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Wally was sad to see how many small boutique (video game ) stores were closing down every year. It seemed that only the large franchises like Game Stop were still in business. Their ability to sell in bulk as well as their well known brand name was the only thing keeping them in business. This didn't surprise him too much considering how the market had changed over the last decade.
Now the only firms that were still thriving were the online video game ones. Many of them lure their customers in by allowing them to play the basic version of the games online for free but then ask them to pay for extras. The extras may include things such as more levels, better equipment, improved or enhanced game play options and online credits.
This is a pretty good strategy that allows the companies to make money on the masses as opposed to just a small community of fans. None the less many people have turned to Youtube when it comes to playing their favorite games. In fact it is now possible to watch good quality walkthroughs of almost every video game ever produced, online or otherwise.
This makes it less likely for the average Joe to want to spend money on purchasing a game when they can just Youtube it and watch someone else play it for them at no cost. This won't affect the hardcore game crowd who will always prefer to own the physical copy or play the game themselves but it does reduce the amount of overall buyers in the market.
Wally looks forward to hearing your comments!