Are video game stores becoming irrelevant?
An untold number of book and record stores have been shuttered over the past few years. Thankfully, there are still plenty of places to buy video games.
With the big holiday gaming season about to explode this Fall with Halo 4 and Call of Duty, I’ve been seeing a lot of gaming and game store commercials all over TV.
Yet as we've previously discussed on TG, digital game downloads could eventually beat out sales of physical games within several years - much like downloading eventually wiped out CDs in the music biz.
As the site o.canada tells us, several gaming companies, including Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, have been making the move towards "turning gaming into a service," for several years now.
Indeed, as most of you have probably noticed, they’ve been “slowly abandoning the traditional retail model of selling video games in stores.”
There’s also a big move towards social and mobile gaming, like we just pointed out, where smaller developers will need less expensive ways to get their titles out in the world. And as we recently reported on TG, free gaming is also being used by gaming companies to try and beat the pirates at their own game by generating cash via in-game transactions.