In: Uncategorized by Edie Sellers15 May 2008
This is a piece about Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a megafan of the series. Sure, I’ve played some MGS before, and I liked it well enough. But I’m not about to go get a MGS4 tattoo or anything. At least not while sober.
That being said, I’m perplexed at the recent Sony/Konami version of economics when it comes to the much-anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 bundle pack for the United States.
Make that “packs.” As in there are two:
Let’s do some math, here.
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Now let’s walk through the economics of this. For $100 more, you lose 40GB of hard drive, but you gain a different console color, and a few doo-dahs.
That might make sense if the doo-dah edition was significantly more expensive than the regular edition, but according to GameStop, which will be the exclusive retailer of the special edition,
In other words, you could buy the regular pack and buy a copy of the limited-edition game and you’d be ahead one totally resellable game, 40GB of hard drive and $40.
Ultimately, the only “benefit” of the Konami pack is that you get a gray console. And that benefit seems completely wiped out by the halving of the hard-disk space. It’s no big secret that MGS creator
I already see you gearing up an argument: Yes, I have been pimping the
But there’s one large difference: It’s a 360 Elite. As in 120GB hard drive. As in nobody’s giving up half the engine for the privilege of the paint job.
Again, this seems a case of someone either at Konami or Sony not properly sitting down with a paper and pencil (or maybe just a set of fingers and toes) and doing a little number crunching. Maybe it’s a case of rarity, which would mean anyone in his or her right mind wouldn’t hold on to the Konami pack and would immediately put it up on Ebay.
Or maybe it’s just me not understanding the overwhelming value of the color gray.
In the meantime, I’ll be buying the regular-old pedestrian bundle pack and save my extra scratch for beer and pizza.
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