Sad times for UK video games retailer Game, who’ve announced that they will be closing 43 outlets amidst tough trading conditions on the British high street.
Game. Use 'em whilst you've got them?
All of their Debenhams concessions are going, six Gamestation shops and 12 Game stores will close – Bitter Wallet’s story estimates that 247 people will be made redundant.
There are a lot of reasons which we can attribute for this – the UK high street is currently brutal, people are buying games online if they buy them at all, the ubiquity of Game and Gamestation stores in Britain is a factor (the branch of Gamestation in Sheffield city centre used to be a thirty-second walk from the Game concession which closed in Debenhams last year). There’s that crappy global economy, too, which isn’t helping anybody.
Want to buy "The Last Story" at Game? There could be a problem or two with that...
In other news for the troubled retailer, following the news that Ubisoft‘s PS Vita games were not being stocked in the launch week for the Sony hand-held console (supplier credit issues have been cited) comes a Eurogamer story about pre-orders for Nintendo’s “The Last Story” being cancelled and pre-orders refunded to gamers.
Yep, things are looking positively blooming for the UK’s biggest video games retailer…
Nathan Drake can outrun the criticism, but can Sony Computer Entertainment Europe?
Edge magazine’s website has a story today about the European software line-up for the Spring 2012 launch of their PS Vita hand-held console and it makes for sobering reading.
As in, “I’m pretty sure that I’m sober and this press release says that Sony want to charge £44.99 for a 16GB memory card”.
Games are priced from £24.99 to £44.99 (Yep, “Uncharted: Golden Abyss” fetches a premium price, as you might expect) and memory cards start at £17.99 for a 4GB unit.
Have Sony followed the late Steve Jobs’ example and constructed their own reality distortion matrix which believes that gamers are going to pay those prices? And they wonder why the mobile gaming audience has migrated to iPhone/iPod Touch gaming from the traditional Sony and Nintendo mobile game platforms?
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Image via Kotaku.com
Whilst the rest of us are wondering about whether to buy a copy of “Zumba Fitness” for the Wii or, you know, just stop being lard asses and go outside for a walk once in a while, our Japanese compadres are heading out to pick up Sony’s latest handheld console, the PS Vita.
Kotaku have launch coverage – which you can find here.
It all looks very nice, reassuringly expensive (have you seen the price of Sony Memory cards? Oh, what japes.) and it’s almost certainly not going to be a niche product beloved of the gaming hardcore. It’s not as if anybody with the kind of money that a Vita would go for would probably rather drop it on an Apple product, or anything. Oh, heck to the no. It releases in Europe from February and I’ll be doing my level best not to sell my blood in order to finance the purchase of one.
You can get your greedy mitts on one prior to release at Sony’s preview events, which with glorious predictability don’t appear to be paying a visit to Sheffield. Well, you don’t want any smelly Northerners getting their hands on it, do you?