GameStop dudes claiming that game informer is only available as a digital subscription - apparently full of shit

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This is not a shots fired thing w/any peeps that may or may not be involved w/gi, because I am betting this is corporate stuff, but basically the dude at the counter str8 up lied to me and that is dumb, and kinda bad policy that bums me out. Went in to renew my card and was told that there will be no more print issues, which appears to be untrue? And I get it, digital age enviro etc, but it's bad form and made me have a pretty bad vibe, because misinforming your customers is always nagl.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 05:11 (seven years ago) link

Also with a quick forum scan this looks like a not uncommon occurance? FYI I am happy to googleproof/deindex this by request if that seems more appropriate due to REDACTED.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 05:14 (seven years ago) link

This sounds like horseshit; GI's only reason for existence is the surprise reveal/announcement of their covers which get leaked online and show up in your mailbox a week later.

Fiendish Doctor Wu (kingfish), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 05:58 (seven years ago) link

sorry jj, we were pissed when we heard too, we called corporate and my boss freaked out. hopefully this isn't happening. i don't come on ILG basically ever so i didn't see this.

This sounds like horseshit; GI's only reason for existence is the surprise reveal/announcement of their covers which get leaked online and show up in your mailbox a week later.

― Fiendish Doctor Wu (kingfish), Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:58 AM (6 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

remembering why.

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:21 (seven years ago) link

jjj- could you tell me which store this was?

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:24 (seven years ago) link

West St. Paul location. I don't mean to make this a pain in the ass for you or anything.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 23:40 (seven years ago) link

Also I am glad you bumped this because I am a slacker and still haven't called to change back to print, so this will remind me to get on that tomorrow.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 23:41 (seven years ago) link

Nah I'm glad to do it, that shouldnt be happening

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 00:16 (seven years ago) link

called in today and dude on the phone was helpful but obv didnt care at all about me complaining about the misinformation (which duh hes obv at a crappy phone mill and i dont hold it against him), but if i hadnt passed this info on via here i would def still have a bad taste in my mouth abt the whole thing. anybody know if the sept issue has already shipped? because if so im going to roll out to the local gamestop and bitch until i get a copy.

on the plus side, the reason i am being such a geek abt this is that i really like the magazine a ton and got super bummed out abt it going all digital because i like to paw through it when i am stuck with some moron here at work wasting my time. i actually started looking for an alternate print option when i thought it was unavailable, and oh man, the rest of them seem pretty awfully written.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 18:54 (seven years ago) link

yeah listen we don't want this shit to happen, believe me...but we only have so much control

glad you enjoy it jjj, thx

we do the best we can

i talked to our associate publisher, he's been registering these complaints w/corporate

but yeah i'm p gonna peace out of ILG again so happy gaming etc!

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 18:56 (seven years ago) link

what would be the motivation for GS dudes to shine you on like this? idgi

goole, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 18:57 (seven years ago) link

ok i lied!

jjj just heard back, it's being at dealt with

goole: an affectionate no comment :)

Jandek at the Disco (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:02 (seven years ago) link

lol ok

was trying to get others to spitball, i didn't think i'd get a real answer!

goole, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:03 (seven years ago) link

Lol this reminds me, I have a digital GI subscription I never read because it's digital

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:04 (seven years ago) link

i have to assume that its the same thing i am running into with guitar companies - glossy 100 page mags/catalogs cost a shitload to print! and i get the idea that content delivery via digital means is good in an enviro sense and also opens up a lot of other possibilities for video/vlogs/demos/etc. the problem is that a tangible object that you can hold in your hands just straight up sells stuff more effectively - im willing to guess that we would convert about 25% more people to sales on the lines without catalogs if they had something in print because it becomes a more pressing reminder than a bookmarked product page will ever be.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:08 (seven years ago) link

i actually started looking for an alternate print option when i thought it was unavailable, and oh man, the rest of them seem pretty awfully written.

― O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:54 AM (32 minutes ago)

Have you tried Edge? It's generally considered the best magazine available on video games...

http://www.edge-online.com/magazine

JCL, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:32 (seven years ago) link

I used to buy Edge

one day I noticed the "developer top trumps" section

that was the day I stopped buying Edge

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:34 (seven years ago) link

what is that?

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:38 (seven years ago) link

it's basically trading cards with blurbs and RANKINGS patterned after some proto-Pokemon British pastime

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) link

was very interested in edge until $76

xpost oh ewwww

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) link

oh its a uk mag, that makes a lot more sense. still $76 for 13 issues hurts me in my money heart.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:49 (seven years ago) link

it is a good mag and I used to enjoy reading it during church sermons, I just couldn't support the top trumps column

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 19:56 (seven years ago) link

don't you have a collection of doctor who novels? don't diss top trumps

thomp, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:09 (seven years ago) link

even I have my limits!

Lil Swayne of Pie (DJP), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:10 (seven years ago) link

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3005/2313083282_70b3a54a63.jpg

thomp, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:12 (seven years ago) link

Shame about his length

Godzilla vs. Rodan Rodannadanna (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 20:45 (seven years ago) link

I think Trumps was the card game that James May was playing in one of his toy shows

Fiendish Doctor Wu (kingfish), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 21:30 (seven years ago) link

So I guess I need to mail my pack of Doctor Who Top Trumps to Dan, don't I?

JimD, Thursday, 23 August 2012 17:44 (seven years ago) link

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_-YmfQEJWGHo/StYgmFz7wvI/AAAAAAAAA9A/Y60vTOKDRwA/s400/DSC00854.JPG

in your face motherfucker

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:17 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

and...just got an email saying that my october digital subscription is available, so i guess this didnt actually work.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 22:52 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

jjj - webmail me your address & info i will personally see that this gets taken care of downstairs in our customer service dept

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 November 2012 21:02 (six years ago) link

no man, it's cool, the paper issues just suddenly started showing up. thx for the check in tho!

Me order! Me Fieri! Me run Flavortown! (jjjusten), Thursday, 15 November 2012 23:46 (six years ago) link

m@tt i would appreciate it if you'd talk to the folks downstairs in customer service about the fact that nintendo is like totally lame

Everybody did shit, art happened! (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 November 2012 00:16 (six years ago) link

we are ilg we are full of gags

the max in the high castle (kingfish), Friday, 16 November 2012 06:33 (six years ago) link

forks - nintendo don't give a fuck

ums (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 19 November 2012 16:16 (six years ago) link

you'll hear from my lawyer.

Everybody did shit, art happened! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 19 November 2012 16:25 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

big layoffs today :(

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 18:50 (three weeks ago) link

I don't talk GI on ILX generally. But I'm so incredibly sad right now. These people are really wonderful and talented people and one is one of my best friends.

I know people don't ever believe it, but GI really was independent and everyone there worked hard to do good work. I couldn't have asked to work with better people. Started getting texts this morning, just sick to my stomach. With some of the people I know are gone (more than is even out on Twitter) I don't know how they will function.

Everyone hates GameStop but believe me you have no idea how shortsighted and idiotic those dumbfucks are. I've met VPs there that were fucking lobotomized.

Some of these layoffs were conducted in the most disgusting ways, including 2 ppl who got phone calls on vacation after 10+ years. Fucking abysmal.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:20 (three weeks ago) link

Sorry this happened to your friends. I've gotten pretty attached to a lot of podcast regulars and writers over the last few years... a lighthouse of good vibes in dark times.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

Thanks....also really sucks because they'd made efforts to diversify the staff and these layoffs from corporate ruins that given who was let go

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 21 August 2019 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

Given that I only buy a handful of games a year, despite owning the Xbox series and a PS2, GI is my primary reason for renewing the GameStop member card. I did/do believe in the writers and their willingness to call a game out for its flaws, but also appreciated their optimism in highlighting the promise of a game in development. Really enjoy the letters and people's monofocus on their own favorite genre/game/platform and their accusations of favoritism. Darth Clark continuing to fool people every year, fun also.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:49 (three weeks ago) link

m@ any thought of dusting off your editor hat and starting a scrappy new website?

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Thursday, 22 August 2019 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

what a bummer. glad you ejected earlier. and yeah, i would subscribe to a grown up gamer site/mag

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:49 (three weeks ago) link


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