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GameStop Stops Selling Physical Copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

GameStop has stopped selling the copies of the standard edition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution they opened to in order to remove OnLive codes from Eidos Montreal's action/RPG prequel, reports CNN Money. The article says the game retailer is also refusing to sell sealed copies either, as they are seemingly insisting that Square Enix send them copies of the game without the code to play the game on the cloud-based service, and Kotaku has a copy of the mail telling GameStop store managers to pull the game from the shelves which states: "As GameStop is developing a streaming service in our Spawn Labs Cloud Gaming Division, the coupon that was included is for a competitive service. We are returning all copies of the regular edition to the vendor in agreement with Square Enix." They are, however, continuing to sell the game via digital distribution. There has been speculation about the legality of removing these codes, and articles on IndustryGamers and Wired (thanks Mike Martinez) each quote lawyers on the topic, saying that it is possible that this could result in lawsuits, but in each case speculating that such litigation would probably not be successful.

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33. Re: GameStop Stops Selling Physical Copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution Aug 25, 2011, 23:36 Sepharo
jdreyer wrote on Aug 25, 2011, 18:50:
Add this to previous Gamestop scandals of employees playing games then selling them as new, and there's a lot to be upset about.

I'm always down for some GameStop bashing but I'm pretty sure this practice stopped in 2003 while I was still working there. Well, at least in my region. I remember because after that we could only do it with used games and eventually not at all. I worked there for about 2 years and only ever "checked out" a single game, can't even recall what it was now.

As far as "gutting" new game boxes to make a display copy... We would open one box and store the game in a cardboard sleeve locked behind the counter. When all new unopened copies had been sold, a customer seeking a new copy would be informed that only the display copy was available but it would still be full price. People turned us down often but at the same time many didn't mind at all. We would also offer to shrink wrap it if it was a gift or something.

The reason I'm sure this display copy problem got worse though is because GS ordered less and less new copies unless reserved. Pre-orders always get a sealed copy, people buying new but much later in the life of the game are very likely to get a display copy since only 2 or 3 new are kept in stock.

edit: OOoh forgot to mention that a fun side effect (err primary purpose) of this policy was cracking up at people stuffing their jackets full of empty game boxes. Oh mall GameStop, good times.

This comment was edited on Aug 25, 2011, 23:45.
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