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GameStop Unveils New Facebook Store

GameStop opened a new store today on Facebook. The shop, accessible via GameStop's Facebook page, allows users to purchase games online, read product reviews, watch trailers and find nearby GameStop outlets. Fans of the retailer can also "like" and share specific games on Facebook, and earn points via GameStop's customer loyalty program. Today's launch is just the latest in a series of recen...

THQ's 'Homefront' Balloon Stunt Angers San Francisco Residents

Some San Francisco residents are upset about a promotional stunt that, in support of a video game, sent thousands of red balloons drifting across the city on Wednesday, some landing in the nearby bay. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, game developer THQ released the balloons, which had promotional cards from Gamestop attached to them, to promote its new game 'Homefront' at the Game D...

Man Tunnels into GameStop, Swipes $5K in Games, Gets Arrested

Most video game addicts would do just about anything to get their hands on a free copy of their favorite game. But few would go as far as to pull off a bank robbery-style heist of their local retailer. Why? Because it's illegal, it's stupid, and, in the age of rampant online piracy, it's not even slightly necessary. Steven Archer, however, apparently thought it was worth a shot. The 33-year-old...

GameStop Bans 'Medal of Honor' From Military Base Stores Over Taliban Depiction

Video game playing soldiers looking forward to the upcoming 'Medal of Honor' will have to go elsewhere for a dose of non-lethal action. The game has been banned from all GameStop stores located on military facilities, due to its inclusion of Taliban forces as playable characters in multiplayer shoot-outs. The ban has been enforced by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates reta...

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Says Classmates.com Is a Scam

You know those ubiquitous yearbook photo banner ads from Classmates.com? The ones that bait you into clicking by vowing to put you back in touch with your long lost high school buddies? Well, if you've never been tempted to hunt down old homecoming dates, consider yourself lucky, because the site has now been officially declared a scam. Yesterday, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo listed t...

'Warriors of Rock' Brings Customizable Axes to Guitar Hero

'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock' looks to be the most ridiculous installment of the rhythm-based game, which is saying an awful lot. The cartoonish, but otherwise humanoid characters are getting booted in favor of pig-beasts, demons and what appears to be Storm's little sister. To accompany the new epic story mode and over-the-top characters, Activision is packing in a new guitar that players can ...

EA Sports Will Charge Gamers Extra to Play Used Titles Online

Starting next month with the release of 'Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11,' gamers will be charged an extra fee to play used EA Sports video games online. According to Edge, EA Sports will package an "Online Pass," which is essentially a one-time registration code, with its new PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. The pass lets you play online multiplayer games, join online leagues and access other bonus con...

Nintendo Wii Bundle Gets Painted Black, Hits Stores on May 9

Last week, a Gamestop employee leaked the promotional poster for what seemed to be a new Nintendo Wii. This morning, Nintendo officially confirmed that a repainted console will indeed hit stores on May 9th, packed with a couple extras. For $199 -- the same price as the current white Wii -- you'll get the console, two games ('Wii Sports Resort' and 'Wii Sports') and the Wii MotionPlus attachment...

Bad Deals Make Gamers Light in The Wallet

An easy equation: Weak economy means less disposable income, and less disposable income means less cash to spend on recreation, like video games. Don't forget the extraneous money pits, like add-ons, extras, and retreaded games. Defending the joystick jockeys, Wired has compiled ten ways that gamers get the 'financial shaft.' How can a developer offer in-game abilities only to gamers who pre-ord...

Burglar Sneaks Into GameStop but Leaves Empty-Handed

When it comes to stupid criminals, we've seen it all here at Switched. These would-be masterminds have been foiled by text messages, forgotten cell phones, and Google's Street View. While he hasn't been caught yet, another criminal has been bested by technology -- security cameras and a locked door. According to WPXI.com, a man attempted to rob a Pittsburgh-area GameStop Tuesday by cutting a hol...

'New Games' at GameStop Not Necessarily New

Video game outlet GameStop allows consumers to buy and sell used games, and, until recently, has been the only major retailer to provide such a service. According to reports this month from video game blog Kotaku, the franchise has been taking advantage of its market domination by selling used games as new ones. GameStop permits its employees to "check-out" games by playing them for up to four da...

Major Retailers Tap Into Used Game Market

GameStop, for years, has monopolized the corporate-level, used game and trade-in market, but, in March, several big-name retailers muscled in on the action. Amazon (which had previously allowed only third-party, used game sales) and Toys 'R' Us initiated the movement, and, according to Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets, several other major corporations will soon enter the fray, as well....

Yuck: Video Game Consoles Stored in GameStop Bathroom

On a serious note, we're telling ourselves that there's just no way this happens in even a meaningful amount of Gamestop locations, but more than anything, the video waiting just after the break is for chuckles and chuckles alone. Apparently, one quick-thinking videographer-to-be captured a few stacks of Xbox 360s and PS3s in the store bathroom. Yes, the store bathroom. So the Gamestop-sourced ...

Gibson Sues 'Rock Band' Creators, Wal-Mart, and Other Retailers

Legendary guitar company Gibson filed a patent-infringement suit against Viacom and Electronic Arts, the makers of 'Guitar Hero,' alleging that 'Rock Band''s unique controller and gameplay are currently covered by a Gibson patent. This news doesn't come as too much of a surprise. Earlier this month, Gibson alerted Activision that its 'Guitar Hero' game infringes on earlier Gibson patents, despi...