Sunday, April 27, 2008

GTAIV deals and side bennies

Grand Theft Auto IV hits this week, and the deals are a-flying -- particularly for Xbox 360 new owner wannabes.

You can get $50 gift cards from Best Buy (Xbox 360 only) or KMart (360 or PS3, and the latter by mail) if you buy a console and any version of that console's GTAIV. At Circuit City, you get a wireless controller & Gamer's Savings Club membership for buying a 360 and GTAIV, or $10 gift card with just the game.

The Special Edition feels about right, at $89.99, it's $40 over the price for the standard* edition, but it comes with the game, a safety deposit box, art book, CD soundtrack, Rockstar keychain & duffle bag. A safety deposit box -- now that I'm in the game industry, I'm thinking of getting the special edition just to store employee reviews in this bad boy.

The soundtrack is allegedly new material, and not a subset of the 200 in-game songs (Updated: Full 16-song list at

But don't miss the competitive offers, too -- saving you cash on other big games, as all of the big boys do what they can to move units in the face of one of the biggest releases last year through next.

On the Circuit City front, try $30 BioShock (360 -- why have you not played it? Why?); $45 Frontlines: Fuel Of War (360); $35 Bully: Scholarship Edition (360, which uses the Gamebryo engine, and Wii); $40 Condemned 2 : Bloodshot (360 and PS3) and Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3).

At Best Buy, it's $30 Assassin’s Creed (360, PS3); $50 Viking: Battle For Asgard (360 and PS3); $50 Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Game Of The Year Edition (360, limited, and includes a token for free maps, and they're selling the PC version for only $40).

These are just the games / deals I care about. For a more comprehensive, consolidated list across platforms and stores, check out Cheap Ass Gamer (more Wii titles, newish titles like Dark Sector, Army of Two, and Turok, etc.).

* Yeah, I know list price for console SKUs is $60, so some would say it's "only" $30 over the standard edition. But I think this generation's console software price bump is artificial, and PS3 and 360 owners are subsidizing PC and Wii development and sales when we pay this price. There, I said it. Again.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Odd choice for a PlayStation3 loading screen

I found this a wee bit (painfully) funny.

Check out the Flash loading logo for the SCEA PlayStation Website:

Look similar to anything else in the game space? ;-)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Stop-motion Neon Genesis Evangelion

OK, it's arguably vaguely gaming related (except for the stereotypical gamer / otaku overlap being like 97.8%).

But it's (A) Neon Genesis Evangelion, (B) Revoltech toys, and (C) stop-motion.

So, if you're jonesing for stop-motion as much as me (my stuff's still in storage), dig Evangelion or Revoltech, or just need a new Napoleon Dynamite fix, here you go.

(Oh, and if you are an Evangelion fan, you should know you can get the complete Platinum boxed set at Best Buy this week for 50% off -- $28.99; but know it's not the 10th Anniversary Edition.)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Gaming April Fools tomfoolery

Ah, it's my national holiday.

Since happenings beyond my control have removed me from creating the brilliant events that could have been, instead I'm going to point to gaming related shenanigans that made me chuckle. Or chortle. Perhaps even guffaw.
  • Microsoft / Xbox pranks -- Including a "Wireless Helmet" (with "Flex-plasma In-sight Display" and looking like it belongs to Red 5); "Xbox LIVE The Board Game" ("simply attach the USB adapter right to your console and sign on to Xbox LIVE"); "Xbox 360: Recon Edition (with "Built-in passive sonar"); and "Xbox 360 Vintage Edition" (my favorite -- a wood-paneled Xbox form factor that looks like it was birthed from the loins of a floor-standing 1950s radio).

  • Blizzard / Activision -- "Introduction" of a new Hero Class -- the Bard -- which can use their "magical axes" in a WoW / Guitar Hero crossover (unfortunately, just "available" for the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion); a Tauren class "added" to Starcraft II ("an anthropomorphic bovine genotype with super-human stamina, overpowered racial combat abilities, and bizarrely well-developed horticultural skills"); the "announcement" of World of Warcraft: The Molten Core coming to ... the Atari 2600 (!); and my favorite, the "Diablo Loot Piñata" (which "provides the same fun and excitement as traditional piñatas while also letting longtime Diablo players relive their epic battles with the Prime Evil").

  • -- All of the cake crap is a joke. All of it.

Tell me about the games I'm missing

Major life happenings have derailed my gaming fixations.

Though I don't know when I'll get back in the interactive saddle, I need your help figuring out where to spend my gaming time once I get there.

Games I've been anticipating (Dark Sector, Army of Two, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Overclocked and Viking: Battle for Asgard) all released while I was out of pocket.

Are they good? Suck? Buyers? Renters?

Tell me.