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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Bought on: June 02, 2005, 07:47:06 AM
Just ask any store employee at EB, they have been aquired by Gamestop. Gamestop was a subsidiary of the Babbages and as I remember like Software Etc.

EB has been aquired by Gamestop, thats a done deal.

I was at a local CompUSA this past weekend and asked the business manager there and he had'nt heard anything other than "Yes, CompUSA is looking towards diversifying into malls for the convenience and retail exposure". But nothing at all about Gamestop/EB.

Yet weeks back at the EB the manager had told me they already underwent a orientation type session with Gamestop aquiring them and once its all completed basically Gamestop becomes the game place and EB stores in malls become CompUSA outlet stores.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Hot Deals at EB.com (Expired?) on: May 26, 2005, 06:22:39 AM
I really do not know. I was in EB about several weeks back when the store manager was talking with a customer. He was trying to sway the customer into buying an EB Edge card but the customer would have nothing of it. I said its really a great card to have as it saves dough. The store manager then told me that EB has been sold to Gamestop and he said in some meetings he had to attend that Gamestop will be closing the EB's.

After the guy left I talked for a bit with the store guy and he said it appears that CompUSA is going to do what they did to Computer City. He said they are only interested in retail mall locations not the strip malls. He said they want compete direct with Circuit City which has many locations attached as part of retail malls.

Its rather moot anyways. As the HDTV's keep falling in price consoles will be the place to be and end up turning into PC's anyway.
3  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / EB Deals on: May 25, 2005, 09:17:33 AM
EB has had some great deals lately. Gamestop bought EB about a month and a half ago. Word has it they will be closing EB and then Gamestop will be aquired by CompUSA for the mall retail locations. The stores will support console games and DVD videos. A sales guy at EB told me that the used games will be getting discontinued there and picked up by Gamestop. Then the change over to console support only will happen, EB's will close and then CompUSA will be coming in.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PC gaming far from dead on: May 25, 2005, 09:11:52 AM
PC gaming is not anywhere near dead.

Is it on the wane? Yes. But, there is soon to be a large infusion of new blood in PC gaming from mainly Asia. Korea, China etc.

We will all see the game prices rise a tad and see more and more US publishers staying away from PC development support in favor of console and online console multiplayer action.

There have already been several Korean entries shown at various gaming expo's as an example and word has it they are quite good.

Buying them means the money goes overseas of course.

One of the problems I see over the years is that PC hardware manufacturers are going away. Where there used to be handfull's of video card chipsets its now down to a few players and I will guess within the next year or two there will be but one.

When comparing next gen consoles realize that as early as next year people will be able to buy 15" LCD HD TV's for under $400 and within 2 years it will probably be $250-$300.

Eventually the console game will also be the PC for surfing the internet and doing what most people use a PC for.

Retailers are already making pretty decent moves in advance of the technology march.

For example EB Games has been purchased by Gamestop, happened weeks ago. Gamestop plans on closing down all EB used game sales and supposedly CompUSA is looking at aquiring Gamestop.

Walmart is revamping its game sections all over the country and electronics dept's. They have shrunk the PC sections and expanded the console sections. A local Walmart floor manager told me that they will be replacing the entire PC games section with both cellphone and budget based console games later this year.

Logic has it as retailers continue to shrink the PC Games that the US based companies put out the less the odd's those places will create PC games.
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