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Amazon's Got XBLA Deals

In these troubled economic times, even Pac-Man's got to slash prices.

Pac-Man sez: "Only chumps pay retail!"
When Amazon first announced that it was going to start selling Xbox Live Arcade games, I didn't really see the point. The whole Xbox Marketplace system is built into the console itself, so what's the point of going through an online transaction on another device? Today, thanks to Giant Bomb super-friend MrJared, it's starting to make a bit more sense to me. For starters, you can buy XBLA games through Amazon individually; when you buy them through the console, you have to buy a block of Marketplace points, which inevitably leaves you with a balance of an odd number of points just sitting on your account. More importantly, Amazon has started selling certain XBLA games at a discount, which, other than lucking into discount points cards on sale at some random retailer, is pretty much the only way to get those games for less than retail. Right now you can get Doom for $2.97 and Pac-Man Championship Edition for $4.97, the former of which is a seminal video game classic, and the latter of which I consider to be one of the finest games to hit the service. 
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Posted by Ryan
Pac-Man sez: "Only chumps pay retail!"
When Amazon first announced that it was going to start selling Xbox Live Arcade games, I didn't really see the point. The whole Xbox Marketplace system is built into the console itself, so what's the point of going through an online transaction on another device? Today, thanks to Giant Bomb super-friend MrJared, it's starting to make a bit more sense to me. For starters, you can buy XBLA games through Amazon individually; when you buy them through the console, you have to buy a block of Marketplace points, which inevitably leaves you with a balance of an odd number of points just sitting on your account. More importantly, Amazon has started selling certain XBLA games at a discount, which, other than lucking into discount points cards on sale at some random retailer, is pretty much the only way to get those games for less than retail. Right now you can get Doom for $2.97 and Pac-Man Championship Edition for $4.97, the former of which is a seminal video game classic, and the latter of which I consider to be one of the finest games to hit the service. 
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Posted by Weltal

Bought Pac-Man C.E. Awesome deal.

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Posted by Karmum

I'd be full of shit if I said I didn't have $3 to waste, but I don't have a credit card, and Amazon does not take PayPal. I already have Pacman, too. Wish I could get Doom.

Posted by mrfluke

just gets you more bummed that youve bought these games already i hope they continue with this

Posted by AndrewB

I need to get Pac Man. Seems like as good a time as any.

Posted by Crono

Now playing Pac-Man C.E. :D

Posted by SpaceInsomniac

I made a thread about this and checked to make sure no one had posted anything about it in the forums, but I guess I didn't check twitter posts.

http://www.giantbomb.com/xbox-360/60-20/new-amazon-xbla-deals-doom-for-297-and-pac-man-ce-for-497/35-238390/

Posted by AndrewB

You know, this only serves to emphasize how stupid the points system is. I find myself jumping on a game deal if I can see right off how much money it is actually going to cost me. I'd rather not whip out a calculator or a scrap of paper and do the conversion myself, and I hate having points left over, so doing it that way only discourages me from buying anything through Live.

Posted by Krenor

sounds like a good deal to me

Posted by DJ_Lae

Damn it, they really need to get that stuff onto Amazon.ca.

Posted by Kraznor

Already own both of those, but I'll keep my eye on other titles. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by Timothy

Cool, its too bad that I already own both of these games on XBLA.

Posted by Rodiard

I was all over Doom for $3. I'm happy to see Amazon is already offering deals on their newly established XBLA content. Hopefully they'll add DLC to the mix soon.

Posted by JJOR64

I hope they discount some other games that I don't have soon.

Posted by AOR

Hey, I tried buying the Pac Man one for the code but I got this:

We are sorry...

    We could not process your order because of geographical restrictions on the product which you were attempting to purchase. Please refer to the terms of use for this product to determine the geographical restrictions.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


Weak, man! :(

Posted by Aaron_G

Amazon seems to make everything better.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Good lookin', dude.

Posted by Neorub

Purchased DOOM... MMmmmm....

Posted by AHappyPanda

Really hopin' whoever let GB know about the sale didn't take it from CAG and not credit the site...

Posted by Geno

$5 for Pac-man? No thank you.

Posted by theMcNasty

     The only problem with Doom on XBLA is that you have to hold down left trigger to run, which can get pretty tiresome.  I wish they implemented "Run Toggle" like Duke Nukem on XBLA.

Posted by Seroth

I already have Pac-Man C.E. on the disc that came with my Arcade 360...but I think 5 bucks is worth it to play it without the disc. :D

Posted by BinaryDragon

For those of you who listen to Buzz out Loud and Molly Wood. "In these troubled times?" Drink!

And yes this is cool

Posted by BiggerBomb

What's next? Ordering pizza through Amazon?

Posted by Livlig

Anyone know when this service will hit Europe?

Posted by Media_Master

ahhh...amazon

Posted by AgentofChaos

Thus the death of MS Points begins.

Posted by LordAndrew
AgentofChaos said:
"Thus the death of MS Points begins."
Until Amazon makes XBLA games available in other regions and starts selling other Marketplace content, that will not happen.
Posted by ManMadeGod

Sweet, thanks for the heads up. I just downloaded me some Pac-Man :)

Posted by NickNorman

Supporting Giant Bomb, whatever the referral commission of $2.97 is at a time. Oh yeah.

Doom is totally worth three bucks.

Posted by Jared

I may need to pick up PacMan

Posted by ShadowKiller

No love for the Canadians? Oh well...

Edited by susan01

 I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Susan

Posted by Emilio

Guys, buy Pac-Man C.E.! That game is an absolute blast and a huge steal at 5 bucks.

Posted by Linkyshinks
@susan01 said:
"  I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.Susanhttp://onlinemariogames.net "
 
Please don't drag up old threads if you have nothing note worthy to contribute.
 
 
 
@Emilio:
 
Got it ages ago Emilio, most people did.  
 
I wish this feature would come to the UK's Amazon.