I had pre-ordered my copy of WWE Smack down vs. Raw 2009 at a local blockbuster near me. Within the weeks of release of SVR 2009 more and more news about places getting the game early became evident. A day or two before the release of the game, people on a message board I frequented stated to of have the game. I quickly dismissed this, as the game was not available for retail until Sunday the 9th. Soon more post started to show up, most of them dealing with 7-Elevens.
Apparently gamers had gone to a local 7-Eleven with in their area. The gamers left with a copy of WWE Smack down vs. Raw 2009. This is the first time I heard of 7-Elevens selling games.
This of course reaches past WWE games. Madden, Halo, and even World of Warcraft have all been sold at 7-Elevens as of recently. “This is not just a holiday promotion for us,” explained 7-Eleven category manager for gaming and electronics. While they are not a complete electronic outlet, it is something they are definitely going to expand upon.
I agree with 7-Eleven doing this. Of course (in physics at least) with every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. Maybe the next gas station to sell video games will be Chevrons. Then another gas station, and so on and so forth.
If this is kept under control, then 7-Eleven will not be replacing your Best Buy anytime soon. It will just be a way to get gas or a slushy and a video game you want at the same time. It would be equal to killing two birds with one stone so to speak.
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