Posts Tagged ‘GameStop’

Episode 133: Done With Nintendo

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Episode 133: Done With Nintendo

– In this Episode, Spark, Ranger and I talk about the new Nintendo NX system and the new Playstation, and Xbox. We also give an update on the Division and the troubles it faces going forward, and how the Gears of War 4 Beta wasn’t anything special.

Nintendo NX Will Debut in 2017
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/04/nintendo-announces-march-2017-launch-for-nintendo-nx-and-zelda-delay/
Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition $100
http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/25/11501266/gears-of-war-4-ultimate-edition-early-access-xbox-one
Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition $250
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/04/25/gears-of-war-4-season-pass-collectors-edition-detailed
Forza 6 Will Add Fallout 4 Rocket Car
http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/14/11431212/fallout-4-rocket-69-in-forza-6
GameStop Launches It’s Own Game Publishing Company GameTrust
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/gamestop-launches-full-publishing-division-and-signs-ready-at-dawn-insomniac-frozenbyte-and-tequila-works
Containment (TV Series) – the Leading Up To a Division Like Event
https://youtu.be/qE983cTD4Mg

Episode 128: The Division? Never Heard of It…

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Episode 128: The Division? Never Heard of It…

– In Episode 128, not only is the gang back together as Sparkstalker finally remembers to show up, but we have a guest co-host, Prego Magic, join us. We talk about a few things, but the most important thing we talked about was The Division Beta and the awesomeness that surrounded the four days of gaming.

How The Division Will Avoid Destiny Problems
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/01/28/how-the-division-will-avoid-the-disappointments-of-destiny-10
The Division Season Pass Details Announced
http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/28/10860786/the-divisions-season-pass-takes-you-into-nycs-underground
Destiny 2 Delayed Past September?
http://kotaku.com/the-great-destiny-malaise-of-2016-1754495561
Bungie President Steps Down
http://www.polygon.com/2016/1/27/10854684/bungie-president-steps-down-destiny-pete-parsons-harold-ryan
Sony Computer Entertainment + Sony Network Entertainment = Sony Interactive Entertainment
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/01/sony-moves-playstation-to-the-us-with-new-company-sony-interactive-entertainment/
GameStop Going to Publish Insomniac’s New Game
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/01/28/insomniac-and-gamestop-announce-publishing-partnership-with-song-of-the-deep
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Announced, Season Pass Confirmed
http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/2/10893698/lego-star-wars-the-force-awakens-official-trailer-release-date
New Doom Coming on 5/13
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/4/10915494/doom-release-date-ps4-xbox-one-pc

Episode 100: The Mattrick Triangle

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Episode 100: The Mattrick Triangle

– In our 100th Episode, we got the band back together! We have a very special segment of our best moments over the past 100 episodes. We also talk about games, Prometheus and Benny Hill.

EA Access Pass – Good, Bad or Indifferent
http://www.ea.com/news/ea-announces-ea-access-on-xbox-one
Sony: EA Access Not a Good Value
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-30-sony-says-ea-access-program-isnt-good-value
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/sony-ea-access-wouldnt-provide-value-for-playstation-owners/
The Crew: Coast to Coast in 40 Minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4cWF95qAgs
Destiny: Six Play Raids only Playable with Friends
http://www.xboxachievements.com/news/news-18831-Destiny-s-Six-Player-Raids-Can-be-Tackled-Only-With-Friends.html
Rod Ferguson on Gears of War One
http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/1/5958879/gears-of-war-black-tusk-rod-fergusson
– “And in terms of those pillars — things like the cover system, the quick reload, the combat — those likely won’t be messed with much by Black Tusk, at least not initially.”
Evolve Pushed Back to February 2015
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/08/evolve-pushed-back-from-october-to-february-2015/
PS Now Only Streams PS3 Games
http://kotaku.com/sony-wont-explain-whats-up-with-ps1-ps2-games-on-playst-1613309553
Sony Working On Subscription Plan for PS Now
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/sony-working-on-subscription-plan-for-playstation-now-streaming/
Xbox One to Launch in China on 9/23
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5951417/xbox-one-china-sept-23-release-date
Nintendo Lost $97 Million Last Quarter
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/30/5951041/nintendo-quarterly-results-2014
GameStop to Start Issuing Credit Cards
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/report-gamestop-to-start-issuing-credit-cards/
Deep Silver Buys Homefront IP
http://kotaku.com/deep-silver-buys-homefront-1613349084
Rumor: Crytek’s Management Quit the Week of 7/14
http://kotaku.com/sources-crytek-usas-leadership-quit-last-week-1613456108
Gearbox Blames Sega for Aliens: Colonial Marines
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/gearbox-responds-to-aliens-class-action-lawsuit-throws-sega-under-bus/

Episode 98: Soilent Spark

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Episode 98: Soilent Spark

– The band is back together for the last Pre-Destiny show.  We talk about whether Bungie hates Microsoft, Cliffyb’s return to gaming and Meh.

GameStop Will Help Dev’s with Building Games…and Fucking Up Pre-Orders
http://kotaku.com/gamestops-preorder-plans-sound-like-bad-news-1601428457
“Alien” Original Cast Returns for Alien: Isolation In Pre-Order DLC (Some of that DLC only available at certain retailers)
http://me.ign.com/en/news/27296/original-alien-cast-reunite-for-alien-isolation-pre-order-dlc
New Titanfall DLC Pack Incoming…YAWN!
http://www.titanfall.com/news/titanfall-frontiers-edge?sf28266710=1
Cole Train To Return to Gears of War ONE
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/4/5870535/gears-of-wars-cole-train-will-return-in-the-next-game-according-to
Destiny Will Get a Collector’s and Limited Edition
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/7/5877525/destiny-collectors-edition-ghost-limited
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Might Come to Current Gen
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/7/5877987/borderlands-the-pre-sequel-ps4-xbox-one-possible
Xbox One Game Arena?
http://www.xboxmad.net/x/what-is-xbox-game-arena.html
Xbox One is Now the Default Console for 2K Tournaments
http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/blog/xbox-one-default-console-online-2k-tournaments
CliffyB is Back From Retirement with Boss Key Studio
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/4/5871047/cliff-bleszinski-boss-key-productions
 

Episode 93: We Ain’t Got No Groove

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Episode 93: We Ain’t Got No Groove

– In this we start off slow and find our groove for a strong ending.  Spark talks about the dangers of no Net Neutrality.  Ranger wonders how Defiance is still being played.   And Jedi finds out that Wolverine is about to get killed off…for a while…maybe.  All that and more.

With Net Neutrality Dead, FCC Looks at “Fast Lanes”
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/04/the-fccs-fast-lane-rule-is-awful-for-the-internet-just-ask-the-fcc/
Destiny Approaches Final Stages
http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/21/5635964/destiny-final-approach-release
Destiny Will Allow for Transferable Save Games from Last Gen to Current Gen
http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/28/5653642/destiny-ps3-upgrade-next-gen-ps4-xbox-one-compatible-windows-pc
Reddit’s Thoughts On Destiny Resolution
http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/23ppnc/destiny_approaching_final_stages/cgzhp1q
Project Cars Shows “Real, In-Game Graphics”
http://kotaku.com/seriously-how-are-these-real-video-game-graphics-1566559286
Disney Infinity 2 is Announced, Features Marvel Avengers, Also On Xbox One and PS4
http://www.iheartinfinity.com/disney-infinity-2-0-marvel-superheroes/
Defiance Turns 1 Years Old, Changes To Free To Play
http://kotaku.com/after-a-rocky-start-the-sci-fi-mmorpg-defiance-is-ma-1570357590
Details on Sunset Overdrive Next Week
https://twitter.com/bwinfrey/status/461980833893466112
https://twitter.com/gameinformer/status/457264102512263168/photo/1
Bluray In Trouble?
http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/1/5670786/sony-earnings-adjustment-impairment-charges
Xbox TV Announces Shows In the Works
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/the-grand-experiment-of-bringing-original-shows-to-xbox/
http://news.xbox.com/2014/04/ent-xbox-originals-unveil
Fee with Gold Subscription
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/28/xbox-entertainment-studios-shows/
1080p Debate Isn’t Winnable Says Titanfall Developer
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-xbox-one-vs-ps4-1080p-debate-is-an-unwinnable-war-says-titanfall-developer/1100-6419057/
GameStop Shifting Strategies, Closing Stores
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/gamestop-looks-beyond-gaming-with-major-push-for-mobile-apple-retail-stores/
 

Episode 82: Last Gen Show

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Episode 82: Last Gen Show

– Statler and Waldorf run the show while the regular hosts prepare to go out and get the next Xbox.  Enjoy.

 

Episode 76: Internet, You’re Drunk. Shut Up.

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Episode 76: Internet, You’re Drunk. Shut Up.

– In this episode, we tell the internet to take a Midol and SHUT THE FUCK UP and stop complaining about the Xbox One.  We had a great console before you bitching and moaning.  But we #DealWithIt and move on with the news.  Enjoy the show.

Xbox One Unboxing – Headset Included With Every Console
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/8/4601118/microsoft-xbox-one-unboxing-day-one-console
Microsoft Increases Xbox One’s Graphic Speed
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/2/4581502/microsoft-increases-xbox-one-graphics-performance
Kinect Can Now Be Disconnected/Turned Off
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/microsoft-now-says-kinect-turns-off-completely-xbox-one-can-work-without-it/
Little Chance Of A Kinect-less SKU
http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/1k8qtl/complete_reversal_of_policy_vs_changes_in_policy/
Borderlands 3 Teased, Won’t Have 16 Player Co-Op
http://www.oxm.co.uk/60261/borderlands-3-probably-wont-have-16-player-co-op-despite-xbox-ones-power/
The Division Won’t Have Exclusive Content on Console’s
http://www.oxm.co.uk/60265/the-division-there-are-currently-no-unique-features-for-either-xbox-one-or-ps4/
Sony/PS3 Loses NFL Sunday Ticket
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/08/14/ps3-wont-get-nfl-sunday-ticket-this-year-does-receive-live-eve/
Microsoft Patents Heads Up Display
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/microsoft-patent-for-xbox-one-ar-glasses-pops-up/
Xbox One Game DVR Limited to XBL Gold Accounts
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/08/game-dvr-functions-on-xbox-one-require-an-xbox-live-gold-account/
You Only Need One Xbox Live Gold Account Per House
http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/1k1b5o/details_on_xbox_one_sharing_digital_games_and_gold/cbkg9lt
Upgrade Your 360 Games to Xbox One Games at GameStop for $10
http://www.oxm.co.uk/60061/gamestop-customers-can-upgrade-xbox-360-games-to-xbox-one-versions-for-10/
Amazon Making an Android Console?
http://www.destructoid.com/report-amazon-is-developing-an-android-console-too-259678.phtml
Gaming in the Local Library?
http://www.npr.org/2013/08/11/209584333/at-libraries-across-america-its-game-on

Episode 64: Them Derpin’ Aliens

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Episode 64: Them Derpin’ Aleins

– In this special episode, Sparkstalker leads us off, we RANT some, and then rant some more about Gearbox and Aliens and then we rant even more.  We also had a little technical difficulties but recover nicely.

The New PlayStation
– Did Sony just say: “Screw E3, we’ll do it in February”?
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/sony-reveals-the-first-official-details-of-the-playstation-4/
It Will Not Block Used Games
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/sonys-yoshida-playstation-4-wont-block-used-games/
Dualshock 4 with touchpad (about the size of a business card), not touchscreen, and camera (that looks like Kinect)
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/sony-unveils-new-dualshock-3d-camera-for-playstation-4/
No Backwards Compatibility/PSN Purchases Will Not Carry Over to PS4
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/psn-transfers-ps4/
4K Video Confirmed for the PS4
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/ps4-will-output-video-in-4k-but-not-games/
PS4 in a nutshell
http://kotaku.com/5985838/one-playstation-4-developer-has-seen-the-future
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rJDn0jRnUQ&feature=youtu.be
Randy Pitchford Acting Like a Bitch and Looking Into Why E3 Demo Was Different Than the Game
http://www.nowgamer.com/news/1815816/gearbox_looking_into_explanation_of_why_aliens_was_so_different_to_demo.html
Randy Bragging about being able to do Aliens Post E3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZuUQy_T2I4
Destiny: Here It Is
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/activision-and-bungies-destiny-reveal-big-on-hype-low-on-details/
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/17/recapping-bungies-destiny-reveal/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EwOUi4JDC4o
Reddit Summary
http://www.reddit.com/comments/18p71b
Gears of War: Judgment – No Horde Mode…BAD
http://www.trueachievements.com/n12348/gears-of-war-judgment-multiplayer-details.htm
60% of Gamers Will Not Buy New Xbox if Used Games Are Not Allowed – Says GameStop
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/02/gamestop-60-of-customers-wont-buy-console-that-doesnt-play-used-games/

Episode 58: Negative Man Cards

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Episode 58: Negative Man Cards

– In this show, we are missing an co-host but we take care of that by talking about man cards and losing them in humiliating ways.  We also talk about games and have an in-depth talk about the movie Prometheus.  Enjoy the show…

Project Destiny Hands On/Update
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/06/rumor-demonware-with-bungie-on-destiny-report-of-hands-on-pl/
Assassin’s Creed DLC – King George Washington
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/10/03/assassins-creed-3-dlc-tells-the-alternate-history-of-king-wash/
Former GameStop VP Pleads Guilty for Embezzlement
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/03/former-gamestop-vp-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-almost-2-million/
THQ Seeking Strategic Alternatives
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/06/thq-stock-plummets/
MS Wants You To Stream Movies, but Pay More for an Audience
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/07/microsoft-files-patent-for-device-that-enforces-licenses-through/
SEALs in Trouble for Helping MOH: Warfighter Game
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/09/report-seals-disciplined-over-moh-warfighter-involvement-walr/
External Storage Limit on 360 Increased to 32GB
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/11/09/xbox-360-usb-data-storage-limit-doubled-to-32gb/
Where did his balls go?
http://www.reddit.com/r/confession/comments/137owz/my_wife_makes_me_wear_a_chastity_and_its_not_for/

Open Letter To GameStop

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Boy, do I love midnight launch events. There is nothing more thrilling than being with the dedicated fans of a game, movie or even book that brings out the fanboys in everyone. There is something electric in the air. Not quite sure what it is, but it sure is exciting to walk into a store where only the truly dedicated fans are waiting alongside of you. This can sometimes be a bad thing because, like everything else, one bad apple will spoil the bunch. I’m not talking about the mean or dangerous person, I’m talking about that one person who thinks he needs to impress his friends by saying things like “I know a guy who’s working on Gears of War 3 and he told me that Gears 3 will be a PS3 exclusive.” (Yes, that actually happened to me.)

But there are a few other things that get me riled up. Misleading statements (and lying) are one of them. I don’t know what it is, but I would like to be able to walk into a store and actually trust the people who are selling me their products. Yes, I do have a tolerance level, but last night, at the Borderlands 2 midnight release event, I was misled more times than I can recall in one night. And it wasn’t just a small misleading statement. To me they were huge misleading statements. And they ALL came from the GameStop manager.

But lets not get ahead of ourselves. Last night was fun. There was a buzz around getting the chance to be one of the first in North America to get hands on the game. I had already had it paid off, so I was hoping to walk in and get my receipt so I could stand in line, but that’s not how it goes with GameStop.

The first thing they did was ask for my PowerUp Rewards card. No problem. I’m a PowerUps rewards member, not because I get such cool gifts from them, but because I like the magazine and I like the extra % off for trade in games (I only trade them in once a year, so I’m not sure it’s really worth it there). But that’s okay, so I happily supply my card for him to scan.

The manager views my account and sees the I have the Deluxe Vault Hunters edition for Borderlands 2. Then he starts with the add-ons.
“Would you like a strategy guide? Do you have any trade-ins? Would you like to renew your PowerUp rewards?” I said no to all of them, and then he hit me with the shocker: “Would you like the season pass which is exclusive to GameStop?” HUH? I literally did a double take when I heard that. I follow games pretty well, and I followed Borderlands 2 really well, because of my interest in it. I had never once heard that it was a GameStop exclusive. When did this happen? I looked at my friend, and he was also shocked.

A fellow GameStop employee looked over to him and said, “What a great get for us.”

“Who agreed to that?” I asked.

His response: “Randy Pitchford.” His co-worker said, “Yeah, he must really love GameStop.”  (For those of you who don’t know, Randy Pitchford is one of five founders, CEO and President of Gearbox, the maker of Borderlands 2)

I turned to my friend and said, “One reason to hate Randy Pitchford.” So, in a panic, and knowing that I was already going to get the season pass, Iwent ahead and shelled out the extra $30 for the add-on.

Then the manager told me something else. “The Xbox has been known for eating disc’s. Would you like insurance on this purchase?”

What kind of n00b does he think I am? Yes, the Xbox has had a history of eating discs, but that was back during launch, and that was only when someone transferred it from horizontal to vertical (or vice versa). That problem was solved in 2007, when Microsoft decided to put little rubber pieces in the CD-ROM. Since when did this become a problem again? I was one of the lucky one’s have had an Xbox 360 since launch day, and I have NEVER had a scratched disc because of the CD-ROM. NOT ONCE.

So, I come away from this transaction a little satisfied that I was able to get the season pass. But both me and my friend were really suspicious about it. Don’t get me wrong, I was going to get the season pass anyway, but I was going to use points that I had saved up. But I really didn’t lose anything, so I was somewhat happy. Well, this morning, I got up extra early because I needed to download the new update for the Dashboard Beta. I finished that, and was about to turn off my Xbox, when I looked at the game advertisement on the Dashboard. It had a Borderlands 2 ad, so I clicked on it, and viola! The season pass was available there. My friend, who was at the GameStop with me there, also said that it was available at the in-game menu.

I was a little pissed at that, but I figured that I had saved the trouble of having to buy it through the dashboard or in-game by buying it at GameStop and having a code. So, I went to Xbox Live and entered the code, and guess what downloaded to my account? 2400 MS points, not the season pass. So, not only did GameStop LIE to me about it being an exclusive. They didn’t even sell me the season pass. They sold me 2400 MS points and called it a season pass.

I am done with this crap from GameStop. I know they need to make sales, but every time I start to like them, they do something douche like this. If it’s not lying to their customers, it’s removing a code from sealed game because it was a competing service. Well, I’m done. Good bye GameStop. And good riddance. I do not need you treating me like a child and misleading and lying to get me to buy services that I don’t need. When your whole business revolves around tricking people, you need to change.

Now, I’m not completely bitter about this, and I welcome anyone from GameStop upper management to come on our show to talk about this, but they won’t. They are too used to the soccer moms of the world falling for their tricks to give a damn about one hardcore customer that’s fed up.


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