News Best Buy Locks Up Popular Gamers Club Initiative
No more deep discounts on new games
All good things must come to an end, and for fans of Best Buy’s popular Gamers Club Unlocked, this particular news will be tough to swallow. Many enjoyed the annual subscription for the 20 per cent discounts it offered on brand new games, but it was clearly putting the company out of pocket, because it’s been...
News Iconic Store Toys 'R' Us to Shut Up Shop in UK
Over 3,000 jobs lost
Legendary retailer Toys ‘R’ Us is to shut down completely in the UK, after administrators failed to find a buyer for the flagging business. A whopping 105 shops will close over the next six weeks, with over 3,000 jobs lost as a result. Any remaining stock will be discounted in the remaining stores that are open, so it may be...
News UK Retailer GAME's New Elite Scheme Sucks
We try to defend specialist stores like GameStop as much as possible here at Push Square because we believe it’s important for the industry to have a major high street presence, but sometimes you’ve got to call a spade a spade, and UK outlet GAME’s new Elite loyalty card absolutely sucks. Like, it beggars belief it’s so bad. So...
News Hyper Light Drifter Hooks a Super Limited Retail Run
But only 9,000 copies are being made
Tasty looking PlayStation 4 title Hyper Light Drifter has received an equally tasty looking limited edition retail run courtesy of iam8bit. The package includes a reversible cover with gold foil, a retro-style instruction manual, a fold-out world map, and a copy of the game on Blu-ray for $29.99 – but there are...
News Nioh Stock Is Already a Little Light on the Ground
Surprise hit's becoming hard to find
Part of the reason Koei Tecmo teamed up with Sony on Nioh in the West was to raise the title's profile, and the manufacturer's managed to do just that. For the past few months, the game's received a lot of PlayStation Blog coverage, and we've been seeing a fair few commercials on websites that we frequent as well...
News GameStop May Be Lying to You About New Games
Bonkers initiative puts staff in impossible position
A new program established by GameStop management may be forcing humble store clerks to lie to you about the availability of brand new games – and it's kinda crazy. Reddit has been bubbling over with reports of the retailer's 'Circle of Life' initiative for a few days now, but Kotaku's...
News Red Dead Redemption 2 Promotional Materials Arrive at Retail
Are you ready?
Looks like Rockstar's readying itself for a big year, as retailers in the UK at least have started to receive Red Dead Redemption 2 promotional materials. The game – which is due out later this year, and will be advertised in conjunction with the PlayStation 4 – was announced several month
News Games Retailers Blame Black Friday for Poor Sales
The worst thing to happen to shops
Games have been flopping pretty freakin' hard this holiday, lending many to question just what's gone wrong. And now, speaking with MCV magazine, UK game retailers have weighed in on the spate of disastrous launches that we've
News PS4 Pro Is Already Being Sold in Some Stores
Sony's not dropping the PlayStation 4 Pro until next week, but stock is already in the retail channel, and that's leading to leaks. We've heard of several people who have already managed to purchase the supercharged platform, and one has been posting videos of it running Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 4K resolution on YouTube. The...
News UK Retailer GAME Defends Paid PlayStation VR Demos
"Intended to give our customers access to exciting tech"
Update (25th October, 12:00PM BST): GAME has released a statement regarding its controversial paid PlayStation VR demo plan. The company told us: "Our pay-to-play PlayStation VR experience is a GAME-led initiative. The cost to use the in-store PS4 pod is entirely refundable for customers that...
News GAME's Share Prices Plunge as UK Retailer Is Struck by Pre-Christmas Slump
Upper-management at UK retailer GAME will be enjoying Christmas about as much as Louis Van Gaal, as the company's share prices have plummeted by a disastrous 34 per cent today. The decline comes after the chain announced that its UK revenue was down 11.4 per cent compared to the same 21 week period leading up to 19th December in 2014 –...
News Aussie Store Wants You to Know That Metal Gear Solid 5 Is a Hideo Kojima Game
Fight for your rights
Call it self-indulgent if you want to, but we've gotten used to Hideo Kojima's name being on the box of Metal Gear Solid games. The fact that Konami has opted to remove it from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – amid nasty rumours regarding the aute
News UK Retailer GAME to Tackle Pre-Owned Market with GAMEtronics Stores
Fresh shops will still sell new goods, too
Focusing on pre-owned software, GAME has re-launched two of its stores under the new name GAMEtronics. The move will see the retailer lock horns with popular pre-owned outlet CEX. However, GAMEtronics will still sell new gaming hardware and software. The first two cities to secure the re-branded stores are...
News Accidentally Received a Free PS Vita? Don't Smile Yet
Zavvi ripping up the rules
Mistakes are an unfortunate element of day-to-day life. It’s inevitable that we’ll get things wrong on a regular basis, so all that we can really do is try to learn from our slip-ups and attempt to move on. In the case of online retailer Zavvi, though, it’s hoping to recompense its errors by threatening customers...
News UK Retailer GAME Announces PS4 Hands-On Tour Starting Next Week
Coming to a town near you, hopefully
October is almost coming to an end, and we here at Push Square towers only have one thing on our minds: the launch of Sony's next generation console. The wait is almost unbearable, but to help to pass the time, retailer GAME has announced that the PlayStation 4 will be travelling to select stores across the UK...
News Expect Some Lengthy Lines Behind These PS4 Demo Pods
"I want a go"
The positioning of goods in retail stores has always fascinated us. There’s a psychology behind the way that are products are presented, and it looks like Sony’s aiming to obtain a very strong reaction with the PlayStation 4. Posting on its Facebook page earlier today, the German arm of SCEE revealed an image of a demo pod for its...
News You May Need to Open Your Wallet Wider for EA's PS4 Games
Prices could be going up
We’re very much still in the PlayStation 4’s honeymoon period. Typically, the bubble would have burst by now – but Sony is doing a fantastic job of ensuring that the public perception surrounding its next generation console remains predominantly positive. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t bad news around...
News This Is What the PlayStation 4 Will Look Like in Shops
Retail presence may be the unsung element of video game marketing, but it’s massively important. Any system that occupies the dusty corner of your local electronics store is unlikely to make the best first impression – just talk to the PlayStation Vita about that. Fortunately, platform holder Sony has bigger plans for the...
News Sony: Physical Games Will Be Around Longer Than People Think
Sony's Guy Longworth takes another stab at Microsoft
Everything seems to be pointing to a digital future for games, but Guy Longworth — Sony's senior vice president in charge of PlayStation brand marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment of America — has voiced the opinion that the consumers aren't totally ready to ditch physical games just yet...
News Pre-order Allocations for PS4 Far Outstrip Xbox One
GameStop ceases accepting deposits for Microsoft's machine
Microsoft may have moseyed back into the console battlefield with last night’s announcements, but it could still struggle to satisfy demand at launch. Polygon reports that mega retailer GameStop has already fulfilled its allocation of pre-orders for the Xbox One, and has ceased accepting...
News Sony's First-Party PlayStation 4 Games Won't Break the Bank
Tried and tested
Sony won’t charge you more to get your greasy mitts on first-party software for the PlayStation 4. In a brief exchange with Shacknews, a representative for the platform holder explained that all four of its impending launch window games will retail for $59.99, the same as on the PlayStation 3. Those titles include DriveClub,...
News You Won't Be Able to Pre-order a PS4 from This Particular Branch of GAME
Only people wearing green may enter
Much like GameStop in North America, GAME is the biggest specialist video game retailer in the UK, stocking a diverse range of software for all of the major consoles. However, you won’t be able to purchase PlayStation content at the giant’s latest branch in Shoreditch, London – because it will only stock...
News GameStop to Cease Accepting PlayStation 2 Trades from 1st June
There's still time to get rid of your copy of The Simpsons: Hit and Run
GameStop will thump another nail into the now-defunct PlayStation 2's coffin on 1st June, as it ceases to accept trade-ins for the legendary console. Reddit user eGORapTure snapped the photograph embedded below, and Joystiq validated its authenticity with several North American...
News UK Retailer ASDA Accepting PS4 Pre-Orders, System Supposedly Out This Year
UK retailer ASDA has hopped aboard the PlayStation 4 bandwagon, announcing that it is the first British supermarket to accept pre-orders for Sony’s impending system. Specialist franchise GAME is also taking deposits on the machine, but the likes of Tesco and Sainsbury’s are still twiddling their thumbs worrying about horse meat...
News Retailer: PlayStation 4 Will Revive the UK's Flagging Market
Pre-orders for the next generation platform performing extremely well
UK retailer GAME believes that the impending PlayStation 4 will successfully resurrect the nation’s troubled video game market. Chatting with VideoGamer.com, category director Charlotte Knight explained that pre-orders for the platform are “performing very well” at the...
News You Can Pre-Order a PlayStation 4 Right Now If You Want To
UK retailer GAME is already accepting pre-orders for Sony’s PlayStation 4 – despite the manufacturer not even showing the hardware yet. If you waddle your way over to the specialist retailer’s online storefront, you’ll be able to part with the £20 required to purchase a deposit for the currently price-less machine. Sony announced...
News GAME Holds the Killzone Trilogy at Gunpoint in the UK
First-person shooter fans hoping to get their fix of sci-fi action with the Killzone Trilogy will have to breach the purple gates of GAME in the UK, as the specialist retailer has secured exclusivity on the compelling compilation. The package will collate popular PS3 titles Killzone 2 and Killzone 3, alongside an HD version of...
News LittleBigPlanet Vita Is Already Available in North America
It seems it’s impossible for Sony to release a new LittleBigPlanet title without some kind of drama. Regular readers will recall the original game being delayed due to controversial lyrics in one of its songs, while the sequel missed out on its initial holiday release date by quite some margin. LittleBigPlanet Vita looked like it...
News UK Retailer GameStation to be Rebranded GAME
End of an era
Those of you in North America have our permission to close your ears while we regale tales about the torrid state of UK retail. Chatting at a conference this morning, GAME Retail has revealed that its GameStation brand is to be phased out. The company – which recently went through a major reshuffle – previously operated GAME and...
News Bethesda Reveals Dishonored Pre-Order Bonuses
Ooh, the choices...
Looking forward to Arkane Studios' upcoming action-adventure title, Dishonored? If so, you might want to think carefully about where you place your pre-order, as publisher Bethesda has assigned a selection of exclusive bonuses to major retailers in the UK. Amazon will be dishing out a cold serving of the Acrobatic Killer...
News PSN Content Now Available in European GameStop Stores
Bricks and mortar
If you still don’t trust Sony with your credit card details after last year’s hacking kerfuffle, GameStop has announced the addition of PlayStation Network content to its European and Australian stores. Currently you'll be able to purchase a range of downloadable content from more than 1,600 GameStop outlets across Australia,...
News GameStop Knocks $50 Off PS3's Price
GameStop’s currently selling the 160GB version of the PS3 for a wallet-friendly $199. That’s $50 less than the recommended retail price. As Joystiq notes, hardware doesn’t often go on sale, so it’s possible the reduction could be related to future announcements. Either way, there’s never been a better time to pick up a new PS3...
Rumour Vita UK Sales Higher Than First Reported
Perhaps not 45k
Recently we reported that Vita's UK launch sales were 75% lower than PSP's, but according to industry analyst Nick Park the real figure is much higher. Pocket Gamer reported the console had sold around half of 3DS's UK launch sales, which it claimed were 89,000, putting Vita around the 45,000 mark. However, Park tweeted (via...
News PS Vita Masters Are Sony's Answer to Apple Genius
And they're coming to Japan
Sony's putting so-called PS Vita Masters in Japanese retailers to answer consumer questions about the new console. From 25th February to 1st April, the staff will explain the system's built-in features, its 3G functionality and generally push you towards picking up one of the shiny handhelds. They also get to wear special...
News Playable PS Vita Demo Units Drop into GameStop
Love at first sight
If you haven’t yet sampled a PlayStation Vita with your own eyes: boy, are you in for an incredible weekend. US retailer GameStop’s just announced that it now has demo systems setup at over 3,300 of its stores. You can find your nearest participating retailer through here. Each demo unit will come equipped with a number of...
News GAME Announces First PlayStation Vita Bundles
The PlayStation Vita is an expensive system, there's no denying that
Having already got an extensive hands-on with the device, we think it's worth the price of entry — but we can understand some readers being hesitant to splash out the cash, especially with the system's proprietary memory upping the cost quite significantly. Thankfully, British...
News In Case You Wondered, GAME Hasn't Been Hacked
In this post-PlayStation Network outage world, we're not really surprised when any company announces its database has been compromised
It turns out we're not alone — as evidenced by the furore that erupted on the Internet this afternoon when someone claimed UK retailer GAME's website had been hacked. Thankfully there's no reason to change all of...
News New SCEE Boss Looking To Improve PS3's Fortunes In The UK
The UK is somewhat of an anomaly
While the PlayStation 3 tends to fare strongly around Europe, the UK remains something of a poisoned chalice for the PS3. While successful, the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii tend to perform better in the region. This is something new SCEE boss Jim Ryan wants to address. Getting to £199 is fantastic in the UK. Its a...
News Get Physical After Hours with New Move Triple Pack
Turn the lights low
No, it's not a new We Dare trilogy: Sony's putting three Move-controlled sports titles onto one Blu-ray disc and calling it After Hours Athletes. The trio comprises PSN titles Hustle Kings, High Velocity Bowling and Top Darts, complete with all their downloadable content too. Rather like puzzle pack Move Mind Benders there's no...
News Move Mind Benders Holds Three Puzzlers in One
Best of all, it's got Lemmings
Some of Move's best content is available on the PlayStation Store, but what about those PS3 owners who aren't able to get online: should they miss out on the motion-controlled treats? Of course not. That's why Sony's preparing a pair of Blu-ray compilations, putting together the best Move has to offer. Move Mind...
News GameStop's Testing Out A Console Game Streaming Service
US retailer GameStop is testing a new cloud gaming service expected to release next year, according to GamesIndustry
biz</a>. GameStop purchased Spawn Labs earlier in the year with the aim of facilitating a cloud gaming service and offering a wide selection of high-definition video games on demand on any internet-enabled device"...
Rumour PS3 to Drop to £199.99 in UK
It's Gamescom in Cologne at the moment and we've just heard an interesting rumour: Sony is about to announce a price drop for its PlayStation 3 console alongside a release date for PlayStation Vita. UK trade retailer MCV posted and quickly rescinded a story claiming the PS3 is set to drop to £199.99 in the UK. Thankfully we grabbed a...
News Sony Starts Selling Digital Content In GAME & GameStation
As of today you'll be able to purchase digital download versions of first-party PlayStation content from British stores GAME and GameStation
The brick-and-mortar video games retail institution recently started selling digital PC content in store, and will now stock downloadable versions of PlayStation content such as the God Of War Collection and...
News Scratch That, Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is Out 8th July
Taxiing for approach
Confused why you couldn't find a copy of Air Conflicts: Secret Wars in Europe last week? Probably because it's not released yet, despite proclamations to the contrary. The game was delayed from its original 1st July release date to this Friday, 8th July, when it'll land on the PlayStation Move runway. We're already putting the...
Rumour PlayStation 3 To Get Price-Drop At GamesCom In August
It's not really a rumour is it
Everyone's expecting the PlayStation 3 to get a price-drop this year, and there's no better positioned event than August's GamesCom. Sony's known for bringing the heat to the European event, while its competitors flounder. Sounds like a no-brainer to us. MCV's got the report, citing a new price-point of between...
News Amazon Slaps A December 31st Release Date On PlayStation Vita
Sony probably should have cleared up PlayStation Vita's launch windows during E3
We thought the platform holder said "end of the year", but Jack Tretton later clarified with an "end of fiscal year" statement. Now we're looking to retailers and rumours to get any kind of idea of the new handheld's firm launch window. ShopTo...
News Limited Edition Call Of Duty: Black Ops Edition Listed On US Retailer
If you're one of the remaining ten people that doesn't yet own a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops -- you're in luck
According to GameStop, a new bundle will be made available next week including the game and some DLC. No word on exactly what DLC will be included, but we're assuming it will be the first two packs currently available on the PlayStation...
News ShopTo Puts November 4th Placeholder Date On PlayStation Vita
UK retailer ShopTo
net</a> has put a November 4th placeholder date on PlayStation Vita. Please be true. Several titles are listed alongside the system, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Ruin and ModNation Racers. All have a place-holder price-point of £40. Sony's responded to MCV saying that it has "not made any...
News UK Retailers Peg Ape Escape for Cheap Release in June
Won't need to rustle up many notes
PlayStation Move Ape Escape — called simply Ape Escape in Europe — will be available from PlayStation Network in North America, but in Europe the game is is heading to retail next month, with several retailers putting a pleasantly low price on the Move-exclusive net 'em up. Amazon lists the game at £24.99 with...
Report Impatient PlayStation 3 Owners Trade-In Their Systems As PSN Stays Offline
The PlayStation Network has been offline for about three weeks, and there's no sign of a restoration in sight
That's causing a lot of PS3 owners to lose patience and trade-in their systems, according to a report published by EDGE. The report cites a number of UK retail clerks, and paints a disturbing picture of the current PS3 climate: trade-ins...