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October 29, 2004 at 10:27 am #3552AnonymousInactive
Don’t know if this is the correct portion of the Forum in which to put this, but it says “Business” on the door, so… :)
I was having a chat with my brother in France last night, he’s managing a “Dock Games” retail outlet (growing videogame store chain, kinda like Gamestation in the UK).
He told me he had a guy call in yesterday afternoon to part-ex GTA:SA, and promptly found out it had been purchased ‘quietly’ from the local biggest Dixons-cum-HMV retailer (FNAC, for those with a passing knowledge of French retail chains), before the release date obviously (he got the guy’s till receipt).
I was wondering, in passing (as I don’t know much about the retail chain timescale: how early do stores or wholesalers get the games after duplication?), if this kind of practices have anything to do with just-before-release leaks…
October 29, 2004 at 10:35 am #15389AnonymousInactive
my memory has really faill me but i do remember some chain store getting in big trouble for releaseing a game early… they might have been fined or sued… i can’t remember….i just remember they got in trouble over it.
i would say that that receipt would be worth a lot of money to someone/body
October 29, 2004 at 10:50 am #15390AnonymousInactive
There’s an article about this on gamesindustrt.biz.
Or at least what Rockstar did to try prevent this happening in the UK.
They got all high-street retailers to sign a contract that they wouldn’t sell before the agreed release date. Anyone who didn’t sign were not going to get the delivery on time. Anyone who did sign but were found to sell early would get late deliveries of future products.
October 29, 2004 at 10:58 am #15391AnonymousInactive
I don’t know if the contract was extended to French retailers. It’s a reasonably large market, so I’d expect so (although knowing other types of french distribution systems, mostly industrial ones, I’d be really surprised if they’d ever sign anything like this!).
In any case, the till receipt was promptly faxed to the Central Wholesale Outlet who supplies everyone there – and every shop in the city took the wrappers off there and then (Virgin Megastore included): it’s a small city and all the VG retail managers walked from one shop to another competitor’s to check prices (was quite funny, so my bother told me, he had the Virgin Megastore local boss in his shop trying to coax stock level out of the till attendant).
So if they all signed, that’s going to be interesting, to say the least!
October 29, 2004 at 11:22 am #15392AnonymousInactive
So if they all signed, that’s going to be interesting, to say the least![/quote:e3563cd727]
Definitelly, although I think the article only mentions the UK.
Maybe there’s a reward for telling on FNAC ??? ;)
October 29, 2004 at 11:27 am #15393AnonymousInactive
October 29, 2004 at 11:44 am #15395AnonymousInactive
I went to FNAC in Italy – waaaaaaaay too expensive.
You can’t understand why they are concerned about small variations in the price of GTA: SA – every store is gonna sell shedloads of copies
October 29, 2004 at 12:01 pm #15397AnonymousInactive
October 29, 2004 at 12:10 pm #15398AnonymousInactive
I’d buy it in A personally :)
October 29, 2004 at 12:11 pm #15399AnonymousInactive
October 29, 2004 at 1:18 pm #15406AnonymousInactive
Yeah, but I’m a fool :)
October 29, 2004 at 1:20 pm #15407AnonymousInactive
When is it out on Xboxen?
October 29, 2004 at 1:31 pm #15409AnonymousInactive
October 29, 2004 at 3:26 pm #15416AnonymousInactive
One thing I don’t get is how Rockstar, having graduated to system -selling developer of the Bungie magnitude, hasn’t gone all-formats-at-once for GTA:SA.
Or are they still exclusivity-tied for this one?
Or are they preparing something on the sly for XBOX-NEXT(tm) to surprise us all?
November 1, 2004 at 1:15 pm #15426Jamie McKeymaster
was wondering, in passing (as I don’t know much about the retail chain timescale: how early do stores or wholesalers get the games after duplication?), if this kind of practices have anything to do with just-before-release leaks…[/quote:ee661cf2ca]
They can get the game up to a week in advance, but usually a few days before, the larger titles need longer production runs and get sent out earlier, hence some games being sold up to a week in advance.
November 1, 2004 at 1:28 pm #15427AnonymousInactive
One thing I don’t get is how Rockstar, having graduated to system -selling developer of the Bungie magnitude, hasn’t gone all-formats-at-once for GTA:SA.[/quote:8b7c3d1ffd]
Or even the other way around- GTA3 came out before Halo.
I think they are hurting some sales of GTA:SA in the short term – (me for instance) – I would need to get a PS2 to play it as I only have a Cube and Xbox.
When is it on on GAMECUBE?
November 1, 2004 at 1:55 pm #15431AnonymousInactive
…so, figure another 17 years or so. :D
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