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I really feel the urge to rant about the video game industry at times. Ask Kane. He hears enough about it from me on IRC. But when it comes time to actually sit down and WRITE the rant, the willpower drains from me. Does this mean I've accepted the way video games have become? That bloated, frankensteinish mutation of what I use to love?

Certainly not!

The problem, I'm thinking, is that I've just stopped caring. About the modern game industry that is, not games in and of themselves. I'll be playing my backlog of games well into retirement.

I've actually come to the conclusion that the PS3 and 360 are going to be the last consoles I buy. I'm not threatening it'll be the last. It's just stating a fact. There's too much crap going on with them that I don't agree with or believe in for me to invest a penny from my wallet or a second from my day.

The first victim of my apathy is the 3DS. The Vita will likewise be staying at the store. I don't have even a inkling to invest in a Wii U, and with the various BS I'm reading into the predictions/leaks of the future xbox and playstation... I'd rather they burn in a fire. It would be more humane than for me to bother playing them.

On another note. I do have a PS3 now. I've logged about 6 hours on it since I bought it 2-3 weeks ago. And I've already had it crash once. Lost about 45 minutes of gametime that I'll have to redo when I pick up the controller again. Maybe tomorrow.

On the other hand I've been playing Minecraft several hours a day in those last few weeks.

One of the lastest pieces of information making the rounds about the next generation xbox is that it will refused to play used games. Since digital downloads are never "used", you can only assume that this would be referring to physical disc games. I can see 2 ways they'd be able to do this. Only one would require an internet connection.

I hate both ways, and while it's no longer necessary to affect my decision about buying a "720" (since I am already passing on it regardless.) and such a thing would make me pass on it.

If developers are so pissed they're losing sales to used games that are selling for 5 dollars less than new, perhaps they should turn their focus directly onto the retailers that are manhandling the new product so that it ends up being in the exact same condition as the used product they are selling. Seriously. The shrink wrap is probably the only difference between a new and used game in Gamestop for recent releases. And I've seen "new" limited editions gutted far more horribly than the used counterparts at Gamestop.

So either buy gutted, possibly damaged game for full price...

or

Buy gutted, possibly damaged game for 5 dollars off - with an extra 10% off if you have your edge card!

In both cases you can pay the retailer an extra 3-4 bucks for "disc insurance" in case anything goes wrong...

Gee. I wonder why so many people are willing to buy used at that insane price.

Personally, if the game isn't factory sealed, it ain't new. If it ain't new, I ain't buying it for NEW prices. If it's not new, expect me to not give a fuck about it until it's at least 50% off. There are very very very few exceptions to this rule for me. And I haven't come across one of those exceptions yet.

For the record, Gamestop has lost over 1000 dollars of sales from me in the last two years based on me refusing to buy a game from them because they gutted all available copies. In each case I brought the game up to the counter and asked of they had it factory sealed. In each case, if they said "yes", it would have been bought. (I have bought many games from them for them actually having a sealed copy in hand as well, but it's been like a 70% failure rate on their part.)
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While I'm on the Rant Train and being pissy about shitty company policy and decisions in the game industry, allow me to confirm that GameStop has again lost an extra 35 dollars in sales by gutting the only copy of Radiant Historia they had left in town. As you know, I only count the lost sales when it fits two main points:

1. I actually ask the clerk for a factory sealed copy and get told they don't have any - and I have evidence they had "new" copies in the store. (Holding the gutted copy in my hand while doing so for instance.)

and

2. If I fully intend to buy the game I'm referring to if they say "Yes, one moment I'll get it."
Meaning I can't just ask out of curiosity to pump up the "lost sales". So when I'm quoting 500-700 dollars in lost sales, it's LOST SALES.


So yes, this is indeed a lost sale like the many titles over the last year. (I didn't post about every single instance mind you. I just do it when I'm extra pissed about it because I was looking forward to the game in question.)
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You know one of those main excuses at gamestop for gutting the new games is so that they can put them out on the display racks (That they really should have cases instead if they're that paranoid of theft)

And that you'll go in there and see like a fucking ROW of a new release all gutted. Every single copy. With one particular game a few years back I remember over a dozen copies of the game on the racks, and not a single sealed copy.

Anyhow, since they usually have the latest hyped shit in the display case behind the counter I rarely have a reason to look at it. Yesterday I glanced up at it and do you know what I saw?

Row upon row of "COMING SOON" DISPLAY BOXES.

Yes. And of the exact same games they have on the shelving racks out in the actual store area. They claim they don't have space in the back or in the display case which is why they gut the games to put on the shelves, yet they're wasting a LOT of room gutting limited edition copies of games instead of putting THOSE in the damned display case in preference of those stupid empty display cases.

Yeah, there's no mercy any more on this gutted issue with them.

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