Officially, this shows that GameStop is like a duck escaping a crocodile – on the surface, it looks calm. But under the surface, it’s paddling like hell. In this case, GameStop doesn’t want to be eaten by the rivals who are bypassing retail and selling games direct to consumers. As history shows, nobody wants to be either Tower Records or Blockbuster Video when the music stops on physical retail.
Perhaps maybe one direction could be something more boutique? Flavorpill put together a collection of the world’s most gorgeous bookstores and it only inspires me to dream of what a game store of that magnitude could accomplish. Given that JC Penney’s has taken a step in the similar direction by hiring the man who launched Apple’s retail presence, perhaps that’s not to far in the future: