We love games, but sometimes spotlighting video game deals presents a big challenge: the bargains often disappear hours after we find out about them. It's like a role-playing battle, if you think about it; fight off evil high prices and get to the Lair of the Big Deal, before the nefarious Deadline Demon snatches away your prize. But we have been fighting off said Deadline Demon, and have five gamer deals that, as you might expect, demand quick attention if you want to score. If you're looking for more, be sure to check out our daily game deals.
Xbox LIVE 12-Month Gold Membership
Price: $35.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $13
Is It Worth It?: We've marked this deal an Editors' Choice as it has reached the lowest total price we've seen since September. The Microsoft Xbox 360 LIVE 12-Month Gold Membership gives you instant access to HD movies and Netflix. You can also choose from 3,500 live and on-demand sporting events and highlights from ESPN on Xbox LIVE. Or, jump into online games with friends around the world, enjoy personalized music with a Zune Pass and Last.fm, and update your status on Facebook and Twitter via your TV.
LevelUp Universal Gaming Storage Tower
Vendor: Toys R Us
Discount: $14.98 with free in-store pickup
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: Indeed, this is a great deal if you bypass the $8.57 shipping charge by picking up in-store. The LevelUp Universal Gaming Storage Tower holds up to 21 games or DVDs and eight Wii controllers, four Wii nunchucks, four Xbox 360, or four PS3 controllers, making it a convenient way to organize your gaming accessories — and avoid losing the necessities. Note that this does not fit PS3 games, a quibble among some Toys R Us customers who purchased this tower.
Atari Flashback 3 Game Console with Games
Discount: $36.95 with $7.47 s&h
Lowest by: $6
Is It Worth It?: Atari! Now there's a name that goes back to the very start of the video gaming industry. And it doesn't get much more retro than this, gamers: 60 built-in games including Missile Command, Battle Zone, and Super Breakout. The Atari Flashback 3 console also comes with two Atari Flashback 2600 game controllers: joysticks that harken back to the days when Pong was just beginning to go out of style. Also comes with a limited edition poster.
Origin (EA Store) Coupon
Discount: $20 off orders of $49.99 or more via coupon code "TW3NTYFDRTYFNP"
Shipping: Starting at $2.50 or free shipping on orders over $39.99
Expires: January 31
Is It Worth It?: You won't see many rock-bottom bargains when searching the Origin website, but this coupon offers big savings on total purchases of $49.99 or more. A best bet after discount is Crysis 2 for Xbox 360 (pictured) bundled with Shift 2: Unleashed for Xbox 360 for $39.98 after the coupon. That's $10 less than the lowest total price we could find for the pair if purchased separately elsewhere. Note that this coupon excludes Star Wars: The Old Republic, pre-orders, digital downloads, Valve titles, and more.
Refurbished Microsoft Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
Vendor: Microsoft Store
Discount: $79.99 with free shipping
Lowest by: $45
Is It Worth It?: With refurbished items, the warranty is key, and here a 90-day Microsoft warranty applies. Easy to use, the Kinect sensor uses full-body tracking to recognize your body and mirror your movements in the game, making you the controller with a single gesture or wave of the hand. Also includes the Kinect Adventures game, in which you jump, dodge, and kick your way through a variety of exotic locations. (Unfortunately, Teaneck, N.J. is not yet available.)
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