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Where do you buy your games? We're guessing it isn't HMV if the company's plans are anything to go by

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It's strange, isn't it? With Sony announcing that it's sold some 3.9 million PlayStation 3s over Christmas, you'd think it would be a great time right now to be a videogame retailer. But that's not the case for historic UK retailer HMV. The company as a whole has been struggling for a while, but this Christmas has hit it particularly hard, with videogame market share down some 16% from last year. And now it's gone on record to say it's looking into cutting back its games catalogue. Ouch.

Despite getting in on the pre-owned games trade (and offering to beat any local trade-in price by £1 in our local store), its still seeing its market share eaten away by supermarkets and online retailers. HMV's chief executive, Simon Fox, told The Telegraph: "I think one of the things we will do is look at what percent of games should make up as part of the mix".

According to The Telegraph, Mr Fox said it might be the company's policy to only sell a selection of best-selling new games and not "the long tail of older software."

Above: HMV's Oxford Street store - presumably full of old games depreciating in value

What do we think? We might venture that the problem is simply that the prices of games in HMV are too high - almost always at RRP value and almost always a few pounds more expensive than in other stores in town. Having back catalogues there to browse is actually very welcome - but it's disappointing when you find the game you want and it's still £39.99. Just sayin'.

Which begs the question - where do you buy your games? Do you pay full-whack at HMV, or do you go to Amazon or Play.com? Perhaps you wait for sales in GAME or GameStation? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: GamesIndustry and The Telegraph

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40 comments

  • FriendlyFire - January 11, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    At this point I effectively only use digital distribution (Steam, GOG.com, Green Man Gaming, GamersGate, Direct2Drive, Humble Indie Bundles, Origin). In the rare cases I want a console game, I'll shop around for the lowest price at the time.
  • Skooch - January 11, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    I buy my games at GAME, their prices are pretty reasonable. HMV's still a good place to buy CDs and DVDs though.
  • jars - January 11, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    always been too expensive. shitty selection. unwilling to keep up with the times. this is the case in Canada at least, I have no idea what their business practices are like elsewhere. we have no use for stores like this anymore. give me independent record stores and EB Games, and that's all I need. don't feed the beast. HMV burn to the ground. say hi to Blockbuster.
  • Gorillaman23 - January 10, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    I go to HMV for music, but rarely buy games there. I really can't blame them for going under. I know very few people who actually buy CDs anymore.
  • ericthesmith - January 10, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is an awesome album.
  • sleepyMexican45 - January 10, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    I'm poor so I only buy from amazon.co.uk, or Game for preorders (arrives day early :D)
  • cj12297 - January 10, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    The HMV near me is right beside a GAME so..... Also HMV is more expensive but they do have cheap box sets for tv and movies.
  • SideOfBeef - January 10, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    HMV sells games?
  • Dman3981 - January 10, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    This sad for me because I always buy my CD's from HMV but its slowly dieing here in Canada. I have to drive 40 minutes now to the nearest HMV if I want to buy CD's because the one near me closed.
  • jordanmandrusiak - January 10, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    HMV is way to pricey , for anime ya it kinda is expensive but, for only 4 episodes, 60$? really rip-off, like wow, and for other stuff also, still pricey they price things way to high, ebgames doesn't even do that most times , ya they rip you off when you trade in like 10 games and get 10$ for all, that's pretty much stealing kinda, its bull, if you trade in a game, that paid 20$ and trade in its like 1$ , um ya sorry,the only reason why ebgames is still alive is because of their deals most times and getting 10% off with an edge card, but seriously, stores who take in trade-in's rip people off, getting sick of getting 10$ or less for a 50$ game.
  • gazzc - January 10, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Buying retail is just for the impatient. You can just about always find a better price online if you are happy to wait for delivery. Still I like to have a browse around Game every now and then as they are the only store in my town which sells PC games but I would never consider using HMV unless they had some super special offer on as their prices are always some of the highest. The problem I usually have now is that the game companies are not allowing second hand PC games any more as they usually require you to tie your serial code into some kind of an account (origin/steam etc) and this is something I disagree with. If I can't sell on my game once I am done with it then that £39.99 price tag suddenly looks a lot less appealing, whilst torrents looks a little more appealing.
  • KidJustKid - January 10, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    I've got Amazon Prime so that just about trumps everything - GENERALLY cheaper than proper shops assuming they have their own stock in, free 1 day delivery, everything ever in history as a back catalogue. For example, Deus Ex: HR with the special edition mission pack only a month after release was £15. Srs, have a look at prime if, say, you buy 25 things a year from Amazon. It's £50 in one whack but can be shared between 4 different people I think, and pays for itself sooner than u expect. The last time I bought irl was Age of Empires III, Civ 4 and CoD 2 after a load of birthday vouchers. That was 2005, and never since.
  • sleepyMexican45 - January 10, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Amazon Prime is amazing!
  • GameShopGuru - January 10, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    For those of you who want to compare online video game stores, check out gameshopguru.com. You'll find information about delivery times, cost and payment methods.
  • RedHarlow - January 10, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    Amazon.com. Almost always cheaper, free 2-day shipping (I get through work) and no tax!
  • rustybullett - January 10, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Normally wouldnt leave a comment but i feel so strongly about this issue. The problem with HMV is their ludicrus pricing! plain and simple. Apart from the fact every time i go in there, its more and more like a frikking Apple store. If i want apple products (wich i do not) i would go to an apple store. I go in to buy Music, Games, or DVD and Blu- rays. The store is a tip NOTHING is in any sort of order what so ever, it takes a bloody age to find anything and when you find it, its £18 quid for a single disc D.V.D C'mon really??? as for the games well what it stocks is next to F-all and there pre-owned is more expensive than brand new in other places. Now dont get me wrong sometimes you find an absolute bargain but its getting rare. Its not the HMV i remember if its not careful wont be a HMV for much longer although thats looking more inevitable as days go by
  • Manguy17 - January 10, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    wherever is cheapest...
  • AqueousBoy - January 10, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    HMV in Canada is just as bad with their pricing. Over the holidays, Best Buy and Future Shop had some great details, and as far as I could see, they kept everything at regular retail prices. Last week they were discounting a lot by 30% or 40%... but that's stupid. Holidays are over, I've already spent all my money.
  • Rhymenocerous - January 10, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Gameplay.co.uk or play.com. Or, sometimes, Blockbusters. But sometimes, yes, HMV. Often I just can't wait for the postman.
  • Hobogonigal - January 10, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    I'm in Australia so I either use the online store 'Oz Gameshop' which is cheap and which I learnt about from a friend. Otherwise, I will just take in a catalogue with a cheaper price to EB Games and get them to price match it. There is no way I'm paying $110 for a new game at EB when I can price match it for $70-$80 from elsewhere.

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