Leave it to Microsoft...

Just when I think they couldn't do anything more ridiculously stupid, they pull something like this....and TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!!  I just read about this Exclusive Amazon Deal they're going to have for Gears of War 2 (Original Title, by the way.).  At first I'm thinking, this is something the super fans will love, the regular fans will pick up, and leave the newbs going, "whaza huh?"  I think it's an interesting idea giving people real live replicas of Sci-fi weapons that make noise and stuff, but this pricing is amazing!  At first I'm saying, oh $139.99 for the bundle, ok, I see where they're going with this.  But wait!  There's more!  That's just for the plastic gun with blood painted on it.  If you want the GAME, you gotta pay up some more!  Bringing your grand total, Mr. Phoenix, to around $199.98 plus your taxes there.  THEN after this you get back your $59.99 (thanks Wafflestomp for reading the finer print which I was too angry to do) for the game.

Oh wait, you want that special edition of the game?  Tack on another $10, son.  Plus you don't want to wait a week to get it after release?  Add in your shipping too since this is Amazon Exclusive.

Wow. 

I actually reserved that Amazon Deal for Fallout 3, where you get the Pip boy 3000 clock as well as the special edition of the game for $129.99.  That's an outrageous price too.  I'm starting to wonder how far these special editions are going to go.  It's like just selling us a good game isn't enough anymore.  They REALLY wanna make us pay for it!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not condemning people for getting that gun.  I loved Gears of War, and I also said I'm getting the Fallout 3 special edition.  I just wanted to post how amazed I am at the pricing for these things.  I'm starting to wonder how much being a super fan is really worth, you know?

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Posted by TheWesman

Just when I think they couldn't do anything more ridiculously stupid, they pull something like this....and TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!!  I just read about this Exclusive Amazon Deal they're going to have for Gears of War 2 (Original Title, by the way.).  At first I'm thinking, this is something the super fans will love, the regular fans will pick up, and leave the newbs going, "whaza huh?"  I think it's an interesting idea giving people real live replicas of Sci-fi weapons that make noise and stuff, but this pricing is amazing!  At first I'm saying, oh $139.99 for the bundle, ok, I see where they're going with this.  But wait!  There's more!  That's just for the plastic gun with blood painted on it.  If you want the GAME, you gotta pay up some more!  Bringing your grand total, Mr. Phoenix, to around $199.98 plus your taxes there.  THEN after this you get back your $59.99 (thanks Wafflestomp for reading the finer print which I was too angry to do) for the game.

Oh wait, you want that special edition of the game?  Tack on another $10, son.  Plus you don't want to wait a week to get it after release?  Add in your shipping too since this is Amazon Exclusive.

Wow. 

I actually reserved that Amazon Deal for Fallout 3, where you get the Pip boy 3000 clock as well as the special edition of the game for $129.99.  That's an outrageous price too.  I'm starting to wonder how far these special editions are going to go.  It's like just selling us a good game isn't enough anymore.  They REALLY wanna make us pay for it!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not condemning people for getting that gun.  I loved Gears of War, and I also said I'm getting the Fallout 3 special edition.  I just wanted to post how amazed I am at the pricing for these things.  I'm starting to wonder how much being a super fan is really worth, you know?

Posted by Rually

I saw this. It is ridiculous. $200 for a game? I don't think so. Especially for a glorified super soaker.

They know fanatics are all about exclusives, and throw anything in to get extra cash. I think this is more of a Cliffy-B idea than an MS idea though.
I think anything more than $80 for a collectors edition is too much.

Now if that $200 included a plane ticket to Japan and a dinner date with Yoko Matsugane, then I'd buy 5 sets.

Posted by wafflestomp

I read the fine print:

To get your Amazon.com Exclusive Lancer Bundle, pick out one of the versions of the Gears of War 2 game, the Amazon.com Exclusive Lancer, add both to your cart, and make your purchase. Upon check out, $59.99 will be deducted from your total order.

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Posted by Jotun

There's no way in hell I would pay more than, say, 10 bucks more than the basic version for a SE. I have little disposable income for games themselves let alone useless extras like a "making of" DVD or a plastic model of a game weapon.

To quote Kat Williams: "I've got bills and shit!".