Posts Tagged ‘Randy Pitchford’

Episode 92.5: PAX East Unplugged

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Episode 92.5: PAX East Unplugged

– In this special episode, we talk conspirasy theories involving Gearbox and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, PAX East, and Hot/Not-So-Hot Cosplayers.

Episode 92: The Pitchford Factor

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Episode 92: The Pitchford Factor

– In this episode, AsphaltRanger gives us a run down on PAX East.  Spark goes into details on why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel might not be a buy.  And JediChric tells us why Fucking Matt Damon was the best thing that he’s seen Sarah Silverman do.  All that and plenty more.

Introducing: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/07/rumor-borderlands-sequel-called-the-pre-sequel/?ncid=rss_truncated
Only Coming to Xbox 360 and PS3
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/borderlands-the-pre-sequel-sticking-to-pc-older-consoles/
(Because of the larger install base and it has nothing to do with being cheaper to develop or they just happened to have a lot of cut footage that would cost them next to nothing to produce and charge $60 for)
More Free DLC for Plants Vs. Zombie: Garden Warfare
http://kotaku.com/the-plants-vs-zombies-war-goes-west-with-more-free-dlc-1563363903
Titanfall’s First DLC Announced
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/12/titanfalls-first-dlc-pack-expedition-due-in-may/?ncid=rss_truncated
Titanfall Almost Never Was
http://kotaku.com/titanfall-was-almost-destroyed-by-lawsuits-1563797787
Disney Infinity 2 Coming This August Featuring Marvel Hero’s
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/17/disney-infinity-2-0-arrives-this-august-with-marvel-heroes/?ncid=rss_truncated
The Amazing Spiderman 2 Will Not Come to Xbox One
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/17/the-amazing-spider-man-2-wont-swing-onto-xbox-one-at-launch/?ncid=rss_truncated
http://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/239ijv/activision_confirmed_revising_our_release_plans/cgv1alh
PS4 Update Features Pre-Order Pre-Loads
http://kotaku.com/upcoming-ps4-update-introduces-beefy-video-editor-pre-1564164761
Major Nelson: External Storage ‘Coming Soon’
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/04/major-nelson-xbox-one-getting-external-data-storage-support-so/?ncid=rss_truncated
5-Year-Old Exposes Security Flaw, Microsoft Fixes It
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/microsoft-plugs-xbox-one-security-hole-discovered-by-five-year-old/
Microsoft Has Big Plans for Xbox TV
http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/7/5589958/microsoft-turns-to-seth-green-sarah-silverman-michael-cera-for-xbox
Nintendo Had A Chance At An Exclusivity Deal with Skylanders
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/17/nintendo-turned-down-skylanders-exclusivity-deal/?ncid=rss_truncated
Chris Roberts, the Star Citizen Founder: We Won’t Be Bought
http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/06/chris-roberts-reacts-to-facebook-oculus-acquisition-says-star-citizen-wont-be-bought/?ncid=rss_truncated
EA Won’t Let the GameSpy’s Closure Turn Off Old Battlefield MP Games (Twilight Zone Alert)
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/10/ea-saving-battlefield-multiplayer/
Hope for EA?
http://www.reddit.com/r/gamernews/comments/22rduh/ea_wont_let_a_server_shutdown_turn_out_the_lights/cgppnrk
 

Episode 74: Geographical Castration

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Episode 74: Geographical Castration

– We had a good episode and one that showed that the show can go on without Sparkstalker…if only for a little while.  But Spark does join us and we have a grand old time.  We talked about Mattrick leaving a sinking ship for one that hit an iceberg.  Where exactly AsphaltRanger wants Randy Pitchford to go. What we really think of the Ouya.  And why we love Major Nelson.

Mattrick Leaving Xbox for Zynga  
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/07/report-xbox-president-don-mattrick-will-leave-microsoft-for-zynga/
Julie Larson-Green In At Xbox
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/03/report-ballmer-to-make-windows-chief-new-head-of-xbox-division/
Aaron Hernandez Removed from Madden 25
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/08/accused-murderer-aaron-hernandez-removed-from-ncaa-14-and-madden/
Aliens: Colonial Marines to Have Extended Campaign via DLC
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/08/aliens-colonial-marines-trophies-reveal-extended-campaign-dlc/
More Borderlands 2 DLC on the Way?
http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/08/gearbox-making-more-borderlands-2-dlc-new-next-gen-game?utm_campaign=fbposts
Xbox One Wins Game 10 Awards, Six Go to Titanfall
http://gamecriticsawards.com/winners.html
Time Warner To Allow Streaming TV on Xbox 360 This Summer
http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/28/4473860/time-warner-cable-app-coming-to-xbox-360-later-this-summer
MS Details New Gamer Reputation System
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/07/microsoft-explains-xbox-ones-new-griefer-separating-reputation-system/
Xbox One/Kinect 2.0 to Read QR Codes
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/02/xbox-ones-kinect-can-read-qr-codes-in-place-of-download-codes/
Microsoft Admits Poor PR during E3
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/15/4524714/microsoft-admits-shame-for-flawed-xbox-one-messaging
Google To Build a Ouya-Like Console
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/27/wsj-google-developing-android-console-eyes-on-apple-ouya/
Florida Bans All Computers, Smartphones and Probably Console’s
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/08/florida-banned-computers_n_3561701.html
EA Raising Game Prices in England to $83 Equivalent
http://www.cinemablend.com/games/EA-Raises-Prices-Next-Gen-Games-54-99-57437.html
 

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/

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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