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Gender and computer game players, Who seems to play what; a wall of text linkdump.
A while ago I remember seeing stuff like this around a bunch of places on the gender percentage of computer games players,
Hey remember how girls are supposed to think that video games are gross and totally don’t belong in your hobby, or whatever? Yeah, no. We make up 48% of all “gamers,”...according to the Entertainment Software Association, which makes us a larger demographic than teenage boys. So, guess you’d better get used to us...a significant jump from the 40% reported back in 2010. It also suggests that women above the age of 18 make up 36% of the gaming population, whereas boys under the age of 18 only make up 17%...The study also found that of the people who purchase video games, the gender balance is split exactly down the middle: 50% men and 50% women.which lead back to this ESA survey, which includes online gambling games like bingo and phone games like candy crush etc which are obviously computer games, but different to the ones that I play mostly. It was interesting and so different from my experience of playing games that I decided to have a look at who plays what.
There is other stuff but a lot of the surveys I found are 'brand maps', surveys done by market research companies for games companies about who plays their game, these are mostly from the UK, conducted in Europe (I'm not sure exactly how different the European market is compared to the US, but I expect them to be quite similar) and about console games. They don't have huge sample sizes, but most of them seem adequate and to be within the bounds of validity if done properly. There is also the problem of differentiating individual games from the series and 'brand' as a whole (which I don't think they do all that well a lot of the time). But as well as some other stuff, they seem like the most credible measure of who plays individual agames that I've seen.
This about the latest devil may cry DMC
The audience is predominantly male (78 per cent), with males aged 15 to 19 (25 per cent) making up a larger section of the playing population than the brand’s entire female audience (22 per cent). Among females, only the 20 to 24 age group exceeds the profile seen for the average game, with six per cent playing. Other female age demographics all fall below the average game.A majority of players of the sims are girls from this article
The Sims has pulled the neat trick of building a player base evenly split along gender lines, drawing in women without alienating male gamers. Publisher Electronic Arts estimates women could account for up to 60% of Sims playersAll I could find on Animal Crossing ( New Leaf ),
During the first three weeks of release in Japan, 56% of customers who bought the game with a new 3DS console were female and ages 19-24 years old.Satoru Iwata also says
this 84% of WoW players are male, but this one is pretty old and is contradicted by this from nielsen
World of Warcraft was the most-played "core" game for females, with over 428,621 unique female players estimated in December 2008...even more impressive when considering that an estimated 675,713 unique male players of the same age group logged in...during the periodI need somebody to do the maths there and I think it's played a lot by older women aswell. If anyone wants to look through the pdf linked in that article I'd be very interested.
**Edit: about runescape** curtsey of EightClubs 84% Men, 16% Women, 44% between ages 19-26.There is loads more info in that link aswell.
For Mass Effect I can't find any concrete breakdown but in this article somebody from BioWare says
One of the arguments trotted out by FemShep detractors...is that most players never even realise they have the option of playing as a character whose vocal performance feels like an entirely different persona to the male version’s...But Silverman revealed that only 13 percent of Mass Effect players use the default Commander Shepard: the remaining 83 percent customise their hero, changing class, abilities, appearance – and gender...“Overall, 18 percent of everyone who plays Mass Effect plays it with a female character,” Silverman said.This doesn't necessarily mean that a high majority of players are male. But apparently about 14% of mass effect players are girls which is lower than the average game. I'm not sure about that survey because a relatavely small number of people responded and it is only including Europe.
There are more...
- Final Fantasy
65 per cent of gamers playing Final Fantasy are males (those aged 15 to 19 account for 20 per cent of all players). In total, half of all Final Fantasy players are under the age of 19...there is good coverage of players of the brand across all devices
- Metal Gear Solid: "78 per cent of players are male... a third of players are males aged 10-19"
- Assassins creed
- lara croft tomb raider (warning pdf) the percentage of male and female players isn't totally clear but you can get a decent picture from the gender 'players age and sex' graph blow up here. I think it's about 68/32 or 67/33 boys and girls.
- Slightly cryptically, Prince of Persia
Males aged between 15 and 19...make up the largest market, accounting for 18 per cent of Prince of Persia players. Boys aged 10 to 14 comprise a further 14 per cent of the market...males represent the greater percentage of players in all age groups, females equal or exceed the scores for the average game in two thirds of their age groups, with a similar volume in the 20 to 24 age group. Eight per cent of males play in that group compared to seven per cent of females. The enjoyment derived from non-violent aspects of the game may help explain why it has a slightly higher than average volume of female players.
- 31 per cent of Diablo players are female
- 51% of Professor Layton players are female
- Call of Duty
About a fifth of Call of Duty’s 40 million monthly players are female and that percentage is rising, according to Activision,
- This is interesting because it's similar to the a 'brand map' of CoD from Europe from Europe >80 per cent of gamers who play Call of Duty are male (with those aged 15 to 19 accounting for 20 per cent of all players). And, despite the age restrictions, one in five of all players (21 per cent) are aged 10 to 14.
- roughly half of players of super mario games are girls
The brand is played by an even split of both men and women gamers – compared to the 2:1 male:female ratio typically encountered.
- mario kart...
We see a very even split between males and females playing the game – 56 per cent of players are male, 44 per cent are female...If we want to see how much it is being played we look at the monthly eyeball hours and note that over the last three years, Mario Kart clocks in 130m eyeball hours per month – over four times more than the average game. Of those 130m hours, close to two thirds of that time is by male gamers. So males spend a longer period of time playing it than females.
- resident evil
Over three quarters of players are male (77 per cent), and despite the majority of Resident Evil games having an 18 certificate, 45 per cent of all players are aged 10 to 19.
- pro evolution soccer, (another pdf) suggests that female players are approximately 20% of PES players.
- 53 per cent of 'just dance' players are female
- A 65 per cent majority of the total gaming hours logged in SingStar are made up by females, compared to a share of 28 per cent for the average game.
- "83 per cent of Command & Conquer players are males"
- minecraft: an admin for an international server said in 2014 "we have quite a lot of female players. I would say around 25-30% of the entire player base of our server is female." But the CGA market report from 2013 (warning pdf) says that of the 33.4 million players "67% are men"
- the only reliable stuff I could find for second life and there.com is from 2007 (so not all that relavent)
In Second Life 43% of registered accounts are (at registration point) are female. So, does this relationship hold true for There.com? Yes it does. in fact to a slightly higher degree. Female registrations account for 3% more in There.com compared to Second Life.
- Candy crush, there is some player demographic data on metricsmonk and it seems as if the game, world wide has perhaps 65 or 70% female players but there is significant variation between countries. The 2013 CGA market report has more clear numbers and says that of candy crush players "41% are men." Also
According to the game's creators, King.com, women aged between 25 and 55 are the demographic most loyal to the game.
- 96% of EVE Online players are male
- This is from a less reliable self selected survey that is not supposed to be accurate, but 96% of Dota 2 players are male
- 90% of LoL's 32 million players are male
[of the 24% of gamers who watch] women make up 21% of the eSports audience.A few more general things (there is more of that later if anyone wants)
I found this also An escapist write up of a demographic survey, it found
The 6,225 members survey were split into three groups - Heavy Core, Light Core, and Casual. Heavy Core gamers play "core" games for five or more hours per week, while Light Core gamers still enjoy core games, but do so for less than five hours a week, and Casual gamers only play non-core games. The survey found that the majority of gamers in the two "core" groups were male, while the casual group was "overwhelmingly female."And also this study has tons of interesting stuff, echos the 'core' v 'casual' idea in the escapist, says male and female players have different platform preferences and that
significantly more men (84.92%) than women (46.07%) reported that they played violent games (See Figure 3)
male gamers reported that they tend to play games from the Strategy, Role Playing, Action, and Fighting genres more often than female gamers. Conversely, female gamers reported that they play games from the Social, Puzzle/Card, Music/Dance, Educational/Edutainment, and Simulation genres more frequently than male gamers. The three game genres that both male and female players reported to play approximately with equal frequency were Sports, Driving, and Adventure.
[Table] IamA Local Gaming Shop Owner in Scotland! AMA!
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|Do you have battletoads?||YES!!!|
|What about Far Cry 6?||When its out. yes i will :P.|
|Hey, thanks for doing this AMA.||Getting to play games all day!! its research honest ;)|
|What do you find is the biggest perk owning a gaming store?||Seriously though i get my kick from watching people enjoy themselves. to see little 12yr old timmy go from his first wargames or get his first yugioh structure deck to drumming off deck stats and getting super passionate about his space marines. Because many moons ago i was a 12yr old little timmy.|
|, what do you find is your biggest challenge for the store, in its market?||Getting people to walk through the front door has been the biggest challange. Advertisement in scotland is very poor compared to some other places and expensive so i but faith in word of mouth, Facebook and google. In my experience though once they are though the door and play one of our free games they are hooked.|
|What the hardest part of being a indie game shop?||The amount of hours that the shop takes from your life.|
|I live, eat and breath the shop. Everyday im doing something for the shop. At night im thinking about what i need to do next and what needs to be worked on. in the morning im think about what i can do today to get the most tasks finished. On my one day off im sorting out restock orders, planning events etc.|
|Do you think all games should be dubbed in Scottish?||Ah hink mony heids woods explode if games waur sed in scots. but wud be well braw if it wahs.|
|I miss RTS games like Ages of Empires II. Are there any exciting RTS games coming up ? Why is the field so dominated by FPS ?||God I miss the RTS genre. I was really looking forward to the new command & conquer till EA went and cancelled it. sad panda.|
|The quick answer to your last question is cause they are easy to play, provide instant gratification and can be churned out like tictacs. unfortunately this is having a bit of an impact on the industry as a whole.|
|Do you take console trade ins? If so, how do you feel when somebody trades a console in? Do you feel sad to see someone leave gaming behind as a hobby or have you never really thought about it?||We currently don`t do trade ins or sell video games stuff atm. mainly due to some technical stuff with licensing etc but we will at some point.|
|As to seeing people leave there hobby. i was one. I didn`t play video games or boardgames etc for a while. then when i found friends who played them i started playing them.|
|A hobby isn`t fun unless you have people to share it with and thats what i aim to provide. a place to share. :)|
|Hi. Any thefts or threat of shoplifting in your shop?||There is always the threat of theft and shoplifting with any shop. Thankfully my floor design lets me keep an eye on people browsing and i can flag any shady characters.|
|Plus i have a loud beeper everytime the front door opens and a friendly hello tends to scare those typos away.|
|Have you or do you expand your business to overseas shipping? I ask because my husband is a tabletop gamer of many different games, historical to sci fi and he's always looking for places to buy figures from (we are in Canada so to find a shop similar to yours is few and far between)||We`re trying to get the Brick and Mortar side of things running smoothly and get through christmas. we have plans ready to go about opening a online shop in the near future. :)|
|What are your gravy items? Stuff that sells well and gives you the biggest profits...?||Card games always sell well. they just do end of. Though i was surprised to which card games sell well which has been yugioh and pokemon.|
|As to highest profit margin thats a tie between the wargames stuff and boardgames. though they don`t sell in great numbers unless its xmas time.|
|What's new in the world of card and board games? Fluxx fan here.||Well for Fluxx the boardgames was release back in july but you probably already knew that. Theres a new expansion coming called wild west fluxx and i`m keeping my ear to the ground on when i can get my hands on that :P.|
|People are going nuts for munchkin! its off my shelves as quick as i can reorder it. :D. loving pathfinder munchkin atm as i`m a bit of a pathfinder nut.|
|I`d also say dominion is really good. if i go to a club and someone has dominion id happily sit and play it for hours! I also had a shot of Shadows over Camelot 2 weeks ago and that game is damn hard! but immense fun!|
|I`m also a big advocate for deck building games like Ascension, Trains and the new Hordes: High command. ;)|
|I'm a big board gamer, play every week with friends. We've thought about getting a D&D group going, would you recommend getting started with Pathfinder? What materials do we need to get started?||You just need the Core book. thats it. theres also the free online SRD but its not the same as having a meaty tome of RPG knowledge in your hands.|
|Do you think Scottish independence would be good for game shop economy?||It probably wouldn`t effect us directly. But if people have less money to spend...|
|Serious question: What's your opinion on Warmachine? How would you compare it to Warhammer (40k)? (I've been thinking about trying Warmachine)||Warmachine is alot more "agressive" in its play style than 40k. page 5 of the rule book makes me smile everytime. :)|
|Less-serious question: What has been your worst customeplayer interaction? ( Someone who couldn't take losing , Elitist , etc)||Models wise the warmachine stuff is alot harder to convert but you get everything you need to make the model WYSIWYG.|
|If Robin ever contracted AIDs, who would have been most likely to infect him and why?||Now which robin are we talking about? cause the details are important!|
|Tim Drake.||I think the most likely scenario would be tamara giving him the herp after the whole pretending the be engaged scenario with vicki.|
|But then that does sound a bit rom-comi dosnt it :P.|
|Wrong. It was Dick that gave Tim AIDS.||Wouldn`t surprise me. starfire does get around.|
|Wouldn't star fire give it to Jason?||Possibly both?|
|How do you decide how much of your shop goes to wargaming tables and how much goes to merchandise? Most of the shops where I live seem to divide about 50/50 but there tends to be a wait list for tables. Is that something you have actively thought about at this point?||Floor space is always an issue here in Scotland. Glasgow and Edinburgh for instance have the highest rent value per sqinch in europe.|
|I got lucky with the place i`m in, its spacious and the merchandise moulds around the gaming tables. I would say is more a 70/30 split for gaming space/merchandise for me. plus my gaming space is made up of foldable chairs and tables so i can configure it to whats needed. be it space for 26 people in a yugioh tourny or 4 6x4 gaming tables for wargames.|
|Edit: Not sure if you could answer this but are UK based wargames like Warhammer more popular in Europe? I would think they are because of it being based there but Pabst is super popular in China so lord knows.||As a former GW employ i can tell it is dosnt do too well in places like china and japan. Briton is the country of wargames. We produce the most but not necessarily the best. If you go to nottingham youd be hard pressed to not bump into a studio scultpepainter of some wargames company or shop. But no one beats sheer enthusiasm like the Americans. holy cow do they take it to the next level. They always do the biggest events. Big armies. big army deals in their shops. I`d love to open a gaming centre in america at some point. Space is so cheap over there! i could have a massive 5000 sqft mecha of all things gaming! :'D.|
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|If I give you 30 ps2 games, 16 wii games, and a GameCube, will you give me more than 50$ in return?||If we excepted trade ins id probably give you about $80.|
|Too bad we don`t atm :(|
|Do you hold any magic the gathering tournaments?||We don`t hold MTG tournys... yet ;)|
|Having some problems with the WPL but once thats sorted its full steam ahead on FNM.|
|What is your view on Craig Ferguson? have you read any of his books?||Not actually herd of him till now :S.|
|If you've watched the first season of Red Dwarf, you've seen him. He was Lister's Confidence.||Ah yeah. he kinda disappeared to the states in the 90s didnt he?|
|Upvote and additional: "how popular is MTG in Scotland?"||MTG is very poplular in Scotland. Also yugioh, pokemen and Carfight! Vanguard are going strong :)|
|Was there any reason you chose Lanark as your business location? I only ask as I would have thought Hamilton would get you more footfall, but not sure on the difference in rent rates.||You`d be surprised at the amount of foot fall in Lanark and yes rates were definitely a factor in where i was going to open up.|
|The rates in Hamilton are high but you expect that with a high population town. Plus there wasn`t what i would class as "suitable" places for this type of shop in the price range i could afford. Unless i wanted to open in a dark back alley and cram people into a small space.|
|Have you played AC4 yet? I'm debating whether to get it or wait for something like Watchdogs, I don't have a lot of money atm.||Sadly not played AC4 yet :( i love me some pirates though.|
|Atm, i`m playing the everylove crap out of arkham origins :D. got it free in a prize draw :P.|
|Will I ever fully learn the rules of Warmachine? Also, I hear Android Netrunner is fun. Any other games to try out?||The basic Rules. yes. though don`t expect to learn every armies special rules. The best tool you have is asking to see that units/solos/warmachines card.|
|As a person who is seriously considering opening up their own gaming shop, are there any things I should know/any tips you could give?||Don`t focus on a few to get lots of those things. focus on little bits of many. Dip your toe in as many types of games as possible and "grow" into what sells and is popular.|
|When you sign your lease. find out your suppliers current for gas/electric/water and let them now the property is now occupied. theres a few dodgy companies that prey on small businesses that havnt sorted thos straight away and they are very convincing into making you sign stuff you dont need.|
|And for the love of god buy air freshners!|
|How much capital did u need to start? How long did it take to break even?||Your looking at the region of 25-40k or in dollars thats around $35-60k.|
|We`ve been breaqing even from day 1. I put this down to luck, lots of hard work and the amazing support of my friends and family.|
|Re consoles, how do you set up a wholesale account? My understanding is most distributors will not talk to you unless you have 100 stores etc...||Most dvd distros also do video games but their selection is alot less extensive. Usually limited to the newest releases. There are even retro games distros out there.|
|• Do you enjoy working as a Gaming Shop Owner? • If you get bored, do you sit down, relax and play the Gameboy?||If i get bored yes i do sit and play games. with rock music blaring so people notice me on the street :D.|
|Friendly suggestion: You might like to put a tabletop or two outside your shop to let card players set up a fun little game. It's attracting to me. I would totally sit outside a game shop with a Chess board waiting for a fellow player to come along. Why don't game shops typically do this??||I would but my shop is situated at a busy junction between a chip shop and a supermarket :S. plus my insurance only covers inside the shop.|
|Do you think this advertising on Reddit will help you make more money?||Did i decide to do this AmA for pure advertisement? no. Its sunday, the shop is quiet and i`m waiting for WoW to install.|
|If i make more money out of it. yay more money ;D. Though i know this essentially broadcasts me world wide rather than locally.|
|What i would like to do it help people who are thinking to open their own shop. be it in california or cuba. Shop owners in the niche market will face the same challanges and the more advice and stories of experience the better people will be equipped when they dive into the shark pool of business. :)|
|What is/are you expecting to be your highest revenue generating item/brand?||I don`t expect. Ever.|
|I keep my ear to the ground and listen to local clubs and groups about what everyone plays and buy some little bits for what they like. if i sell enough i buy more bits and grow my stock till i have a selection of the brand/game people are playing that im not getting on credit from my distros cause if it dosnt sell i cant send it back.|
|Its alot easier to start small and grow than go big and fall on your face.|
|What do you think of league of legends?||Its an amazingly addictive game! I love it! As long as its in small doses.|
|Like almost any competitive game ever it suffers from the bad eggs with loud voices that try to tell you how to play, what do do, when to do it etc .|
|Note: I don't live anywhere near Scotland, much less the store itself, so I'm not looking for any favors here.||Usually we get New releases 1-2 days before they go on sale. If its a really popular release i`ll hold a midnight event. If word ever got to the distros that we sell something before the release date we get hit with a tonne of penalties on our orders, loose our credit etc. so i dont risk it.|
|Out of curiosity, to you sell games before the release date if you have the shipments, presumably for a higher price, like some independent game shops do? If not, do you condone this practice?||If others do it, thats their decision. if they feel they can risk it good for them. :)|
|What would you say is the best window item to increase foot traffic walk in's? We have our monthly MtG and YuGiOh posters up as well as our window displays, but there has to be something that you've noticed makes people walking by turn around and come back asking what it is.||Clear windows. let people see inside. the odd poster advertising new card set or games is great but people are naturally curious. The biggest crowd puller is another crowd, being loud and having fun.|
|Do you have a real website or only Facebook?||Atm only facebook. my starting budget couldnt cover a website so im having to make one myself but with shop tasks taking up my time its proving a bit difficult.|
|No worries. I live in Fauldhouse and plan on visiting. Do you have plans for hosting any game nights etc..?||Monday we have RPGs, Wednesdays Boardgames adventures, Thursdays we have a 16+ Waragmes club and Fridays is our Cardgaming night. :)|
|How long did it take you to start up the shop. From idea until opening day?||I`ve had the idea to open one for 3 years before i had the chance to do so. I originally worked for GW in their Livingston Shop essentially from when it first opened to near its closing. Working for GW made me think "yeah i totally want to run my own shop" so i tried hard to get on their management program. Unfortunatly life got in the way.|
|Years later i now own my little slice of geekdom :D.|
|How hard was is to set up a building?||Not that hard tbh. About just as hard as moving house. :)|
|What do you prefer, privateer press or games workshop?||I like PP mainly cause it dosn`t hurt my wallet as much as GW.|
|Saying that i love the GW stuff. they make amazing models, hands down. just not at amazing prices.|
|Has Buckfast legitimately affected your business in anyway? Be it customers, staff or even yourself?||Buckfast? not at all. Everyone who steps through my front door is sober :)|
|So would you say you're behind the proposed banning of the sweet elixir?||I`m honestly not too fussed personally.|
|Where is it?||In the town of Lanark, Scotland :)|
|Brilliant! Anywhere in particualr because I'm a 30 mins drive away||If you know where Valerio`s is. we are directly across the road. used to be an old baby shoe shop.|
|Do you have a snack bar? Does it serve beer and haggis?||Its serves fudge, marsbar (not deep fried), harribo and space raiders. I also have chilled cans of coke irnbru monster and powerade. :)|
|The haggis are used exclusively to power my machines ;)|
|Is that you Jo?||Nope i`m not jo but i know a jo :D.|
|What's the most expensive ting you sell? sorry, I just have this question about every store.||Tings? tings?! i dont sell tings! you think im some back alley sweatshop with ting prozzies on the side!?|
|Hahahahha damnit XD. what's the most expensive THING you sell?||The Warhammer 40k: Horus Heresy Boardgame :)|
|Where in the store is it located? Do you have it locked up? What time do you go to lunch? Do you arm the alarm ALL the time?||You... i like you.|
|Can I have a job?||Can you work for free? :P.|
|Are there any games that are weirdly popular that you didn't think would sell as well as they did?||Lava lamps. I thought id get a few non gamer stuff to keep the mums/small children occupied. i never thought id sell so many :D Its hard to describe but ill try. every morning I unlock the door and step in. After i reset the alarm etc i take a moment to just look around and think "this is mine" and i feel satisfied. Like my actions have real meaning behind them.|
|what's the best part of running your shop?||I know its probably stupid and sentimental but i take immense pride in my shop as its a far cry to what i was doing only a few weeks before opening.|
|I'm surprised I haven't found a comment about Dota 2 in here. Is it popular in Scotland?||What? where?|
|Yes it is but not as popular as league. I remember playing the original Dota map on warcraft 3... simpler times|
|My friends and I regularly enjoy the Game of Thrones boardgame (v2) and Battlestar Galactica (without the pegasus expansion, so far). Would you have any boardgames you could recommend to us, based on that? Also, I was thinking of getting Eclipse - should I?||Shadows over camelot is a brilliant game. more players the better as theres more chance someone is a traitor. ;)|
|Chaos of the Old World is also a really nice (and pretty) game. sort of Risk but in the Warhammer Fantasy Universe.|
|I'd personally say bsg has replaced Shadows at this point. But I'm not really a fan of either. I prefer the shorter social deduction games like The Resistance and Coup.||You should try avalon. It the same as the resistance but set in Camelot with extra rules if you get certain character cards at the start.|
|As a slave a to the retail big corporation I really admire you for going out there and achieving your goal. I too would like to have my own business like yours one day so thanks for all the info and advice. Just wondering if as an independent you have any difficulty in getting the popular new release? e.g. How many PS4/Ones will you have to sell on release day?||Its really down to how much money your willing to invest in a new release. hence why Preorder are such big things for small shops. you don`t want to get £1000+ worth of stock for a release and have no one buy it.|
|But then again if you don`t order enough it might be hard to get a very popular brand because all your suppliers are sold out and ypu have to wait for the next run.|
|Retail is one big juggling act :)|
|Have you ever tried Infinity, the table-top game from Spain? Relatively cheap, great system (ARO is brilliant!), superb community and incredibly detailed figures. It's a big hit in my town where there's nothing but 40k, Warmachines or FoW.||It a great Game! :D I stock it too!|
|So which faction did you play and do you have enough and the right terrain for it?||Ill be getting some infinity terrain in at some point. sadly theres not much demand for it atm so im not exactly rushing.|
|Because of the mechanics of the game playing with ruins with holes breaks pretty much the game.||Aleph. any army that is either cyber related or has robots i`m all over :P.|
|What type of vacuum do you use?||A Truvax International but i can`t find the model number on it :S.|
|When the ps3 launched Sony was charging small retailers $100 more per unit than the retail cost in order to make up some of the loss per unit sold. Is this the case with the ps4/x1 as well?||Thats crazy. where the hell you hear that? usually youll buy a ps4/x1 less than the retail price but you need to have a minimum order of x amount before theyll sell you it.|
|I saw the invoice for a few shipments at one of the small independent shops where I live. For the first month after launch the store was paying $750 per unit for the 60 gig model and they were only getting 2-6 units per shipment.||Bear in mind i pay in pounds not dollars so i`m not sure what the converstions are. Also when we are given prices its not including shipping, customs or tax so we need to add onto that ourselves.|
|As a manager of Howies Game Shack (Howies.com) I am fascinated by this ama and my question to you is what exactly do you guys do in your shop? Do you charge for time to play games like our facilities? If so we should chat sometime msg me possibly I'd love to pick your brain xD Thx||Hello! Sorry for the late reply but I really wanted to answer this.|
|We don't charge for the games. Instead we charge for the space to play games in which is hard to find here in Scotland that isn't your own livingroom.|
|As to day to day running. There is always shop tasks to do, be it painting models for a new demo board or just a bit of cleaning.|
|But what takes priority are the people that walk through through the door. I always drop what im doing to chat with the people, see what they are up to today, what they play etc. Just being a friendly open person to guy's and gals. :)|
|ARE ALL YOUR CONSOLES POWERED BY HAGGIS?||We have specially design generators for our machines to run on the fabled Haggis power.|
|What were/are the biggest challenges you face(d) while opening the store/currently?||Getting the money together. either save your pennys for years and find someone rich willing to fund you :P.|
|How did you advertise to get people to come into the shop?||Advertising via visitations. I went to every club/gathering i could find in the entire central belt of Scotland 4 weeks before i opened as well as start a FB page for the shop.|
|It would be my dream to open up a table top store over here in the US. This AMA is amazing by the way! Thanks for doing it!||I would kill to open up one in the US. you guys have no idea how cheap space is for you :(|
|How much money do you make on the sale of 1 unit of a brand new popular video such as GTV V?||The usual mark up from trade price is 30-40%. dosn`t mean thats pure profit though.|
|Interesting...I used to work at an electronics store and we'd usually make tops $3 CAD on a video game. (i.e. cost on a $60 game was somewhere around $57-$58)||When we buy games its not including shipping, tax or licensing. so an order form will say get this game at X amount when its really Y|
|How much heroin do you do on a daily basis?||I prefer plastic crack. nothing sets your mind at ease like the long wiff of freshly moulded plastic out the box.|
|Nerd.||I prefer the term Geek. I`m not intelligent enough to be a nerd :P.|
|How does one apply for the Steam cybercafe program? What games are provided?||you`ll contact the cybercafe rep for your country found Here|
|Theres 100s of games i really can`t be arsed listing them :P.|
|What kinds of Whisky do you serve?||Sadly we do not serve the firey necter of manhood.|
|How early do you receive new games and are you a allowed to play them in advance?||Scroll a little. i`ve already answered :)|
|Do you like Arab strap?||I met Aidan once. Solid guy and their musics cool :)|
|Do people still play the starwars card game?||Yes they do :)|
|Do people play MTG there?||They definitely do :)|
|What is the most sold game in Scotland at your store?||Munchklin, Netrunner, Star Wars: X-wing and pathfinder RPG are all immensly popular off the top of my head.|
|Alot of the teens like Warhammer 40k as well though the older guys like FoW and Warma/hordes.|
|Your shop is about an hour and a half of travel for me, how do your prices compare to other shops in Glasgow and Lanarkshire? The only place I can go to for miniatures/paint/RPGs and cards is Games Workshop or Static Games and I would love more choice for places to go.||I put a 10% reduction of RRP on almost everything in the shop plus any purchase of £100+ gets additional 10%|
|How do get people to buy the lesser-known games?||Talking to them about the game. why i like it and why they might like it :)|
|I live pretty close by, any chance you can save me a ps4? I forgot to preorder it :(||Atm we don`t sell consoles and games but were planning to move into them.|
|Opinions on Iron Brew?||Best drink EVAR!!!1.|
|Are you a fan of Limmy's show?||Of course traveller|
|What are your thoughts on this man?||What.|
|You should open a shop in bathgate. Our town center is Barron but our town is fairly busy. A game shop would save everyone the bus to Livingston. The real money would come in with pre orders since it's local.||When my gaming empire grows i will be looking many potential areas for brainwashing the troops. i will have world domination ;D.|
|I've been looking for somewhere to have some group sessions for DnD. I'm half an hour away. I may come visit!||Awesome. We have a dedicated RPG night on Mondays :D.|
|How difficult is it to keep up with your competitors; not just GAME and HMV, but the big super markets too. Must be quite difficult, especially with introductions online passes and the move away from brick and mortar distribution.||I have fingers in many pies. Wargames like 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Dystopian Wars. Boardgames galor, RPG`s, Card games and even some anime stuff. :D.|
|I want my shop to be a "geek haven" where people can come and chat about what they`re pationate about. play games and have a good time :)|
|Do you get to play New video games early (before release) yourself. Open the COD,BF, GTA, etc when you get it shipped,||If it has a single player yes i do. i usually make sure my console/pc is disconnected from the interwebs when i play it though. too many games send feedback to their developers for me. ;)|
|That's pretty cool actually, how early do you get them.||Normally 1-2 days before release.|
|Oh wow not as early as I thought.||Unless your a major retailer like Game or HMV you can`t get directly from source and need to go through distros who need to make up orders and ship them out to smaller shops.|
|Hence why Preorders are really important to small shops.|
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