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$100 off of a PS3 courtesy of Power Up Rewards. Or not....WTF!

By: grey walrus May 11, 2011 | 3530 Views | 14 Comments

Normally I have no problem with Gamestop, but their power up rewards program is really starting to get on my nerves.

Alright, I'm a member of the Power Up Rewards PRO program, and I think it's pretty nifty. I've redeemed my points for some things in the past and everything worked out fine. Until more recently. I redeemed a 11,500 for a LOZ shirt which is no laughing matter and the one they sent me wasn't the one pictured it was slightly different, but just enough so to be irritating, and they wouldn't issue me  refund without returning the shirt. Okay, no big deal it's still a cool shirt so I just kept it. But what I've found out in the last couple of days is really sort of pissing me off.

If you guys didn't know the guys at PUR sent out coupons for the PS3 to get you $100 off. And they're completely legit. I work at GameStop and we've had a couple come in they work all fine and dandy, and they come straight from the PUR website so there's no problem there, but I DIDN'T GET ONE! I want a PS3 and this would be the best way to get it. 

So being a little aggravated I sent PUR an email asking why I didn't get one, and this is word for word exactly what went down in my email inbox.

ME:

I heard you guys were giving away $100 off of PS3 coupons, and I didn't get one. You guys gave a bunch of them to people who probably won't even use them, but I would can I please get one. My account number is.**** **** **** **** ***.

THEM:

Hello,  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

Why would you be only giving away PS3 coupons to people that already have them?! that makes no sense. People that already have them are not going to want to buy a new one. Your system is completely stupid. If you're trying to move stock for the new line of PS3 's coming in this is NOT the way to do it.

THEM:

Hello,  The $100.00 Playstation promotion was only sent out to a targeted group of people who DO NOT have Playstation games or Playstation console in their profile. This was only for a marketing trial. There is currently no way for us to regenerate the coupon. If you have any further concerns on this situation please contact customer support.  Best Regards,  Alvina  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

ME:

You just completely contradicted yourself

  Be advised that there are certain criteria the card holder must have met:  *You must be a PRO card holder.  *Must have PS3 preferences listed in their PowerUp profile.  *Must have transaction information detailing PS3 related purchases.  *Must have listed you own a PS3 in your profile.  If you have met these requirements for the coupon please reply to this e-mail stating that you have met the requirements for the coupon.   And you ARE customer support. That's why I contacted you in the first place. Please get your story straight and tell me why I didn't get one. According to your first email I don't meet the requirements, but according to your second one I do. So which is it?  

Just to make the point that they contradicted themselves it was the same person that sent all the emails.  I haven't gotten a reply to this last one yet, and if my experience with my shirt told me anything it's that I won't get one.  What do you guys think? Should I keep pressing the matter and call customer service on the phone? keep sending tons of pissed of emails? Or just drop the matter entirely. 

  /rant

UPDATE

So, much to my surprise they have replied to my last email, although it was a different person this time. 

Dear Valued Customer,  Thank you for contacting us.  I am very sorry for the confusion and any trouble this may have caused.  Unfortunately the $100 Sony PS3 coupon was only sent to a target group of customers who met the following criteria:  ? Indicated not owning a PS3 in their ?Gamer Preferences? on their online Power Up Rewards account  ? Did not have any transactions or purchases of PS3 consoles, accessories or games in any GameStop store or GameStop.com  ? Did not indicate a PS3 item in the Game Library under ?I Want, I Have, or I Had?  Please note that meeting the criteria did not guarantee a coupon.  We cannot resend this coupon but we do encourage you to be sure you have accurately answered all the questions on your ?Gamer Preferences? as we do base our Marketing targets on this information.  Best Regards,  Rachel  GameStop Customer Service  PowerUp Rewards  www.poweruprewards.com

So.. either the first person to email me was a complete idiot, or they're just trying to cover themselves by making it seem that way. 

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grey walrus

Bowser's Inside Story, love it or hate it?

By: grey walrus Jan 10, 2011 | 429 Views | 6 Comments

Been playing this DS game, and frankly I'm sick of it.

Alright. So I've been playing this game for a while, and don't get me wrong it's not a horrible game, but it is not at all what I was hoping for. I played both of the predecessors, and loved them, but I can't really stand this game. They said it's full of variety, but it's not. You spend most of the game playing as bowser. Which isn't bad at first, but after a while you get sick of him, and want to go back to the Mario and Luigi games you already know and love. 

The graphics are good. The comedy is what I've come to expect from this line of games and it's great. I just get sick of playing as bowser, just to play as mario and luigi for a few minutes to help out the bowser play. I don't know. I have two boss battles left and I've lost almost all of my momentum. I'm pretty sick of the game.

Have you guys played this? Have you played the others? Did you like this one? Tell me why or why not. 

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iorilamia

Feelings on GuiltyGear and BlazBlue

By: iorilamia Dec 26, 2010 | 1263 Views | 7 Comments

Played GuiltyGear since i was young. Wrote on how I feel about the two series, any other fans have some input on how they feel? Decided to write this because as the months pass their is WAY less and less GuiltyGear play and so much BlazBlue expansion.

Well first off, I am originally a GuiltyGear fan before anything else, and it was hard for me to accept BlazBlue's takeover. But I am not completely bias, I tried. Our last versions of GuiltyGear here the two AccentCore games that pretty much fixed and balanced everyhting out nicely (Well, Eddie is still...Eddie).But even with that, the BB Community has been much larger. Upon the release of BB, many people jumped on the bangwagon and loved it, including many old GG players, but with the game being so different, I wouldn't have guessed it taking over the way it did. Since then we have had patches to BB, more games, arcade releases AND DLC. The last year BB has been featured along with ssf4, HDR, and Tekken6 at many of tournaments. With no GuiltyGear in sight (except for the few tournaments that have GG on the side, but it is nothing major and not nearly as many competitors). The only place I see these games still equal is at Evo, where a decent amount of people enter on the side playing BB/GG tournies on small televisions for funzies. What do you guys think about the two games, which is better, why, like them the same, why does it appeal to you and why do you think it appeals to others more? Leave a comment below, and here are my thoughts.

So what makes Blaz B such a popular game so fast?

-Graphics. several of my friends first comments where " dude, the game looks so awesome!" the 3d backgrounds and smooth characters look great.

-Online play. you NEED this now a days.

-Noob friendly easy input mode

- growing game (DLC and new, GG has had many revisions over the years with usually the same roster, and piss people off when they create games like " ISUKA" and "GuiltyGear2")

But in my opinion, the Guilty G upsides are a lot better (besides the online part )

-The game is MUCH faster,has a much better combo system with Fautless romans, cancels and so on leading to crazyness.

- more singe player game modes , to challenge yourself under certain conditions and goals

-graphics. those are some of the best sprites around, they look great and go with the game well. dont need no HD shit.

-characters in GG seem to have a better variety because the BB cast is basically remixed versions of 1-2 characters+ new stuff. Also the ridiculous peronalities of the GG cast are just so lovable.

the music. the bestly metal soundtrack Daisuke Ishiwatari helped create went perfect with the game. I am not against the anime pop music of BB, but personally what GG had fit better, and BB's rock songs just dont have as much "UMPHHH" to them.

 

overall Blazblue has easier inputs, slower gameplay and not as many ridiculous combos, so it is much more noob friendly and not getting your ass rocked by people who mastered combos. Also the graphics and beauty draw people in aswell, along with the online play keeping people to play more often because online.

In the end I just couldn't do it, i sold my copy of BB, dont play it (even though all my friends do), and find someone to play GG with once in a blue moon. Without online play GG will continue to suffer HARD.

 

On a side note: thank god Daisuke Ishiwatari didn't want to do a BlazBlue vs GuiltyGear game, to sum it up he felt the same way I did, and did not want that series to cross and mess with guiltygear. My hopes for the future is that they will release one more in my beloved series, and it would be GG:3. Basically the same as Accent-Core Plus, but add in the characters from GG2 Overture( that game sucked, give those characters a rightful place in the 2d realm) with a much enlarged story-line,online play and possible dlc.

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iorilamia

Your characters in SSF4:AE (EDITED)

By: iorilamia Dec 14, 2010 | 1128 Views | 5 Comments

All characters information is in.

The developers blog recently put out the last information for AE changes and people have been kind enough to trasnlate. I wanted to know how you guys felt about the changes made to your characters, your best matchups, worst?

All links to characters nerfs and buffs are in posts by other users.

 


Anyways I'll start with my mains juri and ken.

Ken- Wasn't expecting less recovery time on those normals, thats fucking amazing, they already seemed to link well, now combos are ridiculous. im half-half on LP srk, it will do 20 more dmg now, but 2 more frames of recovery? is that on ryu's lvl? the lp srk works against so many moves, those 2 frames will have a big difference. also i consider the ex tatsu blocked low as a buff. it causes more room for mixup(throw, normals, srk?) and chip damage.

Juri- thank god for the faster walk speed, pressure with stored fireballs will be better now, and the fixed hitbox on her FA, that thing would miss on some stupid occasions. fireball kick knowcks them into the air, so you can fireball, pinwheel or maybe ridiculous FSE combo, but the stun and dmg nerf on the kick is depressing, it has alot of stun and decent dmg/chip, but the buffs outweight that.

-other characters-

Guile- only problem i had was making his u2 slower? you can srk that bitch without taking dmg if your close enough.

fuerte- didnt need to be nerfed that bad, yea he can win by retarted random mixups that have some invincibility, but really lame tactics can take him out.

bison- "OFFICIAL BIP-SON PRESSURE" scissorkick nerf/buff? cant be spamming the lk press as much but you can push them in faster?

deejay- he needed all of those buffs. good deejays in high lvl play do so much, for little damage or get screwed in reversals. also dash commands suck.

ibuki- i dont care if her kunais can be deflected by normals, they dont need a dmg buff, they are annoying as fuck...

Mr. Fei long - already had a hard time with pro fei's, majority of his normals being buffed with startup and frame changes, hot damn. like, some feis can beast people only with normals, now its even rape-e-er?

hakan, gouken and makoto- honestly didnt think they sucked, people good with them are fucking beastly. makoto has mixups and great panic pressure. hakan has more air and ground priority than people think, and limited but succesful mindgames. gouken...goddamit he is fine! all the buffs on his normals and tatsu is the scariest shit ever, along with lp running palm combo buff?  their buffs are leaving this characters rape-tier.

gief- i see the ex green hand NO knockdown as a great mixup oppurnnity. yet some people rather have the knockdown because of zangiefs weird hitbox when he does his airel crossups.

sagat- didnt need more buffs, he was FINE! yet changing the input for the scar is alright, messy inputs suck.

blanka- beast slide less active frames? thank you, so damn annoying.

honda- NEEDED dmg nerf and less invinciblity on his ex headbutt. hondas counter hits on ex moves and fierces canseirously take off like 40% in 3 hits. screw that.

abel-removing armor on U2 and slower staryup AND dmg reduction? its an annoying ultra but it didnt deserve that nerf, plus if your smart you wont get hit by it.

 

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