Posted by Ryan (2278 posts) -
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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#1 Posted by Ryan (2278 posts) -
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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#2 Posted by Weltal (2300 posts) -

Bought Pac-Man C.E. Awesome deal.

#3 Posted by Karmum (11515 posts) -

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.

#4 Posted by mrfluke (5653 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

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

#6 Posted by Crono (2762 posts) -

Now playing Pac-Man C.E. :D

#7 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (4203 posts) -

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/

#8 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

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.

#9 Posted by Krenor (473 posts) -

sounds like a good deal to me

#10 Posted by DJ_Lae (671 posts) -

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

#11 Posted by Kraznor (1608 posts) -

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

#12 Posted by Timothy (76 posts) -

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

#13 Posted by Rodiard (448 posts) -

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.

#14 Posted by JJOR64 (19529 posts) -

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

#15 Posted by AOR (74 posts) -

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! :(

#16 Posted by Aaron_G (1678 posts) -

Amazon seems to make everything better.

#17 Posted by TheGreatGuero (8882 posts) -

Good lookin', dude.

#18 Posted by Neorub (171 posts) -

Purchased DOOM... MMmmmm....

#19 Posted by AHappyPanda (53 posts) -

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

#20 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -

$5 for Pac-man? No thank you.

#21 Posted by theMcNasty (758 posts) -

     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.

#22 Posted by Seroth (753 posts) -

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

#23 Posted by BinaryDragon (775 posts) -

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

And yes this is cool

#24 Posted by BiggerBomb (7012 posts) -

What's next? Ordering pizza through Amazon?

#25 Posted by Livlig (18 posts) -

Anyone know when this service will hit Europe?

#26 Posted by Media_Master (3259 posts) -

ahhh...amazon

#27 Posted by AgentofChaos (1575 posts) -

Thus the death of MS Points begins.

#28 Posted by LordAndrew (14588 posts) -
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.
#29 Posted by ManMadeGod (1625 posts) -

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

#30 Posted by NickNorman (457 posts) -

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

Doom is totally worth three bucks.

#31 Posted by Jared (585 posts) -

I may need to pick up PacMan

#32 Posted by ShadowKiller (914 posts) -

No love for the Canadians? Oh well...

#33 Edited by susan01 (4 posts) -

 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

#34 Posted by Emilio (3583 posts) -

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

#35 Posted by Linkyshinks (11407 posts) -
@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.