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The Stats

August 12, 2007

I finally talked to another buddy of mine who was actually on and paying attention to the conference call where they discussed the new things being put into effect.

1) Subs and Reserves are going to be treated like other numbers, like GPGs and PRPs. They count, but not emphasized very much at all. It’s like the old UPT or IPT (units/items per transaction) numbers, they used to be important while now they’re not even talked about at all.

2) The ever dreaded “1st and Final” Write up is going to be disposed of. The DM was apparently very enthusiastic about this one in saying that it would make life in general a lot easier and less stressful. As the ASM I was talking to put it… “So we can just get fired the first time with no warning?”

There were some other minor things, but nothing too important that I can remember. Also, these are thing that are GOING to be implemented, but still a ways off.

The Game Rag

“Our customers love to trade in their videogames and DVDs for cash towards pre-orders and other product,” said Miles Taco, a spokesperson for GameStop. “But what do they do when they run out of games?”

Please keep sending in your stories.  Tell your friends that have stories to send those in.  Post this to your regularly visited message boards and tell them to send in their stories.*  And please, if you’re not going to send in any stories, then don’t write on your blog that we’ve stopped updating.  Your blog readers don’t need to hear you badmouthing my laziness.

*And if those jokers just post stories in the thread, tell them to send them to us!  I can’t possibly visit every message board in the world.

We are still here!

June 25, 2007

If you’re reading this site and wondering where all the stories are, we’re still here.  I’ve just been on hiatus due to getting married.

I hope that’s okay with you greedy, selfish bastards.

There’ll be more stories up tomorrow morning.  We’ve got plenty to post.

Bits Bytes Pixels & Sprites

“In our final part of this series you will learn what happens to forgotten pre-orders, how inventory is distributed based on a pre-sell plan and we’ll attempt to answer questions and concerns made from comments in part one”

Bits Bytes Pixels & Sprites

A former EB Games manager explains the science of pre-order pushing.

“As you can see, the company backs preordering because it increases unit quantities and ensures better and bigger profits from trading and the sales of used games.

“Now I won’t argue that the store employees are, for the most part, rude individuals. But now you can see the people running the show are even worse and think even less of their CORE demographic.”

“Would you like to pre-order any games today?”

The phrase has been a persistent and annoying part of buying games at American brick-and-mortar stores for a while now. We understand the reasons behind it — retailers want to gauge interest in upcoming games and guarantee future sales don’t go to the competition. The hapless employees, in turn, get pressured to secure that pre-order at any cost.

We understand this. What we don’t understand is why some game store employees, out of ignorance or malice, feel the need to lie to get that pre-order or sale. Pre-order Pushers is dedicated to exposing those employees and the stores they work at.

If you’ve heard a load of bollocks from a video game store employee, we encourage you to let us know at preorderpushers [at] Include the following information in your note:

Store: Whatever store you heard it in (EB Games, Gamestop)
Location: City and street (if you know it)
Employee Description: If you remember what the employee looks like, do tell – maybe with a funny nickname (please, no real names)
Submitted By: Give us your name, real or nick
Lie: Give it up!

Note: Despite the name, Pre-order Pushers is dedicated to exposing all sorts of lies from game store employees, not just ones involving pre-orders. If your local game jockey lies about anything — release dates, system capabilities, insane video game collections, what you should buy for your kids, etc. — feel free to send it in. If you just want to gripe about the high-pressure tactics game store employees used on you, send that in too.

If you’re a game store employee yourself and think one of our posts is talking about you, feel free to submit a rebuttal to our preorderpushers [at] address. Include a link to the original post and we’ll update with your justification. Of course, if you notice one of your fellow employees telling a whopper, please feel free to submit it anonymously.

We hope this site will become the premiere site on the web for griping about crappy game retailers. In the future, we hope to add user registration, voting, stores to avoid, forums, and all of the stuff that makes an internet community pop.

Once more, that address is preorderpushers [at] We look forward to hearing your lies.