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A few days ago I went into my local Gamestation (Just outside Liverpool, here in the UK) to browse PC games, from the doorway, isles of lovely gaming goodness could be seen ... I wandered in, ready to cross palms with silver. Ten meters inside the door however, it became clear that this was a store almost entirely devoted to the consoles - WTH happened to the days when you could walk into a game store, and see at least ONE WALL of PC games, this Gamestation in question has one section, of one wall (maybe a meter wide) for PC gaming. I was furious.

I love my Xbox 360, even though it might as well have Forza 3 in ROM, as I don't play anything else, its still a nice enough piece of kit, but what is wrong with people - its NOTHING compared to the graphical juicy majesty and brilliance of a PC, I miss the days of good honest-to-goodness PC nerdery, buying foolish simulators just for the experience, broad and open FPS's that aren't crippled by being poor console ports - are those days really gone? Are we (PC gamers) now the beardy-weirdy minority among these console players?

I feel the recession here in the UK (and Europe as a whole perhaps) is killing off good PC game stores, thanks to cheaper consoles that require you to wiggle around like a spider-on-acid, waving your arms and legs as if you're trying to shoo a wasp. The global down-turn has a lot to answer for. I for one will eat less, and work harder, just to keep PC gaming alive...

What is it like in your country/locale - is this heinous experience happening to healthy, natural PC gamers the world over?

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Its the same everywhere, game stops now put all the PC games into a shelf no bigger than all my rigs put together. If manufacturers ever stop making PC games, I am going to buy a mouse and keyboard adapter for 360.
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It's been this way for years, nothing to do with the recession. The last time I went into game was to buy BF2 and even then they only had a very small selection of crappy PC games :l

Not many people go to actual stores to buy PC games in the UK from what I have seen so they don't bother stocking anything other than The Sims etc..

I don't think they could beat online deals too..
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Gamestop's PC section has been nothing more than a single stand for years, and have the boxes are mangled or in poor condition. When i've driven my brother over there to pick up a 360 game or something, i always check it out just in case there's a gem but there's never anything worth picking up that i don't already have.
    
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It's been this way for years, nothing to do with the recession. The last time I went into game was to buy BF2 and even then they only had a very small selection of crappy PC games..
Maybe you are right, it just seemed so much worse than I remember, its a sad day when the selection of games is so small on the high street, that you get back home with the money still in your pocket, and log on to Steam instead
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Steam. Why waste money on retail costs?
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Steam will cleanse the earth of this console filth.

On a tangent: I wish steam was incorporated into the next Windows. I know it won't happen, but it would be epic.
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Digital Downloads..Steam is your friend...download the game and then burn a backup copy to Blue Ray if you absolutely need a disk.
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I hear you, as I once went to a Gamestop that didn't even have a shelf for PC games, and I had to ask "Hey where are all the PC Games" and this dude... he.... showed me a crate full of them. At the moment I just wanted to bite his head off....

Ever since that I have been buying games from digital distributors like Steam and Intkeys and have never looked back! the deals are amazing!
    
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Most game store never carried a lot of PC games here in France (at least where I live), one my friend own a small game shop and never had any new PC game in stock for the simple reason that maybe one or two people a month ever seemed interested, however there are still quite big space dedicated to PC games in our big store like Carrefour (kinda like Wallmart here), sometimes even bigger than the console ones, but it's mainly rereleased bargain bin games and also a lot of Sims and WoW copies, even though you can buy a lot of the games you want almost everyone is looking at the console section, it was almost alaways like that but I remember that in the 90s there was still quite a lot of people looking at PC games, now when you're looking there most people look at you like you're some weirdo or something.
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