Visiting the Dreamcrushers a/k/a Let’s Go to Gamestop & Buy a PS4

Confession time: I have yet to buy a Playstation 4.  Yes, yes, horror of horrors, I know.  But having just finished my first run through of Grand Theft Auto V and currently waist deep in spent shell casings over in CoD: Ghosts, there just hasn’t been a compelling reason to buy one.

Until yesterday, when it suddenly dawned on me that I did not have a Playstation 4. Clearly, I had to rectify this.  Luckily: Brainstorm! Why don’t I trade in my PS3 + my clutch of games (44 at last count) at Gamestop? I mean, that many games PLUS an original PS3? I’m pretty sure we all know that that equals brand new PS4, two controllers, a PS camera and a year of PSN, easy.

So it should surprise absolutely no one that his plan did not work out. At all. First off, Gamestop has zero PS4s.  I called 12 of them last night (Queens & Manhattan) and got a bunch of different answers including : “No.” “No, we don’t have them but we can sell you the $800 bundle” “No one has them and won’t have them until March. But we CAN sell you a bundle.” “Nah, but maybe we’ll have some in later January.” Ok, clearly this is bullshit that these jerks are spewing to push sales of the console bundles. I ain’t buying it, both literately AND figuratively.

At least I can start to figure out how much sweet sweet store credit I’ll be getting for my collection. I figure, at least $5/game & $100 for the console, thats $320 + the various trade-in gimmicks that GS is currently running.  So maybe I won’t get all the stuff I envisioned for a straight trade, but If I can get an entire new setup for under $100, I’ll be doing fine.

Shocker #2: Gamestop said they’d give me $60 for the PS3…until they double checked and said they could only give me $50 for it. OOF. Well, ok, not amazing but at least I have my library of games to make up the bulk of the cost. So I packed up all of my games, headed over to my local Gamestop to see how long I’d have to wait for my semi-free PS4.

Well…while it turns out they may have shipments this week, you can’t reserve them. You just have to be there when they open, otherwise no dice. I’ve got line-standers on standby, so no worries there. So tell me, Mr. Bald Up Front, Mullet in the Back Gamestop Employee, how much will I be getting for all 44 of my games, plus my console, with all of the various add-ons and trade-in bonuses?

Oh, you know:

ONE.

HUNDRED.

THIRTY.

FIVE.

DOLLARS.

This is including the $39 I’d get for trading in GTA V. So the other 42 games? Yeah, Gamestop will basically give me $2/title.

I’m not even pissed; I expected to get screwed a bit. But this…savage rogering? This straight up thievery? Wow Gamestop. Wow.

The worst part is?  I think i may just go ahead and do it anyway. I’m NEVER going to play these games again, so why not get some value out of them? Man.  Gamestop.  That’s some coooooold shit.

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PUT ME IN YOU! Titanfall Gamescon Footage

Now I will forever be jumping, hoping a robot catches me and places me lovingly in his chest cavity. From where I can wreck untold havoc. Or will, beginning on November 14th the official and totally real US release date for the PS4.

Which I won’t be buying on release day, as I imagine I’ll still be hip deep in GTA V. But for your early adopters out there, who’s picking up Titanfall?

Ghost in Your New Machine – Call of Duty: Ghosts

Hey everybody take a look at this completely non-specific and incredibly vague teaser trailer thing for the just officially announced Call of Duty: Ghosts.

…cool. ANYWAYS, apparently GHOSTS will have an an “…all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine…” and it’s being revealed at the next-gen Xbox unveiling event on May 21. Look, I’m kind of burnt out on Call of Duty too, but if the rumors are true that this is a console exclusive, will it mean that Microsoft has dealt a death blow to Sony?

So we’ve got a new world, a new franchise, a new engine, on new consoles…this promises to be interesting, if nothing else. Does this mean that the CoD franchise games are going to hit every third year now like so:

Modern Warfare 2007 World at War 2008 Modern Warfare 2 2009 Black Ops 2010 Modern Warfare 3 2011 Black Ops 2 2012 Ghosts 2013 Modern Warfare 4 2014 Black Ops 3 2015 Ghosts 2 2016?

Info gleaned from Verge and Joystiq

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Prepare Your Ark: Playstation 4 News Deluge

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Since I’ve already worked like 60 hours this week and I don’t have the investigative legs to track everything down for you guys, I can (and have) provided all you late comers with a slew of links featuring the highlights from tonights festivities.  Which, if you live under a rock which is actually under a series of other rocks, was the grand unveiling (kind of) of the Playstation 4. lers and screenshots over the next few days, when I’m not bone-tired.

TECH

 First look at the Playstation 4’s new camera & controller along with some detailed specs

PS4 stays hidden, but tech specs are revealed

Second screen funcionality via iOS & Android

Unreal Engine 4 running on the Playstation 4 

No initial backwards compatability for PS1 ,2 or 3 games, but they will be streamable via the cloud

GAMES

inFamous: Second Son trailer

DriveClub trailer. What the hell is DriveClub?

Killzone 4 screenshots!

Knack 

The Witness from Jonathan Blow (Braid!),

Watch Dogs

Diablo 3

Destiny from Bungie

Deep Downthe codename for Capcom’s new IP

F’reals Playstation 4 Controller **Updated**

U-G-L-Y YOU AIN’T GOT NO ALIBI YOU UGLY.

From Kotaku and their sources:

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Kotaku says “An industry source familiar with the new system tells us the photo is the real deal. But bear in mind, it may not represent the final form of the controller. The touch-pad on the front of the controller is particularly interesting. According to the official Orbis documentation that was shared with us a few weeks ago, it will be a two-point multi-touch capable “pad” similar to the one on the back of the Vita. It can also be clicked for an additional input. Curiously, this prototype seems to not include a “Share” button, despite that button being described in the documentation.

I don’t know…looks pretty chunky & cheap to me.  But keep in mind that this is a prototype and isn’t the final form. Sigh….this is clearly a reality that I need to accept. Even if the PS4 launches this year, I’ll still probably wait to see how Microsoft & Sony’s next gen offerings shake out before I back either particular horse.  Can’t be running all wily-nilly (ed. note: or nimbly-bimbly) out to my local big box electr-o-mart to pick one of these guys up on launch day.

What I am particularly interested in seeing is how the games that are currently slated to be released this year deal with the imminent arrival of next gen systems.  Are any going to be delayed to that they can debut on the PS4/Xbox 720?  I seem to recall God of War 3 was ready to go for the PS2 but they held it back so it would make a bigger splash on the PS3. Whatever happens, February 20th should prove to be a very interesting day.

02/15/13 Update after the jump – Two new shots of the Playstation 4 controller

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