Firstly thanks for all the support everyone and letting me know im not crazy for thinking the way I do about games and thanks to EB Community manager for getting in touch with me to help get this all sorted out.
So here’s what was happened, On Friday I was told that I have to send mine back to EB Head office and then they will send me out another one once they had receive mine as the only place that has stock at is their warehouse (fair enough). But I have asked for an explanation regarding why the box had been opened (I’ve been promised that it will be looked into so hopefully with get an answer about that soon).
However lest than an hour later I received another call from EB Customer Support telling me that they will be sending out my new mint condition Saints Row Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition today before I even send mine back so that I dont have to wait so long to get a replacement and also an explanation about why the box had been opened (apparently it was opened by the vendors but they couldn’t say why exactly).
Either way I should hopefully be getting a mint condition Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition for my collection and Im happy with the outcome, thanks EB Games Australia.
Will keep you all updated once the new one arrives.
So tonight I picked up my Saints Row Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition after arriving back from Melbourne and I was super excited for it, after the release date being pushed back (twice) and my love for the series I was expecting big things and before I have even had a chance to play the game I am very disappointed and pissed off.
Not only is the box scuffed and damaged but there are some obvious signs its been opened (torn open to be exact) before I got it, Now some of you may be saying “Well its just a box, whats the big deal?”
Well the big deal to me is:
a) I am a collector, I like my stuff to be in (and remain in) the best possible condition, I put my money down months and months in advance to ensure I get the best version available for my collection and I do not expect new items to look like like this, I have things in my collection that are decades older than this and are in better condition.
b) I paid a premium price for this and I expect a premium product, we already get shafted here in Australia on game prices, we should expect things to be delivered in mint condition, you wouldn’t buy any product new with the expectation of it being given to you damaged and being expected to be happy about it
c) Given the fact that this edition is extremely hard to get a hold of im stuck in the situation of accepting sub standard goods or taking nothing at all which considering I paid my money, waited and waited and now this has happened hardly seems acceptable.
Anyway that’s my mini rant over for now, but this is far from finished!!!
The following is the abridged mental conversation I had rationalizing the decision to play Wow for 7 days thanks to an offer from Activision/ Blizzard.
*Suddenly a wild email appears*
Activision/ Blizzard: Hey you haven’t played WoW in a while, here have a 7 day free pass to…
Me: Na I’m good
Activision/ Blizzard: C’mon man you know how much you use to love it
Me: yeah but…ive been clean for a while now, I don’t need a subscription based MMO RPG in my life right now, I’ve got my shit together and there are so many other games to play…
Activision/ Blizzard: You know you loved Azeroth, think of all the areas still to explore the dungeons to run, the mounts and pets to obtain
Me: Shut up….I’ve been Wow free for 6 months now and, and…..
Activision/ Blizzard: but its free, it doesnt mean you have to keep playing
Me: I suppose you’re right, one week wont hurt, will it?
Activision/ Blizzard: No…of course not
Me: You know your just a giant electronic drug pusher right?
Activision/ Blizzard: We know what we are, now shut up an chase that dragon dammit…
Me:…..*sigh* well fuck…
Recently I came across this little gem that prior to that moment I had never heard of before, which is a bit of a rare thing for me. The item in question is a Mani Game Watch Boy (yes that is correct Game Watch Boy not Game Boy Watch, I know don’t say it). This Gameboy looking watch was released back in 1992 and an official product on behalf of Nintendo and came with an inbuilt LCD game of Super Mario Race along with all the normal other watch stuff.
This Game Watch Boy was given to me and was told that they didn’t know what was wrong with it or even if it could be opened & more worryingly that it may have been submerged in water many years ago, so basically I really didn’t hold out much hope for this latest addition being brought back to life. After getting it home I started doing a bit research on these watches and found information about them or how to repair them pretty lacking, so decided to just dive in and see what I could find and much to my amazement it was in immaculate condition, no damage, no corrosion, nothing. So I started to think that surely I couldn’t be just the battery could it?
Well much to my surprise after replacing the battery the watch squawked and squeaked back to life with its glorious LCD graphics.
So that’s the story of my Game Watch Boy, not the most exciting tale or the hardest fix I ever had to do but I figured it was worth sharing
Its been a while since my last blog post and a lot has been happening since then, I’ve been writing a few articles for the gaming website Anti Gravity Gaming ,working in a new role, restoring a few more consoles and of course growing my collection, which has given me a lot that I want to write about and share (along with a few other random things just to keep it interesting ^_^).
So with that said, expect to see a few more posts appearing soon.
Recently I was invited to a sneak preview event at EA Games Australia, want to know what happened next? Well you’ll just have to keep reading.
My mission for the night was to rendezvous with Pidego, Jiggsy and some other lucky community members to check out the latest in the Medal of Honor series, the highly anticipated Warfighter.
After meeting up with everyone outside the EA Games Australia head office we were all escorted upstairs and then into the Warfighter bunker that had been set up in a corner of the EA HQ. The room (re: bunker) had been set up in spectacular fashion, the room was adorned with the flags of the various nations represented in the game, wartime paraphernalia, camouflage and of course our weapons for the night, 12 high end Origin PC’s set up in a LAN with top of the line Razer gear and widescreen HD monitors to make sure that we could all experience as much of what the game had to offer as we possibly could.
Once we had all had a chance to grab a PC each Pidgeo and Jiggsy ran though some ground rules for the night and then we got to see a video from the games producers that talked about the many unique features of the game such as usage of tier 1 fighters, the new co-op like experience called “Fire teams” which allows players to identify their fire team partners location no matter where they are on the map and one of the most appealing things to me was the option to chose between best of the best special operations units from around the globe including Australia’s very own SASR rather than the standard America vs. generic bad guys.
When the video had concluded we all finally got to get some hands on with the game and there are a few things id like to highlight before I go any further:
1: I am by no means a great FPS player
2: I am primarily a console gamer
3: I am most certainly not use to playing any FPS on a PC
Now with that said and even though we all had a limited amount of time to play I have to say I was impressed with this game and after bugging my fire team partner multiple times to ask how to do some very basic stuff and I finally started to get the hang of it I genuinely enjoyed playing this game. The range of classes that had are available to the player in the game gives all players the opportunity to find a class that suits their particular playing style such as Assault, Sniper, Demolitions, Point Man, Heavy Gunner, and Spec Ops. All of these various styles have there own strengths and weaknesses to make sure that no one class is to powerful but when combined with the fire team feature players can easily work together to create a dynamic that can be hard to beat.
The level we got to play was a Somalia pirate base and the game mode was essentially a variation of capture the flag and even though we were told this was an early build of the game the environment and game play were fantastic. The functionality of the in game perks system that allows players to utilized things such as weaponized UAV’s or call down helicopters laden with mini guns to help suppress the activities of the opposing team was a great feature, but even with all these options and all the added extras I still managed to get my ass handed to me on multiple occasions, but it didn’t matter the game and the atmosphere that EA games had created for this event was just that enjoyable I didn’t care that I was losing.
Just while I’m on that point most people who know me know that I am more than a little camera happy when it comes to game events and this once again speaks to the caliber of the event and the game, but I became that focused on the game and the talking with the other community members that I almost forgot to get any pictures at all.
This was a great night and it was fantastic to be able to catch up with other community members and all the hard working EA Games Australia team. I would like to thank EA Games for inviting me and for putting on another brilliant event, cant wait to see what they have lined up for next time.
For years now I’ve wanted to start my own blog (but for various reasons I’ve not been able to until now.) about my adventures (so to speak) in relation to my work, life and my many passions and probably the biggest of these passions is for video games and this will form the main focus of this blog.
Now when I say I have a passion for video games its not just all about playing games or high scores, it forms an integral part of who I am. For me being a gamer has also meant having a love for the hardware, the history, the evolution, collecting, restoring, the culture.and everything in between.
So with that said I hope you’ll enjoy reading my tales and welcome to my life as a gam3r
Noel (aka FurySevenSix)