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#391 V4Oldboy

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

Nothing here at south coast. A crappy dog tag and crowded. They gave out raffle tickets but don't think I want to stay.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:01 AM

I thought I saw some Swag bags. Curious if that's what I saw and what comes with it.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:14 AM

They continue to give out tickets in Palo Alto even to folk arriving an hour late. Some literally just walked im the door and won the raffle. Prizes so far have been action figured and an Xbox controller.

I asked about the $20 certs for taking the windows class and the guy said they stopped giving those and now you just get a book.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:17 AM

Yeah personally I think the raffles should be limited to people with preorders. I know it's definitely the case that there were people who weren't even buying the game in prior launch parties eating pizza, some even winning prizes, etc. Really lame.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

Oh it gets worse. The guy that just walked right in and won just won again. The least they could do was remove your number after you win the first time.

I did learn that you can do an ad hoc network between two 360s over wifi so I guess it wasn't a total loss.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

So I bailed around 11, and came back at 12:15. There was a line outside, so I stood there. Turns out that line was for people that paid off entirely (I guess that was something I could have did? No one ever offered it) so now I'm in the line inside the store to pay for the game. 30 mins in and it looks like I have another 30 to go. Godawful, worse then the launches last year. Least then I was getting paid to see the worst preorder and pickup system known to man.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

Yeah, they were saying that you had to buy the game and at midnight they would hand them out. Also that you couldn't pay after midnight. Got there at around 10:30pm and left after the first raffle at 11pm. Only raffled few things like a Halo figure or a LE copy of the game. They said they were only raffling off 10 items total.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:18 AM

Attended the launch at the Century City/Los Angeles store. They had a poorly organized 1v1 "tournament" where the winner would get a console and they were also raffling stuff off like $10/$25 GC, Halo Warthog, T-shirts, armor DLC codes.

Event was kind of an unorganized mess. They pissed off some of us pre-order people as apparently you were supposed to pay the balance between 10-12pm. So there ended up being two separate lines, one for people who had paid in full and those who had pre-orders but were never told they needed to pay already. In a nutshell, even though half of the people in attendance pre-ordered, a lot of us ended up having waiting in line a lot longer than the people who just walked in that night. What made me even more annoyed is that at the beginning of the night I asked one of the employees if I should pay now or just wait until midnight. She told me not to worry and never said anything about having to wait in a long ass line if I didn't pay the balance off. Even more insulting is that they have like 10 employees up by the register counter and apparently only two people were able to process credit card payment at a time.

The only cool thing was that they had the motion-capture actors and director on hand for autographs. I got a photo with the actors that play Chief, Cortana, and adult Lasky. They were signing copies of the game but I just decided to bail as it was already 12:30 and I didn't want to wait another half hour or more. Oh well. :P

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

^ disappointing. They need to allow preorders to be fully paid off whenever the customer wants, such as when the preorder is initially made. There would be a lot of people who would do that, especially those experienced with the MS store, and that would speed up things, marginally at least.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

For any of you that picked up Halo last night at the MS store did the code for the pre-order armor come with it? I got my $25 GC but no armor code. I expected it to be in the box or on the receipt but can't find it anywhere.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:31 PM

For any of you that picked up Halo last night at the MS store did the code for the pre-order armor come with it? I got my $25 GC but no armor code. I expected it to be in the box or on the receipt but can't find it anywhere.


The codes for the Pulse Armor were on a sticker on the front of the box. I have pictures here.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:32 PM

Okay so I picked up my AC3 preorder today. Asked again about the $20 gift card class adn was told this. He seemed like he didn't know exactly, but at least I got this much. This is the South Coast store so it seems this is a YMMV deal, similar to the bing it on one, but most stores offered that and allowed it to be used on pts cards.

The class they have right now, "Getting to Know Your Windows Device" gets your some book. Forgot what its called, but he knew exactly what it was and said "Yeah, everyone who does the class gets the XXX book" That class was starting at 6pm, a few minutes after I came, but I didn't want to stick around for the chance I might get $20. Time is worth more, if I knew I'd get one, hell yeah I sit through it.

When I mentioned the gift card he said "Oh, that one starts at a later date, not sure when. But I think you have to have purchased a Windows 8 device for that one"

Not sure what he meant by that. Is it just a Windows 8 class? Or do you actually need to have boughten a Windows 8 device at the store? I would assume its jut implied you bought one since that would be sort of weird having people bring in their receipts.

Or I guess maybe they want you to bring in your Surface tablet to the class, thats how they know. I dont know. I want that $20 GC.

I'm still going to pick up Halo 4 there since With the bing it on and the $10 GC from AC3 it'll be $40 plus the $25 GC. Still not bad, but $20 with this deal would be even nicer

p.s. Anyone hear anything about the Halo 4 midnight events? Someone mentioned that they would be giving away $25 coupons or something in the bing it on thread. Maybe they meant they would give away prizes similar to the Dance Central 3 launch night where they had a raffle.


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#403 mentalward

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:43 PM

The codes for the Pulse Armor were on a sticker on the front of the box. I have pictures here.


Thanks for the reply. No sticker on my box. Hmmm...I guess I will call the store but I am sure they will be clueless.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:12 PM

Thanks for the reply. No sticker on my box. Hmmm...I guess I will call the store but I am sure they will be clueless.


Your store must have distributed the codes differently. They couldn't have somehow overlooked the pre-order codes for everyone, could they?

#405 mentalward

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:28 PM

Your store must have distributed the codes differently. They couldn't have somehow overlooked the pre-order codes for everyone, could they?


I called and they read the code to me over the phone. The guy asked if I was in the right line for the pre-orders last night. I was the 2nd in that line. All I can figure is that for the first few pre-orders they were pulling for the non pre-order stack that didn't have the stickers on them.

Hopefully they didn't shaft everyone on the codes. I guess there were only about 100 people there last night so it wouldn't be a total disaster if they had to read them over the phone but it will still be a pain in the ass for them.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

Pulse armor code was a sticker attached to the case plastic wrap for me as well.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

I called and they read the code to me over the phone. The guy asked if I was in the right line for the pre-orders last night. I was the 2nd in that line. All I can figure is that for the first few pre-orders they were pulling for the non pre-order stack that didn't have the stickers on them.

Hopefully they didn't shaft everyone on the codes. I guess there were only about 100 people there last night so it wouldn't be a total disaster if they had to read them over the phone but it will still be a pain in the ass for them.


Hey, I was the Palo Alto store last night too. Pretty crazy when that guy and his wife both won controllers and that 2 people had their raffles drawn for the grandprize (250gb xbox +kinect) but had left early and they had to re-draw twice (what's the point of going to a midnight launch if you're not sticking around til the launch?)

Anyway, I didn't get the promo code for the pulse armor either. I'll have to call or swing by the store and complain.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:28 AM

Hey, I was the Palo Alto store last night too. Pretty crazy when that guy and his wife both won controllers and that 2 people had their raffles drawn for the grandprize (250gb xbox +kinect) but had left early and they had to re-draw twice (what's the point of going to a midnight launch if you're not sticking around til the launch?)

Anyway, I didn't get the promo code for the pulse armor either. I'll have to call or swing by the store and complain.


Good to know another CAG was there. Yeah the dude winning twice in a row was ridiculous.

When I called this morning and explained what happened they were happy to give me the code over the phone. I imagine they have had a bunch of calls today about it. Hope you are able to get the code. It shouldn't be a problem.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:21 AM

I picked up my copy of Halo 4 tonight. Pretty psyched that it's a legit gift card and not something that like the voucher that has an expiration. And yes, the pulse armor was on a strip of paper taped to the package.

I also spoke with the guy about these offers and if they will extend beyond holiday, and he explained that the minimum he expects MS to offer is a $10 gift card, which I'm glad to hear as well. And finally, I brought up the supposed $20 gift cards with Windows 8 training, and he said that was an incentive that was offered only for the first couple days.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:26 AM

Picking up my copy tomorrow, better get that code. I didn't even know it existed until a week ago as it wasn't mentioned on the preorder dummy box in store. In fact I want two codes after that crappy midnight launch.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

Just to share some info to help out others, my code was on a sticker behind my $25 gift card instead of on my game case when I picked it up today.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:56 AM

For those of you in New Jersey, I can confirm the MS store in Garden State Plaza does not offer these classes.

Reason being is they only have a small stand in the mall, not a full blown store. All they have is Halo 4 and some surfaces.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

Extreme YMMV: my friend and I were just able to price match games we had bought at Microsoft Store less than 30 days ago to the current Black Friday price. I did Dance Central 3 (not preordered) and Forza Horizon (preordered). Was able to get the difference refunded to my credit card, including the Bing It On portion of it!

#414 dennisb407

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Still active at the Orlando store. Went in today to sit for a "Get to know Windows 8" class, got the $20 giftcard and reserved Gears of War: Judgement.

Then asked one of the 300 employees working if that $25 off $75 or more voucher was still active and he said yea, pulled out his phone, showed me some stuff on it and gave me the voucher, took less than 90 seconds