The short of it is: I started on an Atari ST back in the 80's as a little kid playing Fun School 4 (which I will still stand by as the best educational video game EVAR!) and James Pond with my little brother. Eventually I moved on to PC, specifically Lucas Arts point and click games, The Incredible Machine and Prince of Persia...cd\games\prince :D yay!
However I was converted to Nintendo upon winning a NES shortly after they had just come out. I will forever be in the debt of Golden Grahams for making me the kid who owned Super Mario Bros.
I then stood by Nintendo religiously, especially during the dark ages of N64 and Gamecube , idolizing Shigeru Miomoto as my Jesus and creator of everything fantastic. It was only when Rare were bought by Microsoft, I gave in and submitted my Gamecube to EXT3 on the back of my telly to make space for my new, shiny, bought-on-my-credit-card-and-probably-still-haven't-paid-off-credit-card Xbox.
Oh I also owned a PS2 in brief amounts to play the GTAs, and would sell it as soon as I had raped them. Seriously, I felt like I was sitting in the house with someone who had murdered my family so I just couldn't bring myself to keep the thing. Fucking aids ridden monstrosity of a chav console...
I say that, but then Little Big Planet came out and stole my heart and I now own a PS3 as well. Madness. However, even LBP has taken a backseat to Fat Princess (the only game I play on PS3, and what a game!)
Well, well, put a 35p sticker on me, throw me in to a petrol station and call me the Daily Mail but I heard me a beautiful and more importantly, plausible claim from an employee at my local Blockbuster today. Yes, that's right, he told me that word has it, don't tell anyone, but Blockbuster will definitely be selling COD:MW2 on Xbox for less than £35. Hmm.
Let me explain what this feller said, he said that word is, firstly, that Game (UK equivilant of GameStop) have secured a special £35 price tag for the game's launch. Furthermore, as Blockbuster within the past year have realised that movies are for bell ends and everyone likes games now, they have a new, rather awesome policy that says they will always give the best trade in prices and will always sell games cheaper than any other high street store.
Therefore, with this news flying about, Blockbuster staff have been informed that the game will be priced at £32.99 making it quite possibly the single cheapest new release triple-A title to have been launched possibly forever - quite a contrast from previous suggestions of it being the most expensive non-peripheral game of this generation.
Why do I think this is plausible? Well, considering that this game is going to sell more than any other game ever, if I was Mr. Game or Mr. Blockbuster I would want some of the action. In fact, knowing the number of gamers, parents and spouses the game is going to draw, I would make a loss. You see the [where is the bloody number key on a mac?!?!] NUMBER one way to increase sales in a high street shop in a time where online sales are accounting for more and more of people's Christmas spending is to literally just get them in at all costs.
If, let's say, a million billion more people come in to your shop over the Christmas period, buy a copy of COD:MW2 and one in 10 them buy one of those shitty Wii tennis rackets which they buy in for 75p and sell for £10, they're going to make a massive amount of money from that even if they're losing money on the game in the first place. Ok the maths is clearly wrong in that statement, but you get what I'm saying yea?
Of course, the question is: why would Mr. Game tell Mr. Blockbuster about his wicked plan for world domination? Well that my friends...ismybusseeya!