Thus far I’ve resisted the time- and money-suck that is the ownership of a latest-generation video game console. This is in spite of the lure of glorious new game cartridges (they’re still cartridges, right?) like The Beatles: Rock Band. (If I’m coveting a game where you pretend to play in a band of damn long-haired hippies, its draw really must be powerful.)
Behold my will. It is strong like (undernourished) bull (that could stand to get to the gym a few days a week).
But just because I don’t partake of the magic picture-and-sound crack in my home doesn’t mean I don’t keep abreast of the happenings in the video game console domain.
For example, I’m familiar with the practice of creating “special editions” of blockbuster video games that sell for a premium price and include “extras” like additional content and artwork and felt gnome hats and whatever.
But this is a bit much, no? The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition includes a bunch of inconsequential* stuff and then… a pair of night vision goggles.
First, congratulations to those of you who have pre-ordered this package, effectively having spent $150 for the pleasure of owning a video game and what has to be the cheapest, fell-off-the-back-of-a-Soviet-army-truck-in-1987 joke of a pair of night vision goggles in the history of things that were made incredibly cheaply at the expense of actually working.
Second, congratulations to the makers of Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition. I just checked the official national census statistics, and there is indeed a sucker born every minute. Every minute-and-a-half, if you want to get technical.
* That’s right, gamers. I called it inconsequential. I can hear your scrotums tightening in anger from way over here. Well, screw you for making me think about your scrotums.
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