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…Grand Theft Auto is special?

Grand Theft Auto

Usually around the third or fourth iteration of a popular game, the designers decide that there are enough fans to warrant a special collector’s edition.

Though collector’s editions usually filled with a bunch of stuff that no one needs, they’re gobbled up by hard-core fans that want to raise their 1337 level by a few points at the next gaming get-together.

Apparently Grand Theft Auto has reached that point, because with the release of GTAIV coming up, they’ve announced a pre-orderable special edition that comes with a metal safety deposit box, special packaging, an art book with never-before-seen production artwork, a soundtrack CD filled with exclusive material, a Rockstar keychain, and a duffel bag to hold it all. Plus, order through Amazon, and you’ll even get a Liberty City license plate to round out the collection!

[Via: NOTCOT]

…Brian Lam doesn’t like Halo 3 fanboys?

Halo 3 Logo

Gizmodo’s Brian Lam is apparently a big fan of controversy, as he has stirred up quite a bit of it with his latest antics.

To promote the release of Halo 3, Microsoft sent select bloggers (Somehow, I didn’t make the list.) a swag bag that was filled with extremely cool Halo stuff; including an Xbox 360 Legendary Edition, a Master Chief helmet with the game inside, various accessories, and more.

After receiving the sweet bag full of swag, Brian posted an unboxing video on Gizmodo that was given a less than warm welcome by Halo fans because of the way he handled the stuff. Some felt that he ‘tossed around’ his free goodies in a way that showed disrespect for what he was given, and they were less than thrilled by the way Brian appeared to throw away things that he was given for free, even though they would have given an arm and a leg for any of it.

To show their feelings, comments from the fanboys soon flooded in, and a death threat or two was given out.

In response, Brian replied to many of the comments in a rather stand-offish way, and then removed the video.

Skip forward a day, and Brian again posted a video of the Halo 3 swag, but this time, he was did a rebag of it. He goes through all of the stuff, and carefully explains each thing as he puts it neatly into the bag.

Then he throws the bag out of the window of his apartment.

Then he announces the ending of the game.

Just like that. No spoiler warning, no sign of impending doom. Just an unleashing of one of the worst spoilers in the history of spoilers.

Some found it funny, while others felt like the victims of a shock and awe attack.

More comments followed, and the battle now rages on between the fanboys and the spoiler fans.

Which side are you on?

Side note: Interestingly enough, the video was titled “halo3fanboyseatshit_gawker.flv when it was on the Gizmodo site.

*Spoiler Warning: The following video contains the ending of Halo 3*

[Gizmodo – Halo 3 Swag Bag]

[Gizmodo – Halo 3 Swag Rebagging]