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Rural Albert Lea man accused of video game scam

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347w ago - During a nearly one-year period, Frank Buchanan allegedly made about 192 purchases on two credit cards at various stores.

What was out of the ordinary, however, was that the 30-year-old Buchanan also allegedly had about 183 refunds on those cards.

The rural Albert Lea man's transaction history, authorities say, demonstrated an obvious purchase-return pattern mainly involving video games at multiple stores in numerous southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa cities, including Austin and Rochester, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in Mower District Court.

Overall $23,178 in refunds was credited to Buchanan's accounts during that period, the complaint says.

Buchanan's alleged scam consisted of buying video games from stores, repackaging the containers with blank replica game discs, returning the fraudulent games for a refund and selling the original games on eBay, an online-auction site. From October 2006 to January 2008, Buchanan auctioned off about 447 video games on eBay for roughly $19,562, the complaint says.

Buchanan is charged in Mower District Court with three felony counts of theft by swindle alleging he obtained credit for fraudulent merchandise at area Target, Wal-Mart, ShopKo and Kmart stores.

One count alleges Buchanan...
 

Spoiler: GTA IV Intro plus a little Game Play video!

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348w ago - Update: The previous videos were removed fairly quickly, but those who wish to see it can check it out via MetaCafe now linked below.

For those of you who like spoilers, someone has posted the 7 minute intro of GTA IV and a little bit of game play on YouTube and GameTrailers. Check it out below (if you just want to see the game play skip to 6:18).

Enjoy!




 

The Top 10 Most Underrated Game Consoles List!

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348w ago - The road to modern videogames is littered with the corpses of noble game consoles who flew too high to the sun.

Here are the 10 best under-achievers of all-time:

Commodore 64:

Forget a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii - the Commodore 64 was literally the first living-room computer. At one point, the TV-enabled desktop held 40% share of the PC market, more than IBM and Apple. But it also doubled as a nifty game console, so much in fact that its library and third-party support rivaled that of the NES at one time, this despite being released three years earlier. Good times!

Must-play games: Boulderdash, Defender of the Crown, Impossible Mission, Hardball, Ghosts & Goblins, Commando, Spy Hunter, Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong

Sega Saturn:

Though the short-lived Saturn would mark the beginning of Sega's hardware downfall, it was the system of choice for arcade junkies hoping to play Sega's stellar first-party efforts at home. It was also the first fifth-generation console to introduce gamers to true 32-bit graphics. While lacking the third-party support that both the PlayStation and N64 enjoyed, it was an imaginative system all the same.

Must-play games: Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter, Sega Rally, Panzer Dragoon, Nights

TurboGrafx-16:
 

Dancing with the Stars: Video Game Wii Giveaway!

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366w ago - Can't get your hands on a Wii this holiday season?

Check out the Dancing with the Stars: Video Game Wii Giveaway and you can enter to win a Wii, a copy of the game, and a $50 gift certificate!

The Dancing With the Stars video game is available on PS2 and Wii consoles, and for those interested the content ends on December 23, 2007.

The contest's official Web site is located at: DancingGameNightSweeps.com

There is a video available there as well, and good luck to all who enter!
 

First Midnight Club: LA Gameplay Videos

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374w ago - Because some people have been luck enough to play Rockstar's upcoming street racer Midnight Club LA, one has managed to record some gameplay and even upload it onto YouTube where everyone can enjoy! So, here they are:

























 
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