Game Crazy Retiring 200 Stores in October

By Chad Awkerman

September 29, 2009

By the end of October, game specialty store Game Crazy will have closed the doors of 200 of its nearly 700 locations, reports Joystiq.  This in an unfortunate byproduct of this screwed up economy we find ourselves in.  Here’s Game Crazy’s official words on the matter.

Movie Gallery, Inc. is currently operating in an unprecedented consumer/retail environment. In order for us to continue to best serve our millions of customers across North America we’re addressing underperforming stores and ensuring that there is sufficient [return on investment] associated with each of these stores going forward. The vast majority of our stores will be unaffected by these efforts.

What does this mean?  It means less retail outlets for people to buy games, thus less proliferation of the industry in people’s daily lives.  While that may be over-dramatizing the matter, you get the point.  News like this is never good, whether its a game developer or a game retailer.

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Chad Awkerman

Chad joined the DualShockers staff in mid 2009 and since then has put much of his time into covering RPGs, with a focus on the Japanese side of the genre, from the obscure to the mainstream. He's a huge fan of iconic games like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy VI and Persona 4 yet enjoys the smaller niche titles, as well. In his spare time he enjoys experiencing new beer, new foods and keeping up with just about every sci-fi show on television. He's married to an intelligent, beautiful Southern Belle who keeps his life interesting with witty banter and spicy Cajun cooking.

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