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6:52 PM on 01.09.2008

Contestoid: Super Swag Blowout UPDATE

Hello there D-toiders. This is an update on the contest that was posted on Sunday. New text is in bold.

I am Spykron and I assist with the managing of a GameStop in Massachusetts. We have A LOT of random pre-order swag lying around in my store and I thought "why not give it away to you guys." Because we don't want it anymore.

So heres the deal. I will be visiting fellow d-toider ShadokatRegn next week (13th-18th) in the mile high city of Denver. We have been friends for years now and I am proud to have brought her strength into His Robots Army.

Anyway, neither of us has much money, so we are looking for fun, creative ideas of things to do. You submit the ideas, we do the things and take a picture, the 3 ideas that we had the most fun with will win!

:OFFICIAL RULES:

How to enter:
1. Open to all d-toid members. Must have a mailing address to get your prize.
1b. I'm really sorry, but I have to limit this to Canada/USA. I hate to exclude members of the community, but I really can't afford 100 bucks to ship over seas. :-( super sad face...
2. Just post your idea in the comments section. There will be more than one blog posting of this contest. Shadokat will probably repost under her name as well. You only need to submit your idea once on one blog, but if you want to post multiple times, go ahead. Feel special!
3. Submit as many ideas as you want.

Rules on submissions:
1. Ideas must cost nothing, be legal, and safe.
2. Nothing sexual guys, plz, srysly.
3. Be fucking creative. Creativity wins it.
4. We dont have time or money to travel far, so ideas must take place in the city. Or in a place you would expect a big city like Denver to have. (Malls, McDonalds, etc..)
4b. Also, don't get too elaborate. We're kind of lazy. It shouldn't take longer than 15-20 minutes to do your idea.
5. Ideas must produce an Epic picture. The final picture of the event is something you should keep in mind. (I have a tripod and a timer, if that helps)
6. The ideas don't have to be something we need to leave the house for.
7. Also, creativity.

Deadline:
Jan 16th 2008

Winners:
1. Spykron and Shadokat reserve the right to ignore/preform as many ideas as they choose.
2. We will agree one a top 3 of the best ideas/resulting pictures and post them. Along with any other interesting crap that might happen along the way.
3. Winners announced sometime around the 20th.

PRIZES!!!!

There are 3 tee-shirts. Each is a mostly black, XL cotton shirt. One is for Guild Wars: EotN, one is for Kane and Lynch, and one is for Tabula Rasa. 1st place picks first, then 2nd, and 3rd gets the remaining shirt. In addition:

1st place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book
-Fullmetal Alchemist DVD with 1st four episodes.
-Pirates of the Carribean playing cards.
-Dragon Quest Monsters Joker DS screenwipe with dangle pouch
-Mass Effect behind the scenes bonus disc
-Crysis pre-order bonus with poster
-Han Solo PSP case
-Eternal Sonata 360 faceplate (it's light blue with a little boy wearing a green coat)
-Monkey Ball figurine
-Unopened pack of WoW trading cards.

2nd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

3rd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

Disclaimer!
Rules might change (a little) and GameStop is in no way affiliated with this contest.   read


11:02 AM on 01.07.2008

God of War: Chains of Olympus demo review

I got a demo disc for the new God of War game for pre-ordering it at GameStop. I popped it into my slim PSP and had at it while waiting for my movie to start.

The graphics are pretty mind blowing for the PSP. They look just like the PS2 versions. In fact the whole game is just like the PS2 versions. The boss fights with the "hit the button" mini games are still there. The fixed camera angles are still there (and they still work well.) The only difference I noticed was the new magic system. I stole a spell from a Persian guy after i kicked his ass. The demo ended right after that, but I'm guessing you get your spells from bosses this time around.

So long story short, if you want God of War in your pocket, then this is exactly what you need. Doesn't look like anything very unique is going on here, but awesome non-the-less.

Sidenote: My hand started to hurt. I think the slim is too slim...   read


9:56 PM on 01.06.2008

Contestoid: Super Swag Blowout

Hello there D-toiders.

I am Spykron and I assist with the managing of a GameStop in Massachusetts. We have A LOT of random pre-order swag lying around in my store and I thought "why not give it away to you guys." Because we don't want it anymore.

So heres the deal. I will be visiting fellow d-toider ShadokatRegn next week (13th-18th) in the mile high city of Denver. We have been friends for years now and I am proud to have brought her strength into His Robots Army.

Anyway, neither of us has much money, so we are looking for fun, creative ideas of things to do. You submit the ideas, we do the things and take a picture, the 3 ideas that we had the most fun with will win!

:OFFICIAL RULES:

How to enter:
1. Open to all d-toid members. Must have a mailing address to get your prize.
2. Just post your idea in the comments section. There will be more than one blog posting of this contest. Shadokat will probably repost under her name as well. You only need to submit your idea once on one blog, but if you want to post multiple times, go ahead. Feel special!
3. Submit as many ideas as you want.

Rules on submissions:
1. Ideas must cost nothing, be legal, and safe.
2. Nothing sexual guys, plz, srysly.
3. Be fucking creative. Creativity wins it.
4. We dont have time or money to travel far, so ideas must take place in the city. Or in a place you would expect a big city like Denver to have. (Malls, McDonalds, etc..)
5. Ideas must produce an Epic picture. The final picture of the event is something you should keep in mind. (I have a tripod and a timer, if that helps)
6. The ideas don't have to be something we need to leave the house for.
7. Also, creativity.

Deadline:
Jan 16th 2008

Winners:
1. Spykron and Shadokat reserve the right to ignore/preform as many ideas as they choose.
2. We will agree one a top 3 of the best ideas/resulting pictures and post them. Along with any other interesting crap that might happen along the way.
3. Winners announced sometime around the 20th.

PRIZES!!!!

There are 3 tee-shirts. Each is a mostly black, XL cotton shirt. One is for Guild Wars: EotN, one is for Kane and Lynch, and one is for Tabula Rasa. 1st place picks first, then 2nd, and 3rd gets the remaining shirt. In addition:

1st place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book
-Fullmetal Alchemist DVD with 1st four episodes.
-Pirates of the Carribean playing cards.
-Dragon Quest Monsters Joker DS screenwipe with dangle pouch
-Mass Effect behind the scenes bonus disc
-Crysis pre-order bonus with poster
-Han Solo PSP case
-Eternal Sonata 360 faceplate (it's light blue with a little boy wearing a green coat)
-Monkey Ball figurine
-Unopened pack of WoW trading cards.

2nd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-Juiced 2 DVD with Ursula Mayes (shes hot)
-Naruto wristband
-Unreal Anthology for PC
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

3rd Place:



-Mario Galaxy pre-order coin
-COD4 Map thingy
-GameStop calendar
-GameStop activity book

Disclaimer!
Rules might change (a little) and GameStop is in no way affiliated with this contest.

GO!   read


7:53 PM on 01.01.2008

Gamestop, I work there v4

Heyo. For anyone who don't know, I provide random tips every now and then about Gamestop for you. Hurray!

-We "penny'd out" a bunch of strategy guides a week or too ago. I should have told you sooner but i forgot. This basically means we marked down a bunch of guides to a Penny. I'm pretty sure its a chain wide ordeal and included guides were Heavenly Sword, RE4 Wii edition, Hellgate London, crash of the titans, a Naruto game, and a few others I forget. Bad Reporting, oops.

The point is check your local store and ask if they have anything for a penny. The Heavenly Sword guide has some nice art in the back. I expect some of the holiday themed stuff to go out like that soon too. We have these nifty little gift card tins that look like miniature systems, and I'd bet they're next to go.

-PS2's are worth 40 bucks now (45 for the slim) which isnt too bad considering they used to be 30, then 20. Gamecubes are 15 but they only sell for 30 now which rules, and Xbox gets shafted at being worth 20 (resold for 60)

-If you ever need a quick fix of Xbox live gold but are poor then go to Gamestop and check around in the used games that are open. A lot of them have 48 hour passes in them. I even found one that had a free month. Score.

Ok see ya around the internets
~Spykron   read


2:46 PM on 12.29.2007

PS3 things I've noticed while working at GameStop

As you guys may or may not now, I am an assistant manager of a Gamestop in Massachusetts. This holiday season was OMGWTFBBQ busy and with all those customers in the store our amount of PS3 customers naturally increased.

The main thing I've noticed was that at least 75% of the PS3 customers fit into 2 categories.

1. Hip-Hop Culture Enthusiasts.
These are the kind of people who talk kind of like Snoop Dog and wear diamond earrings (real or fake, I don't think it matters) and the chains and blah blah you know the type. I guess Sony is a brand more close to fancy big screen tvs and that sort of "Big Pimpin" high life. The PS3 is more expensive. Its like digital bling.

2. Parents who don't now much about gaming
These are parents who's kids had a PS2 so they just got a PS3 cause it was the next one up. Pretty simple.

In both cases they are customers who probably bought a Sony console just because it said "Sony" on it. Remember when Sony was talking all arrogant and saying things like that? Well from what I've seen they were mostly right. The problem is that number is still relatively small because of the hardcore gamers that like to think for themselves.

I can say that it looks like the PS3 is rising up just fine and I really hope it does. I have a 360, but thats mostly because I had a Playstation in the last round of consoles and I needed to catch up with the games that were on XBOX. I'll be ready for my PS3 when they (hopefully) announce a redesign like the past 2 PlayStations got.

So I know this community is mostly hardcore, and I know you guys have PS3's out there. Do you agree?

(P.S. Wii and DS totally "Won" Christmas at my store. I'm sure we wernt alone.)   read


10:25 AM on 12.13.2007

Guns and Honor. A gathering of opinions.

So last night Necros posted this blog about a 5 year old killing a bear with a gun. One thing lead to another and I felt the need to make my own blog sharing my opinions on guns, fighting, and what honor has to do with it.

The way I see it, there are people out there, and situations, where you have no choice but to handle them violently. For example: self defense from a mugger, rapist, or dictator government. Weapons make it a lot easier to defend yourself, and guns are a powerful weapon. Sure you could say we would all be better off if no one had them, but we would also all be better off with a personal magic genie. Thats just not going to happen though. And outlawing them would be a terrible idea, because then only the criminals would have guns. (look what happened during prohibition.)

Then theres the question of honor. EternalDeathSlayer believes that a knife fight has more honor (and is also cleaner?) I don't believe in a code of honor like this. I don't believe in Bushido at all. The way I see it, if there is someone doing something evil, the evil must be stopped. If I were to come across someone being attacked and raped in an alley, I would use any means necessary to put a stop to it. If i had a weapon and they didn't, good. They don't deserve a fair fight. When it comes to a point where violence is the only option, why on earth would you want to pass on any advantage you could have. Thats just bad strategy. Most things are not worth getting violent for, but if you have to, go big and get it done quick.

I hope to hear a lot of opinions. Also, if you have a Myspace, you can check out a blog i posted last year about hunting. It got pretty intense.   read


11:07 AM on 12.12.2007

XBLA: Arkadian Warriors quick review

Arkadian Warriors came out on XBLA (which i like to pronounce phonetically as X-BLAH) and I was excited. If any of you read my blog about how my friend and i have a christmas eve tradition of playing online co-op hack and slashers, then you know that this game basically saved christmas for us, because we dont feel like installing stuff on our PCs anymore, now that we both have 360's. <-- That was a long sentence.

So i dropped the 800 points on A.W. and gave it a quick test run. I wanted to know how its level up system worked. Turns out that this is certainly no diablo, but it is fun.

Theres 3 classes, Soldier, Archer, and Sorceress. I picked the Solider and went around the town to a dude named Hermie who told me to go kill some boars and opened a portal right there that i could take into the dungeon. Looks like the bulk of the quests will be in the "Kill X amount" style.

Combat is simple. You move with the left stick, rotate camera with the right. Attack with A, pick stuff up with X, use special magic with B, and turn into your alter ego with Y. You can use various potions with the D-pad, and holding the right trigger brings up your character/inventory/spell pages. Holding the left trigger locks you onto an enemy which is really useful for ranged combat. The left bumper switches weapons.

But my favorite part of games like this is the level up system and the skill points and the character builds and all that. This is where Arkadian Warriors fails me. You can learn 6 skills as you level up, and those are set in stone. You get a new skill at level 2, 5,8,11, and 14, and you can only equip one of these at a time. Also, your only stats in the game are Attack, Defense, Magic, and Magic Defense. You dont get to add skill points to these, they just go up when you level.

On the plus side, there are a lot of different weapons and equipment to collect, somewhere around 200 pieces.

In the end, its a nice little arcade hack and slasher. Without any kind of unique builds system, it looses that addicting quality for me, but it is good enough to play through and probably earn all the achievements on.

Now heres hoping Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom is awesome.   read


12:43 PM on 12.09.2007

360 Hack and Slash RPGs?

For the past couple of years, my friend and I have had a tradition of playing a hack and slash RPG together (online co-op) over winter break, and especially on Christmas Eve (after all the drinking and churching)

It started with Diablo II (King) then Dungeon Siege (Boring) and last year it was Titan Quest (pretty sweet) However, this year we both have 360's are are both tired of the whole "installation and system requirements" side of PC gaming. The 360 really needs a hack and slash RPG.

It looks like Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom is our best bet, but it comes out Jan 8, which is a little too late for our Christmas Eve purposes. I haven't played the previous KUF games but I hear they are pretty fun. Im afraid they are more "Dynasty Warriors" than "Baulders Gate" though.

Then theres this XBLA game called Arkadian Warriors that sounds awesome. The only problem is, I can't find a real release date. This game lets you pick Soldier, Archer, or Sorceress and you hack your way through dungeons to go fight a Gorgon. Sounds like a good time to me.

It looks like Lego Star Wars might have to be our game, even though its not an RPG, it certainly has the hackity slash gameplay.

Ive also tried looking for an original XBOX game that fits the description, and is backwards compatible, and works on live. but so far no luck.

We might just have to take it back to the PC.   read


12:31 PM on 12.09.2007

Gamestop, I work there v3

Just a few quick tips.

Apparently, the Gamestop warehouse is out of pink DS Lite's. This might just be a northeastern thing, but if you were planning to get one you might want to pick it up soon because it looks like these could go rare. Maybe.

Or if you were still trying to find a Zelda/Nintendogs bundle check at you're local Gamestop cause apparently less people bought them from us than other major retailers.

If you buy a DS Lite at Gamestop you can get up to 3 used DS/GBA games for 30% off (40% if you have an edge card.) I'm not sure how long this promo goes for though :-(

Crisis Core for the PSP is in our pre-order books now. Poor PSP has such a small list.

Ok thats about all thats interesting. See ya later.   read


2:59 PM on 12.05.2007

Christmas season needs more epic.

Does anyone else feel the same way I do about Christmas and New Years Eve feeling, anti-climatic? I'd love to have some kind of adventure on Christmas Eve where you save the day for little Timmy while epic versions of holiday favorites play in the background.

Delivering toys for tots would be fun but i looked into it and i guess its hard to get a spot doing that. And they do it before christmas eve cause it would be bad to go last minute.

staying in with family can be nice but i want to be out. I need the adventure!

so does anyone have ideas? what do you do on the Eve's thats exciting?   read


7:02 PM on 11.18.2007

[Gamestop, I work there] v2

Ok guys not too much news here just some quick hits.

-Call of Duty trades in for 30 dollars instead of the usual 25 for a new game. So if you really need that Assassins Creed or Mass Effect you can get half off. (If you put the trade toward a reserve of Mass Effect you get an extra 10% but youll have to hurry, its out on Tuesday.)

-We have some sweet new gift cards for the holidays. Next time you stop in, check them out. The Star Wars Force Unleashed one kicks so much ass.

-If your PS3 Eye looks horrible, it's probably just your lighting. Turn on some more lights.

-There should be Wii's in stock at most GameStops for black Friday. Most stores have been holding their Wii's (get it?) for then.

-Also on Black Friday, look for coupon books. We got some early ones that had to be Thrown away due to print errors, but they should be coming back for the holidays and they are sweet. Stuff like Buy 2 get 1 on used PSP and DS games. Ill post again to confirm all these coupons when they are officially in.



Ok thats all, I'm going to go drink some Harpoon Winter Warmer (its like a pie in beer form!) and watch the Patriots game. See ya.   read


2:15 PM on 11.12.2007

[GAMESTOP, I WORK THERE] v1 "First issue!?"

Hey guys, I work at Gamestop in Massachusetts and thought I'd start wring blogs with some info that could be helpful to the general gaming community. I'm really not a journalist so you can expect these to be short and sweet.

1. First on the agenda, is that it seems a lot of Guitar Hero III controllers are busted. Mostly the 360 ones. The whammy bar and the star power are usually the issues. Anyone else having this problem? Doing a defective return from where ever you bought it seems to work just fine.

2. I know Gamestop gets a lot of shit for giving lousy trade values but you can't deny that its a lot easier than selling through ebay. I can tell you now that Bioshock is only worth 18 so just keep it, but halo 3 is worth 35, and after a few promotions it can be up to 45 which isnt too shabby. Also, you can almost always get extra credit when you trade toward a reserve.

3. If you ever want some swag, ask the workers if they have leftover promos from games. Tell them you'll pre-order something if they give you a piece of swag. Gamestop loves pre-orders, and they'll probably be happy to get rid of the junk anyway. Right now, I'd ask for the Han-Solo PSP case, or the 8-bit figurine of Simon Belmont. Or just ask, who knows what they still have lying around.

Ok thats all for now. I'll try to keep you updated.
~Spykron   read


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