Sep 18, 2009

Games Delivered?

The holiday season is right around the corner, and the price of a new game isn't going down anytime soon. Finding a way to cut costs on this expensive habit has proven to be an annoying task. Renting a video game at a video store has always been an effective strategy, but finding an available copy on the release date of a new game can be tough. They say patience is a virtue, but how long do you have until the next new game is out? This week alone we saw Need For Speed: Shift, Wet, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and NHL 10 hit store shelves. I decided to give GameFly a try. For those that don't know GameFly is to games what Netflix is to movies. Their premise is simple Games Delivered. Too bad they can't seem to get it right.

If you want to stay on top of video games, your going to be busy. You should be busy playing video games, not waiting for them to show up. The first game I rented from GameFly was Okami. It's availability was high, and I received an email from GameFly saying they shipped the game the day after I joined. Eight days later, Okami shows up in my mailbox. GameFly claims a game should be at your doorstep in 2-4 business days. I excused the delay as them working out the kinks. No harm, no foul. Every game in My GameQ has yet to be released except for Cursed Mountain, which GameFly claims to have shipped September 9th. Seven business days later, Cursed Mountain is still not at my doorstep. Why am I not surprised?

When Batman: Arkham Asylum was released last month, I was determined to play it on the day it came out. Buying it wasn't an option so I called Blockbuster. The one I called didn't have it, but the employee directed me to a Blockbuster that did. To my surprise, I was playing a rented copy of Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3 on the day it was released. Knowing the copy hadn't been played by anybody else made me feel cool. The 5 day limit I had with the game inspired me to finish the story as fast as possible. I played it relentlessly, and 2 nights later I finished the story. Has anybody with a GameFly account received a game on the day it was released? If not then Blockbuster might be the way to go.

I did contact GameFly when Okami didn't show up, but all I got back were generic responses that I'm guessing they use when people have an issue. It didn't do much in the way of trying to figure out what happened to the game. I would talk to them about Cursed Mountain, but something tells me I'll get nowhere. Writing this feels like the way to go. So much for trying to stay on top of the new releases for the month of September...

Sep 2, 2009

Hubby Hubby Ice Cream

Hubby Hubby Ice Cream
Antony Price is probably enjoying his night with some Hubby Hubby Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry's. He has a lot to celebrate. For starters the first trailer for The Ballad of Gay Tony is now available. Gay Tony's Ballad is looks as if it's aiming to be over the top and fabulous. You have to be pretty fabulous to end up a trending topic on Twitter. Liberty City has been appearing in the news a lot as of late. Huang Lee & his quest for the Yu Jian sword is making it's way to the PSP on October 20. This war in Chinatown has got to stop people. There's word from the rock stars that iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to get in on the action sometime this fall. Be careful ladies and gentleman.