And I told him he would be. He mentioned in his journal last week the fact that it’s very likely that places like EB will have Xbox 360 “bundles” and only sell the console in said bundles. I agreed with him. Typically those bundles are the system, a controller or two and a game or two. Well. Looks like EBGames.com (not the physical store… yet) has gone out of their way to anal invade people’s wallets this time around. I can say with perfect certainty that now I’m not getting one of these at launch, check out how rediculous these packages are. Thanks Shacknews.
EBGames.com has just announced its package deals for the upcoming Xbox 360. Preorders for the system will only be accepted in the form of these bundles, which are priced at and $599.93 and $699.92. The less expensive bundle includes the Xbox 360 Core System package as well as a memory card and an extra wired controller. The more expensive bundle includes the Xbox 360 Premium System with an extra wireless controller, a battery pack for the controller, and a charge kit for the controller. Both bundles include four games: Perfect Dark Zero Limited Edition, Kameo: Elements of Power, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Dead or Alive 4. However, the page also notes that EB “[reserves] the right to substitute or remove a game or accessory that will not be available at launch”, with the option to cancel the preorder if that occurs.
My calls to the EBGames.com offices and various EB brick-and-mortar stores revealed that as of now these “deals” are exclusive to EBGames.com. It has not yet been decided whether or not the physical stores will also require customers to buy this sort of bundle, but if they do they would likely end up being different based on the availability of consoles and games.
Give it a week. They will. Like I (think I) mentioned to Chris, the only way to avoid the bundle is to preorder online through a non-game store. Amazon for example. It’s really sad the price gouging going on. $699 to play video games that first day, when, two weeks later you can get it for $299. Fuck you EB corporate. Thanks for being one of the reasons our favorite industry is going downhill. You, and the rap culture you’ve exploited to sell more games. Fuck you all.