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You're In the Movies is Xbox Office Poison

You're In the Movies will never work in this town again!

Evidence!
There's no question that we had a certain amount of goofy fun in the Giant Bomb offices with You're In the Movies--Zoë Mode's Xbox Live Vision-enabled party game that would stitch your ridiculous on-camera gesticulations into a short movie trailer--when it came out last year. We've seen plenty of camera-based games in the past, but You're In the Movies really capitalized on the fact that people usually look like idiots playing them. The real problem was that the background-scanning technology just wasn't quite up to the task, making it a pain to set up, and even when it worked, it was pretty fussy and prone to hilarious errors.

In a surprising twist, apparently not a lot of people were terribly interested in paying $70 for a half-busted game that made them look like idiots. Today, while cruising the aisles of the local Best Buy while Jeff completed his Vin Diesel trifecta with a copy of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, we came upon a shelf filled with copies of You're In the Movies selling for $20 a pop. Seeing critically panned games that got lost in the holiday shuffle being sold at a deep discount isn't too shocking, but consider this: the game comes bundled with the Xbox Live Vision camera, and on the other side of the aisle, Best Buy is selling the camera on its own for $40. By my complex maths, this means that You're In the Movies is so undesirable, that its actual value is -$20. Bad news for You're In the Movies, Zoë Mode, and publisher Codemasters, but great news for anyone looking to pick up the Xbox Live Vision camera on the cheap. 

It's worth noting that this deal isn't limited to Best Buy stores, as it can be found on their website as well, and Amazon is even selling the same package for a dollar less.
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Posted by Ryan
Evidence!
There's no question that we had a certain amount of goofy fun in the Giant Bomb offices with You're In the Movies--Zoë Mode's Xbox Live Vision-enabled party game that would stitch your ridiculous on-camera gesticulations into a short movie trailer--when it came out last year. We've seen plenty of camera-based games in the past, but You're In the Movies really capitalized on the fact that people usually look like idiots playing them. The real problem was that the background-scanning technology just wasn't quite up to the task, making it a pain to set up, and even when it worked, it was pretty fussy and prone to hilarious errors.

In a surprising twist, apparently not a lot of people were terribly interested in paying $70 for a half-busted game that made them look like idiots. Today, while cruising the aisles of the local Best Buy while Jeff completed his Vin Diesel trifecta with a copy of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, we came upon a shelf filled with copies of You're In the Movies selling for $20 a pop. Seeing critically panned games that got lost in the holiday shuffle being sold at a deep discount isn't too shocking, but consider this: the game comes bundled with the Xbox Live Vision camera, and on the other side of the aisle, Best Buy is selling the camera on its own for $40. By my complex maths, this means that You're In the Movies is so undesirable, that its actual value is -$20. Bad news for You're In the Movies, Zoë Mode, and publisher Codemasters, but great news for anyone looking to pick up the Xbox Live Vision camera on the cheap. 

It's worth noting that this deal isn't limited to Best Buy stores, as it can be found on their website as well, and Amazon is even selling the same package for a dollar less.
Posted by Chewii101

Lmao....great find Jeff. This is priceless. 



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Posted by TheMustacheHero

That's hilarious!

Posted by jkz

Wow I'm going to order that before their mathematical genius squad figures it out.

Posted by Seram

Maybe they aren't bad at math. Maybe it's just that bad.

Edited by MeatSim

so you get 20 dollars off a Xbox vision cam and all you have to do is throw away the copy of You're In The Movies you get with it! sweet deal.

Posted by Ryan

For the record, I picked this up even though I already own an Xbox Live Vision. That's right, I was willing to pay $20 for a copy of You're In the Movies.

Posted by Vinchenzo
Meatsim said:
"so you get 20 dollars off a Xbox vision cam and all you have to do is throw away the copy of You're In The Movies you get with it! sweet deal. "
Or trade it in for a $1!
Posted by Alphazero

A  new camera to show off my wang while playing Uno and I help my Giant Bomber friends too. Win/win (for me, lose/win for everyone else)

Posted by sixpin

I'm off to Best Buy!

Posted by natetodamax
Ryan said:
"For the record, I picked this up even though I already own an Xbox Live Vision. That's right, I was willing to pay $20 for a copy of You're In the Movies."
This could make for some hilarious videos. You must record some.
Posted by Oriental_Jams

This warrants an evil genius cackle.

Posted by TheSmilingDude

Kickass....

Posted by FCKSNAP

This reminds me of when I got Eye of Judgment for cheaper than a PSEye on Amazon. I would've printed out the cards and try the game out if they didn't make you also pay for the right to use cards beyond the first set. :(

Posted by Xander51

If I didn't have a camera already, I'd buy this package right now.

Also guys, I'll never get tired of "Scan de Backgwound" jokes. Keep 'em coming!

Posted by FlipperDesert

Price probably varies from store to store, but that's pretty cool. Well, not for Codemasters, but I'd pick that up.

Posted by GreggD

And I just spent my last ten bucks on gog downloads...Dammit.

Posted by brukaoru

Wow, I'm very tempted to get this even though I have no use for a camera. Perhaps selling it to make a profit, hm...

Posted by TheGreatGuero

I noticed this deal on Amazon yesterday, but I don't see much reason to have an Xbox Live Vision camera. Anyone looking to get one definitely shouldn't pass up on this deal, though.

Posted by dsplayer1010

I might actually buy this now

Posted by Emandudeguyperson

 "Best Buy is selling the camera on its own for $40. By my complex maths, this means that You're In the Movies is so undesirable, that its actual value is -$20."

LoL

Posted by Scooper

I'm gunna send an e-mail to Codemasters demanding $20 that I didn't spend on their stupid game.

Posted by agentboolen

I would buy it if I actually had a reason to have the camara!!!!

Edited by mossman93

I just bought this game today for $19.99 at Target.   Beat that. 

Edit: Here's a link: http://www.target.com/Youre-Movies-Xbox-360/dp/B001CMLKRW/

Posted by Claude
natetodamax said:
"Ryan said:
"For the record, I picked this up even though I already own an Xbox Live Vision. That's right, I was willing to pay $20 for a copy of You're In the Movies."
This could make for some hilarious videos. You must record some."
They did here.
http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-youre-in-the-movies/17-113/

Posted by Pathos

Awww, poor You're In The Movies..

Posted by HatKing

I might actually buy this, like Ryan I already have Vision Camera.  I wonder the money I'd make if I sold the camera.  Is it possible to make a profit off this if I sell both individually to a pawn shop or on eBay?  Eh...I don't care enough to do that.  I still might buy it and sell the camera.

Posted by MasonL87

Awesome, I've been looking for a decent USB Webcam, and if I can connect it to my 360 as well, then all the better. So the game is awful, big deal, shred the disc and enjoy your surprisingly discounted camera.

Posted by ratzombie

That's nothing, Amazon had "You're in the Movies" with the Live vision cam on sale for $9.99 a week ago! I went to order one and it sold out before I could order a copy.

Posted by Absurd

Wow...Just wow.

Posted by gamer4life

yeah i just picked this up last week on amazon for $9.97.  they sold out of them very quickly at that price tho.

Posted by Shady

And to think MS spent about 15 minutes during their E3 press conference last year making it seem like a sure hit.

Posted by BiggerBomb

I would laugh at the irony, but then I would feel bad for the people who made the ga-haha, sorry. It's pretty funny.

Posted by Mjolnir

I'll be around a Best Buy today, so I just may go pick up You're In The Movies - for the camera, of course.

Posted by Media_Master

bad game

Posted by Crono

$-20 sounds good.

Edited by KnifeySpoony

Can the Xbox Live Vision Camera be used as a webcam on PC? I'm assuming yes because the camera should use a usb port right? Maybe I'll pick a copy up haha.

Posted by Kyle

I would definitely pay -$20 for that game.

Posted by KennyTheSober

zoe mode- fail

Posted by MrKlorox

I'll wait for that high tech depth sensing one coming eventually. I really have no use for the vision camera, even if it IS only 20 bones.

Edited by strangeling

Now, this is really nothing to complain about from a consumer's point of view, but I really don't understand why retailers do stuff like this.

Why not just mark it the same price as just the camera?  I'm baffled.

Oh, I looked it up... the camera package actually includes the Xbox 360 Headset too.
Posted by lacke

As strangeling mentioned, the camera package includes other stuff.

The LIVE Vision package includes a camera, a headset, UNO and a month GOLD subscription. I'm guessing the other bundle is only game + camera.

When I was looking for a new headset I found that the LIVE Vision package only cost €4 more than the bare headset. Not exactly the same point as this article, but that's why I got a Vision cam.

Posted by masterfaculty

GET IN FRONT OF THE BACKGROUND!

Yeah, Best Buy seems none too bright on this sort of stuff. I went to  buy a headset a couple weeks ago 'cause mine busted, and right next to the $20 headset was a bundle with 3 months XBox Live Gold, 400 MS points, and a headset for...20 bucks.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow that is sweet. If it is still that price when I go to Best Buy this Wednesday, I will certainly pick it up.

Posted by Kraznor

I actually wanted to take a look at this game and that is a deal of sorts. Hope its available to Canadians.

Posted by Bundle85

It's a decent "press-A for achievement points" game...

Posted by Teirdome

I think I'm going to go pick it up tonight from gamestop.  For $20 it should provide a reasonable amount of enjoyment and I always wanted a vision camera.

Posted by thewonderwaffle

picked one up yesterday...
thanks for the tip!

Posted by LiquidPrince

QUICK LOOK!

Posted by Kaineda77

hmm, nah, I am still just gonna buy the camera, -20$ is too much for the game