Store: EB Games
Location: Medina, OH on Route 42
Employee: Baldy McYellowTeeth
Submitted By: Nathan Smart

This is probably my favorite lie told by Baldy.

We were talking about all of the E3 news that was coming in and about what’s coming for the GameCube (this was around the time that Capcom had announced the exclusive 5). He was at work so he wasn’t able to see a lot of the news and I was giving him a rundown. He must’ve been getting jealous of me knowing something he didn’t know and that’s when he came out with this amazing tale.

He said that Retro Studios was coming out with a new version of Kid Icarus and that it was going to be a FPS just like Metroid Prime was. I asked him where he read this and he told me on IGN. I had been checking there all day so I knew that he was full of it.

I kept on questioning him and tell him that I hadn’t seen that news. He was certain of its existence so I just trailed off and moved into something else. He assured me that he would make sure it was on IGN and get back to me next time I was in (I would go there on my lunch break sometimes to kill time after lunch).

The next time I came in, he remembered where he got the info. It was on a super secret EB Games corporate website that he wouldn’t be able to let me see. He did say that he would try to talk to his manager to get me access.

Oh well.

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Night Trap is so rare!

June 10, 2007

Store: EB Games
Location: Medina, OH on Route 42
Employee: Baldy McYellowTeeth
Submitted By: Nathan Smart

I was in the store playing a demo when I overheard the employee telling a customer about the Sega CD system. He was telling them about the game Night Trap and how it goes for thousands of dollars on eBay. I’m not sure why, because they weren’t in the market for it (it was a mother and child if I remember correctly).

I was intrigued so I got onto a computer later and looked it up. There were hundreds of copies and most of them were in the 5-10 dollar range.

I just did another search (because this was years ago) and even today they are going for $50 at the most.

Store: GameStop
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Employee Description: Pokémon Jerk
Submitted By: J Gab

I went in to a Gamespot a few days after the new Pokemon games came out to pick one up. After hearing all the reviews and knowing how addictive the game could be, I thought I might as well. So while I was in there the guy asks me if I want to preorder something, so I take a look at the list. This is what goes down:

“Yeah so if you like Pokemon you might want to pre-order Pokemon Battle Revolution.”

“Oh nah, I heard it was just like the old Pokemon Stadiums”

“Well, it’s going to be the ONLY online game for Wii this year.”

At this point I was just thinking “umm…no” I had to tell him sarcastically…

“I’m pretty sure there are more. I even heard that there are going to be some third party games online.”

“That’d be sweet”

I’m not sure if he was just ignorant or was seriously trying to get me into pre-ordering the game by saying anything. Either way, I’m not planning on returning there.

Evil EB

June 7, 2007

Store: EB Games
Location: Macedonia, OH + Solon, OH
Employee Description: Fat Nerd + Surfer Dude
Submitted By: Ghaleon

I’ve harbored hatred for EB since Gamestop bought them. Price fixing + no competition + no old games = totally awesome.

When Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence came out, I actually pre-ordered to get the exclusive bonus disc. I learned my friend from high school was the main dude at the Solon EB, so I patronized his location instead of the one five minutes from my house.

Lo and behold, on MGS3:S launch day, he wasn’t at the store, and the other clerk said my “friend” had given away all the bonus discs to completely random people coming in and out of the store weeks before the game released. “Oh hey, we got these Metal Gear things, who wants one,” I guess was his sentiment. Naturally they didn’t call the pre-order people to let them know the discs had come in. I had to call myself because the clerk would only try the one by my house, literally every GS/EB in Cleveland to find a store that miraculously had a few extra copies. Never went back to my friend’s.

Also, everyone knows they sell used copies as “new,” but this was a shock to me first time I saw it. Dude at my Macedonia branch takes Trauma Center DS off the shelf (disfigured by their stupid “NEW” sticker), puts in the game in, and won’t sell it as used though it clearly had been around. When I went home and it had a game save, yeeeah, boycott.

The only time I attempted to buy anything there since was trying to get Super Paper Mario on my lunch hour. Seeing SIX Marios new and in prominent display on shelf, I wait in line for A) A kid trying to build “Elder Scrolls FIVE,” B) Some brainiac’s trying to return opened games for full money back with no receipt, and C) Some random event in which the clerk had to extricate himself to the back of the store and help idiots shop for PSP titles.

Finally I get up there and request Mario, but I get the Question: “DID YOU PRE-ORDER?” “No.” “Sold out.” “WTF are those displayed on the shelf like they’re actually FOR SALE then?” and walked out, because I’d kind of expected that. I went to Circuit City after work, where they had about 25 copies.

I have no idea why people bother bitching about Wal-Mart when Gamestop is 10 times the customer-unfriendly monopoly of an organization.

Store: EB Games
Location: Macedonia, Ohio
Employee Description: Random Clerk
Submitted By: Jase1

I decided to stop pre-ordering games when I could easily find the games at bigger stores such as Best buy, Circuit City and so on. I was excited to get the new GTA: Vice City game and on launch day I went to the EB to see if they had any copies. I walk in and this is the conversation we have.

Clerk: Hi welcome to EB games how can I help you?
Me: I would like to purchase GTA: Vice City.
Clerk: Did you preorder it?
Me: Nope
Clerk: Good luck finding that game anywhere. We cant keep them in stock. That’s what you get for not pre-ordering.
Me: You think Blockbuster would sell it? (they were right next door and I was on my lunch break and didn’t have lots of time)
Clerk: Yeah right, they don’t get new games until after we do.

So being pretty upset about not being able to score GTA I decide to go to Blockbuster and purchase a used game. I get into the store and am greeted by the counter guy and ask him, “I know this is a stupid question, but do you have any GTA: Vice copies left?” He opens the cabinet behind him and I can see at least 30 GTA copies. I was feeling really good about my lucky score so I decided to be a dick and go over to the EB and rub it in. I can see the clerk talking with a customer through the window. In my best Matt Damon impression I knock on the window and the clerk looks up. He gives me a weird look and I put my new GTA game against the window and laugh.

Store: EB Games
Location: The Strip, North Canton, Ohio
Employee Description: Some big dude with dark hair
Submitted By: Neil Weakland

I was in need of a new AC adapter for my GameCube (don’t ask why) so I went to an EB games to get a new one. As I was looking around for one, I heard the sales clerk telling a woman on the phone that the PS3 was going to retail for over 800 dollars and that she should look into a 360. This was before anyone knew how much the PS3 would cost. So after he was off the phone I asked him if they had a GameCube AC adapter, He told me that because Nintendo blah blah blah blah, they don’t allow third parties to make AC adapters for the gamecube.

The next day I went to the EB games in Belden Village Mall (literally, like a mile and a half away) and bought a GameCube AC adapter from the company Intec.

Pre-Order Stunt

June 5, 2007

Store: Best Buy
Location: Toledo, OH
Employee: The Man with the Photographic Memory
Submitted By: Kid Chameleon

Ok, this hasn’t actually finished playing out yet, but I went to Best Buy the other night to pre-order a Limited Edition copy of Jade Empire for Xbox cause I guess the limited edition has an extra playable character and some other extras and you can only get it from Pre-Order (at least that’s what i heard). So anyways, I had looked on Best Buy’s website and saw they had the regular, but not the limited edition available for preorder (I had to order at Best Buy cause I have a games giftcard). So I get over there, and ask about the limited edition, and the guy there told me that he’d remember me, and put one aside so when I come in to get it there will be a limited edition waiting there for me instead of the regular game. I don’t see how this is going to happen considering I don’t even know if BB is getting the limited edition, this guy didn’t take down any of my information, I bought a pre-order for the regular version, and who knows if he’s even going to be working when I go to pick it up. Normally, I would’ve just gone somewhere else cause I thought that claim sounded pretty ridiculous, but like I said I have a giftcard and the only reason I’m even buying the game is because of that.