Daily Bits for 8/26/10
In today’s Daily Bits: More retailers are joining the used game parade, take advantage of some great game deals, Bioshock 2 DLC dated and we will soon hear an improvement on 360 headset audio.
Best Buy and Target to start used game trade-ins and sales
Looks like GameStop might have some serious competition on its hands. Best Buy announced today it will start selling used video games in 600 of its store nationwide. Gamers looking to trade in games will take them to the customer service desk or to the trade counter in some specialty stores and will be given gift cards redeemable for anything Best Buy sells. You will also be able to trade games in online with the gift cards being mailed to you, and the retail giant has included a handy value estimator on the website in case you were curious just how much you would get for a game.
On top of this news, Kotaku is reporting they have been contacted by Target, who states its stores will start allowing for game trade-ins and used game sales as well.
This can only be a good thing for gamers. The more choices there are out there, the more it will force GameStop to actually offer something approaching reasonable trade-in value for games. As we have said many times here at EDG, competition is a good thing.
Splinter Cell: Conviction on sale for $20, Gamefly offering used game sale
Speaking of Best Buy, the company seems set on offering great games for great prices. Last weekend, you could get Tekken 6 for the 360 for $10.00; now you can get Splinter Cell: Conviction for $20.00 online, and from what Joystiq is saying, they will match that price in store. That;s 50% off the retail price.
Looking for more deals? Well, if you are a Gamefly member, you are in luck. Gamefly is offering some great deals on used games, including:
- Little King’s Story – $19.99
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories – $24.99
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii – $29.99
- God of War 3 – $21.99
- MAG – $24.99
- Darksiders – $14.99
- Bayonetta – $14.99
- BioShock 2 – $14.99
- Final Fantasy XIII – $24.99
- WarioWare D.I.Y. – $19.99
- Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box – $19.99
That price does not include the extra percentage off lone time Gamfly members receive.
Bioshock 2 DLC ‘Minerva’s Men’ due out August 31
Bioshock 2‘s latest DLC, ‘Minerva’s Men,’ will be hitting the PSN and Xbox Live August 31st. Priced at $10, the DLC will open up new areas of Rapture and will run parallel to the game’s primary storyline.
360 Headset Audio Improvement headed our way
So even people who do not get Kinect are going to benefit from the Xbox 360 system patch Microsoft is doing to make the console compatible with its motion sensing camera. The company will be upgrading the audio codec which handels all of the online chatting. What does that mean? The easy short answer is we should hear a dramatic improvement in the sound quality of game chats.
This is *crackle* news, but will *crackle* if people actually use the *crackle*set which came with the co *crackle*.
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