In the 15 years I worked at Toys “R” Us, I sometimes leaked information about video game sales and posted them on message boards. I even took games home early to try them and then post impressions, which was very much against the rules. I did this because I’ve always been excited about video games and because,…
This afternoon, following yesterday’s Kotaku report on GameStop’s controversial Circle of Life program, the retail chain sent out a memo to all stores condemning some of the actions we spotlighted and claiming that most of their employees don’t behave that way.
Black Friday is the Armageddon of retail, and even has the name to fit. On that unholy day, armed soldiers of capitalism move on local games outlets with just one thing on their minds: new shit for less money.
Some GAME stores in the UK are charging people to try the new PlayStation VR headset. Not to buy it. Just to try it.
Having to purchase a special founder’s pack to gain exclusive beta access and special content for a free-to-play game like Paragon is quickly becoming the norm. Releasing a $60 physical copy of a free-to-play downloadable game that scores players the same sort of benefits is a bit odd.
This is one of the coolest things you could see at a K-Mart back in the late ‘70s. The kiosk, not vintage video game collector Jason Brassard, who shows off the beige beauty in Trade-in-Games’ video. He’s pretty cool too.
Days after the end of Disney Infinity was announced, my local Walmart’s once overflowing shelves were stripped bare.
I opened up my copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD yesterday and aside from the game disc it was depressingly empty, which describes exactly how I feel every time I pick up tellingly lightweight retail game. I miss instruction booklets something fierce.
Last week, Anel Mujkanovic walked into a Target store in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He then “took a handicap electric cart and drove around the store coming to a stop in the electronics aisle. After removing one set of urine soaked pants he exposed himself and began to urinate on video games and accessories.”
Our friends at Kotaku UK explain why video games cost what they do, and investigate where that money actually goes.
Ah JB, you truly are the cheeky little schoolboy of Australian retail. First it was your incredible in-store reviews, now it’s stores throughout the country taking sly potshots at Konami’s decision to remove Hideo Kojima’s name from the cover of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Disney has announced that September 4 is the day all the toys and merchandise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit store shelves. Accompanying the announcement was a blank box with easy to mimic placeholder fonts. IT’S A TRAP!
People come from around the world to shop at Japanese game stores. Yet, in the country, some worry that those specialty shops will vanish. One insider even thinks video game shops will vanish in the next five years.
Some GameStop stores in the city of Philadelphia have begun to require customers to provide fingerprint scans if they wish to trade-in their used games. The new requirement is intended to serve as a anti-theft measure that can help local authorities track criminals who use GameStop stores as pawn shops.
Of all the things wrong with big, blockbuster video games, few are as shitty as the obsession with preordering. So you'll be just thrilled to know that GameStop's plans for the future of the practice are, should they ever come to fruition, pretty much a nightmare scenario.
Microsoft confirmed this morning that a Titanfall/Xbox One bundle will be offered. It arrives the day the game launches for that console and PC. It's $499 and will include a digital copy of the game and one month of Xbox Live Gold.
A few years back, we showed you the handiwork of some of the staff at Aussie retailer JB Hi-Fi, whose reviews of the games they were selling were refreshingly honest. They're still at it.
Last week, photos of last generation video game consoles have appeared online in China. No, these aren't any regular old photos, the consoles in these photos are in retail display kiosks inside Chinese brick and mortar electronics shop Suning.