So, followers may remember that a couple days ago, I finally found a copy of Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army and I was jumping for joy all over the place.
But then I actually popped it in.
The disc was not only covered in a fuckton of scratches, but some sort of beverage (coffee is my guess) had been spilled on it and allowed to dry. GameStop guarantees they check the discs before accepting them for trade-ins, but clearly, this disc hadn’t been checked. Hell, the last time I traded in a game, GameStop told me they had to charge me a “refurbishing fee” because there were a couple scratches. Well, they either forgot to check this disc, or they don’t do shit with that refurbishing fee. Either way, I was ticked I received the disc in such terrible condition, but I cleaned it up and tried to play anyway.
The first attempt, the game played normally, but load time for the battles was pretty long and there was some serious stalling in some places. The next day I tried to play it, the game wouldn’t start at all. And then, on my last try, the game started, but the stalling seemed to have gotten worse. After checking the GameStop site again, I found another copy of Devil Summoner about 15 miles away.
Due to traffic, it took the roommate and I approximately an hour to get there, and that is probably the worst GameStop I’ve ever been to. One of the associates was dawdling around while the other was trying to convince a customer not to cancel a pre-order. Then the phone starts ringing. For about ten minutes, I’m standing there as the guy in front of me is just trying to cancel his pre-order while both employees ignore the phone which never stopped ringing. At the same time, a huge line is forming behind me, and the dawdling employee just continues to do nothing. Maybe that guy was getting paid to be the GameStop Greeter rather than an actual associate.
When my turn comes, I ask the guy behind the register if I can exchange my damaged disc for the copy they have. The associate looks the game up on the computer, and spends another five to ten minutes trying to locate it. After showing me Devil Summoner 2, he admits the wrong game was logged into the system and that another copy of Devil Summoner isn’t available for the next 56 miles.
So, another 40 minutes spent in the car to get home. After grocery shopping, I come home and check the GameStop site again.
…And the erroneous listing for Devil Summoner 1 is still there, uncorrected. I really hope they update that in the next day or two, because that’s fucking annoying.
I wish I could do all my game shopping at the GameStop closest to my house, because they have the best damn people there. I continue to be grateful for my local GameStop.