GameStop Employees are Arrogant and Biased, Porn Wars?

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I’m a video game consumer.  I know about video games and the news behind them.  When I write, it’s more to inform the public of what’s going on.  I don’t try to brag about the things I know, or experiences I’ve been through.  Those kind of people make me sick.  I’m a journalist who likes playing video games.  On the other hand, there are some critics in the industry who try to belittle the rest of us.  Since I never name names (after my Godfather II review) I will classify this bunch as a whole.  In my experiences, GameStop employees are the rudest and most arrogant gamers I’ve ever spoken to.

There’s never a time that I walk into a GameStop and rebuttal with an employee on certain games.  No, I never start it.  But their opinions are always to non-looking gamer. Oh yeah, and they LOVE to chime in during your gaming conversations with friends.

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I take you back to the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD debate.  At the time, Sony’s PS3’s Blu-ray was battling against Microsoft’s Xbox360 HD-DVD and it became apparent to me that fanboyism was at an all time high.  I walked into my local GameStop retailer when I heard this “Xbox 360 will always be a better value.  You have the top games, XBox Live and now there will be an HD-DVD add on.”  I laughed under my breath because I knew the total value for those items would be more than the PS3.  So I asked “How much would all that equal too?”.  The GameStop employee looked at me quizzical and said ” $399 for the 360 and $199 for the HD-DVD”.  I then said “Xbox Live isn’t free.  That’ll run you an additional $80, right?”. To which he replied, you get what you pay for man.

I was ok with what he said, until the “man” part. That was him saying “PSN and those who use that FREE feature are garbage. So I came back to him and said “Mark my words, the Blu-ray will survive this format war and Microsoft will back peddle.” While it’s easy for me to say this now, at that time I knew about the previous media format war Sony lost with the Beta-max. Difference now is gamers WANT their games. In HD, with extra content and stored in one media. Unlike the 4 discs PC games come with or some Xbox 360 games.

Soon came this part-time, heavily pronounced Adam’s apple, “teeth to large for his mouth” co-worker was “chiming” in, he mentioned “Porn Wars”.  As the main antagonist of the story and I looked at this new villain, he continued and mentioned “Sony lost the war due to restricting the pornography industry from marketing their movies on Beta-max”.  As I just processed what he just said, I brought my copy of Leisure Suit Larry to the register and walked out shaking my head.

While I can go on with this rant of GameStop employees, have you ever experienced a “difficult” one? If so, drop it in the comments, I’d love for corporate to read it.

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