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With Blockbuster Out is GameStop Next?

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.

Game6The 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:

Game41.  Buying a Game feels better than renting a game.

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.

3.  Commitment PhobiaGame3

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS…

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?

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Kirk Deis
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7 Comments
  1. exceeding09
    Date: November 11, 2013
    Author: exceeding09

    5220 Points, 41 Comments, and 79 Articles.

    I remember renting games from Hollywood Video and Blockbuster back in the day. Its interesting to see how time changes and I think GameStop will be still around. If the store were to go, the only options of buying games would be at Walmart, online or other stores that doesn’t have the same atmosphere of GameStop has. The reason why, as you mentioned, buying a video game has a feeling to it then renting cannot bring.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: November 14, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      You know what I miss the most from Hollywood? Spending like 10 bucks and getting that free popcorn and soda. Those were the days. We’re all stuck in the Matrix now. Now popcorn or soda.

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  2. Chris Perkins
    Date: November 12, 2013
    Author: Chris Perkins

    10140 Points, 126 Comments, and 176 Articles.

    It’s not renting that threatens brick and mortar games stores, it’s digital. Some of us may hold onto our boxed games but it’s clearly where the market is going.

    I used to work for Blockbuster UK (which is also on it’s way out) until last year. The company kinda sucked but the people I worked with were awesome, and it makes me sad that some good people are out of work.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: November 14, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Sorry to hear that and thanks for bringing this up Chris. That’s a whole other side to all this many of us probably don’t even realize — a lot of good people lost their jobs.

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  3. DM Agony
    Date: November 12, 2013
    Author: DM Agony

    1760 Points, 28 Comments, and 17 Articles.

    Having worked for Gamestop for a long time, I can say that I wouldn’t shed a tear if it disappeared off the face of the earth.

    That being said, I doubt they are going anywhere anytime soon. They are quickly trying to come up with their own version of Steam and have had the ability on their website to buy stuff from them. The brick and mortar store may disappear, but Gamestop as an online store will likely become more pervasive.

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    • Kirk Deis
      Date: November 14, 2013
      Author: kirkus

      1730 Points, 52 Comments, and 24 Articles.

      Ah an insider point of view. I have noticed GameStop’s website turning a bit more techie. I wonder if they have any big announcements about going more of the online route. Do you know?

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