Here’s a deal I never really expected to be tempted by:
I play some video games, but I don’t play sports ones. (In fact, I received Madden’s college football games a few years in a row for free and never removed the cellophane).
So, why pre-order a video game?
This video game comes with a few things:
Exclusive to Amazon.com, the Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition combines all the innovation and authenticity of Madden NFL 25, a 17 week Madden Ultimate Team pack subscription, and exclusive offers for DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket. Each Anniversary Edition includes a special code for eligible gamers giving them the opportunity to unlock a special, 2013 regular season (17 weeks) trial of NFL Sunday Ticket on computer, tablet, and mobile devices. For fans who are able to receive DirecTV service, a special promo code will be included entitling them to an exclusive promotion, including $10 off per month for their first year of service, and one year of NFL Sunday Ticket Max at no additional charge.
This comes with the NFL Sunday Ticket for the 2013 regular season, which means you would be able to stream all the games for $100 and without a direct TV package.
Here’s a view of the app (click to enlarge).
This app offers “redzone alerts” for other games too, so you know when to switch over to another game. (Or you can just watch the RedZone channel)
But now you can see your local team (or non-local team!) whereever you are on the road.
I was trying to price this out to give an estimate of the value, but DIRECTV states: “The only way you can get all this is with DIRECTV.”
Last year, I was trying to figure out how to get online access to games, but found out I could only get them if I was a subscriber. With this, you will have access without being a subscriber.
It is entirely possible that DIRECTV may become more savvy and sell this app access as a standalone, but I doubt it would be as cheap as this.
My strategy is to get the game, get the access, then resell the used game. I won’t get anywhere close to the retail price (and I think this is overpriced for a Madden game). But video games are sort of like cars–take them off the lot or wait 9 months and the model’s price will drop.
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