiness.
This begs the question is GameStop next?
The gamer equivalent to Netflix would probably be GameFly. The premise: Why buy, when you can rent?
It makes a lot of sense. How many times has your wallet been pretty much raped after you bought a game and returned it to GameStop? Unless it’s a new game OR you’re a gold member (which isn’t free by the way) they usually buy back games around 60% of their original value. Note: This is only for new games, old games don’t stand a chance. Click here to learn what to do with your old games.
Despite this GameStop still exists. I think it’s around for the following reasons:
There’s something about opening up that box and deeming the game yours that just gives a gamer butterflies. It’s like Christmas but better because you’re never disappointed. Unless you got Halo – no winning there.
2. GameFly is just too much damn work.
Yes, driving to GameStop requires a dozen steps, but going the GameFly route just feels tedious. Maybe it’s the technology aspect of it all. I don’t know. But jump on GameFly and ask yourself if you really want to go through all those steps. I doubt it.
GameStop although you own the game until you figure out what to do with it – GameFly you pay a monthly service. That takes it toll on a gamers heart. Leaves you feeling like you’re in some committed relationship you never asked for. It’s tough.
I argue the reason GameStop is still around has everything to do with how we see things. Reminds me of another post, "How we use words and why we don't." If GameFly can crack this code then I’m willing to bet Blockbuster and Hollywood Video will soon have company. What do you think?