If you’re in the market for a copy of the awesome-looking Deus Ex: Human Revolution, you might want to pick it up pretty much anywhere but GameStop. Square Enix, the publisher of the game, decided to include a coupon in the retail packaging of the PC version that allows you to play Human Revolution for free on Square’s OnLive gaming service. The problem is, GameStop plans on offering its own streaming gaming service soon and already doesn’t take kindly to competitors. The bigger problem is, GameStop began ripping open all the new copies of the game and yanking out the OnLive coupons.
Is Origin trying to snuff out Steam? EA's mouth says “no,” but things keep happening. Awfully suspicious things. First, Star Wars: The Old Republic went Origin-exclusive. Next, Crysis 2 disappeared. Then EA began luring gamers over to its big white van with Origin-exclusive content for games like Mass Effect 3. And now? Battlefield 3's taking to the digital battlefield by skipping Steam altogether.
There's a reason your mother was always telling you to clean your room as a kid and to keep your things organized. She was training you for times like this when, after waiting more than a decade for a game you preordered, you'd be able to waltz into your local GameStop with receipt in hand and get your copy before everyone else. Yes folks, GameStop is honoring those preorders from long ago, provided you held onto the necessary paperwork.
According to a leaked internal GameStop memo, Nintendo has decided to discontinue its popular DS Lite console, which also puts an end to Game Boy Advance support for the game maker's handheld systems. The memo instructs GameStop stores to remove DS Lite displays once their inventory runs out, and gives them a heads up that they won't be receiving any more stock of the now defunct console.
GameStop has been watching the declining fortunes of brick and mortar bookstores over the past several years, and I think it’s safe to say the company’s management knows they are headed down a similar path. The first nod towards acknowledging the problem came just two days ago with the acquisition of Stardock’s Impulse PC distribution platform, along with a second company named Spawn Lab’s which specializes in on-live style streaming. Yesterday GameStop’s CEO Paul Raines detailed his future plans for the new acquisitions, and actually claims that he sees the retailer evolving in into a full-fledged “Technology Company”.
Hit the jump to read about GameStop’s future plans.
It looks as though GameStop wants to get in the business of modding and selling upgraded game consoles. The used game retailer is said to soon be offering a 500GB refurbished PlayStation 3 "Supercharged" bundle that consists of taking a used PlayStation 3 slim console and installing a Western Digital Scorpio 500GB Blue hard drive.
According to several online reports, the much anticipated Nintendo 3DS handheld console is now available for preorder through Gamestop.
"Okay well I got the OK to tell about this from my work, but we officially got word in that all U.S. based Gamestop stores will be taking reserves on the 3DS starting on the 26th," a Gamestop employee posted on NeoGAF's forums. "Depending on the place holder price you will be required to drop a minimum of $25 on a reserve."
It appears preorders can only be placed in-store and not online. If you try to place one and the Gamestop employee looks at you funny, politely ask them to punch SKU number 020132 into their computer and you should be golden.
Still no word on how much the 3DS will cost or when exactly it will ship (look for a March release date), but be prepared to drop up to $50 for a preorder.
Two men toting hand guns walked into a Baltimore area Gamestop and stole 100 copies of Call of Duy: Black Ops the night before it launched, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun.
The robbery took place just as Gamestop employees were getting ready to lock up and head home. That's when two men wielding semi-automatic handguns barged in an stole four cases packed with the Black Ops games, as well as some cash and game consoles. During the heist, two customers walked into the store, who were then led to the storage area (along with the employees) at gunpoint.
Black Ops retails for $60 pop, meaning the two men walked away with over $6,000 in goods and cash. And for you job seekers out there, this is actually the second time a Hartford County Gamestop store has been robbed in the past three weeks. Just something to think about.
Elvis had a pink Cadillac, the delicious treat known as cotton candy is traditionally pink, and come September 21, 2010, you can show that you're a real gamer with a pink PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller.
The rumored controller is all but confirmed thanks to a pre-order page on Gamestop's website. And in case you're wondering who would want such a thing, Gamestop says "the stylish Candy Pink Dual Shock 3 wireless controller is perfect for female gamers and households with kids." Or as a complimentary accessory to go with your "Real Men Wear Pink" T-shirt.
The Candy Pink controller costs $55, the same as every other official PS3-manufactured controller runs, including blue, black, white, silver, and red.
It's no secret that game publishers aren't particularly fond of Gamestop, which thrives on pre-owned game sales. At the same time, publishers found a way to cash in on Gamestop's used game business, and that's by charging second hand buyers an additional fee to access online content. Some predicted that these DLC codes would cut into Gamestop's lucrative business, but according to U.S. analyst Michael Pachter, that hasn't been the case.
"The company has not seen a negative impact on used software sales from first-use codes or new competitors in the space," Pachter said in his post-financials report on Gamestop. "The company estimates that only 25 percent of used game buyers play online."
It should be noted that most of these DLC codes target multiplayer, and so far, there's only been a handful of titles from EA and THQ that have adopted them. With titles like Madden 2011 on the horizon, however, and other big names to follow, Pacther's assessment might prove a little premature.