GameStop Thinks You’re an Idiot, Wants to Sell You Digital Content

By John Colaw

January 13, 2011

GameStop has set plans in motion to sell digital content on XBLA and PSN to you from the store. Their plan involves linking your customer account to your XBLA/PSN account. You would pay for the content in the store and it would download when you next turn your console on. Basically you give them money and they buy it on for you.

My initial reaction to this was probably the same as yours, that it’s absolutely ridiculous. But on second thought I can think of exactly one person this benefits; people who don’t have a credit/debit card. Sure, you could go to Wal Mart and get one of those green-dot cards and put money on it instead of letting these idiots sell you stuff you could buy from your sofa, but what’s the fun in that?

“Ultimately, we want to reduce even more of that friction, so when you buy that map pack in our store, we’re going to be able to associate your Xbox profile with your GameStop profile, and then automatically push that to your download queue.
We’re the ones that do a great job of helping consumers understand what their opportunities and options are for playing games. By providing an opportunity for our sales associate to sell the games themselves to consumers, we can drive more of those sales.”

Bragging about your sales people trying to get us to pre-order a game or buy your Edge card isn’t helping.

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John Colaw

John is what you might call something of a badass. When he's not writing about games or playing them, he's playing in the Kansas City band "Documentary" and drinking as many different beers as often as he can. He's a huge comic nerd in the best sense of the term, with a particular love for the Creator Owned movement.

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