Black Friday Aftermath

It was a long and arduous week, but the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season has finally ended. Many a purchase was made and though I sadly had to do all my purchases online and couldn’t go out into the cold and fight for what’s mine in physical form, there was still quite a bit of struggle. I had to scour multiple websites hoping for deals that never came. Sadly there were very few updates to pre Black Friday deals like there always have been in past years. Truth be told I ordered more stuff the day before Black Friday than on the day itself. At one point my credit card got put on hold for unusual account activity. It was a challenging shopping fest this year.

Probably the most annoying part of Black Friday this year was that I got tricked by Amazon into making all my orders separately instead of doing large bulk orders. This was because of the lie that is Amazon Prime Pantry credit. When you do the “No Rush Shipping” option on Prime you are told that you will get $5 in credit for Prime Pantry. For me this seemed like a steal so instead of ordering all my stuff in groups, I did each one separately in hopes of racking up more credit. At the end of it all, I made 15 different orders from Amazon, all of which obtained $5 of Prime Pantry credit for a supposed grand total of $75 in credit. For me that meant I was gonna get a ton of Cheeze-Itz and Frosted Mini Wheats. What they don’t tell you is that the Prime Pantry credit isn’t real credit. It can only be used in $5 increments for shipping, which costs $5.99 a box. Basically the credit is useless unless I want to make 15 different Prime Pantry orders and pay a buck to make up the difference in shipping. I have total buyer’s remorse and wish I had of just taken my Prime two day shipping. I’ll never fall for that bullshit again.

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Take the 2 day shipping.

One of the biggest disappointments for Black Friday this year was the lack luster game deals. I set pretty fair price goals for the bulk of the games on my list, based on fair market depreciation rates and past Black Fridays and only a small percentage of the games I wanted met my price points. Last year I spent considerably more in games on Black Friday and got a stack of of games 14 of which were physical copies. I bought so many games last year that there are still five that I haven’t even opened yet. This year I only ended up spending about $210 including taxes for a paltry nine games including digital purchases. From my original list I only was able to acquire five of 19 titles. The saddest thing of all is that I didn’t buy a single Nintendo game, unless you count Just Dance 2017. As per usual, Nintendo just didn’t come with the deals. But this is the first year in a long time that I can remember not getting a single thing from them on Black Friday. Let’s hope I can make up the difference during Christmas sales.

However, I was able to get a solid haul of computer components for the PC I’ve been trying to build for the last two years. I finally committed and purchased most of the components I was still missing. I’m still missing a few things, but it won’t be too much longer before my rig is finally more than just a dream.

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No it won’t actually be this epic. But it will still be awesome.

Here’s my Black Friday Haul for this year:

Games

  1. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
  2. Dark Souls III (PS4)
  3. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront Ultimate Edition (PS4)
  5. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
  6. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, India, Russia (PS4)
  7. Far Cry Primal – Apex Edition (PS4)
  8. Megaman Legacy Collection (PS4)
  9. Just Dance 2017 (Wii U)
  10. Steam Link

PC Components

  1. 32 GB DDR4 RAM
  2. i7-6800K CPU
  3. 11 TB of HDDs
  4. Audio Technica ATB2020USB+ Streaming Microphone
  5. Logitech C920 Webcam
  6. Gold Keyboard Keycaps (because bling matters)
  7. Elgato HD60 PRO Capture Card

It was an expensive year because of all the components but I was not able to fulfill the gaming related Black Friday aspirations I went into this holiday with. Let me know what your Black Friday hauls were in the comments.

Bring on the Christmas season!

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Black Friday is Coming

It’s that time of year again. The day that gaming stops being just a game and becomes reality. There will be zombies. There will be monsters. Angry mobs across the United States and certain other parts of the world. My favorite time of the year as a gamer. That’s right it’s time for Black Friday.

As is tradition, I have created my shopping list and my ideal prices. You know the drill if you were reading my old blog site. Here’s the list. If you see a deal that’s matching or better than my price anywhere on the internet before  or during Black Friday through Cyber Monday then please take the time to shoot me a link. You can leave a comment here or tweet me @GameChangerDOC. Note that these aren’t necessarily the prices that you’ll see for all these games/products. They’re the prices I’m willing to pay for them. If you don’t see them this low then that’s cool. I’ll just have to buy them at a later date. I’ve also created an easy reference photo for deal hunters on the go. It doesn’t have everything on the text list but it has the stuff I’m more confident in being found at my set prices this year.

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Full Edition (PS4) – $20
Until Dawn (PS4) – $10
Star Fox Zero with Guard (Wii U) – $20
Pokken Tournament (Wii U) – $25
Ratchet & Clank (PS4) – $10
Uncharted 4 (PS4) – $30
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U) – $40
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (PS4) – $15
Dark Souls III (PS4) – $15
Mighty Number 9 (PS4) – $5
Far Cry Primal (PS4) – $15
The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition (PC) $20
Digimon: Cyber Sleuth (PS4) – $20
Final Fantasy XV (PS4) – $40
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (PS4) – $10
TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4) – $10
Devils Third (Wii U) – $30
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) – $40
PacMan & the Ghostly Adventure 2 (Wii U) – $10

Good luck and may the deals be with you.

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Small Radios Big Televisions Review – 5/10

This week I published a review of the recently released Adult Swim Games title, Big Radios Small Televisions. This was a highly enjoyable small scale point and click adventure. I published this review on Brash Games, but here is the introduction:

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I’ve reviewed more than one title from Adult Swim Games and usually they end up disappointing me, which is really depressing because I happen to really like Adult Swim’s television programming. But today the losing streak comes to an end. Small Radios Big Televisions is a recently released point and click adventure that strips everything about the genre down to the bare minimum in order to create a surprisingly fulfilling experience.

You can read the rest of the review here. For this and other reviews by me on Brash Games you can also check out my Author’s Archive page.

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Guess I Missed It on Gaming Rebellion

This week I published an article about the conflict of interest created by developers continuing preposterously long franchises over multiple console generations. The purpose of this post was to examine the struggle of trying to play catch up with a long franchise that everyone tells you to play but you’re so far behind that trying to catch up for plot purposes is extremely difficult. I published this article on Gaming Rebellion but here’s the introduction:

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I’ve had this debate with a number of gamers over the years, but very few of them agree with my position so I wanted to ask a larger part of the gaming community what their views are on the subject. There are a number of franchises in gaming that have and will continue to stand the test of time. These include names like The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Tomb Raider, and the list goes on. What’s important to note is that all of the franchises I listed have games that were originally released on consoles from older generations and, with the recent exception of Metal Gear, I haven’t played every title in any of them. The difference is that not all of these franchises have standalone games. You can play pretty much any game in the Mario collection without having played any of the other games and you will be just fine as far as plot goes. At no point will you really feel like you are missing something having not played the other titles. The same can be said for Zelda games and most of the Nintendo collection. But that’s not always the case for many of the long standing and well respected franchises on PlayStation or XBOX (all generations).

You can read the rest right here. Please check out my Author’s Archive for other articles by me on Gaming Rebellion.

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Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension Review – 6/10

As I had originally said in my introductory post, I want this space to be a place where you can have access and updates about all of my gaming related content. I’d like to not only post discussion articles here, but also links and summaries to content I’m publishing in other places, my YouTube videos, game reviews, and all types of other gaming related things I’m involved in. So consider today’s post the first of this effort.

This week I published a review of the recently released Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension by Koei Tecmo. This review was published on Brash Games, which is an excellent site where I’ve been writing reviews for over a year. This particular game is a historical battle simulation game. I found this one to be lacking in comparison to other historical battle sims I’ve played by Koei Tecmo. I always make it a point to post the introduction of my reviews on my blog to give you a preview of my thoughts on the game, but you should definitely go read the whole thing if you want to find out more about the game. I’m happy to answer comments about the review either here or directly on that page. Whatever is easier for you works great for me. Here’s the introduction:

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I’m no stranger to Koei Tecmo games and as such I’ve become very familiar with what to expect from them. In many ways this has made me an even bigger fan of theirs because I’ve experienced so much good work from them. But the many reviews of their games I’ve done have also shown me just how unoriginal a lot of their newer products are. Today Koei Tecmo’s catalogue of games can be split into two main groups: Historical Simulation Games and Other. Their other category includes titles like Attack on Titan, Toukiden, and the upcoming Nioh. All three of these are excellent titles that I personally own or will own in the case of Nioh and highly recommend. There are also countless other games in various genres that fall into this same other category. But the main staple of Koei Tecmo is their historical battle simulations.

You can read the rest of the review here. For this and other reviews by me on Brash Games you can also check out my Author’s Archive page.

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