Acts of Gord:

This is kind of old, but anyone working retail at a videogame store needs to visit Acts of Gord.  This is the true account of life behind the lines of owning a videogame store, as told by Gord himself.

And when I travelled from the hallowed halls of my Game Store and visited the Game Store of The Gord, the truth became apparent. I have no cause to disbelieve the veracity of the tales told here. The truth, it would certainly seem, is contained herein. Go now, and read of The Gord, and know that he has walked the path of the Game Store Owner, and that he has suffered for all of us.

I’ve read the site from the first page to the last and you should too!

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Store: GameStop
Location: St. Louis, MO
Employee Description: Surfer Dude and Older Woman
Submitted By: Ed Button

I walked into my local GameStop today to snag Stranglehold on release day (what can I say, I wanted the faceplate), and asked Surfer Dude at the counter if I could get a copy.

“Oh, we haven’t got that yet. Our computer says it’s been delayed until the 17th.”

“…the 17th,” I asked. I keep up with gaming news all the time and had heard nothing of this delay.

Older Woman chimed with: “Yeah, we’re horribly sorry. It turns out Midway wanted something to compete with Halo 3.”

I was stunned. No way could something like Stranglehold compete with the Halo 3, possibly the most anticipated game of the year. “Sooooooooooooo do you wanna pre-order a copy of Halo 3,” Surfer Dude asked. I said no, and that I’d be back. Then I left. I’ve never had an issue with EBuncolandStop. All the people that have worked at them have been nice and polite, and dare I say it, knowledgeable, so I was quite shocked by this statement.

I called the EB about a mile down the road and asked if they had it.

“No,” the guy says, “our computers say its been delayed until the 17th. From what I heard from corporate, it’s been pushed back because Midway had some issues with the shipping.”

A 13-day delay because of shipping?

“Well, your website says its out now, and so does everywhere else,” I said.

“Well, I checked Best Buy before I came in today, and they don’t have it,” he said.

After getting off of the phone with him, I call Best Buy.

“Yeah do you guys have Stranglehold for the 360?”

“Yes sir, we have it.”

www.1pstart.com:

“I only need one more pre-order for this month. If I don’t get one, then I’ll lose my job. Seriously.” LOSE his job? Is this the mafia? This guy has to be in his 30s. Does he have a family? Is he going to not be able to feed his children and wife just because I don’t pre-order Halo?

“Listen, I’ll give you this awesome new Transformers poster, this CD of Square-Enix music, and, a $10 gift card that you could USE to pre-order whatever game you want.”

www.firstpenguin.net:

The Real Problem and Solution
And what pisses me off the most is that I can’t even stick it to this company by quitting because there are a million other geeks/nerds that think GameStop is this wonderful company that would be an awesome place to work for, when in reality, GameStop knows how disposable you are and treats you as such.

So please, next time you have a complaint about GameStop, don’t take it up with me like I give a sh*t. And don’t think that you’re saying something new to me, because you aren’t. There isn’t a single thing I can do it about how this company is run. If you really have a problem, ask the Manager on Duty for the corporate number, and give them a complaint. Please, don’t tell me. I already hate my job enough as it is.

Game,Stop Calling me!

September 4, 2007

YouTube:

Gamestop wants to buy your used games. They want them bad. Now they have started calling customers who have placed pre-orders asking to buy the game back. These messages are unsolicited, and should not be allowed.

 

Gamestop Fires Back

Arstechnica.com:

Please. It’s about time we get some payback! Do you know how many calls I get a day from customers asking if we have Gears of Duty? How about Ninja Garden? WWW Smackdown vs. Just Bring it? How about all of the people who call and ask if we have any Wii games, and the conversation goes something like this…

[Link to Article]

YouTube:

These are video blog posts’ from “rammad27” from while he was working at Gamestop up until a little while after he was terminated. I believe he still doesn’t know why he was terminated. I know there are a lot of videos here, but it is very fascinating to see how a guy can go from basically liking his job to despising it over the course of a few months. You can’t help but feel bad for him, as he seems to be the kind of guy we all hope would be behind the counter when we go to Gamestop.

(November 18, 2006) (Console launches)
The ps3 launch and Nintendo Wii Launches, Violence, Ebay.
Pre Wii Launch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X78G2bOMBsQ

I pre-ordered the system so I will be getting it.

(December 02, 2006) Post Wii Launch.
A bit more on Video Game Consoles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvbedGE8KnY

So if you really want a PS3 just hold off, you don’t need it right now, mkay, it’s not that important. There are other things in your life that are more important than that.

(December 12, 2006)
Christmas Traditions, PS3 -1, Wii +1. Wii Controller.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC_TzxUPrFE
Talks about someone wanting to trade in a PS3 BEFORE Christmas 2006. Gives a safety lesson on the Wiimote. Remarks about the out of stock pink DS.

(December 17, 2006)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qtSWBsFJm8
Nintendo Wii Controller Strap Recall. Some talk about Wii & PS3 & video games.
First time closing the store, Wiimote wrist strap recall, Game Informer PS3 -vs- Wii, Mentions the pink DS Lite shortage again, etc.

(December 26, 2006)
Presents, Work!, Sister…, and stuff!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BBHkwyT11w
Gamestop opening at 7am. People NOT returning things. Thinks Napster invented MP3’s??

(January 12, 2007) PS3, Wii, DS Lite, movies, etc. Also, My life in general.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yapYTQrUglw
Nobody’s buying PS3’s anymore. Everyones asking for the Wii and DS Lites. Hints at problems at work.

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This is where it starts getting interesting.
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(January 18, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjEIvPiMumM
Mentions people looking for Burning Crusade (WOW) and mentioning people could have reserved it.
Closing the store tonight.

(February 03, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE_Avd44Huk
Gamestop gets robbed and manager (Amber Belkin) dies.

More info here:
http://kotaku.com

(March 01, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNWBmdU9W2U
More trouble at work. Looking for another job.

(March 05, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6WXttJQOwE
Troubles at work, Boss calling on day off.

(March 11, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xnlz0TKcTM

Certain things have happened at GameStop, I won’t say what they were, but I’m not too happy about them.

(March 13, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3-QPg3rloI
Sill looking for another job.

(April 05, 2007)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFCszP3og4I
Now has a temporary manager at Gamestop, 5th manager in 2-1/2 years. Discusses quitting again. at about 5mins. into the vid, talks about reserves and subscriptions,

Res’s and Subs it’s the one thing everyone wants you to do

(April 12, 2007) “Farewell GameStop”
What happened this past week and why none of this seems right.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGfcDdaOwi4
Did he resign, or did he get terminated?

(June 20, 2007) GameStop Terminations Again!! (and more)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOx2FL08VaA

(June 26, 2007)
“Temp Job Testing, Interview at Best Buy, A small bit about GameStop”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEefZIDKO-Y

(July 24, 2007) GameStop Once Again
GameStop Terminated Another One Of My Friends. A bit of the truth behind resos and Subs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VAbGKThfmY

(August 05, 2007) “GameStop Covering Their Tracks”
How to cover up your tracks of terminating many people, corporate style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-anVKVBIIs

I don’t know if there will be any more blogs from “rammad27” about GameStop, but it was interesting while it lasted. We’ll keep you posted if there are any new events in the life of “rammad27”.

Stranger 109:

“For each pre-order they take, they collect the minimum of $5 to hold. Because the upcoming HALO 3 comes in three different price points: $59.99 for the regular edition, $69.99 for the Limited Edition, and $129.99 for the Legendary Edition (pictured right), GameStop requires $5, $10, and $25 respectively to hold a pre-order. Assuming that most gamers only pre-ordered the regular edition (which is probably not the case), that would translate into 5 million dollars. But this could easily inflate to 10 million because the Legendary Edition is expected to sell out before the street date of September 25. So for just one game, GameStop will be holding anywhere from 5 to 10 million of their customer’s dollars for nothing more than the promise of supplying a game. One that could be widely available if they simply stocked it on their shelves.”