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Launches store on Facebook and tablet could be in the works.

The Apple iPad could soon have competition from an unlikely source. In addition to announcing the launch of its own store on Facebook yesterday, the video game retailer, GameStop is considering developing its own gaming tablet in the very near future.
"If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great tablet that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a Bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own. But if we can't find one that's great for gaming, then we will create our own," said GameStop president, Tony Bartek.

Earlier this week, the company announced that it had just purchased the digital service Impulse and game streaming service Spawn labs.  They have plans to create a gaming tablet that would let customers try any game before buying it, and without having to download or install a demo.

According to Bartek, customers are beginning to consume games, both physically and digitally in a hybrid manner and the company is adapting accordingly. 

"Both of these programs are designed to sell more of the games we sell today," said Bartek.

The company speculates that people are becoming frustrated with the current gaming set-up with Apple and Android devices.

"Our whole premise is there are a lot of people caught up in the 99 cent fray and a lot of people are frustrated by that," said Bartek.  He adds that this is a chance for GameStop to lead the tablet playing field.

A pilot program has already been launched at select GameStop stores in Dallas, which allows customers to trade in their tablet devices for store credit.  The program will begin offering tablet hardware later on in the year, nationwide that allow users to download games through Impulse or stream them through Spawn.

The brass at GameStop predicts that its digital game sales will reach $1.5 billion by 2014.


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By Motoman on 4/8/2011 10:23:42 AM , Rating: 5 could spend less money on a laptop that can do more.

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By daman5 on 4/8/2011 10:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
Partially agree if the price point of this tablet is in a "sweet spot" meaning above average graphics with a competitive price point vs a quality gaming laptop, then it could be a win. It will be interesting to see how it evolves.

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By therealnickdanger on 4/8/2011 11:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
When I'm at home, chilling out on the couch with my wife, we sometimes will both be reading web comics and such on our phones. This is where a tablet (iPad, Xoom, etc.) would be ideal. The only reason I haven't gone "tablet crazy" yet is because they're still too expensive for what you get.

One GOOD and SOLID tablets running Honeycomb or Ice Cream get below $200, the argument presented by the OP will go away... and I'll buy one for each room in the house.

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By Motoman on 4/8/2011 12:02:44 PM , Rating: 3
Uh...not really.

You may decide to waste $600 or $800 on such devices. But that doesn't mean any argument went away.

Even at $200 - compared to the laptop you can get for $300-350 on sale, I think there's plenty of argument left to still save your pennies and get an infinitely more capable laptop than a tablet.

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By Pirks on 4/8/2011 12:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
and get an infinitely more heavy large battery juice guzzling laptop

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By therealnickdanger on 4/8/2011 3:01:44 PM , Rating: 4
Perhaps I didn't make myself clear - I believe your argument is perfectly valid at $300+. I share that same view. Tablets are much to expensive right now given that they do less than laptops. What I was saying is that once they get below $200 for good ones (iPad2 or Xoom performance/smoothness), then I think the market will really open up. Because they are almost purely content consumption devices, they should not cost more than laptops.

Yes, a laptop is much more capable than a tablet, I would never argue against that. But for simply wanting to browse the web, watch Youtube videos, check Facebook, check the weather, look at photos, play some casual games, read books or comics, etc. laptops are too bulky, noisy, hot, heavy, and hard to hold in any real comfortable way. A tablet can do all those things every bit as well as a laptop in a much simpler device with much longer battery life (and extreme standby time).

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By Pirks on 4/8/2011 4:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
laptops are too bulky, noisy, hot, heavy, and hard to hold in any real comfortable way
Not quite true about all of them, say my Asus UL80Vt has 14 hours of battery life and is always dead silent, and never hot, plus its weight and size are offset by a large 14" screen, and I can hold it on my lap on a couch or on a table or desk, or chair, it's pretty comfortable. I would not be able to hold iPad in my hand for too long just as well as my Asus notebook, although iPad is lighter it's still not quite there and its screen is tiny, so uh... not quite good, I wish it were not that tiny, say 12" with the same weight and thickness, then it'd be kind of better competition for my Asus, but in current shape - meh, not good enough.

I'm just saying that you should not judge all laptops the same, just like Moto should start paying attention to tablet's tiny size and weight, they are quite compicated tradeoffs, can't say tablets always live longer on a battery than a laptop (like mine with 14 hours of battery life), and can't say laptop weight and size always matters the most, sometimes people don't care if the laptop is small enough... it's all individual, depends on the laptop quality, personal preferences and such

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By Onimuto on 4/11/2011 9:53:16 AM , Rating: 3
Really, this is the kinda of stuff that made me sick to my eye balls and loose even more faith in humanity wait not humanity Americans. Yes I am American but by far not the typical push over, pathetic, helpless, weakling , that can't even wipe there rear end without an assistant. I remember when I was in college this guy going on about his Mac he just bought , no wait
I mean his parents who aprently spoiled him bought it. He went on about size , and mainly the wieght , complaining that his Dell was so heavy it was tiresome to lug it around. I was shocked I explcted this out of a skinny worthless helpless girl who's parents wiped her rear end past the age of 18. So I pull put my alienware arua seris ( way before Dell bought them now I would recommend alienware to a person I hate) my laptop /desktop replacement more like it/ must been around 12 pounds I think Amd fx dual core , dual harddrives , sli Invida cards , nice case very powerfull. My alienware was actually cheaper then this light weight junk and had at least 6 times the power.
I guess people are getting weaker and more helpless that now since notebook range around 5-9 lbs can't even handle that weight , bulky ? Are you seroius what you want a sheet of paper ?
I am sorry I gone off on a rant spewing out rage. Go with the negative rating and stuff . I dun care , it pisses me off how weak and helpless peope have become and it keeps getting worse. May Darwin take you swiftly. ;D

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By MrBlastman on 4/8/2011 11:41:08 AM , Rating: 5
I love how the current "app store" buzzword is being passed around as a new concept, and even moreso the idea of "downloadable games" are the newest, hippest thing to do.

Guess what? I've been playing downloadable games since at least 1990 via a 2400 bps modem. Back then, there was something called "shareware" started by a small little company known as Apogee. Apogee... hmm, that sounds familiar--oh, yeah! They're the guys that are responsible for 3D Realms and Duke Nukem. ;)

The concept was simple back then--you downloaded the game, if you liked it, you then bought it (via phone/check/etc). It worked. It sold lots of product and these companies boomed. There's one other "little" gaming company that came out of this, well, a few--id Software and Epic Megagames. But--nobody has ever heard of them, right?

Not only that, but this trend of playing games online in a browser? Nothing new. I was playing door games back in 1990 via ANSI art.

So yes, you're absolutely right. Long live the PC! Forever and ever may it reign supreme.

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By Motoman on 4/8/2011 12:01:08 PM , Rating: 3
Commander Keen FTW!

And yes, you're right...there's nothing new about downloadable content.

It's just that nothing is official until Apple does it. Then, no one ever did it before, because Apple just invented it. All your histories are belong to them.

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By Pirks on 4/8/2011 12:48:26 PM , Rating: 2
nothing is official until Apple starts to sell it. Then, no one ever sold it successfully before, because Apple just learned to sell it to consumers

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By FITCamaro on 4/8/2011 1:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well Apple invented the idea of an App Store you know. They have a patent that says so.

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By cjohnson2136 on 4/8/2011 2:34:45 PM , Rating: 2
Ugh I hate Apple for doing that. They should not have that patent at all.

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By phantom505 on 4/9/2011 10:57:55 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that will get killed on "obviousness" grounds if someone bothers to fight them on it. It wasn't even remotely an innovation.

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