Professor Layton and the bootleg skanks

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

Hang your heads in shame, indie stores!

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • An indie I used to go to kept its discs in CD wallets rather than stuffed inside the instruction booklet and shoved in a drawer. That’s the biggest advantage it offered over Game.

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