GameStop Wants Your Soul Before Playing Their Wii

JoystiqPlayingExciteTruck.jpgWell, maybe not your soul, but at least a picture ID and a credit card or two. The folks over at Joystiq were able to find a Wii demo kiosk at a local GameStop in California. While the system looked to be dead, it turns out that the clerks were instructed to only turn it on once someone presented some identification and a credit card. At that point they would boot up the system and let you take Excite Truck for a spin.

It makes sense really, and will be one of the disadvantages to the Wii demo systems in the short term until Nintendo (or the store itself) designs a way that the remotes can be tethered to the kiosk without inhibiting movement. I mean, I wouldn’t want someone running off with a Wii-mote if I were the store manager. Smaller stores like GameStop or EB Games can do something like requiring identification since they’re more hands-on with the customers. On the other hand, you won’t be seeing any interactive Wii kiosks in a larger store like Best Buy this year because they’re not going to spend the time taking your ID and credit info when there’s a clueless Mom and Dad in the next aisle that they can sell a 360 and new television to.

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Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including VGBlogger.com.