Checkpoint: Trading In Edition

How much longer will I be able to do this? How much longer will EB Games be around? How much longer will physical games be around? Who knows but this is why I like physical copies still.

I just traded in the following games to EB Games: 

  • Gears of War 3 – $1
  • Super Mario Maker – $26
  • Killer Instinct: Season 1 – $3
  • God of War 3 (PS3) – $0.50
  • Uncharted – $2
  • Uncharted 2 – $1
  • Uncharted 3 – $2
  • Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) – $7
  • Halo 4 – $3
  • Gears of War 2 – $0.05
  • Gears of War – $0.05

I took advantage of EB Games’ “double trade credit towards everything Switch” promotion and got rid of titles that I had HD remasters for. Until yesterday, they allowed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles and I rather have the empty shelf space so 10 cents for Gears of War 2 was better than nothing. 

Now EB Games are giving a minimum of $10 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles which means I can get $20 for titles like Metro Redux, Rare Replay and Halo 5 if I trade them in towards the Switch. 

It’s been Picross 3D and Yakuza 0 for most of the week. My brother and I have played the Puyo Puyo Tetris Japanese Switch demo for a couple of days though. What a great game. Looking forward to picking up that digital version.

Canadian retailers are increasing game prices by $5

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It started with EB Games but now it looks like FutureShop and BestBuy are raising the MSRP of upcoming games by $5 as well.

$65 is now the new $60 and it’s all thanks to the weakened CAD (1 CAD = 0.91 USD).

Not all retailers have followed but when the biggest Canadian electronic retailers have adjusted their prices, it’s only a matter of time. Retailers like are still offering Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for $29.99 but there’s no telling how long that will stay at that price.

What about my pre-orders? has a pre-order price guarantee, so you can rest assured that you’ll be charged the lowest price available to them.

The price charged when we ship the item will be the lowest price offered by between the time the order was placed and the end of the day on the release date.

But what about those FutureShop and BestBuy pre-orders that we made during their E3 promotions? The two retailers have a price drop policy but they do not have a pre-order price guarantee like However, historically, the price that you see on your order is the price that FutureShop/BestBuy charges on delivery. This included errors like the famous Metal Gear Rising Collector’s Edition for $39.99 ($110 off) snafu from last year.

Although it’s not a guarantee, I’m leaning towards FutureShop/BestBuy to not adjust prices after the fact. If it doesn’t pan out, we all have the right to return our orders for refunds.

“This is the worst thing to happen since $69.99 MSRP”

I hear you. I’m old enough to remember seeing $80.48 on my receipt — that’s including the 15% tax Ontario folks had to pay back in 2005-2006. So how will I cope with the price hike?

Pay what you want, not what they want

I don’t like paying $60 let alone $65 so this price hike doesn’t affect me as much. My rule of thumb over the last 3 years was to pay less than $50 (after taxes) for a new game. It’s an easy rule to follow thanks to FutureShop and BestBuy’s E3 promotions. Hopefully, they will continue with that promotion for many years to come.

If not, I will have to exercise patience and wait for prices to drop to the level I want to pay.

Try not perceive it as a price that you have to pay. If you want retailers and publishers to know that it is not okay to raise prices, then don’t pay that price.

Checkpoint: Purging the Generation Edition


As this console generation winds down I’ve begun to purge the excess console games. I’m getting rid of games I don’t wish to replay, redundant games that I’ve replaced with PC versions or just games I don’t want in my collection.

I’m not going down the route of eBay; it’s straight to EB Games. Who’s going to buy a copy of Splinter Cell: Conviction or SOCOM 4? Even if EB Games gives me a $1.30 for Splinter Cell: Conviction, I’m going to give it to them. That’s probably how much ends up my pocket if I put it on eBay anyways.

I don’t recommend dropping into an EB Games without taking advantage of a promotion though. I’m going to take these games in and trade them towards Luigi’s Mansion 2. An additional 30% to the trade in value — which you can find here — is better than nothing.

I’m still working through Rayman: Origins and playing lots of MechWarrior: Online. I’m feeling more optimistic about the future of MechWarrior: Online after the developers put forth a revised version of their “consumables” plan. I can’t believe they thought their original plan was a good idea.

FYI: Uncharted 2 & Next Dashboard Update Dated



Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Debuting on October 13th (via Kotaku)

  • Multiplayer demo will be an EB Games/GameStop pre-order bonus which will grant exclusive access from September 9th to 29th.
  • Multiplayer demo will be available to everyone on September 30th
  • Other outlets will be given different pre-order bonuses.
    • (possibly .ca as well) – Uncharted 2 treasure map
    • Game Crazy (N/A for Canadians) – Multiplayer currency bonus (like bonus XP for leveling up)
    • BestBuy (possibly .ca as well) – Golden AK-57s and Golden Barettas for multiplayer use

Next Xbox 360 Dashboard Coming August 11th (via Kotaku)

  • Includes Xbox Live Games on Demand service (buy old games from Xbox Live Marketplace)
  • Includes Netflix party support AKA the service which Canadians can’t use

Intel Announces New 34 nm X-25-M Solid State Drives (via AnandTech)

  • Evolution of the current X25-M (2.5 inch) drives
  • Available in 80GB ($225 USD) & 160GB ($440 USD) flavors
  • X18-M (1.8 inch) models at a later date
  • Halogen free; great for Apple and environmentalists
  • Will have TRIM support via firmware update just in time for Windows 7

Windows 7 RTM on August 6th; Family Pack Confirmed (via NeoWin)

  • Family pack was confirmed, but no details yet.

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