I remember some ten years ago, before the mass 'Game' store outbreak there were a lot more independent game stores. Hopefully they'll be on the rise as they usually stock retro consoles and games.
I hoped similar 10 years ago, but alas - it never happened. My town hasn't had a games shop for over 20 years. It's just to expensive to rent a building these days, it's not just sucked up all the independants, its starting to suck up some of the multi-nationals too! Well certainly round here, but this is a very expensive area of the UK.
For me personally, it's no massive deal. All the games shops are far away from me so I rarely find myself casually strolling in one, but I probably would if I was actually visiting the city or what not, so it'd be a shame not to be able to pop in somewhere. But I admit I'd only browse, I get my games from the net and usually the games I want/like can be found in bargain bins and boot-sales
Considering games depreciate within about 3 years, and the fact none of the retailers (around here) keep old stock like they used to - for retro gamers like me they have nothing to offer. Adventure games in general have become strong in the last couple of years on the shop-floor but look at that, they do so when high street retailers give the impression they are struggling (and closing) - but this could just be due to their EA contracts and not the state of the economy.
But I noticed some of the larger appliance retailers like Comet have a better than usual selection of games these days. I'd like to say "I'm sure someone will take their place" but it's always a gamble with computer games on the high street. Virgin megastore doesn't exist anymore, Blockbusters have been on the brink of collapse for the last few years and HMV are feeling the strain, I'm still struggling to see hope for anything beyond online sales in the next few years. Considering every computery device is now hooked up to the internet to the point it still is even if you don't need it to be, high street retailing in the UK to me has an unclear future. Crowd-source fund a shop & warehouse?