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PostSubject: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 11:32

That's yet another high street chain on the brink of collapse: Blockbuster went into administration yesterday.

*would post a news link here if I were allowed*

In a world where Netflix and Lovefilm allow you to access just about anything you want at the click of a button, describing Blockbuster as old-fashioned would be generous. I don't want to see it go down the pan, though I'll admit that the last thing I bought in there was on the GameCube.

Anyone use Blockbusters or work there?
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 12:15

Old fashioned is indeed generous. Personally, i'd slate them as a dinosaur from a bygone era. Heck, i'd personally forgotten they even existed anymore.

Still not good news for UK games retail though. Argueibly, the entire nationwide games retail here has gone into admin the past year (GAME group last year, HMV & BB now. No, Cex don't count, they only do preowned Neutral ). We'll be left with nowt but the supermarkets for sure at this rate....*shudder*...
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 13:12

I've never even stepped inside a Blockbuster. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 13:22

I've set foot in Blockbuster before, but like a lot of shops in my city, our branch was/is pretty dire. Poor selection, though they did occasionally have a blitz on games and probably had one or two decent bargains.

Sad to see it go, but as others have said: Lovefilm and online retailing has destroyed the point of the place for pretty much anyone who's computer literate.

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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 15:33

There's actually a Blockbuster store about 10 minutes away from where I live, and I am kind of disappointed it will most likely be gone soon. Don't get me wrong, in terms of renting anything they are a waste of time, but they were actually good for games from time to time. I've found a few bargains there in the past, but most importantly the staff there have always been good, and it just has a better atmosphere than Game (which is the only other shop to sell games near me really once HMV are gone).
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 18:50

I just remember them as something that came up on adverts before films with an annoying jingle. Never actually used them.
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 19:06

Just got some ice cream and popcorn from there as they were also reduced. >_>
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 19:38

Been in my nearest Blockbuster once, to buy sweets/drinks for a film night at a friend's house. I've never felt the urge to rent a film in that way... or even have Netflix or Lovefilm, to be honest...
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 23:01

I actually use them quite a lot. Not so much to rent (Kinect Star Wars was the last to be rented, just after it was released) but to buy and trade-in. Their trade-in prices are very good; much higher than GAME.

Their 4 for £20 deal is good value for money also. My two nearest local Blockbusters are pretty big, so always a large selection.

As Stu said, they have good sales now and then too. A few PS Vita games were £5 each just before Xmas.

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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 23:11

Although speaking of PSVita, I was picking through the corpse of my local HMV today and noticed they had loads of different PSVita games in, but very few DS or 3DS titles.

Make your own joke, there.
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Thu 17 Jan 2013 - 23:36

Says it all really . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypnvmFQkosA
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Fri 18 Jan 2013 - 0:43

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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Fri 18 Jan 2013 - 18:55

I'm quite saddened by this news. I don't exactly buy from Blockbuster these days, but I have some nice memories from when I used to. Now the only places to buy games in this town are CeX and the small selections in supermarkets. ><
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Fri 22 Feb 2013 - 12:08

mine's sale is still going on in my town of taunton. whats sucks now is GAME now closed, blockbuster closing, HMV closing with loads of shops empty, local nightclub now closed as well. but a smaller town up the road now has about 5 games shops
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Sun 3 Mar 2013 - 20:44

Even though just recently my local Blockbuster was told by the admins that it would be one of the few staying open, now it has been confirmed to be closing too later this month. They've reduced things by 20 - 30% but nothing in there still that I want that can't be found cheaper online. A prime example of their piss-taking however includes (before discount) charging £41 for WWE 13, despite it never costing that much elsewhere even on release day
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Sun 3 Mar 2013 - 20:50

That's ridiculous! I just picked up WWE '13 for £15 today from GAME.
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PostSubject: Re: Blockbusted   Mon 4 Mar 2013 - 0:02

Tokyo_Sonata wrote:
Even though just recently my local Blockbuster was told by the admins that it would be one of the few staying open, now it has been confirmed to be closing too later this month. They've reduced things by 20 - 30% but nothing in there still that I want that can't be found cheaper online. A prime example of their piss-taking however includes (before discount) charging £41 for WWE 13, despite it never costing that much elsewhere even on release day
Sounds a lot like HMV really, nothing in there seems worth buying at the time because I know I can get it at the same price or cheaper at a later date, no problem.
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