Top Ten People Most Dangerous To Videogames

8) Retail Game Distributor

We at GamesRadar would like to preface this section by saying that a fair share of us have worked as these fine men and women on the frontlines of gaming at one time or another. And because of this, we feel compelled to say that the game store clerk is a major threat to videogames.

First and foremost, far too many of them have what we like to refer to as "High Fidelity Syndrome". Have you ever walked into a game store, asked for a game, and then gotten an eye roll or some sort of judgmental attitude or comment considering your choice of digital entertainment? If you have, and we're betting pretty much most people have, you know what were talking about here.

You: "I'd like a copy of Metal Gear AC!D 2, please. I heard it's kinda cool and really different." 

Them: [with disdain] "No, it sucks. I wouldn't even call it a game. But considering PSP isn't a real system, it kinda makes sense. Would you like to purchase our discount card with that? It comes with this free Game Informer subscription." 

That's a real conversation we saw take place. Now imagine how that would feel if you were a newbie? Might be little off-putting huh? No one should run the risk of ridicule just because they're buying a game they want. They just wanna play something fun.

While the clerks' better-than-you attitude might be discouraging, it doesn't hurt us as gamers as much as the dirt bag corporate policies of these retail chains. They buy used games for way too little and sell them for way too much - and to be honest, the used games market ravages the finances of publishers and developers (who don't get a dime of profit on previously-used games) so much that it's really not worth the five bucks you save. Then there's the truly disgusting practice of actually pushing games on people for profit, and not just the small amount made off the sale.

Check out our Confessions of a Game Store Clerk - they actually are paid by game companies to try to get you to buy certain games. Trust us, clerks are not trying to save you money by pushing used games or sale merch. They're just trying to meet their quota or get their district manager off their backs. Yet, if you read their confessions (and our follow-up nightmare  stories) you'll see that they deserve a little sympathy. After all they deal with the rest of the folks on this list on regular basis.

By the way: retailers are also the ones who constantly hand M-rated games to eight year-olds (albeit often with parental permission). Which is bad because it demonstrates to politicians and parents that our industry is too irresponsible to police itself so they'd better just make it all illegal. Which sucks.  

How do we fight him?
That's easy. Buy new instead of used when you can, and listen to yourself, your friends, and press sites like GamesRadar instead of retailers. His job is to take your money. Ours is to help you decide how best to spend it in the best way for you. And if you hear a clerk dropping some broken knowledge and you can offer something to the conversation, jump in and shoot off your own two cents.


  • ShokuaHyuga - October 11, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    I've experienced one of these dangers myself; game store clerk opinion. Once upon a time, I decided to purchase a copy of Poke'mon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Resue Team from a Gamestop store. Upon purchasing, the clerk told me that he had tried the game and had become discouraged with it; as a result, I barely gave the game half a chance, I played for roughly ten minutes, just enough time to finish the first mission, and gave it up, selling it back to Gamestop the very next time I went. I also know the threat of young children playing mature games is happening in my community, and it's time me and friends and aquaintances took action.
  • AwesomeA1010 - October 8, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    this is a great article, it didn't feel anything like 10 pages because I was so into it
  • tuomotaivainen - October 8, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    I'm one of the kids who was allowed to buy Diablo 2 thanks to mommy! Awesome part is.. I'm still a perfectly mature (most of the time), responsible person. Given the right circumstances and proper parenting skills. Kids CAN play M rated games and still turn out ok. Most of these problem people are actually revolved around threat #1. Which is just completely sad.
  • freddyqaqualung - October 8, 2010 12:46 a.m.

    I feel glad that I have those kinds of parents that actually pay attention to things and consider it in a reasonable manner. Also that I'm not that kid who shouts racial slurs at you over the mic in COD.
  • Da-Ku - September 2, 2008 3:10 p.m.

    First! Sorry Anyway... I Have To Admit I Used To Be A Fanboy But then I Bought a PS2 Aswell As A Wii I Need A 360 Now But Im Not Touching The PS3 It Has Good Games And I Dont Hate It I Just Dont Think Its A Good System

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