There is a joke list on the subject “You know you live in Silicon Valley when…” that makes the rounds now and again. One of the items on the list is that you think “I’m going to Fry’s” is an acceptable excuse to leave the office for a while, and your boss does too.
That one has always been true for me, luckily.
So I got out of the office for a bit yesterday on the excuse of going to Fry’s. (Which is not too far from Semiconductor Drive, which should be on that list.)
I am a little annoyed at Fry’s. The reorganized their PC games section. Not that it did not need it, but the spread the MMO titles around some, mixing them in with the single player RPGs. The MMO titles used to be together in one big clump.
Not that it was hard to find certain titles.
If you want a copy of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Collector’s Edition, Fry’s is the place for you. Somebody ordered way too many copies. The price was down to $59.99 today and there were well over 100 copies within site of the PC games aisle.
The standard box for The Burning Crusade is still going for list price though.
Lord of the Rings Online was well represented. The shelf was full of copies, more than than Fry’s would generally stock, so I would have to guess that sales of that have not been as brisk as expected. The standard edition was going for list price, but the Special Edition had a small price break and was only five dollars more than the standard. For the sound track and the upgraded Glass of Aglaral it is worth the price difference.
There was a big mish-mash of EverQuest and EverQuest II titles. The most represented title seemed to be the EverQuest expansion Prophecy of Ro. Somebody must have bought too many copies of that as well. Echoes of Faydwer and the EverQuest Anniversary Edition looked to be low, with only a couple copies of each on the shelf, so somebody is buying them. There was a full row of the EQ Anniversary Edition last time I walked though.
Vanguard had its own spot on the bottom shelf. No Collector’s Editions in sight, but plenty of standard boxes available for $39.99.
I dug around for a copy of Auto Assault. NCSoft seems to be serious about killing the game though. There were no copies on the shelf. At least I could not find any copies on the shelf. With the shuffle of shelf space, I couldn’t say with authority that there were no copies. I did not see a copy near the role playing games nor the driving games section. I will say this about driving games: Anybody making a new driving game needs to find a different graphical style for the box. I thought I saw Auto Assault out of the corner of my eye a couple of times, only to turn and see a different driving game using a similar font/color/graphics combo.
Anyway, I will say tentatively that my inability to find a copy at Fry’s, that used to have a dozen on the shelf before, plus the fact that NCSoft has turned off the key generation for the Free 14-Day Trial leads me to believe that there will be no reprieve for Auto Assault.
In the end, I walked out of the store empty handed. It was just nice to get out of the office for a bit.