This is a real shame.
Both stores were on my daily circuit of the town centre every lunchtime when i used to work back in luton. To think of GAME going is a horrible thought but the whole parent company struggling and going bust which will take both gamestation and GAME off the high streets is truly terrible.
Without competition from these two stores most consumers will be stuck to ordering online and limited to stores like HMV, Blockbuster or CEX (Which due to demand will probably mean they can keep their prices higher for longer)
Just look at Waterstones and Borders, both stores are gone and what do we have left to get books from? The over the priced WH Smiths who do not even bother with 3 for 2 or half price sales ¬___¬ That was enough to kill off my Manga collection in one go, now to think that could happen with gaming aswell...
There are no demo stations in stores any more, the staff are not gamers themselves and they don't try to get customers interested in anything new.
There is a 360 station in my local Gamestation and PS3 in GAME, maybe your store drew the short straw :/
I don't see the value of the service these high street stores provide, if they're only carrying the most mainstream titles at full price, aimed only at customers who already took the time to research them online.
Hmmm strangely enough i find myself thinking more of HMV than GAME with that quote, most anime never comes down in price even slightly and in the case of not knowing the worth of a game the rule of thumb seems to be "put it to the highest price and leave it there... forever" atleast with GAME they understand what a seller would want and in my local Gamestation the guys constantly ask people if they can help and through talking to them (once for about an hour though we spoke about more than just games) they were very helpful when i was looking for a game for my dad.
Maybe its just the "pot luck" of each store.