EB Games and Gamestop have launched a download service, staking claim in the growing industry trend to distribute content digitally. If you're familiar with the conglomerate retailer's websites, the setup is straightforward, giving browsers near-instant access to over 1,000 PC titles; though it's a collection that has been criticized by 1UP as being "largely garbage."
We're also concerned about prices. The games range from $9.99 to $49.99, but, for example, Texas Hold 'Em
, which are featured on the Gamestop (pictured) and EB pages, both retail for $19.99, whereas XBLA versions of the same games retail for just $10. Still, as 1UP points out, there are a few gems to be unearthed from the trash heap (e.g., 1942
, Civilization III
, Deus Ex
, & Heroes of Might and Magic
). Unfortunately, the sites lack a satisfying interface for sorting out these favorites from the rubbish.
Looks like an act of desperation to us. This service needs a makeover and more reasons for us to check it out. Anyone cashed in on a game yet? How are the download speeds?
- EB Games