Sometimes, buying a game on launch day without a preorder isn't terrible. Take Tuesday night for example. After finding out that my local Toys R Us wouldn't have any copies of Super Mario Galaxy until Wednesday, I managed to snag one of the last two copies from Best Buy before the store closed, PLUS a $25 Best Buy gift card to match the Toys R Us promo. Good deal!
It was a MUCH different story last week on Tuesday when I walked into my local Gamestop just to see if extra copies of Call of Duty 4 were available for purchase. "Did you PREORDER?" the clerk says. When I shake my head, she snickers "Hehe, then not for YOU" and she gives me the ol' preorder lecture capped with a desperate invitation for me to browse through their hefty Preorder Bible. I'm sure you've either experienced or heard all about that stuff, though, so I won't rant about it too much.
Instead, I guess I'll share some random game-related thoughts I've had in the last few months. I'd like to get into a habit of posting such thoughts in a more timely and frequent manner. I know some folks didn't appreciate my last blog post in July, which talked about what happened at E3 ... in 2006.
1.) GameSpot Staff Emblem - Gone! - I knew it would happen eventually, given that I haven't been working for GameSpot since August. Darn, I guess this means I can't embed videos anymore. Let's test that out:
Yeah, that didn't work at all. Ah well, those were good times, man.
2.) Players' Ball - I lost the staff emblem, but I gained a Players' Ball emblem for attending GameSpot Players' Ball back in October. If I were still working for GameSpot, I would have probably played a hand in setting up the show, providing visual security, and tearing down the stations (like at After Hours and G.A.M.E.). But this time, I was able to just relax, chew some long-lasting gum, play Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3, eat some free food, chat it up with friends / former coworkers, and bother Ricardo. It was great.
3.) Reign Over Me - Reign Over Me has a few scenes where Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle are playing what's obviously Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 2, but they kept referring to the game as "Shadows of the Colossus" with an extra "s" and using cheap third-party Xbox controllers to play their pluralized game. Does anyone else get annoyed by these things? How am I supposed to believe that Sandler's character plays video games when the movie can't even get these details right? I'm having enough trouble buying Sandler in a dramatic role.
4.) Take one Xbox 360 and Call Me in the Morning - In the past couple of months, my teenage cousin broke up with his girlfriend, heard about a friend getting shot at a party, and received a speeding ticket. Bummer. My prescription for him: Play video games. I let him borrow my Xbox 360 and a few games to help him take his mind off of things and keep him out of trouble. You know, I think it totally worked. However, I'm a little worried that he chose to play Crackdown over Halo 3 or Bioshock.
5.) Thanksrocking - I want to introduce my family to Rock Band this Thanksgiving, but I really don't want to lug the 360 and all the necessary game equipment on the plane ride to SoCal. So I'm taking the Wii, hoping that Wii Sports or Umbrella Chronicles are compelling enough to break up sets of bad karaoke midi tracks and off-key vocals. Meh, who am I kidding.
6.) Games Update - It's a great time to be a gamer. I've purchased one game each week in the past three weeks (Orange Box, Call of Duty IV, Super Mario Galaxy), so I've got my hands full. I'm planning on renting Assassin's Creed and Heavenly Sword this week. Almost finished with Bioshock. Rock Band and Mass Effect should take up most of my time next week and through the winter. Hopefully, I can still squeeze in some Halo 3 matches here and there.