I Hate Gamestop the Way I Hate Comic Book Shops
Im not saying all Gamestop employees are this way or all Comic shop employees are this way. Im sure someone here knows exactly what I'm talking about when comparing the two. Its a mentality of: "Oh you're buying Brutal Legend (in a condescending tone)", or "So you're a Marvel guy, huh?". Then they continue to tell me what I should or shouldn't be buying. I had a Gamestop employee tell me once that; "You shouldn't play Heavenly Sword because Sony is going under in 6 months", and that he had "inside information". I had never called an employee of any retail outlet a fucking idiot till that day. That was the last time I walked into a Gamestop, and I now buy all my comics and games at online retailers. What is my point in these ramblings? Gamestop is bad for the industry. Period. Places like Gamestop will halt growth in the video game industry. They already have by throwing a hissy fit when they learned the PSPgo would use digital distribution. If I were Sony or Microsoft I would put full retail copies of my games on my online stores, and take the money and run. Do they really need Gamestop? Gamestop already fucks both of them (Sony and Microsoft) by reselling their games again, and again, and again. Not that they don't have the right to do so, but why do they get to dictate the market for video games? I think the same way comic book stores are disappearing, so will Gamestop eventually. Best Buy is already setting up kiosks to drop your trades into so you can buy new games in their stores. Im not an numbers guru, but I would be willing to bet that BestBuy has more foot traffic than Gamestop.
Gamestop doesn't have to be this way. Gamestop has an opportunity to focus itself on gamers not their used games. Most CAGS on here would have to agree that the trade in values are nothing short of a joke. If I wanted to trade Uncharted 2 today I would get maybe $30.00. Again they have every right to do this, but to turn around and sell it for $56.99 is laughable. I haven't checked in a long time but console trades were even worse.
I truly believe that supporting developers is key to this industry keeping its momentum. The trade market helps one person and thats Gamestop. So like most people here on this site, I will keep avoiding Gamestop at all cost and shop elsewhere for my games. There are deals to be had everywhere, not just Gamestop's highway robbery trade system. Your thoughts?