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Gamestop now offers Download Insurance
Posted on May 29, 2011 by Oscar Gonzalez

Best Buy has been getting plenty of criticism due to their gaming "services" such as hooking up your console to the TV, and the new one, installing L.A. Noire for you. While it's highly unlikely that anyone actually uses these services, it's a sickening display of trying to grab as much money possible with services that a 5 year old knows how to do. Gamestop now has a similar service designed to take your money without a real benefit, and they're pretty sneaky about it.

Take a look at this image found on Reddit:
 

 

When you purchase a digital version of a game, Gamestop will automatically add Download Insurance to your purchase. This Download Insurance essentially lets you re-download the game from Gamestop for up to 18 months after purchase. What's the problem with this service? There's a couple of things. First off, them putting it automatically in your cart once you select a digital game is just tacky. Secondly, and more importantly, this is saying that once you download the game from Gamestop, they will not honor your purchase. It's one and done. That is such a shoddy service in comparison to Amazon, GOG.com, and Steam who can easily let you re-download a game after you purchase it. Finally, look at the stinkin' price of it. Now that particular game is on sale from $9.99 to $4.99, but $3.95 on a $9.99 game? You're almost paying half for this "insurance". I did check and the $3.95 is the same price for all digital games purchased showing that Gamestop can't even come up with an incremental price system to correspond to the price of the game.

I did look at Gamestop's page about digital downloads to see if there was any reference on re-downloading the game and only found this:

If my PC fails, can I recover my product?

If a trial version is available, follow these steps to reactivate your product:

Visit GameStop.com or EBgames.com and download and install the trial version of the product.

Start the product and click on the link labeled "Already Paid? Click Here."

Enter the email address you used at the time of purchase and your account password to login and activate the product.

If a trial version is unavailable, follow these steps to reactivate your product:

Visit the GameStop.com or EBgames.com "My Account" page

Click on the link "To access your digital download account click here."

Click on "Previous Orders" and click on the corresponding receipt to find a link to re-download and activate the product.

Gamestop...WHAT THE HELL AM I PAYING FOR? It says right there that I can re-download and activate the product.

There's only one thing we can learn from this: Don't go with Gamestop to download games.

Oscar Gonzalez - Editor-in-Chief og (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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