No, you are not. I bought the special edition of God of War 3... while the box was nice, it had nothing inside worth the price (the soundtrack and the behind the scenes were downloadable only and the concept art booklet was pretty short)
Also, I didn't bought it but due to a shipping error I received the special edition of Prince of Persia 08... I would have been pretty pissed if I had payed full price for it, since it only had a soundtrack disc that could not be read on a CD player (it had 4 songs on a blu-ray)
1. How did GB decide to review/play only the games they saw as interesting? I get that Jeff is probably sickened by the corporate review model, but the lack of Pokemon reviews is killing me (kidding). Seriously, though, did GB ever try to play everything that came out, or was it always a core gamer-focused site?
2. Does GB buy its own games (I'd assume for individuality purposes) or are they sent new releases?
3. Was there a point that GB ever exploded in popularity (aside from its origin, that is)?
1. It was part of the idea from the beginning. They make it a small crew to be profitable and to be identifiable in the community. That meant they didn't got to play every game there is, but those they were interested into.
2. They get sent most games they reviews, but they also had to go out of their way to buy some games in regular stores, on several occasions.
3. I don't have data to support my suspicion, but I think the site had a boost in popularity with some of their original content. Video series like TANG, Quick Looks and (especially) the Endurance Run helped them to draw people into the website that only consumed the podcast via iTunes.