Amazon Prime Follow-Up

Last week, I wrote a piece comparing Amazon's new Prime offer for games to Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program. The long and short of it was that I still find Best Buy to be better deal, but Amazon had won me back over to order Wave 3 of the LEGO Dimensions sets. Historically, I've never had issues with my orders from Amazon arriving late. In fact, they often arrive earlier than projected and every game I've ever pre-ordered has arrived on launch day.

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Pre-Order Discounts

When Amazon announced today that it would offer a 20% discount on video game pre-orders to its Prime subscribers, many rightly identified it as a shot across the bow at Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked. But the immediate cries of this bringing about the end of Best Buy's program, or even moreso Gamestop, seem far too reactionary to me.

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Co-op with Catherine #7

Between Fallout, PlayStation Experience, and our holiday travel schedule, it has been awhile since Catherine and I sat down and played together. But when my family unloaded about 13 LEGO Dimensions packs on us yesterday, we thought it was a perfect time to revisit the game.

But first, Catherine was adamant that we find a way to display our massive collection. So after a few minutes searching online, we found this video from TalkBricks featuring a setup that Cat really liked. It's a simple variable collection display case with three stands that can be arranged into a variety of configurations. It is sold online through The Container Store but even better for Catherine and myself is the fact that a new Container Store just opened by my work a couple months back so we went there and picked up all four they had on the shelf (sorry other local collectors of things).

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Gaming Christmas Haul

This post is a bit of a follow-up to the one I wrote last week about notable Christmas Gaming Memories. Because Catherine and I spent Christmas in Seattle with her family, we actually had several mini-Christmas celebrations, finishing today.

  1. December 22 - The night before Cat and I flew out to Seattle, we exchanged gifts with one another. There was no point in taking them to and from Seattle with us and we didn't want to wait until we got home.
  2. December 25 - Christmas with Catherine's family in Seattle. Meanwhile, my family celebrated in Phoenix opening all of their presents sans the ones from Catherine and myself.
  3. December 27 - My mother surprised Catherine and I by putting some of our presents from my family under our tree while we were in Seattle so we had a mini-celebration upon returning home from our trip.
  4. January 1 - Due to various work schedules and New Year's Eve plans, we weren't able to have the celebration with my full family until today. We all met at my parents house and Cat and I gave out and received our gifts with my family.

In addition to the awesome Xbox press bag that Catherine's brother Keith got me last week, my family delivered on some high quality gaming loot this year as well! Pictures are below! I hope everyone had a great holiday! Have a great 2016!

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Trevor Trove 2015 Game of the Year: #10 - #6

Alright, with the year nearly over, I've played all the big games I'm gonna get through in 2015 so it's time for the age-old tradition: making lists of the best and worst games of 2015. As I've already touched on in some of my other Game of the Year articles, there are a ton of games I didn't get around to this year. I'm only one guy and for the most part I know the kinds of games I'm going to enjoy so this list is specifically catered to the games that I had the most fun with this year. Without further ado...

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Extra Life Marathon

Because I'm not as young as I once was, a 24-hour marathon of gaming has seemed slightly daunting since I made the commitment a couple months ago. As such, I postponed my initial plan of playing on the November 7th Game Day in lieu of playing on Black Friday, when I'd have a little more time to recover at the end of the weekend before returning to work on Monday.

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Co-op With Catherine #6

As I mentioned Tuesday, it seemed like we'd never make it through LEGO Dimensions but a couple nights ago, Catherine had a couple of her friends over. As they wined and dined, they also opened up a few of our remaining packs and build some mini-figs. Since the building instructions are locked in the game itself, they only built the characters. Fast forward to tonight, Cat wanted to sit down and play some more.

We still didn't really progress through the main story at all but we opened the Back to the Future Level Pack and played through the level and then enjoyed hanging out in Hill Valley a lot. We also went through and built a lot of the other sets.

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