Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rockband Pre-Orders and You!

If you are planning on buying RB3, there's no reason not to pre-order.   Pre-orders get some bonuses based on where it's ordered from.  Here's a quick breakdown of the three campaigns for your edification.

Gamestop is a bit of a dilemma for me.  I am regularly revolted by their employees' "Hey I know way more about video games than you, heathen." attitude. 

While I totally understand the human need to display "not lamer than thou" on a constant basis (especially if you work retail) it really really irritates me.*  I am however, just as often engaged in a satisfying conversation from one who loves this hobby to another.  

Social awkwardness and poignant camaraderie aside, GameStop is offering three downloadable songs with their pre-order.
Blue Monday - New Order
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
My Own Summer - Deftones
Not an entirely unreasonable offer here if you like at least one of those songs.

Goes in a completely different direction for their pre-order.  If you pre-order from Amazon you'll be the proud owner of...  wait for it...  an exclusive in-game guitar. In my opinion, this is incredibly stupid. They do ,however, sweeten the deal with $10 off a future video game purchase.  Slightly better, still lame. ** 

Walmart goes as Walmart has always gone: no-nonsense.  They'll shove a $10 gift card in your hand and get your ass out the door.   Cold, monolithic, and impersonal? Perhaps. 

Yet, your self-esteem would be spared the possibly damaging conversation between your ID and SuperEgo.
"Really?  You're going to actually download that thing?"
"Me want see it."
"I know you want to see it but you've seen it already in the ad."
"Only digital picture.  Me want see it real."
"Sweetheart, you're downloading a digital picture."
"Shut up!  Me SEE IT NOW!"
"Doesn't look any different, does it?"
"Now what are you going to do when your friends come over and see you actually downloaded that thing?"
"Me kill them and take xbox."
"No. You'll just pee your pants again like last time."

Which deal appeals to you the most?

*Much like double adverbs for emphasis
**But, since we do make site supporting revenue from Amazon if you order something from them, can we suggest F1 2010?

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