September 14th, 2004

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11:24 am - not to put too fine a point on it
So I decided that I'm going to go ahead and buy Fable, even though I've hacked my Xbox and I could just download it off of SuprNova if I wanted to. For one thing, it's a really groundbreaking kind of game that's really got me excited, and I don't mind supporting efforts like that - in fact I want to make sure I do; I don't mind a sort of "conditional ethics" and "enlightened consumerism" in which I only pay for games I actually think are worthwhile, but I don't want to turn into a plain-and-simple parasite on the system. But for another, well, I'm just really fucking excited about it, and I can buy it tonight whereas I'd probably need to wait three or four days before it showed up as a torrent somewhere.

However, my trip into EB Games this morning to pre-order in time to make sure I get one of tonight's copies reminded me about the best thing about downloading console games instead of buying them... and, believe it or not, that isn't simply never having to buy a shitty fucking game.

It's avoiding the video game store. My fucking christ what a sad, sad collection of utterly obsessed and socially starved and dysfunctional losers. =\

I dunno if it's just the EB games by my house, or if it's pretty much every videogame store out there - I don't really go out amongst them often enough to have much of a reference for comparison. And I always manage to forget how bad it is in the month or four in between times I go there, until I walk in the door and have to deal with the insanely "helpful" employees AND CUSTOMERS that are just absolutely DYING to fawn all over you and tell you every possible thing about every possible game and "hook you up" with every possible little worthless consideration that really doesn't matter much in the end to any non-game-obsessed human being.

But either way, my god, going in that place makes me just weep for humanity. =\

Current Mood: appalled
Current Music: Ludacris - Game Got Switched

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[User Picture] From: tawnyleona
Date: September 14th, 2004 - 09:22 am
That's why I pre-order online and have it shipped to my house. Sure, I have to pay shipping costs, but it's worth it not to have to go into the store!

[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: September 14th, 2004 - 12:58 pm
There's some RPG-centered game store in downtown Waltham that I've visited once or twice. The last time there were like 50 boys gathered at long rows of tables playing... some card game. Might've been Magic. Plus other assorted shoppers. I was the only female in the store that wasn't clearly someone's mom coming to pick him up. It was pretty weird.

From: (Anonymous)
Date: September 14th, 2004 - 04:05 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 14th, 2004 - 05:57 pm
There's a difference between "feeling pity for them" and "feeling compassion for them". I'm not quite saintly enough to transcend the pity and make it through to compassion.

It just makes me very uncomfortable, and for that matter more than a little irritated because you can never just buy your damn game and leave. Whoever is behind the counter is so bound and determined to do something like save you $1 off the price by going through some byzantine contortion with the register "that they're not supposed to do" that it means you have to stand there and talk to them for 15 minutes, and it's like GOOD GOD LET ME JUST PAY FOR MY SHIT AND LEAVE.

It is teh sad. =\

From: (Anonymous)
Date: September 15th, 2004 - 09:49 am

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 15th, 2004 - 09:55 am

From: cpf
Date: September 15th, 2004 - 12:34 pm
Man, that strip gets a lot of mileage. And it's still funny EVERY SINGLE TIME!

Can't wait to see what the line-up for San Andreas looks like when I go pick up my pre-ordered copy.

[User Picture] From: enotnert
Date: September 15th, 2004 - 09:56 am
im gonna agree with the em on this one

they want your sexy sexy body

and hacked xbox? does it run linux? if not shame shame shame

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