GameStop Is Now Selling Online-Only Strategy Guides For Some Reason

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GameStop employees now have something new to harass you about: online-only guide packages.

As part of a new program announced today, GameStop will sell digital strategy guides for games like Madden 13 and the upcoming Halo 4. Here's the press release:

Starting today, GameStop customers can purchase digital, web-access Prima eGuides at GameStop retail locations. The new program, "Buy In-Store, Redeem Online," launches with an exclusive Madden NFL 13 tournament bundle. This exclusive GameStop eGuide bundle includes two tournament-level eGuides (offense and defense). Regularly priced at $39.99, GameStop customers can get the bundle for only $19.99.

"The debut of Prima eGuides is an exciting addition to our digital line-up."
Future eGuide releases include Halo 4, Hitman: Absolution, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, The Sims 3 Supernatural, and many more.


"But wait!" you might be saying. "The whole point of a strategy guide is that you get something physical to flip through and enjoy! Why the hell would I pay money for an online-only one? There are literally hundreds of thousands of video game guides available on the Internet free of charge! And are they serious with this $20 thing?"

I... um... well. GameStop!

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Remember Final Fantasy 9's physical strategy guide? It explained a brief overview of the mission, which was usually already explained in the game, and to get the actual strategy part you would have to write down a code and visit their website for the info. I never use this word, but it was idiotic.