I doubt this deal will have a positive impact on anyone's grades (here's your new computer for school and here's the reason you'll never use it), but from a business standpoint, wow, good job M$.
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Why does anyone pre-order games? I've never once not been able to walk into Walmart the day a game goes on sale and find multiple copies on the shelf, and I have no doubt it will be the same with GoW3, Battlefield 3, MW3, and any other "3". I can understand setting aside a few dollars every week to save up for it, but pre-orders are for the benefit of the store, not the customers.
@ChiefMac88 The RROD was definitely a problem. I'm actually on my 4th 360 because of it. However, at least it didn't result in 77 million people having their personal information stolen. Anyway, as someone who's been buying pretty much every game system that's come out since the Atari 2600, I fully agree that this generation of systems has been one disappointment after another.
@DenverNick No, it is an official email from MS that I received. Other people received it, too. It has your name and your console ID number in the email, and all the links go to the Xbox customer service website (trust me, I'm familiar with email scams, and this isn't one of them). @Fajonkel Even if you get the email, you can't automatically get a new 360. They verify over XBL whether or not your console was actually affected before they'll send you a new one. Why they would tell you there's a problem and offer to replace your console before making sure there actually is a problem first, well, that's a new one.
I received an email yesterday from MS telling me that I can no longer play retail game discs on my 360 due to a recent system update, with an offer to replace it with a new 360 slim and a one year XBL membership. Problem is, there is no problem. My 360 works fine. I've tested several games, including L.A. Noire, and everything works great. Why they sent me the email, I don't know.
@G1Ga-B1T3 The problem with used game sales has nothing to do with them being sold for less than new games. It's that when you buy a used copy of a game, the game's developer and publisher get nothing. All the money goes to the store. So when you buy a used game from Gamestop for $5 less than a new copy, what you're essentially saying is "I care more about my $5 than I care about the people who make the games I enjoy playing", because those people got nothing. Every cent of profit from your used game sale went to Gamestop.
@ KimCheeWarriorX I'm not trying to start anything because I play my 360 all the time and love it, but I personally am on my 4th 360 because three of them broke and had to be replaced by Microsoft. I know two other people who have a 360 and both of them also had their system break and needed a replacement. The failure rate with 360's is well documented. Microsoft admitted the problem and extended all the warranties at a cost to them of $1 billion. Good for you that you've never had a problem with yours, but lots of people have, myself included. Sometimes, you actually should believe what you read.
What bothers me most are the number of people on here since this happened who don't seem to care what Sony did or didn't do, how negligent the company was or what personal information of theirs was stolen, as long as PSN comes back online so they can get back to gaming. If that's the attitude you have and you're not 10 years old, you deserve whatever happens to you.