A bit of news

I’m taking this week off from thinking (aside from work related things), so don’t expect blog posts of any substance unless I get a sudden and unexpected urge to actually use the gray matter contained inside my cranium. Much like Eric I intend to read fiction (currently the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn cycle by Tad Williams), play games (specifically Tales of Symphonia, and if I finish it I’ll possibly start Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits), drink coffee (which isn’t really a departure from normal. I’m currently brewing a fine Harrar and will probably crack open some Kona by the end of the week), and conquer the world with Mandy in Civilization IV. I’ll perhaps emerge from this cocoon of hedonism in roughly a week when I begin preparing for my Intermediate Greek class in Summer I, and finish up my Semlink.

But that’s not the reason that I even began this post. In my meanderings this morning I found this article on CNN.com. Roland Martin often has some interesting things to say, in my opinion; I thought his take on the whole Rev. Wright thing was fascinating (that, and I’m a karma whore).

Trade-ins and Gamestop

So, I decided that I might want to trade in some of my oldish PS2 and DS games to take the top off the price for Super Smash Brothers Brawl. I decided the best way to accomplish this was to give my friendly local Gamestop a call and see what I could get for the games I wanted to trade-in. I called up and talked to a nice employee:

Employee: Hi! Welcome to Gamestop where we buy and sell used games.
NOTE – Ever notice that they don’t actually mention they sell new games as well? Yeah? It’s all part of their plot.
Me: Hi. I wanted to see what the trade-in values were for a couple games.
Employee: I’m sorry, we can’t give out that information over the phone.
Me: Uh…sorry?
Employee: We can’t give out that information over the phone.
Me: So…er….I have to come down to the store to find out if I want to come down to the store to trade in games?
Employee: That’s right. I’m sorry sir.
Me: Thanks. No problem. Have a good one.
Click.

Now, I know Gamestop’s plot. If I go to their store, I’m much less likely to just blow off their offers that are incredibly below what I think is acceptable. They want my used games, on their terms. Their system relies on preying upon the weak and defenseless gamer. Well, I have a message for you Gamestop:

You can pry my used games from my cold dead hands.

Wii Friend Code

I realized today that I have never given out my Wii Friend Code. So, since I know there are at least a few of my readers who now have Wiis, here ya go: 0286 5016 1201 9524

I’ll be expecting to receive yours as well. I’m always up for a game of Mario Strikers Charged.