Checkpoint: Deals Without Borders Edition

Checkpoint - Deals Without Borders Edition

As someone who follows gaming deals, it pleases me greatly to see previously U.S exclusive deals make their way north.

Target’s Canadian presence brought aggressive promotions like the recent “buy 2, get 1 free” video game sale. The only downsides to this deal are the limited store locations and the limited stock. It’s why I’m not a fan of posting retail deals like this; I don’t want to waste people’s time.

But Target’s efforts were not for naught. Big box stores like Target and Walmart make waves with their sales — so much so that Amazon.ca will likely match or mimic.

I say mimic because Amazon.ca’s take on these deals have either been slightly better or slightly worse. They also fail to clearly establish the terms and conditions from the get go and thus the┬ásale will warp and confuse during the first couple of days.

The $69.99 MSRP sucks but regular sales like this helps dampen the sting of that price increase. It also highlights the fact that a little patience (emphasis on little) will pay off.

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Checkpoint: Steam Summer Sale 2014 Edition

Checkpoint - Steam Summer Sale 2014 Edition

Another year and another Steam Summer Sale. This year’s was especially special because I didn’t buy a single game throughout the entire sale. In fact, I’ve made a dollar or so selling all those silly Steam cards that pop out from voting.

It’s not too late for me to spend some money though. At the time of writing, there is one more round of refreshes to be posted and I just remembered┬áthat I haven’t played id Software’s latest game, R.A.G.E., yet. If it ends up being $5, I’ll pick it up.

This year was a very light on the wallet because all the titles that I am interested are too new and come with shallow discounts.

I’ve been playing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and balancing it out with Battlefield 4’s multiplayer. I need the two because I cannot stomach heavy doses of Peace Walker. I understand why it’s such a compartmentalized campaign but that doesn’t make it a tough game to wade through.

I have no idea how long it will take for me to get through this game at this rate. Thankfully there’s not much to play this summer.