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an M and AO rated store?

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I've heard that the reason alot of companies don't make AO (or even alot of M) rated games is because companies like Wal-Mart and Target won't carry them. Therefore there's no chance for profit. I wonder if there was a store or chain of stores that carried M and AO rated games exclusively would that be successful business? Would that even compel companies to produce more M/AO rated games? Share your thoughts.

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I would imagine it would possibly be good business if it was run like the Playboy empire...but I'm an old girlie, so I wouldn't know anything about the adult-only games market. [wink]

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You should do some market analysis, and make a SWOT chart of your findings. If strengths and opportunities overweigh the weaknesses and threats in your chart, you might have a winner [smile]

Research these:

-Is there enough M/AO games available to generate a sufficient sales volume for running a business based on them?
-Is there enough clients for your business in your area?
-Do you have a sound capital plan for rent, stock buying and such?
-What are the local and global trends in sales of the said games, and games in general?

Personally, I think that you've got a good idea in your hands. However, ideas need good implementation to work, and this is the difficult part [wink]

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Brick and mortar business is tricky.
An internet based business seems to be easier to start up and then begin with brick and mortar stores after a year or two. Plus it'll be easier to get loans with an already established and moderately successful business.

It's an idea but not something I'm actively pursuing.

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Well, Gamers grow up, just as there are cartoons for adults (Simpsons,South Park, Family Guy), there should be more Games for adults, the problem here is that to Walmart, Target and Friends AO seems to mean ONLY pornographic games, not politically incorrect, controversial themes and such, so if you want to do any of the later, you have to slip it under the M or T rating, and as such, you cant give it the story development you may had originally thought about.

hmmmm I seem to be ranting here, but in short, I think that an already successful chain of stores which didnt shy out of giving shelve space to AO would tremendously help the lack of good storytelling and gameplay we see today.

If they're worried about kids getting AO titles, place a sign on the AO shelve, stock them on the higher shelves, or both... seems to work for yummy looking color desinfectant.

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The publishers want their games in Wal Mart and Target due to the potential sales. Unless your chain of stores were as big as Wal Mart then your not offering them an alternative so they will keep on making games suitable for Wal Mart.

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