HD Cables for the PS2?

June 12, 2007

Store: GameStop
Location: Oxford Marketplace – 2580 West Jackson Avenue, Oxford, MS
Employee Description: Le Douche
Submitted by: JeffLillix

Before the Virtua Tennis 3 incident that I have already shared with this blog, I decided that I was going to buy component cables for my PS2 because I had just bought a 32″ LCD TV. I call GameStop in Tupelo, MS, where a few of my friends work and they tell me that they do not have any of the first or third party PS2 component cables so I decide to take my chances and go inside Oxford GS and wade through the bullcrap they were going to throw at me.

I walked into the back to look at the used hardware and happen across Sony component cables in really good condition. I take them to the counter to pay and after the obvious “Pre-order something for your PS2…” speech, Le Douche looks at me and tells me that I’m getting the component cables cheaper than what I should because they were actually HD cables and were put in the computer wrong. I look at him and look at the component ends of the video cable, think about how the PS2 doesn’t have HD output capabilities, laugh on the inside, and leave.

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What the hell is EDTV??

June 11, 2007

Store: GameStop
Location: Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester, CT
Employee Description: I don’t remember, but not Thor…
Submitted By: Nick Utter

GameStop employees have to be aware of all things video game, I suppose. That can be tough in this broadband/HD/audiophile world. I actually involved myself in this conversation briefly. In short, a customer and an employee got in a conversation around televisions (as the 360 had just launched and the PS3 was believed to be just around the corner). The employee assured the customer that any TV with “Red/Green/Blue” (Component) cables in the back, was HD. It doesn’t matter if the manufacturer says it’s HD, HD Ready, or an HD Monitor; if it has spots for those cables it’s HD.

I hopped in explaining the difference between HDTVs, and HD Ready sets. I noted the existence of EDTV and that even some SDTVs had these inputs. I lost them at EDTV, I suppose. Sure, they were dying at the time, but the employee just started laughing and asking what the hell EDTV was. I let the customer know that I stand by what I said, but he was going to stick with the guy with the cash register and believe that his 4:3 set was an HDTV based on the video inputs.

Store: Game Crazy
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Employee: Manager
Submitted By: Ryu

Was in Game Crazy, picking up my copy of Oblivion, and got to talking to the manager about Halo 3 and PS3. I mentioned that the reasons why I wasn’t getting a PS3 and was sticking with the Xbox 360 was because Hi-def was useless to me, as I dont have an HD TV, and because Halo 3 was only on 360. He responded with something along these lines: “Oh yeah? Well too bad for you, cause Halo 3 is only coming on out HD DVD, Microsoft said so, so guess what sucker? You gotta buy one anyways. Sucks to be you.”

I stared at him for a few moments, and then laughed in his face and walked out. I told all my friends and family, and Game Crazy has since then lost all of our business. Never in my life have I been treated so rudely at any store before.