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Post  .. on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:03 pm

First I thought GameStop was attempting to Buy Steam, but obviously Valve wouldn't sell it.

But apparently GameStop has bought or created some other Digital Distribution service, something called Impulse.

Anyone heard about this?

GameStop seems to want to challenge Steam in the Digital Distribution Market. The CEO says that they had surveys asking "Why did you buy from steam." He says that 80% of them said it was because of the good deals they could get off of games.

So Gamestop seems to have the idea that the only thing they have to do to beat Steam is to simply create better deals. But heres what BY2K pointed out. Impulse is simply a shop to buy games. They currently do not have Friend Lists, Achievements, Chats, and other Social things that Steam has. Obviously Steam is the better pack, but they still want to challenge it.

Didn't Microsoft try to do more in the Digital Distribution Market but it ended up just dieing out?

Steam has the Video Game Digital Distribution Market by the balls. I don't think Gamestop will put a dent in them.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  Avalanche on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:06 pm

Gamestop has NO market outside of the US I think.......so Steam is guaranteed to keep its grip in europe.

Many US business gents tend to forget it, but there are still a lot of people living this side of the atlantic.

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Post  .. on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:07 pm

King Avalanche wrote:Gamestop has NO market outside of the US I think.......so Steam is guaranteed to keep its grip in europe.

Many US business gents tend to forget it, but there are still a lot of people living this side of the atlantic.

I didn't know that, well that makes this even better.

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Post  Avalanche on Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:20 pm

Outlaw wrote:
King Avalanche wrote:Gamestop has NO market outside of the US I think.......so Steam is guaranteed to keep its grip in europe.

Many US business gents tend to forget it, but there are still a lot of people living this side of the atlantic.

I didn't know that, well that makes this even better.

Maybe the UK has em.....Havent seen one round these parts though. Other europeans will have to comfirm this.

But from what I heard, Gamestop needs to get its head out of the clouds a little, so by all means; make Impuls.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  Raya on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:29 pm

King Avalanche wrote:
Maybe the UK has em.....Havent seen one round these parts though. Other europeans will have to comfirm this.

Gamestop doesn't exist in the UK.

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Post  Warchamp7 on Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:48 pm

They have em in Australia though, guess you guys just suck Very Happy

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Post  Doctor Shulk on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:22 pm

Yeah, except here it's EB Games. xD

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Post  Sahrimnir on Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:29 pm

We've got GameStop in Sweden, btw.

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Post  SurgePox on Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:20 pm

Competition is good for the consumer, and seeing as Steam is already a pretty solid deal for us gamers, this should work out well.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  Raya on Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:47 pm

Warchamp7 wrote:They have em in Australia though, guess you guys just suck Very Happy

Not really. At least over here we can buy 18 rated games Razz

I've heard many horror stories about Gamestop. Is it as bad as they say it is?

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  DRTJR on Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:38 pm

It Varies from Store to Strore, It might have a different name in you area like EB games of something but the guys(and Gal) from the one I go to are Knoledgable and nice so I support them.

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Post  Ansem on Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:01 pm

and they sure as hell dont have Battletoads....

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  SurgePox on Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:33 pm

Raya wrote:
Warchamp7 wrote:They have em in Australia though, guess you guys just suck Very Happy

Not really. At least over here we can buy 18 rated games Razz

I've heard many horror stories about Gamestop. Is it as bad as they say it is?
The only group I know to complain about Gamestop is /v/, and it's not as bad as THEY say it is. It's just a used game store.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  TD260 on Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:48 pm

Gamestop isn't bad. They've been reliable to me. Though GameChamp is far superior.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  Fedaykin on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:04 pm

I only installed Impulse to download patches for Sins Of A Solar Empire.

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Re: GameStop Challenging Steam

Post  .. on Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:39 pm

Dunderhead Regular A-Tent wrote:I only installed Impulse to download patches for Sins Of A Solar Empire.

Thats what it was originally for. Impulse belonged to Stardock or Ironclad, I can't remember. I think it was Stardock.

Gamestop really isn't that bad. I don't buy used games from them though. I only use them for games I want retail copies on. Like Arkham City, Skyrim, etc. Though I wish Skyrim would be on steam.

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Post  Fedaykin on Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:14 pm

Yeah, I guess it was Stardock and after that I never really payed attention to it anymore. Ironically, if I want cheap new games, I import them from the UK. So strange.

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