Black Friday: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris has two Black Friday lessons: 1.) Never risk going to Walmart for Black Friday deals and 2.) People are definitely responding to video game sales this year.

Forget televisions and laptops. Judging by the fervor and numbers, Black Friday 2011 was all about video games. Unfortunately, thanks to a few boneheaded bargain hunters, it was a shopping day that would do nothing to help the industry’s image among mainstream shoppers.

Video game violence was all over the news this weekend, but it had nothing to do with Modern Warfare 3 or GTA. This time, it was the people buying games that were going postal.

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Wal-Mart brings Vudu to iPad, closes MP3 store

The king of retail is launching a new digital service just as it throws in the towel on another.

Wal-Mart has brought its Vudu movie streaming service to the iPad in a move to expand its distribution. But as it dives deeper into video, the company has announce plans to shut down its MP3 download service by the end of the month.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog

Vudu joins the Boxxee bunch

Vudu, a staple in many internet connected televisions and Blu-ray players, has added a pair of new outlets to its list.

The Wal-Mart-owned streaming service will be available via Boxee starting next month. That not only means that Vudu will be included in the Boxee Box when it ships to stores, but it will also be available to anyone with a Macs or PC.

Read more on Variety’s Technotainment blog


Is GameStop Under Pressure This Holiday Season?

When a 2009 holiday price war erupted between two of the largest online retailers, GameStop found itself caught in the middle.

Amazon and Wal-Mart kicked off last December by slashing prices on 25 of the year’s most popular video games—with the average discount ranging from 15 percent to 20 percent. That caught GameStop by surprise—and ultimately contributed to the company reporting flat earnings for the nine-week period.


Target Looking for Piece of Used Video Game Market

Another big-box retailer is looking for a cut of the lucrative used video game market.

Target has kicked off a pilot program in Northern California allowing customers to trade in their used games, as well as old electronics devices, for store credit. By year’s end, the company plans to expand the program to 850 locations.