Want to buy “Space Marine” in the UK from Steam? Yeah, about that…

Preventing UK PC gamers from buying titles via Steam?

Eurogamer are running a story about UK video games retailer Game which really pits my cherries.

Game previously went on the offensive against the growing array of online PC games services which allow consumers to digitally download titles direct to their terrifying, power-guzzling, £4,000 gaming rigs of death – this is a very bad thing in Game’s eyes.

It stops punters from trudging down to the UK high street on a Friday and paying more than the recommended price for a boxed copy of a game that most users will install once and then never use again.  Direct download also prevents shop staff from pushing pre-orders on you at the till and asking you if you have any games that you’d like to trade in.  Direct download bad – bricks and mortar good.

Game’s ire with this digital era now appears to have prevented THQ from releasing “Space Marine” via the UK wing of Steam in line with the boxed copies in stores and the 360/PS3 SKU’s which are in stores this weekend.

Can anybody explain to me how it’s good for consumers to have retailers tell us where and when we can buy products?   Because that seems like anti-competitive, consumer-disadvantaging corporate shizz to me.

But hey – I’m only one guy.  I’m sure that Game have great reasons for the policy which they may or may not be pursuing in regard to the inevitable digital future.

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