Brad Hates Games
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Recently, I was able to acquire a bundle of about 20 or so Playstation and Playstation 2 games. After picking through them and taking the handful that I wanted, I took the rest to a local EB to trade-in. Almost all of the games I traded in were either really old, horrible, or both; so when I was offered just over $30 for the whole group of them, I found that to be a fair offer and turned them in. It was only after I got home and looked over the receipt that things started to seem a little less fair. Anyone want to guess what the trade-in value of Gran Turismo 3 for PS2 is?
Any old-school gamer knows that the original NES had some awesome games for it. Unfortunately, the system also used a somewhat less than awesome design, and the result is that all these years later, getting your NES to actually play any games can be a huge pain. The cartridges get dirty, the contacts within the system get dirty from them, the connecting pins wear out, and before you know it, you have to blow in your cartridges, press reset hundreds of times, and do all kinds of other crazy stuff just to get your games to work. And sometimes that still isn’t enough.
This past Christmas, I decided to get a second job as a seasonal temp working at a nearby Gamestop. I started there in early November, and was on staff until the first week of January or so. All told, I worked at the store for about eight weeks. I just received my W-2 form the other day, and was somewhat surprised to see that while working there, I had managed to earn a whopping $174 (before taxes). At my hourly wage of $6/hr, that means that I worked a grand total of 29 hours over those 8 weeks, which is an average of 3.5 hours a week. What’s even better is that due to my prior experience working at EB, I was one of the temps who got the most hours.
Back when I worked at EB, we had a sales associate on staff named Colin. EB was Colin’s second job, and because of his limited availability he only worked about 12 hours a week at the store, usually on Sunday and one weekday morning. Colin was not exactly a model employee — he was late almost every day, whined incessantly, and made a fair share of mistakes. He was for the most part relegated to the position of “store whipping boy”, getting stuck with many of the really unpleasant tasks and getting blamed for just about anything that ever went wrong.
With the Xbox 360 hitting store shelves next month and the other companies getting new consoles ready for release in the near future, I would be derelict in my duty as an Internet game journalist if I didn’t provide some coverage and critical analysis of the upcoming hardware. I’m kidding of course — as evidenced by Gamespot and IGN, the duty of the Internet game journalist is to provide endless hype and rave mindlessly about how great these consoles are going to be without writing anything of real substance. This is in stark contrast to print magazines, which have adopted the much more profitable method of simply letting the marketing staff for each console manufacturer write the preview articles for them. In case you didn’t know, most game magazines are filthy rags. Not just any rags though, these are the kind that you shouldn’t store in your garage over the summer because they are probably oil-soaked and will burn your house down.
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