E Boutique [policy discussion]

Went to return something there, SAME copy just as you stated on the frontpage.

Guess what I'm not doing now, NOT BUYING GAMES unless it's a sure fire hit, something I won't stop playing within 2 weeks time, and definitely has multiplayer. I now am going to be a cheap little bastard when it comes to getting a game.

Also, the case rests in Half-Life usually. Natural selection is simply one of the best games that has come out in the past 5 years. Hard to argue with that, since it's all FREE.

Yes... well I won''t give them my business after this either, something I have been very carefully to do for many years because they had a fair return policy, and some times a game just sucks or broken on a systems and you need to be able to return it. I find this trend to be absolutely sicking.

Their return plan wasn''t meant to be a rental service. If you''re not sure about a game rent it!

As Ulairi says, renting is always a good option. Especially these days when some console games can be beat in eight hours.

That said, you (mostly) can''t rent PC games and due to bugs and tricky things like router issues gamers NEED a place they can safely buy a game with the option of returning it if it won''t run on their systems.

The real scary part is that if it works for EB the few stores who still offer the service will follow suit.

True it is not a rental service but a nice favor to a good customer as I consider myself to be. But after the ""trying to sell me used games as new"" episode and now this I will never shop there again.

Just to think that the 3rd EB in my town was opening up right down from my work and would have prevented me from going to the mall for games ever again, oh well, some things are not meant to be.

I''ve changed this thread''s title. Nothing personal, Val, but like I said, thing''s are going to be a little hardline here for a month or two til we get an official code of conduct.

Not that I disagree with your original sentiment.

- Elysium

I generally find myself closer to a store such as Best Buy, Circuit City, etc... There is now no reason to go out of my way to go the mall just to go to EB. I have only returned some games once and can see how it would be abused. I would have hoped their swap game only once policy would protect them enough. I really think EB is going to shoot itself in the foot on this one.

""I now am going to be a cheap little bastard when it comes to getting a game. ""

Well, that''s what happens here. NO ONE buys a game unless it''s extremely popular, or they''ve pirated it first, or they''ve seen it somewhere.

I only know ONE game store in my whole state that has lived for more than 15 years (GDcomputer). I''m not sure how they do it, I think they cater to the rich folks, who knows. But they''re the only ones. All other game stores that open here die within a year. And the rest of the landascape stinks. There are big stores like Walmarts, but they offer just very commercial games (Nothing out of Warcraft and the Sims), they won''t take returns, they overcharge...

Looks like EB was something special, too bad.

This is Gahbage! (as they say in these parts).

I saw this coming with my local EB here. They made it more and more difficult for me to return crappy games over the past year. It seems to have coincided with them also ignoring their customers while playing the latest level of Splinter Cell on the XBox.

Me: ""Um, I have money, and I''d like to pay for this game please.""

I''ll just need to be more selective with the purchase of games, I guess.

YOU can''t rent PC GAMES!

Personally, I get all of my games on eBay, much cheaper.

"Valcron" wrote:

YOU can''t rent PC GAMES!

Demos.

Oh yeah! Like that gorgeous Unreal 2 demo, and the C&C Generals playtest - WOW! I got so much entertainment out of that, I ran right out and got the games!

Nah, I''m kidding, but I''d like to mention that I''ve seen less and less demos for ""Big name"" games lately. Like they want to coast on their success. Did Black and White have a demo? NWN had a demo, but they released it way after the game... I don''t remember if Warcraft 3 had a demo...

"Mex" wrote:

Oh yeah! Like that gorgeous Unreal 2 demo, and the C&C Generals playtest - WOW! I got so much entertainment out of that, I ran right out and got the games!

Nah, I''m kidding, but I''d like to mention that I''ve seen less and less demos for ""Big name"" games lately. Like they want to coast on their success. Did Black and White have a demo? NWN had a demo, but they released it way after the game... I don''t remember if Warcraft 3 had a demo...

Heheh see now Mex is on to it but not seeing far enough. Demo''s cost money, and they are to lure people to buy your game... but I bet dollars to donuts that it''s a hell of a lot more economically to put a strangle hold on returns across all retail fronts, then you make big bucks on suckers who can''t return things and you don''t have to put out for demo creation, looks great on the books, and the fact that you poisoning your fishing hole... well that is the next guys problem.

Evil is as Evil does...

Oh wait wrong forum for that.

But Demos also can be misleading, couple of games I bought after playing the demo and liking it, the full version turn out to be a bummer,... ...then again the demo might be unplayable but the full game is tons of fun...

Heheh see now Mex is on to it but not seeing far enough. Demo''s cost money, and they are to lure people to buy your game... but I bet dollars to donuts that it''s a hell of a lot more economically to put a strangle hold on returns across all retail fronts, then you make big bucks on suckers who can''t return things and you don''t have to put out for demo creation, looks great on the books, and the fact that you poisoning your fishing hole... well that is the next guys problem.

This paragraph is nearly incomprehensible. No offense, but that is one big f*ckin run-on.

I just realized something. If the stores feel that the ""no-return"" policy is disuading pre-orders, then they''ll just slash pre-order prices, offer free shipping, and stick more shwag in the box to get people to pre-order.

Where I''m at, you can rent PC games. Although only at little rental stores, not at Blockbuster or Video Ezy...