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  • akhpatel akhpatel Jul 15, 2013 11:34 AM Flag

    Another Blockbuster in the Longterm


    I have been keeping any eye on my son and his friends in terms of gaming. They are increasingly playing online games.

    It might not be as bad but I do believe that gaming will move online in the long-run. Unless GME becomes a Netflix like entity, which it certainly can with a good plan, it is ultimately doomed.

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    • 1) Video games are not static content and do not have the same ending every time like a movie. The physical medium remains high value trades because you can't do that online 2) Your kids are playing these cheaper games online while they save for the next generation console, and complete new library of games they'll need because of no backward compatibility. Mark your calendar for Jan 15 and let's have this conversation again..

      Sentiment: Buy

      • 1 Reply to shannon_arlingtontx
      • Thanks for the comments...
        1) Dynamic content is exactly why DDL will dominate.
        2) Physical medium is bad for game developers who aren't exactly making a bunch of dough with physical content distribution. DDL is their primary future. They will sell DDL as follows: New releases will be high price and DDL will get preference over physical. Games on DDL will gradually have their list prices cut which will pressure the rare used game disc price. (Same as now for movies and games) New physical media will be either extra high price or have DRM. (Same as now for books, movies, and music.). Old used games will be trash because developers will add some new content for DDL to obsolete the old static media while cutting DDL price to harvest value selling older library direct to consumers.
        3) My kids (3 boys) and nephews could care less about new consoles. They are all into PC gaming.

        GME is a bet that the console cycle of 2005 repeats despite massive improvements in alternate games, platforms, hardware, PC costs, Internet speeds, etc. GME is a bet on pay phones, turntables, Blockbuster, Tower Records, Borders, Babbage's, yellow pages, and any of hundreds of other businesses that were replaced by digital distribution of content.

    • Yep - Do the kids ever want to go to Gamestop? Not anymore. Can't buy Minecraft, League of Legends, or any of the most popular games there. Get used (old) games for almost nothing online and don't even need Mom to drive you to Gamestop. Maybe the few who don't want to download Ghosts will go. Oh, they can trade in their old ipods too.

      • 1 Reply to mojojo1254
      • "Do the kids ever want to go to Gamestop? Not anymore."

        Have you actually driven by any and peeked in?

        I guess I'm not really amazed by all the people who yell about the sky falling while failing to recognize that their logic isn't based in consumer psychology. Consumer psychology is our friend.

        Well, mine, anyway. I imagine the Shorts feel otherwise.

        Sentiment: Buy

    • Digital buys on consoles go through the platform holders who take 30%. No need for a new middle-man there. Steam owns PC. There are likely to be more Android based "consoles" soon, including one rumored from Google itself, through which all sales will be digital via the Google Play store, giving Google 30%. There isn't a lot of room for GME to be able to offer content the way Netflix does.

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