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10:30 AM on 03.15.2012

Leaked memo: Microsoft, Activision, pull support for GAME

GAME is still dragging its broken legs behind itself as it crawls across a field of broken glass, suffering further indignity today with reports that both Microsoft and Activision have decided to pull back their support of th...

Jim Sterling


10:00 PM on 11.25.2011

Grandpa gets face battered by cops over videogames

A grandfather accused of shoplifting videogames during a Black Friday shopping spree got a smashed face and a throat full of blood after cops sent him sprawling to the floor. Stories as to what happened in the Buckeye Walmart...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 02.24.2011

Rockstar offers a variety of L.A. Noire pre-order bonuses

It's a trend I personally despise, since it screws the end user out of content, but major publishers offer retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for almost every big game nowadays. Today, Rockstar revealed the various in-game (...

Samit Sarkar

11:40 AM on 02.15.2011

Preorder Duke Nukem Forever for Duke's Big Package

As well as a "Balls of Steel" special edition, Duke Nukem Forever is getting some preorder bonuses to help you make you purchasing decisions. Both Walmart and GameStop have gotten in on the action, with the latter offering "D...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 12.03.2010

Walmart offers ludicrously cheap Wiimote bundle deal

Walmart's low prices have given it a retail edge and driven many family businesses into the dirt where they belong, but it seems the company may have gone a little bit too far with this. The company is offering a third-party ...

Jim Sterling

3:20 PM on 07.27.2010

Dev reckons DJ Hero increased sales of real DJ equipment

In the same way that Guitar Hero and Rock Band can help gamers discover new artists and gain a new passion for music, one developer believes that DJ Hero actually increased sales of real-life DJ equipment. Freestyle Games bel...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 03.06.2010

Walmart exclusive Wii Sports Resort Wii bundle is awesome

So you sold your Wii three years ago for some reason I'm sure you'll tell us about in the comments, and now you can't play New Super Mario Bros. Wii, No More Heroes 2, MadWorld, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories or Wii Sports R...

Matthew Razak

8:20 AM on 02.04.2010

Pre-order Madden NFL 11 at Wal-Mart, get a $20 gift card

(Seriously, if you’ve never been to peopleofwalmart.com, I highly recommend it. It is a fascinating slice of Americana, a rabbit hole from which it is difficult to escape.) Wal-Mart may not be the first place that come...

Samit Sarkar

9:40 AM on 10.30.2009

Walmart/Modern Warfare 2 advertising juggernaut engage!

It has begun. With Modern Warfare 2 a mere two weeks away, evil publisher Activision has rolled out its advertising campaign of death. Expect total media saturation over the next fortnight, with Activision backed up by Ameri...

Jim Sterling



Trade used games at Wal-Mart with this...machine photo
Trade used games at Wal-Mart with this...machine
by Dale North

A few months back, I had lunch with a games retail buyer. We went to this great Mexican place and he recommended the Diablo Shrimp. Sh*t was so spicy that it made me cry like a little bitch. It was during this lunch that this buyer ran a question by me: What would you think about a used games vending machine? Just stick in a plain disc and get back either money or credit for another game from within the machine. If you've ever seen the Redbox DVD rental machines, you'll have a good idea of what this would be like.

I said, no. No way. Gamers won't do this. Gamers want the box. Gamers want to be able to see the game. I had a bunch of reasons why this wouldn't work, but I guess my comments never made it to the top, as it seems that at least one retailer is going ahead with this vending machine.

Neocrisis has images of a Wal-Mart Video Games Buy Back vending machine that allows you to trade in your used PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii games. A scanner reads the game and compares it to a database. Unfortunately, due to bugs, they didn't get any farther than this. Apparently Mirror's Edge isn't in its database. I didn't even account for silly things like databases and bugs.

See, you should have listened to me.

Would you use a machine to trade in games? 

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9:00 AM on 04.14.2009

Lucky little boy gets PSP crammed with porn

Six-year-old Eliso Tovar was given a late Christmas present by his mother recently in the form of a PSP. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the gift that kept on giving, when it was discovered that the console, freshly purcha...

Jim Sterling





2:00 AM on 03.27.2009

Wal-Mart has a dirty Wii

About two weeks ago, I went into my local Wal-Mart to grab some low fat sour cream. (I have a baked potato fetish. It’s how I get my carbs.) On my way to the refrigerated foods, I stumbled upon a Wii kiosk. Instead of b...

Brad Nicholson

8:20 AM on 01.26.2009

Madden NFL 09 is totally redneck sh*t, according to copy found in Wal-Mart

The above image is the sight that greeted one young boy as he opened the first game purchased for his brand new Xbox 360. Having bought the system and game with his own Christmas money, the lad eagerly expected to be playing ...

Jim Sterling

1:16 PM on 10.21.2008

Some lucky guys find LittleBigPlanet at their local Wal-Mart

Well, will you look at these gleeful sons of bitches. Apparently Wal-Mart was late on getting the memo to pull LittleBigPlanet off their shelves, because these two dudes scored copies very recently. Of course, since then we'v...

Colette Bennett

5:46 AM on 09.30.2008

Details revealed on Wal-Mart-exclusive AC/DC Rock Band tie-in

Remember when we told you about a leaked Wal-Mart memo that essentially confirmed exclusive Rock Band AC/DC songs for the retail chain? Now we’ve got proof, courtesy of a New York Times article detailing the promotion. ...

Samit Sarkar

9:04 AM on 08.29.2008

Walmart wants games biz to go green

American retail titan Walmart has urged the games industry to follow its Earth-conscious ways and go green. Holding a "green gaming summit," Walmart's buying team spoke with the likes of Microsoft, Sony, Electronic ...

Jim Sterling