A pretty good, and costly, day for gaming. I'll start with my KB experience, then ramble a little bit...
They had just started putting the special price tags on the games when I got to KB in Cool Springs Galleria this morning. As he was tagging them, I pointed out a few that he missed, and later told him that PS2 Kain Defiance was, unfortunately, not the Kain that was 14.99, as he had marked it.
Many of the games they had were down to the display copy, so I will mark them as "open" in the list. The discs, manuals, and cases are fine.
Mark of Kri 9.99 open (not the last copy, they had another open one)
Ico 9.99 open
Clocktower 3 9.99 open
PaRappa The Rapper 2 9.99
Shadow of Destiny 9.99
Fifa 2003 9.99 open
Brute Force 9.99 open
Panzer Dragoon Orta 9.99
Otogi Myth of Demons 14.99
LOTR The Two Towers 14.99 open
The Sims 19.99
F-Zero GX 19.99
Castlevania COTM 9.99 open
Total: $169.86 + $15.72Tax = $185.58
Things I talked myself out of:
Midnight Club 2 Xbox
Midtown Madness 3 Xbox
Silent Hill 3 PS2
World Series Baseball 2K3 Xbox
Reasoning: I am not really into racing games (plus I have Project Gotham 2, and if I get another, it would most likely be NFSU. Silent Hill 3 is bound to be a GH before I'd get a chance to play it, so it'll be $20 soon enough. I always think I need a baseball game, and when I get one, I play it for a few minutes, then it just gathers dust.
Things I wanted, but they did not have:
Boktai GBA -- I have a copy for myself already, would have been a gift.
Broken Sword GBA -- Not a huge deal, but I like those sorts of games (had it on PC), and I have heard the conversion to GBA was done very well.
Vexx GC -- They had both PS2 and Xbox, but cheapass that I am, I didn't want to spend the extra $5.
Splashdown 2 PS2
Activision Anthology PS2
ARC THE LAD PS2 -- This is the big one, the only one I am really upset about. Life goes on.
Dungeons and Dragons Heroes Xbox
Dynasty Warriors 4 Xbox
Indiana Jones Xbox
NBA Street 2 Xbox
I ran into a newby CAGer at the store, let him look over the list, and gave him first crack at the Panzer Dragoon (but they had a few in stock, so it turned out it wasn't necessary). I think he picked up Ghost Recon.
After KB, I decided to check out some of the nearby stores...
Having spent so much at KB, I decided I needed to be a little (lot) more conservative. I got an employee to price check Soul Calibur 2 Guide (knew it was a penny), LOTR Two Towers Guide (couldn't remember if it was a penny, but since I just picked up the game at KB, I wanted to check. It was), LucasArts Xbox demo disc, and what the heck, Zelda Collector's Promo Disc. The guy said the discs were each free with their respective system, I said "oh, you have to buy the system", and he said it's Christmas, and not to worry about it. When I got to the checkout, the people in front of me had over $100 worth of stuff, including SOCOM (PS2 GH) I gave them one of the Gamer's coupons that I had bought on a previous visit (one of the ones that expires next year, so I really hope they restock those soon). When I check out, the Zelda disc rings up at $99.99, but I told him that Jeff said it would be free, and he zeroed it out.
Total: $0.03, and out a $5 coupon.
There is a Gamestop in the same parking lot as BB. I always mean to stop there when I go to that BB, but this was the first time I managed to do so. I asked about the magazine with Deus Ex GOTY and Thief 2, no go. I asked if they had Ikaruga, new or used, no go. I asked about the pacman vs. disc, he said it was free with a Namco preorder, but there are no Namco games to preorder, so he gave it to me
Target was nearby, so I got a raincheck for NBA Jam 2004 (PS2), i.e. 34% off any "regular-priced" game I choose. I am assuming that consoles are not in the same "category" as games -- any Target employees here who can tell us? 34% off a ps2 would be sweet, but seems pretty unlikely (a guy can dream). I did end up getting CastleVania Aria of Sorrow GBA for 14.98, thus completing my GBA Castlevania collection (already had Harmony)
Total: $15.98 + $1.39Tax = $16.37
I had to visit my friend in the Hospital (Sleep study) after that, but I was pretty much done anyway.
Grand Total for the day: $201.98
I need a good cheapass therapist.