By now, many of you have heard or read about GameStop closing over 150 of their brick-and-mortar stores, trying new things in order to stay in business, struggling against digital distribution, and also shopping themselves out for a buyer.
Jumping on the news of this potential buyout, website Uproxx tweeted out their report on it. Of course, leave it to the omnipresent denizens of the internet to clap back at GameStop by citing the corporation’s often maligned practice of buying back used games for a small fraction of what they cost the consumer. However, it seems that those same internet denizens all decided to make the same joke, in order to get a jab in at the company.
WE GET IT. YOU DON’T LIKE GAMESTOP’S TRADE-IN POLICY, AND YOU ALL THINK YOU’RE FUNNY!
Here’s the thing: While nothing has really been confirmed regarding the sale of GameStop to a third party, that still doesn’t clear the looming shadow from over the heads of the employees in the company’s 7000+ retail locations (in the United States alone) — not to mention the gamers who still rely on physical stores in order to purchase their games, consoles, and peripherals. Believe it or not, there are still gamers out there who use physical copies of their games. For instance, those who live in rural areas, and those without stable internet access cannot simply download soft copies of games on to their consoles. This virtually necessitates having a brick-and-mortar gaming store in relatively close proximity.
Personally, I’ve been a GameStop customer since I was in my early 20s, and have rarely had a bad experience with them. I am also a fan of physical media (call me old-fashioned), so I prefer to actually have a game & case I can hold in my hands. On my days off, I occasionally like to go in to my local GameStop location to shoot the breeze with the manager and employees there, peruse the pre-owned games, and see what everyone else is buying or playing. To some of us, GameStop isn’t just a store, but a place where we gamers can go to talk with like-minded people on a small scale, and geek out about our passion for video games.
It seemed like several people shared this sentiment, as some of the folks who commented on this news actually seemed to care about GameStop potentially being sold, and voiced these very concerns.
So… Internet… How about we give GameStop a break, shall we? If you don’t like them, you don’t always have to rag on them. But, if you do decide to try to roast them, get some new material, huh? The jokes are getting stale.
Tell us what you think about GameStop potentially being sold to a third party, dear readers. Are you for the sale, against it, or just completely indifferent? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!