Archive for August, 2011

Gaming Deals of the Week

Posted: August 22, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals

With the coming of a new week we have a new set of deals upon us.  This week is a little light on great deals but there are still some.  Best Buy is rolling out some cheap 3DS games so I threw up some links for those.  So without further adieu here are some goodies for you.


Best Buy Deals


Amazon Deals


Toys R Us Deals


As more deals spring up this week (which I’m sure they will) I’ll do my best to post them up.  If you want more of the Gamer’s Abstract be sure to follow me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook.  Stay tuned for more.



Amazon Summer Road Trip Sale

Posted: August 14, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals

Amazon released their new deals for the week in gaming and they are pretty solid, but I am only highlighting one in particular.  The Summer Road Trip Sale is a sale on DS, PSP, and 3DS games.  There is a good selection amongst the platforms so if you have a road trip coming up (or are just into handheld gaming) head over to Amazon and check out what they have.  You can get there from here.  Happy Shopping and as always stay tuned for more deals (also follow me on Twitter and Facebook).

Amazon Video Game DOTD 8/10/2011

Posted: August 10, 2011 by Tim Utley in Video Game Deals
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It’s been a long time since I posted a good deal up on here so here it is.  Today Amazon is running deals on select Square Enix DS games.  Those games are Kingdom Hearts RE: Coded, Final Fantasy IV, The World Ends with You, and Chrono Trigger.  Every game besides Kingdom Hearts is $14.99 and KH is $19.99.  If any of these games interest you (I am gonna jump on Chrono Trigger) head on over to the deals page from here.  Happy shopping as always and stay tuned for more deals.

Youth is a sacred time in everyone’s life because it represents a period where you were absolved from responsibility and you could truly enjoy yourself with little to no repercussions.  Accompanying most peoples youth are certain artifacts including but not limited to movies, video games, and events that in compilation created your own unique version of the conventional youth experience.  I know I have plenty of things that I associate with my youth and I frequently revisit them to wet my nostalgic palette.  Companies understand this concept all too well and with that understanding stand to capitalize on our innate desires to feel nostalgic.

Nostalgia by its very definition is something that warms us and what better way to elicit these feelings than by selling us something that we once held near and dear, again.  The video game industry; amongst others have a particular knack for doing just that.  Whether it is reissuing a game from our youth in a vibrant new package or developing a game with a retro look, both techniques stimulate feelings of nostalgia and through that process create a market for goods that had originally been rendered obsolete.  Are we victims to the video game industry for doing this?  Absolutely not, because at the end of the day it is still a product we are willing to pay for and enjoy.  While we might not be victims we are certainly targets for nostalgic marketing and design, but is that really a bad thing?

Gamers are given the opportunity to not only relive their youth, but also in certain instances we get to relive it better than we originally experienced it.  Retro collections are so pervasive in gaming that all generations of gamers can experience not only their own contemporary titles, but also titles predating their existence.  Videogames have a rich heritage that will be exploited in order to make money.  Some will see it as a perverse intrusion of their youth, but I see it as an opportunity to remain complete as we age.

The intrinsic power that nostalgia has is uncanny and will be capitalized on.  Nostalgic consumerism regardless of its power still requires active participation on behalf of the consumer.  Some folks choose to not remember their past for various reasons, but others revel in it (such as myself).  I think it is important that as an industry moves forward they don’t forget the steps and concepts that preceded them.  I love feeling nostalgic and my youth can be resold to me infinitely because I don’t want to forget the path I took to where I am now.

If you enjoy feeling nostalgic comment about an experience that you have had recently I’d love to hear about it and as always to get more of me you can follow me on Twitter @GamersAbstract or on Facebook.  Stay tuned for more.

The Drought will be ending

Posted: August 8, 2011 by Tim Utley in Editorials

Writing is one of my many passions in life, but this summer has been particularly brutal on me in terms of work.  I haven’t had much free time to do anything let alone write, but hopefully that will be ending shortly.  I would like to get back into a groove of posting at least bi-weekly if not more.  I appreciate everyone who continues to look at my site even in my absence and it does mean a great deal to me.  If you the reader can remain steadfast I will be back in the swing of things in no time and delivering you some Abstract goodness before you know it.  Thanks again to all who continue to support me and as always you can get more of me on Twitter @GamersAbstract and on Facebook.  Stay tuned for more.