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Things We Saw Today: Jurassic Park Parkour Is Ridiculous T-Rex Action

Devin Graham, a videographer who specializes in extreme sports, recently posted a YouTube video titled "Jurassic Park Meets Parkour In Real Life." In the video, two parkour practitioners--Ninja Nate, in an inflatable dino costume; and Calen Chan, playing the Chris Pratt character--act out a dino chase at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.

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Things We Saw Today: Carina Is “A Woman of Science” in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

We spotted something cool in the latest Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer: Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), the female protagonist, describes herself: "I'm a woman of science."

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GameStop Buys ThinkGeek out From Under Hot Topic at the Last Minute, but Why?


GameStop has lived up to its name and put an end to Hot Topic's play at acquiring Geeknet (ThinkGeek's parent company) by buying the company themselves, instead.

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Dust Off Your NES! GameStop Will Begin Buying and Selling Retro Games

Here we go!

Are you ready for some 8-bit video games? GameStop's new pilot program is aimed at getting the classics into their stores, and you will be supplying them.

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GameStop’s Revamped Trade-in Program Gives You More Cash, Probably Still Sucks

"Over here, stranger. What're you selling?"

It's easy to hate on GameStop in the age of digital distribution, but I'm sure we all have fond memories from our tender, formative years of standing in the store among wall-to-wall games, playing demos of the newest thing, and being robbed blind on trades. Now, GameStop's got another too-little-too-late measure to keep you coming back to relive those memories: a better trade-in program.

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The Little System That Could: OUYA Now Available in Stores

It's a gaming console that costs less than $100. Heck. Buy two.

If you weren't one of the 63,416 people who contributed to the OUYA console's mega-successful $8.6 million dollar Kickstarter campaign then you've had to wait for the little system that could to finally hit store shelves. Today is that day, frugal gamers! The OUYA is now available at Target, GameStop, and Best Buy if you absolutely must rush out to buy it now. If you can't find it in stores, or if you don't mind waiting for it to ship you can also order it on Amazon.

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GameStop Says Most Customers Won’t Buy a Console That Can’t Play Used Games

Rumors abound that the next Xbox will be unable to play used games, and some people aren't happy about it. GameStop is clearly against that because of the business they do in buying and selling used games, so to try to show Microsoft that maybe this plan is a terrible idea, they surveyed customers and found that 60% of them said they would not buy a console that doesn't play used games.

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Gamestop Has Already Sold Out Their Wii U “Deluxe” Pre-Orders

Gamestop has stopped taking pre-orders for the $350 "deluxe" version of Nintendo's upcoming console, the Wii U. According to Polygon, employees at Gamestop stores across the U.S. have confirmed that consumers have reserved every unit the retailer has reserved for the console launch on November 18th. If you were wondering whether or not people would be interested in buying the Wii U, you just got your answer.

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Wikipad, Tablet and Controller Combo, to Cost $499 at Launch

The Wikipad is particularly odd amid a wide field of gaming device oddities. It originally made waves back in January due to its inclusion of glasses-free 3D technology, but now it doesn't even have that. That hasn't stopped the company behind the controller-enhanced Android tablet, aptly named Wikipad Inc., from pressing on. Their eponymous device will be brought to the masses courtesy of GameStop with a $499 price tag attached.

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Report: GameStop To Start Carrying Steam Gift Cards

Word on the digital street is that GameStop is going to start selling Steam gift cards next week. Reports come from Kotaku, who heard the news from a GameStop source. The cards are expected to start going on sale on May 15th, and will open the wide world of the Steam Marketplace to anyone who doesn't have access to a credit card or any other digital payment options. Alternatively, it might allow those of us who can't control ourselves to preemptively set up a system where we'll only binge on Steam sales in $50 bursts.

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Older Brother Sticks Up For Younger Brother’s Video Game Choices in Face of Abusive Father

It's pretty rare when a life-affirming, heart warming story sneaks its way out of a major American retail chain. Especially GameStop. But this story from blogger and GameStop shift manager Kristen Wolfe might very well put a warm feeling in the deepest, darkest cockles of your heart. It's about a young boy who wants to buy games with female protagonists, and a "girl color" controller. His father will hear nothing of it, threatening to "whoop" the boy if he doesn't choose something manlier -- then the young boy's older brother steps in.

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GameStop to Start Carrying iOS Devices, Begins Accepting iOS Device Trade-Ins

9to5Mac reports that an announcement was made at a Las Vegas trade show that GameStop will begin carrying the full line of Apple's iOS devices in stores. GameStop has also begun accepting iOS device trade-ins for in-store credit, because of course they would. They're seemingly accepting trade-ins before they have actually obtained stock of new iOS devices to sell, which could suggest that -- aside from oh, GameStop -- GameStop may be waiting for the iPhone 5 before they begin stocking new iOS items.

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GameStop Employees Instructed to Remove OnLive Coupons From Deus Ex Packages

As you may know, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released yesterday. If you buy a retail copy, it comes with a coupon that entitles you to play the game for free on the streaming service OnLive. That is, of course, unless you buy your retail copy from GameStop, whose employees were ordered to remove the coupon from the box and throw it away, in a memo from Field Operations Manager Josh Ivanoff.

It likely has to do with the fact that OnLive is a serious threat to GameStop. For the unfamiliar, OnLive is a game streaming service where games are actually played and processed on remote machines and then streamed, in real time, to the user. This negates the need for expensive, powerful hardware on the user's end and just requires a good Internet connection. It's a cloud gaming platform with a digital distribution system. In summary, the online, streaming, digital-friendly OnLive is everything GameStop is not, and it looks like GameStop is incredibly afraid that you might figure that out.

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Authorized Time Cover Used to Promote Commercial Product for First Time, Happens to be Call of Duty

For the first time, an authorized Time cover has been created to promote a commercial product, which just so happens to be Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The cover, seen above, depicts a destroyed Wall Street with the headline "World Stands On The Brink," which, funnily enough, is exactly how Roger Ebert, noted video game naysayer, felt when he tweeted out that the first-ever authorized fake Time cover used to promote a commercial product just so happened to go to a video game, claiming that Time "sold its honor for a video game promotion" and it is "sad, sad, sad."

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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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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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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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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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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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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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