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GameStop is Starting a New Rewards Program, It Sucks May 24, 2010

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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GameStop has announced today that they’re replacing their overpriced Edge Card (they charged $14.99 a year for 10 percent off on used only games, you’d need to buy over a hundred used games to justify the price) with a free and paid reward program.

I have absolutely nothing against free reward programs.  Many retailers and supermarkets offer their customers free rewards simply for shopping where they would shop normally.  Coupons, discounts, and gift certificates are issued for free to program members, just for regular shopping at a store.  But this program looks like a pretty twisted version of much better programs just to exploit customers.

This sounds like a pretty terrible idea, since the point system is far too high and the rewards are far too cheap to justify so high a point value for the goods offered.  You get ten points per dollar spent on new games, and twenty points spent on used games.  There are a few bonuses offered, like points for signing up and points for your birthday.

The rewards range from coupons for $5-$10 off purchases ranging from 4000 to 8000 points to even free Xbox 360 controllers or Turtle Beach X11 headsets for 40,000 points.  So you get five dollars off for every 400 dollars spent?  You get a free 360 controller for spending 4000 dollars there?  That’s rediculious!

Now, if you want to know a much better program, Best Buy offers a program that gives consumers gift certificates good for anything in the store just for spending money there.  If you become a member of their Reward Zone, you get one point for every dollar spent, and if you have a premium account or credit account you get an extra percentage on top of that.  250 points equals a free five dollar gift certificate, and they do add up, you can use them on anything you buy.  They also will send you free coupons, usually once a month in the mail, and while those do have restrictions (like 10% off only on games, movies or music), they’re free coupons!

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New Piece of the 3D HDTV Puzzle is on Shelves! May 24, 2010

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I was in Target yesterday while my friend was getting a coffee just looking for a deal on any games, I didn’t find any, but what I did find was a lot more valuable.

I had mentioned previously for you earlier technology adopters who visit the site, 3D HDTV will only be possible if you had a 3D HDTV, a 3D Blu-Ray (or game) player, a 3D HDMI cable, and 3D Glasses.

Well some manufacterers have released TVs, but everything else on the list has not seen release yet, now another piece has come out.

Vizio has done something pretty impressive.  They’re selling a next-generation HDMI cable that is not outrageously priced!  Previously unheard of, a manufacterer of cables is not overcharging for them.  The new cables are HDMI 1.4, support 120hz and 240hz (depending on model), ethernet, and 3D.  I’ve seen bitrates listed on those cables as high as 10.2Gbps.

I wanted to buy a pack of these from the manufacterer, but I guess everyone universally thought this was a good price, because they’ve sold out online.

The final piece of the puzzle, the 3D Blu-Ray (and game) support, will be released by Sony along with their 3D Sony Bravias which will be coming out next month.  The PS3 will be fully 3D Blu-Ray compliant with a recently released firmware update, so if you want a player now, buy a PS3 (if you don’t already own one).

Remember, you will still need to buy 3D glasses from your TV manufacterer.

Halo Reach Coming September 14th! May 24, 2010

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Now that the Halo Reach multiplayer beta has ended (I didn’t consider it anything special, I’d play Reach for the single player), Bungie announced today that the full version of the game will be released September 14th, 2010 in the US and Europe, September 15th in Japan.

There are going to be three editions of the game, as mentioned earlier.

Halo Reach will be exclusive to the Xbox 360.