@bisonhero: Hey! I used to build Gunpla back in my late teens/early 20s, have built a Tau army for WH40k, and over the last year, friends have been gifting me Gunpla and urging me to get back into it! This is the first gunpla I've built in like... eight or so years, probably!
@devil240z: Those are the same sorts of things! Federation vs Zeon eventually became Extreme Vs, which is built around 2 v 2 fights. The story/arcade modes always have a little more happening though, and Force specifically looks like it's going to have a weird, new mode (called Force mode) that offers some more "campaign"-y features.
@highpriest: Hey! This stuff is fascinating and I really appreciate it! I don't think that GameStop is dying, and like I said in the article, I get why this decision is logical. But in a market where they're the only ones doing it, the optics on it aren't great. It looks frightened. But who knows, in a decade maybe we'll look back and say that it was the first step in a strategy that kept the company relevant! Time clarifies.
(And for the record, I also wrote GameSpot like a dozen times while writing the story, so I feel you.)