Man, oh man. I spend a couple days away from the Internet, and come back to literally thousands of unread posts. Biggest bummer of all: apparently I missed the beta-test of the new CAG Forum game, Sour Grapes vs. Double-Dip Discounts
. Looks like it should be a bang-up game when it's actually released, though; I do believe some people have already earned the "Making Tony Cry" achievement.
(Seriously... I trust that the boys in the back room are providing reliable quantitative analysis to reinforce or counteract the impressions that are generated here. And if that analysis leaves gray areas, AMZN ought to have the resources to generate marketing surveys that can combine specific customer viewpoints with specific purchasing histories to better understand how target demos, pricing, and discounts/matching all work together to meet the desired result.)
THQ - already had those. All of them. Nothing you can do there but high-five your fellow distributors for a job well-done.
EA - Here's where things felt really lackluster to me, to the point of turning me off completely. There weren't any games between the pricepoint of 4.99 and 9.99, meaning that if I was interested in picking up something on an impulse I would have to fork out more than $5 to participate. Also, many of the games at the $9.99 pricepoint have previously been on sale for just a few dollars each, so this wasn't even comparable to the best each had been priced! Others were full on retail. The coupon was a very nice gesture, but when presented in the framework of non-deals... the gift felt more naughty than nice.
Quoted for truth. My EA and THQ coupons are going to wither on the vine, for exactly the reasons hal stated. EA, you get no munneys at all; and THQ, you already got mine.
Between Ubisoft's lackluster catalog and the still-present DRM that infests the rare titles I'd actually be interested in, I haven't bought anything from them in ages. Don't miss 'em. I'd have actually used one-day coupons from WB and Sega, which may be why they turned down the opportunity.
There are a few things I'll be tempted to use the 2K coupon on. We'll have to see what the Civilization sale looks like on Friday, and/or hope that Steam puts X-COM up for a 50% daily sale.