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  1. GameStop Will Honor Decade-Old Duke Nukem Forever Preorders

    Duke Nukem Forever finally went gold last week, ending a fourteen year streak of being everyone's favorite vaporware. Last year, developer Gearbox Software announced they were attempting to find a way to convince retailers to honor Duke Nukem Forever preorders made over a decade ago, an honorable gesture not frequently seen in the modern day gaming industry of Day One DLC and the biggest gaming-only retailer operating under business practices akin to a shady pawn shop that pays out $25 for a diamond-encrusted wedding ring that was bought with three months of salary.

    GamePro wondered if any progress was made on the preorder-honoring front and asked GameStop if they'll be honoring those preorders made so hilariously long ago. GameStop responded:

    "With a long-anticipated release like Duke Nukem Forever, we encourage customers who pre-ordered more than a year ago to verify their reservation with their local store prior to launch. Provided the customer has a receipt, we will honor even those pre-orders taken long ago. At this time, we expect that all pre-order customers will receive Duke's Big Package at time of purchase, regardless of when the reservation was made."

    Duke's Big Package being, of course, a Dukeified preorder bonus. Hail to the pun, baby.

    (via GamePro)

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  2. GameStop Says it Will Enter the Tablet Market

    Once a staple of soul-crushing malls everywhere, GameStop has announced that it will begin selling tablet computers later this year to compliment its recent digital distribution acqusitions. The news comes as things look bullish for the game retailer; their purchase of game-streaming service Spawn labs and digital storefront Impulse have not only raised the company's stock but hinted at a new business model for the company. Tony Bartel, the president of GameStop, cites the "hybrid market" where people purchase games for their different devices from different locations -- both physical and digital. Bartel, it seems, is angling to make GameStop one location to sell to all your devices. And what's more, they want a piece of the lucrative app-store style market, which has made overnight sensations out of iPhone and iPad developers. What is a little bit puzzling is how Bartel described the device. From MSNBC:

    If we can work with our partners and the OEMs and they come up with a great table that is enabled with a great gaming experience and coupled with a bluetooth controller, then there's no need to go out and develop our own [...] But if we can't find one that's great for gaming, then we will create our own.
    Presumably, the Bluetooth controller will allow users to try a variety of different games over the Spawn Labs system before they purchase, though its exact role is unclear. The tablet may also act as a gateway to the app-market, perhaps luring in gamers who wouldn't otherwise have purchased a tablet device. Though a surprising announcment, the GameStop tablet does cement the comittment of the company toward a strong, diverse digital marketplace. They have already comitted to providing a Steam-like online store that will give gamers access to their purchases, and have also said that they will not expand their floorspace in the coming year. But how GameStop plans to overcome Valve's juggernaut game marketplace Steam, or Apple's domination of the tablet market is yet to be seen. (MSNBC via Slashdot)

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  3. Man Arrested for Tunneling Into GameStop to Steal Games

    There are many sides of the to-pirate-or-not-to-pirate debate.  From those who think that pirating is wrong on principle, to those who think that pirating a game is a universal right, to those who love to pay money for all of their games but don't think twice about ripping a copy of StarCraft for a friend, and more. But there's one thing that they can all agree on.  It's hard to think of a dumber way to pirate games than to trying to tunnel into a retail store. But nevertheless, 33 year old Steven Archer was arrested this Thursday in Tennessee for breaking into a vacant building and using it as a base to tunnel into his local GameStop next door.  Although Archer was not ultimately successful (that is, he was arrested), he initially got away with about $300 in cash and more than $5,300 in games and electronics.  So, that's a pretty hefty haul. But it bears repeating: we have the internet now.  There are easier ways to do this, guys. (via Destructoid.)

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  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops is Most Pre-Ordered Game of all Time at GameStop

    Bob McKenzie, senior VP of marketing and merchandising over at GameStop, told Eurogamer that the pre-orders for Call of Duty: Black Ops "hit the largest number of reservations we've had on any release so far." That's right, the first Call of Duty since Activision basically lost the "good" Call of Duty developer, developed by the "not nearly as good" Call of Duty developer Treyarch, is the most pre-ordered video game of all time at the retail gaming giant.

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  5. Nintendo Makes A Real Wiimote: The Wii Remote Plus

    The general consensus from gaming media after the release of the Wii MotionPlus accessory has been favorable. The only problem, most would agree, is that the little addon's superior motion tracking abilities weren't packaged with the standard Wiimote from launch. Why put out a control system based on motion tracking when the motion tracking isn't really good enough to chart one-to-one movements? Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news is, Nintendo is making a Wii Remote Plus, a wiimote (seriously, why is this word not the official jargon yet?) with the MotionPlus capabilities built in. The bad news is that you're going to have to buy it all over again.

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  6. THQ Punishes Used Game Buyers

    In what will probably be the latest big gaming controversy, publisher THQ decided to hamper their used games via one-time codes that unlock online functionality. After THQ's announced plans to hamper their used games by including a single-use code that allows online play in their upcoming Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, the publisher's creative director Corey Ledesma made some rather controversial statements to CVG regarding the move:

    "I don't think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything. So if used game buyers are upset they don't get the online feature set I don't really have much sympathy for them.
    That's a little blunt but we hope it doesn't disappoint people. We hope people understand that when the game's bought used we get cheated.
    I don't think anyone wants that so in order for us to make strong, high-quality WWE games we need loyal fans that are interested in purchasing the game. We want to award those fans with additional content."

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  7. Kongregate Bought by GameStop

    All of our jaws dropped when we found this out: The excellent social Flash game site Kongregate is being purchased by real-world games retailer GameStop.

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  8. GameStop Being Investigated by NY AG’s Office

    In what could be seen as yet another step down the road towards complete digital distribution, GameStop is being investigated by the New York Attorney General's office on charges of linking its customers to shady discount people. GameStop is only one of almost two dozen online retailers on the AG's list, alongside  such hallowed edifices as Barnes & Noble, Buy.com, and... Pizza Hut

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