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.