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Splatterhouse Terror Mask Unboxing July 12, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Site Videos.
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GameStop sent Maniac a gift for all the bad stuff he’s said about them.  Actually he got it by cashing in GameStop Rewards points he earned from buying so many Collector’s Editions of games this year.  This is availble for redemption on the site, and it looked to be the nicest thing offered for the point value, so it was ordered.

Maniac unboxes the Splatterhouse mask stand made as a promotional display for GameStops across the country.  Now it looks like GameStop is giving them away to Power Up Rewards members who have the points to redeem it.  They also offer a lot of other stuff on the site.  It arrived one week after ordering it and came packaged in what you see before you (they just slapped a shipping label on it).

This thing is a VERY high quality collector’s piece, take a look for yourselves!


Why Are So Many Games Coming Out This Fall? July 12, 2011

Posted by Maniac in Editorials.
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Statistically there are two times of the year major games get released, and trust me I know this from plenty of experience. New games will either come out just before Christmas (usually the day after Thanksgiving is the cut off point) or March. Now I bet you can understand why games would come out in advance of the Christmas season, but why is March so popular? Because that’s the time set aside for the games that miss Christmas. As for the rest of the year, the release of major games can be quite sparse regardless of platform.

Recently, this has hurt even the biggest of publishers, and caused them to rethink the way they released games. In 2008, both the PS3 and Xbox 360 were preparing to release their major exclusives for the Christmas season, Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2. This was also the year which saw the release of the (then) widely popular Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band 2 games. With all these games getting expensive Collector’s Edition releases, gamer wallets just dried up! When EA released games from new franchises that year at the same time these major sequels were coming out, sales were hurt badly. The poster child game for this could probably be Mirror’s Edge, which was a fun game which reviewed well and just didn’t get the sales EA was expecting due to the heavy competition that season. EA even said they learned their lesson and would endeavor to spread out their release schedules better, and for the past two years, things have been calm. But that is about to change.

I was kind of hoping that there was going to be an even spread of game releases this summer, but the delay of RAGE, which was going to be coming in August, put the end to that. Now from the looks of it, all of the major game releases for the rest of the year are going to be coming in September, October and November, with October looking like it will probably be the most expensive gaming month in the history of this industry with games like Batman: Arkham City, The Darkness II, and RAGE. November’s looking pretty full as well with releases like Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Skyrim, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Who can afford all this?

Heck, two of Sony’s major platform exclusives, Resistance 3 and Uncharted 3, are launching in that same period, and Uncharted 3 has already announced a $100US Collector’s Edition. By launching them at around the same time, those games are going to be competing with each other! Why would Sony do that?

As Mr. Spock would say, “Logic dictates to have a continual release stream of major game releases of established properties.” To launch them all together at the same time, especially when you are an optional commodity in a time when money is tight all around, is insanity!