There are a couple of indie videogame stores in a town nearby. Although their prices are a little steep (Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is currently priced up at absurd £42.99 in one of them) I pop into both every couple of months or so. They each have a benefit over the likes of Game and GameStation – one sells import DS games, including stuff that hasn’t been released over here, while the other has some modestly priced retro games.
Upon visiting them this weekend though I found myself to be a little irked – one of the shops had a whole row of blatantly bootleg copies of Professor Layton and the Lost Future priced up at £29.99 a pop. The other store meanwhile had a poster in the window offering a rather unique service – for £10 they’ll install all of the Fallout 3 DLC onto your HDD. The poster looked like it had been there for a while, but like I said – I only visit these two shops every couple of months.
Is this the type of stuff indie stores have succumbed to in order to make a profit? If there was at least one chain store in the town I would be able to understand it, but there isn’t – there’s only Argos and a Currys.digital.
Hang your heads in shame, indie stores!