Week of Apr 3 – 8 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Bastion. It was fantastic and the upcoming PlayStation 4 release will undoubtedly be fantastic as well. If you haven’t played before, I highly recommend it. Maybe not at the $14.99 asking price though. 

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Goodbye FutureShop

That was weird wasn’t? Suddenly — on a Saturday no less — FutureShop ceased to exist. Just over three months into 2015 and we already lost Target Canada and FutureShop. I can’t help but wonder what the next big box retail store will go.

I preferred shopping at BestBuy because of the RewardZone points but always chose to pre-order my games from FutureShop during E3 time because I preferred the cash discount instead of the cumbersome RewardZone gift certificates.

Outside of the reasons that I outlined, did anyone actually have a preference for FutureShop over BestBuy? Or vice versa?

Week of Mar 27 – Apr 2 Round-up

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Check out the wet butt of this Aston Martin Vantage. It’s from upcoming driving simulator, Project Cars. I have no intention on picking it up (primarily because I don’t know much about it) but I wanted to use it in order to segue into this beautiful Top Gear video. Pour one out for the controversial BBC show. I’ll miss it.

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A Good Time To Pick Up Consoles?

The console hardware promotions have been popping up frequently over the last couple of weeks. Microsoft and retailers were offering free game and discounts on numerous bundles throughout the March break. Sony’s PlayStation 4 offered numerous free games but we haven’t seen a straight slashing until this week. This is the first discount on PlayStation 4 consoles in 2015 but the sad reality is: they merely cut the price down to launch prices.

Microsoft’s Xbox One features more aggressive promotions, yesterday FutureShop was offering $50 off Xbox One Assassin’s Creed console bundles and included a $50 Xbox Live! card. If you missed that, the Microsoft Store is offering its own $50 discount along with a free controller.

If you’re itching to join the latest generation, it’s not a terrible time to pick up a console. I hear that Bloodborne is pretty rad.

 

Week of Mar 20 – 26 Round-up

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This week’s image is from the upcoming game, Bloodborne. I skipped Dark Souls II but I’ll be there on day one for Bloodborne. I sincerely hope the technical issues are virtually non-existent. But considering From Software’s history with the Souls series, I’m keeping expectations in check.

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$79.99 games are a reality

It was just a few weeks ago when we were all staring blankly at $74.99 price tags. And now we’re seeing titles like Omega Quintet and Disgaea 5 priced at $79.99 at EB Games.

Disgaea 5 - 80 MSRP Omega Quintet - 80 MSRP

I’m not disgusted. I’m actually amused with the fact that publishers and retailers have the balls to price these titles so high. They believe people will actually pay and I bet some will. Hopefully only the 15 or so people who have already rated those games 4/5 stars on EB Games site will actually do so. Everyone else should vote with their wallets and wait for lower price points.

Remember $59.99? Those were good times.

Week of Mar 13 – 19 Round-up

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This week’s image is from the upcoming game, Battlefield: Hardline. I’m a fan of Battlefield and its shenanigans but I wasn’t keen on what I saw of Hardline. I’m also perfectly content with Battlefield 4 which just received a large patch that brought it up to par. Let’s hope the next Battlefield they announce is either Battlefield 5 or another Bad Company.

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There’s not much news this week but there are plenty of deals — especially if you’re looking into picking up an Xbox One. I’d personally take advantage of the Amazon.ca offer with the $50 credit but I already own an Xbox One. I’m also ashamed to admit that I have yet to play a single game on it.

I own a copy of Sunset Overdrive and I will eventually play it, I just feel bad for treating it like my neglected PS Vita. If you think a backlog of games is bad, how about a backlog of consoles?

Week of Mar 6 – 12 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Wolfenstein: The New Order which will receive a standalone prequel for about $20 in May. I have a copy of this sitting on my PlayStation 4 and will finally give it a go after hearing nothing but praise for it. 

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Save 30-50% off on everything* @ Target

If you haven’t heard, you can save 30-50% off just about everything in Target. Not much is left so don’t get your hopes up. I haven’t bothered stepping foot in a Target since the closure announcement. In fact, I don’t personally know anyone who did.

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Week of Feb 27 – Mar 5 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Limbo which gets a re-release on PlayStation 4 earlier this week. It’s one of my favorite XBLA releases and certainly a classic of the the last generation in my books. I highly recommend it if you haven’t played it before.

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Please Welcome 2015’s Newest MSRP: $74.99

If you haven’t heard, a large number of upcoming releases are now listed at $74.99 across all major retailers including Amazon.ca, BestBuy, EB Games and FutureShop.

It was just last year that we moved from $59.99 to $69.99 and I’m still not used to seeing that $69.99 price tag on games.

How will this affect your purchasing decisions? For me, it means I’ll be waiting a little longer for games to hit my price point. The annual E3 promotions by retailers like Amazon.ca, BestBuy and Futureshop will help ease the pain on “must have on day one” titles but the usual 33% discount off a $74.99 MSRP results in a $50.24 price tag.

That was a $10 discount two years ago.

And if you thought last year’s Black Friday and Boxing Day promotions were dire, I suggest you brace yourself for the worst.

You Bought stuff? Claim Your $20

Long story short: if you bought any electronics between 1999 and 2002, you can claim $20 from this $80 million class action suit that nailed DRAM manufacturers for price fixing. No proof of purchase required for the $20 but if you have proof of purchase from that time period, you may be entitled to more.

Visit https://www.themoneyismine.ca/ for online claim forms.

It takes less than 3 minutes to file your claim.

Week of Feb 20 – 26 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Snow. It’s a free-to-play, open world, winter sports game powered by CryEngine 3. It’s an unorthodox combination ideas that does its namesake justice. 

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Slighty Deeper Discounts at Target

Target is offering 20 – 40% off items with video games and consoles receiving a 20% discount. I haven’t gone to check out what’s available but I cannot imagine it being very much.

Feel free to share what you’ve managed to pick up from your local Target. I’m curious.

Week of Feb 13 – 19 Round-up

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This week’s image is from The Order: 1886 which debuts on February 20, 2015. It’s a fine looking game and I have a copy on the way. I just hope it’s something special and not just run of the mill. 

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Minor Updates to the Site

Some minor updates to the Deals section’s deals filtering were made. You should be able use the menus like every other drop down menu on the internet now. This means you can click off the menus and they will close. Hopefully, it works as advertised. If not? Try clearing your browser cache.

That’s it from us for this week.

Stay safe and stay warm.

Week of Feb 6 – 12 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Dave Rigley. Thanks to his talents, we have our very first banner submission! We think it’s great! Thanks, Dave!

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Target’s First Week of Liquidation

For those who don’t know, Target began their liquidation sale this week. Video games are a measly 10% off. It’s better than nothing but those who were hoping for deeper discounts will have to cross their fingers and hope the discounts get bigger as stores near their closing dates.

Then again, when you have lineups like this for an “up to 30% off” sale, what incentive does Target have to cut deeper?

Enjoy your week, everyone!

 

Week of Jan 30 – Feb 5 Round-up

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This week’s image is from Transistor. ‘Twas one of my favorites from 2014 and it’ll be free in February for PlayStation Plus members. Beautiful game.

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Grid or List?

You can now switch between the traditional grid view to a list view. Both have their merits. Obviously you can see more items at once in grid view but list view is friendlier for long text.

Hope you enjoy it!

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