• GameStop Wants to Involve Itself in Game Development Process to Secure More Pre-Order Exclusives

    Because the fragmentation of gaming wasn't bad enough, GameStop now wants to involve itself in the development of games in order to score exclusive pre-order content at the source. They don't want to wait around until a game is finished! No sir, they want to get in on the ground floor and attempt to shape content as it is being made in order to offer exclusive pre-order content to customers.

    Colin Sebastian, Analyst at Baird:
    "(GamesStop) indicated that software publishers are more enthusiastic about partnering with it," Sebastian wrote in his note to investors. "For example, by offering exclusive content on each major game release, and longer term, future models may include GameStop offering exclusive gameplay."

    Jackie Smith, GameStop Spokesperson:
    "We are working with our (development) partners to build in a longer lead time. And we are working with them to get both physical and digital exclusives for our customers."

    GameStop, with all due respect, kindly fuck off.

    It's bad enough that games already have companies talking up Season Passes and upcoming DLC before these games are even released. It's bad enough that there are differences in content offered between digital download versions and physical retail copies in general. It's already bad enough that most retailers already get exclusive (sometimes timed) content so that gamers don't get a complete package in most cases. Just look at the fact that Watch Dogs had NINE different offerings, all with different content, and not a single one included all of the content offered. Now, you want to get in on the development process to gut content from these games at an earlier point?


    (via Gamesbeat)
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      K-16 -
      Well crap... Now developers have to compromise their creative talent to cater to both publisher AND retailer pressure? This industry will eventually suffer from stunted growth from terrible business practices, established by oligopolies who believe in abuse for domination instead of participating in healthy competition. This is a horrible idea! "Now get the exclusive pre-crisis campaign DLC unlocked, and find out what caused the disaster in the main game! GameStop, Power to the Players!"

      Probably do a Last of Us single-player DLC, showing the origin of the infection, up until a tired Joel heads home from work on his birthday. Only if you pre-order from GameStop of course.

      I hate this. I hate this a lot.
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