Goozex claims to have saved gamers $3.7M!

An interesting story, today, emerging from Goozex.com. They put out a press release this morning stating: “As of today, Goozex members have saved $3,745,929.00 compared to trade-ins at retail stores, and they continue to save every day.” The total may or may not have been deduced by using their very own cost-savings calculator, seen here:

3.7 Million Dollars. That’s the current figure, from Goozex. I think that is quite the savings, and I have to believe I have contributed more than a couple bucks to that figure. But Now I am wondering if the big companies are going to take notice and formulate some kind of perversion of copyright law and try to sue Goozex. Now that we are talking real dollars and cents, not just Goozex Points, these companies might band together and try something drastic. I am hoping they, instead, realize that people would buy more at a lower price point, and that maybe there is a way to stop the industry from going solely toward digital distribution. Time will tell.

If you want to get in on the savings, feel free to use me as a referral and we’ll both get some small bonuses for it!

Xbox Live currently has 52 Billion Gamerscore

The sound, familiar to us all, the beloved “ba-loop” of the Achievement Unlocked. I’m not the only one who never gets tired of the rush, who doesn’t tire of watching my Gamerscore grow. In an April 1st article on Gamasutra, Aaron Greenberg, director of product management at Xbox said that an approximate 2.5 Billion achievements have been unlocked, leading to an estimated 52 billion Gamerscore points.

I don’t necessarily think it’s a bragging right, or it makes one gamer any better than another. But I do love the gamerscore races, challenging my friends unlock specific achievements. And, as a friend and I have discussed, in prior console generations, we used to make up similar challenges. Particularly in Xbox Live Arcade titles, pacifist style achievements like those seen in Geometry Wars Evolved, or killing three pterodactyles in Joust – these were the kinds of things people have been coming up with for decades. It adds just another reason to keep playing a game, or to try a game you’ve never played. The addiction takes hold when you find yourself simulating 30 years of Madden 2006 for two hours on a Sunday afternoon.

Others are trying to emulate it, now, but I have not found myself as enthralled with my PS3’s Trophies… yet.

Fun on Friday: It's Hockey Time

So, yesterday at work, I’m listening to The Booom!BoxCast (if you haven’t, you’re missing out, click the link, or check out their AnalogHype page, or even download them on iTunes). As I’m listening, I was pleased to hear myself mentioned during some shout outs. Then I was shocked when I heard co-host “DaPhilth84” (that’s his PSN ID) mention my name, some how, in discussion of the NHL Playoffs.

Now, I’m a hockey nut, it’s true. But when Philthy started listing off teams who had play off potential, I didn’t anticipate “NuAngel” would be among the teams. Evidently, neither did my co worker.

Before the work day was out, I was presented with these fun little tidbits. Enjoy.


Check the filename… NuJersey, get it?

Thanks to QualityBeats84 & DaPhilth84 for the shoutouts during the podcast, and Dalimatrix for the insanely entertaining graphics.