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12:45 PM on 11.04.2013

Toys R Us Black Friday ad leaked, filled with good deals

It'll take you forever to flip through this leaked Black Friday ad from Toys R Us, so we've done the work for you. There's nothing too exciting, but there are plenty of solid deals. The biggest deal is probably the PS3 bundle...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 10.25.2013

Ouya rolling out nationwide in Target stores this holiday

The Ouya has had no small amount of supporters, but for "the little open-source console that could," real success might be seen at the brick-and-mortar level. After having been available in select Target stores for the last f...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 10.09.2013

SimplyGames PS4 pre-order price hike is 'unlawful'

If you're a UK resident and pre-ordered your PS4 from SimplyGames, you might want to check on the status of your order, as the retailer has apparently hiked the previously locked in price of  £349.99 to £414....

Chris Carter



Facts about game consumers I learned working retail photo
Facts about game consumers I learned working retail
by Joshua Derocher

If you are reading this, you are above the average game consumer. Just the fact that you are reading Destructoid probably means you are an enthusiast. You likely read reviews, might catch some news about upcoming releases, and like to spend some time reading about your hobby.

We like to spend time debating what the best game of the year was, which console will sell the most in the next generation, and talk about our favorite games with a vocabulary filled with words like "mechanics," "frames per second," and "genre." We know a lot about videogames, but most people aren't like us. Most people just buy Madden or Call of Duty -- that's all they know.

Last year I worked at a big-box store over the holidays and saw how normal people reacted to the launches of popular games, how they would buy terrible titles based on cool commercials they saw on television, how they thought the Wii U was an add-on to the Wii, and how they gladly handed their toddlers copies of mature-rated games.

It's a vastly different group of people, and they outnumber us. Talking to the masses on a daily basis gave me a little bit more insight into what the general public thinks about gaming, and I want to share these thoughts with you.

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1:00 AM on 07.31.2013

UK Pokemon trainers get a Pokeball with X & Y pre-order

Are you an avid Pokéfan looking for the best way to tote your dazzling collection of Pokémon games around? Well, UK retailer GAME has you covered, as Pokémon X/Y pre-orders come with an honest to goodness...

Steven Hansen

2:11 PM on 06.10.2013

Stores only taking a limited amount of Xbox One reserves

[Update: Amazon is now taking Xbox One pre-orders] Right after covering the Xbox One reveal, I went out to my local GameStop to reserve the $499 system (due to the fact that I wish to cover it on launch day for you guys,...

Chris Carter





11:30 PM on 03.26.2013

Persona 4 Arena getting vinyl soundtrack pre-order bonus

Say what you want about the long delays Europeans are forced to put up with to get their hands on Atlus games, but this Persona 4 Arena pre-order bonus is awesome! In addition to the standard soundtrack CD...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 AM on 03.26.2013

Price cut not enough for Wii U, claims retailer

UK retailer ShopTo has claimed that, even after initiating its own price cut for the Wii U, it isn't seeing the kind of sales it hopes for. The company spilled the beans to MCV recently. The company decided to drop the price ...

Jim Sterling

4:00 AM on 03.15.2013

Wii U gets a £50-£60 price drop in the UK

If you've been waiting for the Wii U to drop in price in the UK, then today is your lucky day. CVG reports that various retailers are following the lead of supermarket giant Asda's £50 price cut on Wii U bundles. Here's...

Alasdair Duncan

1:30 PM on 03.12.2013

Former GameStop VP in prison for stealing $1.7 million

Some may call GameStop employees crooks for giving customers pennies for their beloved Maddens, but only Frank Christopher Olivera, former VP of corporate communications and public affairs at GameStop Texas, has been sentence...

Allistair Pinsof

11:00 PM on 02.21.2013

HMV laying off 464 workers, closing 37 more stores

HMV has been having a pretty horrible year so far, and it's only February. Last month, the UK retailer went into administration, followed by an announcement that 66 stores would be closing up for good -- a move which also res...

Harry Monogenis



Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it! photo
Horror won't fly in $60 games? The industry won't let it!
by Jim Sterling

As Dead Space 3 trades terror for cover mechanics, and Resident Evil 6 gives up all pretense of being a scary game, it's becomes ever clearer that mainstream publishers have no faith in horror games. Developer Cliff Bleszinski agrees, claiming the $60 retail market just won't accept such experiences anymore.

"In the $60 disc based market horror doesn’t fly -- it’s the ultimate 'Campaign Rental' that's played for 2 days and traded in and I’m sure EA knows this," said Cliffy in a blog post. "When we're fully digital we’ll see more true horror games coming back. (Look at Amnesia and Slenderman on PC.)"

The trouble is, I don't think digital is going to truly solve the issue, because I don't believe it's a "retail" problem. The problem, as I see it, is the continued bloating of development costs and marketing budgets to the point where every single game needs to be a mass market success or else considered a failure. Horror games can be successful, but only if you have a realistic expectation of what success actually means. 

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9:30 AM on 02.13.2013

EA wants used games gone, but admits their benefits

Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen has admitted that his company would be quite happy to see the back of the used game market. While that's a hardly a surprising sentiment, the executive did raise an eyebrow with an hon...

Jim Sterling

3:45 PM on 02.11.2013

Pachter: UK retail scene is a joke

Industry analyst Michael "Glowing Tooth" Pachter has criticized UK retailers for their constant attempts to undermine each other in videogame price cuts. The situation is nothing more than a joke at this point, according to t...

Jim Sterling

5:30 AM on 02.05.2013

Android-based OUYA to begin selling at retail in June

The OUYA console will start arriving at the homes of its Kickstarter backers in March, but you'll be seeing them in your local shops a scant few months later. An interview with OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman published on the WSJ....

Conrad Zimmerman

3:00 PM on 01.31.2013

Decisions: GRID 2 has retailer-exclusive preorder bonuses

Codemasters has slapped a release date on GRID 2: May 28 in North America, and May 31 in Europe. This will once again be a multiplatform game, hitting up the usual PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 trio. Maybe we'll see a Wii U...

Jordan Devore