Gears of War 2 Now Available and Overpriced on XBL Games on Demand
We just told you about a temporary price drop on the "All Fronts" map pack a couple of days ago. Today, we let you know just how much a digital copy of Gears of War 2 is going for: Thirty smackers. Yep, that's right. $29.99 for those of you skimming this. (You're missing out, by the way.) A digital copy of Gears of War 2 costs the same low, low price as a brand new copy of the actual physical media. And if you download it you get the added privilege of having 6 gigs of your hard drive squatted on.
Now some of you may think I have something against Xbox LIVE. This is definitely not the case. I just have something against spending money on an item when the same product is available somewhere else for a lower price. You see, through years of training, I have quite literally mastered the ability to look at a pair of numbers and almost instantly know which one is higher (or lower) than the other.
I'm not a betting man, but I would wager that we have some of the most intelligent, best looking, and most successful readers on the net. So if I had 30 dollars, I'd be willing to bet 10 bucks that most of you know your numerical order as well as, if not better, than I do. And just in case you aren't as smart as I think you are, and I lose my 10 bucks, guess what? I still have enough money to pick up a used copy of Gears of War 2, and I don't even have to take it out of the shrink wrap!
"But what if I'm agoraphobic? Or if I don't have a car? Or there is no nearby retailer because I have recently taken advantage of Xbox LIVE's proliferation and I live in Siberia? Or I've nailed my house shut because the Locusts/zombies/aliens/missionaries are coming?"
Hey, I'm a big fan of staying inside, just like any other shut-in, but there are companies that will deliver games to your house. And what are you doing playing games if there is an approaching zombie horde? That's exactly what we've all been training for!
I don't understand why Microsoft and Xbox LIVE (by the way, if you don't scream 'LIVE' out loud then you're reading it wrong) continues to price their Games on Demand out of the market. Take a look at Batman: Arkham Asylum On Demand versus Wal-Mart if you want a good example. I would think the only reason to buy Gears 2 online would be because you had sold it back and are feeling nostalgic. That's not worth $30 to me.
A quick reminder: The 'All Fronts' map pack is only on sale until October 18th. Gears of War 2 is a great game and getting more miles out of it for 400 points is a really great deal. I'll just be sticking with my old dusty copies, unless you want to buy them for thirty bucks apiece.