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US Retailer Sells Gaming Tablet Bundles

Gamestop has announced that it will be selling tablets with a number of pre-installed games, in a bid to encourage casual gamers to explore alternative platforms.

The retailer is offering the Acer Iconia A100, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the games, but without any premium to pay.

Unfortunately, to play the games you will have to buy a controller that resembles an old-school Sony Playstation controller for a whopping $40, although you should be able to connect an existing Xbox controller for less.

Wired mentions that (opens in new tab) the bundled games include Dead Space, Re-Load, Sonic CD, Monster Madness, Riptide GP, and Cordy, and the Kongregate Arcade App.

Whether the scheme will be a success for Gamestop remains to be seen. Android still accounts for a small fraction of the tablet market overall with Apple's iPad squeezing out the competition.

Furthermore, iOS and Android have introduced the concept of a self-service environment (App Store, Marketplace) to users where they can help themselves to games (or indeed any app) that they want, bypassing any middleman in the process.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.