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The End Is Near for GameStop 393

kube00 writes "The rumor mill is saying the next generation of consoles might not play used games. What does this mean for retailers such as Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy? Will gamers flock to the one console that can still play used games? GoozerNation speculates if the Mayan apocalypse draws near for used game sales."
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The End Is Near for GameStop

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  • by heypete ( 60671 ) <> on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @06:41AM (#42942999) Homepage

    While there's a lot of games out there that I admit are a bunch of recycled crap (usually the next cycle of FPS games), there's still quite a few metaphorical diamonds in the rough.

    For the money, gaming provides some of the least expensive entertainment around. Sure, paying $60 for the latest Call of Duty title with a 6-hour singleplayer campaign ends up being not terribly worthwhile from a cost-value perspective, but paying $25 for Portal 1 and 2? Well worth it. I find games like the Half-Life, Fallout, and Mass Effect series (to name but a few) to be enjoyable, replayable, and quite cost-effective entertainment.

    Am I an addict? Not at all. I just enjoy the more interactive entertainment that gaming provides than a more passive form of entertainment like watching a movie.

  • by doug141 ( 863552 ) on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @10:33AM (#42944263)

    Why is it I don't see Ford lobbying against every single used car dealer, demanding they "outlaw" the sale of all used Fords?

    It was called Cash for Clunkers. Car companies lobbied for it. It required the gov't to subsidize the destruction of operational used cars.

  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <> on Tuesday February 19, 2013 @11:12AM (#42944725) Homepage Journal

    After a year or so the prices come down, the bugs are as fixed as they're gonna get, and word of mouth will tell you whether the game is worth the time. There's nothing that says you *have* to play the latest and greatest games the moment they come out.

    While following that strategy on a Sony console, I've never been able to get online play to work. All I've been able to get is an error message stating that "this software title is not in service."

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