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Get a free Skylanders Trap Team item at GAME when you sign up to the Trap Team Club

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Freebies, GAME, Skylanders: Trap Team

Get a free Skylanders Trap Team item at GAME when you sign up to the Trap Team Club

GAME are currently running a promotion combining their rewards programme with Skylanders Trap Team goodies at the moment. There's a whole host of information on it over on their website, but it looks as though you can nab a Skylanders trap by simply signing up to the Skylander Trap Team Club in-store at GAME.

HUKD user Gorilla26 posted that his brother had received a free water Trap as a result of signing up to the Trap Team Club, and we looked to clarify this with GAME, asking for clarification on the promotion and whether or not it's nationwide. Here's the statement we were given earlier:

"Hi Matt, yes this should be nationwide. Pls query with your local GAME store for further updates on this promotion. Many thanks."

We've followed up with a request for further information, and we'll publish here as soon as we hear more. As stated above, the promotion should be nationwide, but it's worth getting in contact with your local store to double check, and it may well be stock-dependent.

GAME Holding Midnight Launches For Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts & Assassin's Creed IV

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, Midnight launch, UK retail

GAME Holding Midnight Launches For Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts & Assassin's Creed IV

If you fancy the idea of standing in a queue on the high street as bitter winter winds lash at your coat tails, you're in luck, because over 300 GAME stores will be running midnight launches for this holiday season's biggest franchise entries.

Gosh, I'm not selling it very well. There's a real sense of camaraderie you can only get from a midnight launch, so if you want more details, GAME has posted all the details in a handy roundup with participating stores and times. The festivities start on November 1st with the simultaneous release of Assassin's Creed IV and Battlefield 4. Just in case you can't make it, though, we'll keep our eyes peeled for the latest online deals, alongside the legendary HUKD community.

GAME Guarantees £40 Trade-Up For Next-Gen CoD: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 & FIFA 14

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Battlefield 4, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, GAME, PS4 games, Trade-ins, Xbox One Games

GAME Guarantees £40 Trade-Up For Next-Gen CoD: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 & FIFA 14

If you buy FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 or Call Of Duty: Ghosts on current-gen consoles this Christmas, GAME will let you subsequently let you upgrade to a next-gen version for a tenner.

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GAME Holding Diablo III PS3 Lock-Ins Next Week, Win A Trip To BlizzCon

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Blizzard, Diablo III, GAME, Lock-in, PS3 games, RPG, Xbox 360 games

GAME Holding Diablo III PS3 Lock-Ins Next Week, Win A Trip To BlizzCon

GAME will be holding eighteen after hours lock-ins to let eager demon hunters try out Diablo III's upcoming PS3 version. So long as you register a place by swinging by a participating store or picking up the phone, you'll be able to play it in co-op - and refreshments are provided.

Better yet, one attendee will win a trip to BlizzCon this November.

We've got the list of dates and particiating locations below. Diablo III releases on PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 3rd.

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GAME To Open 18 New Stores

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, High street, UK retail

GAME To Open 18 New Stores

GAME are still in the process of paying off their debts, and plan to open 18 new stores over the next couple of months.

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GAME Launches Free 2 Play Hub

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Free to play, GAME, High street

GAME Launches Free 2 Play Hub

In another effort to move with the times, GAME are starting to tout free-to-play games via their online store.

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Play Grid 2 Early at Game's In-Store Lock Ins

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
Codemasters, GAME, Game Retail (UK), GRID 2, Lock-in

Play Grid 2 Early at Game's In-Store Lock Ins

If you'd like to play Grid 2 a month early you should get yourself down to one of the Game stores listed below. It's lock in season again and Game have teamed up with Codemasters to let gamers get their hands on the eagerly-anticipated racing title pre-release. There will be a fastest lap competition at each event too, with the winner netting themselves a copy of the game when it's released.

A member of the Codemasters dev team will be on hand to answer questions and offer hot tips to shave seconds of your lap times. Soft drinks and pizza will also be available. Good times. Places are limited, so visit your store, phone them or tweet them to reserve your spot. Venue details and dates follow after the break.

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GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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3DS Games, eShop, GAME, High street, Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U games

GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

GAME are now selling Wii U and 3DS eShop download codes in-store and online via email. Though this might initially seem to be just a little reactionary, most of these titles significantly undercut Nintendo's downloadable RRP.

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Games at Retail: Adapt or Die

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Administration, Blockbuster, Digital vs Retail, GAME, GAME Group, Games articles, HMV, UK retail

Games at Retail: Adapt or Die

Last week finally saw HMV find a new buyer, ensuring one more traditional bricks and mortar business would enable gaming to have a high street presence alongside Blockbuster and Game. With most of us using online retailers to buy and pre-order games nowadays, you may wonder why we still need video games to be represented on the high street.

As this console generation winds down, we’ve seen a steep decline in game sales across the board. In 2012, retail sales were hit the most and dropped by over 20%. Game, Blockbuster and HMV barely survived, as gamers’ attention wavered. The original Wii’s bubble burst and there was a lack of any serious mass appeal products to renew lapsed players’ (read: more casual than you and I for example) interest. The numbers for Call of Duty are down and we’re repeatedly hearing of sequels selling only a shadow of what the previous game did – hello DMC.

So much rests on the shoulders of the next gen machines. Jaded consumers need to be blown away again with powerful graphics and innovative concepts that they can’t find on current gen consoles. If you think these things aren’t important then take a look at the Wii U. If retail stores can be a big part of the launch of next-gen consoles then they stand a better chance of being carried through with the renewed enthusiasm that gaming is crying out for and more importantly, customers might keep coming back.

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GAME Announce Tomb Raider Lock-Ins For The End Of February

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Action Games, GAME, Lock-in, Tomb Raider
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Tomb Raider

GAME Announce Tomb Raider Lock-Ins For The End Of February

GAME are continuing their series of joypad-wielding lock-ins this month with Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot. Running from February 25th, ten GAME stores across the country will kick off a series of after-hours gaming sessions. We've dates and times for you after the jump, and you can read our Tomb Raider preview here.

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GAME Interested In 40-45 HMV Store Locations

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Deloitte, GAME, High street, HMV, OpCapita, UK retail

GAME Interested In 40-45 HMV Store Locations

Are GAME looking towards expansion less than a year after they so nearly fell into the abyss? Well, it looks that way. The big, purple, OpCapita-owned GAMEs retailer has been in talks with HMV's current administrators at Deloitte, discussing the possibility of a a few store acquisitions in towns where GAME is without a presence on the high street. 

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TIGA: HMV/Blockbuster Downfall Driven By "Unstoppable" Digital Revolution

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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Blockbuster, Digital Distribution, Digital vs Retail, GAME, HMV, TIGA, UK retail

TIGA: HMV/Blockbuster Downfall Driven By "Unstoppable" Digital Revolution

UK trade body TIGA have issued a statement in the face of a week that has seen a number of high profile high-street chains slip into administration - not least HMV and Blockbuster - saying that the decline in physical retail has been driven by consumers embracing a digital revolution that will only move forward with greater momentum.

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GAME Stores To Run Dead Space 3 'Lock-Ins'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Space 3, EA, GAME, UK retail

GAME Stores To Run Dead Space 3 'Lock-Ins'

GAME has announced that several stores will host EA-sponsored 'lock-ins' throughout January, allowing visitors to try out unreleased games after closing time. Dead Space 3 will be the main event, while there'll also be some snacks and refreshment on offer.

We've got a list of participating stores and dates after the break. To participate, you'll need to register in-store or tweet at the specific shop (first come first served, over 18s only).

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Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights – Brendan Griffiths

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Far Cry 3, GAME, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Max Payne 3, Staff Picks 2012, The Last Of Us, Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights – Brendan Griffiths

What with the gaming industry still being keen to strangle itself every year by releasing all the good games at once, I’m going to be playing catch up on some of the great titles long into next year. This might even give me something to do next summer if the lineup for the ‘sunny’ bit of the year is as grossly thin as it was this year.

I’ve played some great stuff this year though, many of them get a mention below, but a few other honourable shouts go out to Dishonored, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed, Black Ops II, Sports Champions 2 and WipEout 2048 and Virtua Tennis 4 on the Vita.

The lows of the year include a few bum releases from games we expected so much more from, troubles on the high street retail market for the gaming industry and a frankly lacklustre launch from the new console, the Wii U. But when you look at the games we’re getting in the first quarter of next year (aka Xmas 2), 2013 is looking hella strong. I think the Wii U will start to gain some legs and if it doesn’t, who gives a damn? As with any luck, next Christmas will see stores tearing each other to pieces get our money for the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.

So here are my picks for 2012 and we’ll do it all again next year. Unless the Mayans turn out to be right. In which case, I’m totally not paying this gas bill.

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GAME Hilariously Starts Selling Steam Wallet Codes In Stores

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, PC games, Prepaid cards, Steam, Steam Wallet

GAME Hilariously Starts Selling Steam Wallet Codes In Stores

GAME have announced that they're due to start selling Steam Wallet codes in stores today, offering a 33 per cent discount against them for any trade ins made for a limited time - up until December 7th.

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GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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GAME, Halo 4, High street, Midnight launch, UK retail

GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

Nearly 300 Stores To Participate

292 GAME stores will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to celebrate the launch of Halo 4. In case you haven't decided to pre-order it, stay toasty warm and get your eight hours, GAME Stratford will act as the flagship venue. There will be merch and complimentary stuff for the first fifty fans, apparently.

Microsoft has also teased some sort of publicity stunt happening on the River Thames tonight, between Greenwich Peninsular and Tower Bridge. The "amazing spectacle" (whatever it is) kicks off at 19:45, with fans advised to make their way to Butler's Wharf by half seven.

Halo 4 is a seriously impressive shooter and a near-complete package, with Matt recently awarding 343's effort a 9/10 score. Will you be queuing at midnight?

Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, GAME Group, High street, Martyn Gibbs, UK retail

Game Providing Free Wi-Fi In All Stores By Christmas

In a move to get more people into stores, Game are enhancing the digital experience on the high street by providing free access to Wi-Fi service in all of their shops.

A Game app will provide customers with information on products and stores will have QR codes to scan which will link to in-store promotions and products.

Here at Dealspwn we’ve often spoke about how high-street stores need to move towards providing something of a social hub experience, and while there’s no mention of them selling coffee and doughnuts and sticking a few chairs in, we’re liking the new direction the company is heading towards since the new retail boss, Martyn Gibbs, moved in.

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Report: R.I.P. Gamestation, Stores To Rebrand As GAME

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Breaking news, GAME, Gamestation

Report: R.I.P. Gamestation, Stores To Rebrand As GAME

Breaking news: MCV reports that the GAME Group will be axing the Gamestation brand, repurposing existing stores as GAME stockists instead . The news broke during a GAME Group conference this morning. We don't yet know whether gamestation.co.uk will continue to operate as an online retailer - or the timeframe as yet - but I daresay that the decision will infuriate some, sadden others and barely register with those who typically buy online.

Gamestation loyalty cards can be converted into GAME reward cards and used in GAME stores (I believe), don't worry.

I'm personally a little worried about what will happen in the few high streets that still have both a GAME and Gamestation in close proximity, but we'll know more over the next few days. It's possible that the overall GAME brand will also be revamped, potentially with a new logo and identity.

GAME Oxford St. To Close Next Month

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
GAME, GAME Oxford Street, Sad times, UK retail

GAME Oxford St. To Close Next Month

The site of many midnight launches is to be abandoned next month as GAME make preparations to close their flagship Oxford Street store on September 8th. However, a spokesperson stated that this move was only due to the expiration of the lease on the property, refuting the rumours of more mass closures.

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GAME: Get The 3DS XL For £79.99 When You Trade In An Original

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS, 3DS XL, GAME, Nintendo, Trade-ins

GAME: Get The 3DS XL For £79.99 When You Trade In An Original

The 3DS XL is coming out this weekend, packing a 90% larger screen, improved battery life and 9% less glare (ooh) than its predecessor. Should you happen to own an original 3DS and fancy an upgrade, GAME has a tempting offer: £79.99 if you trade in your existing model. They'll even throw in an AC adaptor, which the XL doesn't ship with as standard.

If you decide to embark on this offer, make sure that you back up your SD card in order to retain your save files and extra data. GAME insists that you can transfer your content licences and data over in-store, but it's best to be prepared just in case.