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Black Friday Cyber Monday Gamers Giveaway (And SpiritHoods Winner!)

IMAGINE for a moment:  It’s 1966, Philadelphia.  6am.  You can’t sleep despite the tryptophan in your system.  Loud noises.  Cars honking.  People shouting.  You peek through your blinds; the faintest bit of sunlight stinging your tired eyes.  But then… you see it.  An OUTBREAK of heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic!  A bus has crashed into a taxi.  Police are everywhere…. sirens can be heard!  People are MOBBING THE STREETS… out of control!  ARE THEY ZOMBIES?!  WHAT WILL YOU DO?!

Although this sounds like the beginnings of some stylized video game, this is actually how the term “Black Friday” was coined – not a term of endearment or a way of  putting retailers’ accounts “in the black”…  this was a day that was hated by all city and transportation workers.  The Philadelphia Police Department named the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” because of its dread: massive amounts of people overcrowded the sidewalks, traffic jams created havoc and humanity in general could not be conditioned to follow proper protocol and decency when stores offered amazing early Christmas shopping opportunities.

As a gamer, I kinda like the term, even though Cyber Monday is way sexier these days.  And by sexy, I mean I can roll outta bed, forgo makeup, chill in my pajamas and scour the internet for the best deals and discounts available all from my computer.

If you’re reading this, you’re looking at a computer right now.  And you must be wondering, what kind of Black Friday/Cyber Monday Gamer deal does Michele have for ME?!

I have another giveaway.  It’s true.  THREE different games and SIX winnings, for my dear readers.  Any of these games would make awesome gifts, stocking stuffers or a little something for yourself!  My reviews for each are below.

Leave your comment here on HelloGiggles about which game you want, then follow me on Twitter and lemme know!  Winners will be announced on LEVEL UP next Friday.

MIDWAY ARCADE ORIGINSLevel UP’s Cyber Monday Giveaway: 1 XBOX and 2 PS3 Games will be shipped to three unique HelloGiggles readers!

Release Date: November 2012
MSRP: 29.99 USD
Genre: Action
Rating: T for Teen

Midway Arcade Origins —  Retro Gamers, excite!  FORGET the quarters.  Now you can play the greatest arcade games ever, right from the comfort of your own home.

I grew up in arcades, so this was a BLAST.  I surprised my boyfriend by ordering pizza, buying some beer and throwing Midway Arcade Origins into the XBOX.  And there, at our fingertips was Marble Madness, Joust, Gauntlet, Rampage and Spy Hunter… to name a few.  Even if you don’t win our Cyber Monday giveaway, this game is a fantastic deal.  You get 30 genre-defining, classic games for $30 ($29.99) from the golden age of arcades.

If you’re too young to have played these games… these are your gaming roots.  Learn them, love them, respect them.  They’re fun, and sometimes funny, especially in comparison to how far technology has come.  Longtime fans will seriously enjoy testing their skills once again.  And, most importantly, many games can be played with up to three friends in local and multiplayer co-op.  Just like the old days.

Games include: Defender, GauntletJoust, Rampage, and Total Carnage, as well as 720 °, A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Bubbles, Championship Sprint, Tournament Cyberball 2072, Defender II, Gauntlet II, Joust 2, Marble Madness, Pit-Fighter, Rampart, Robotron 2084, Root Beer Tapper, Satan’s Hollow, Sinistar, Smash TV, Spy Hunter, Spy Hunter II, Super Off Road, Super Sprint, Toobin’, Vindicators Part II, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, and Xybots.

PID – Level UP’s Cyber Monday Giveaway: 1 XBLA code will be given to one unique HelloGiggles reader!
Release Date: October 31, 2012
PublisherD3 Publisher
DeveloperMight and Delight
Genre: Platformer
Rating: E for Everyone (10 and older)

Pid is awesome.  It’s got a great retro feel while bringing some stylish and creative platforming adventure to the table.  The premise is that you play as a young boy that gets stranded on an old, remote planet that’s trying to find his way home.

Your mission is to unravel this huge conspiracy that keeps the planet mesmerized in order to get out.  But robots are trying to stop you and you have to befriend strange allies along the way.  I don’t want ruin the whole game… but this will turn around the way you think about 2D gaming.  There’s a powerful force that can be manipulated in some very cool ways in order to get you through levels.

What I love about Pid is that you can play two player co-op and help each other get through puzzles.  Sounds like an awesome holiday gift, if you ask me.

NAUGHTY BEAR:  PANIC IN PARADISE  –  Level UP’s Cyber Monday Giveaway: 1 XBLA code and 1 PSN will be given to two unique HelloGiggles readers!

Release Date: October 2012
Publisher505 Games
Genre: Action
Rating: Mature

It obviously begs the question:  who’s been Naughty this year?  Maybe this game is for you.

Despite some hairy reviews, I’ve been a longtime fan of Mr. Naughty Bear – especially the concept.  Maybe chalk it up to the fact that I’ve done a lot of B horror flicks, but this game makes me laugh!  You play Naughty, a stuffed bear who (in the initial game) wasn’t invited to the Teddy Bear Picnic and went on a rampage.  In Panic In Paradise, you yet again get to be the silly villain in a horror movie about Teddy Bears on a vacation.  Naughty Bear wasn’t invited on this luxury holiday, and has been shunned by the inhabitants of Paradise Island.   Armed with a hit-list of bears that have wronged him, Naughty is going to make them pay, one by one.

The entire idea is hilarious and isn’t supposed to be taken as seriously as some other reviewers have.  Yes there are some collision issues along the way but the HUMOR is what keeps one playing.  Instead of blood, it’s stuffing!  It’s so over-the-top ridiculous.  I find this kind of gameplay far less intense and aggressive than some more realistic FPS games on the market.  Panic in Paradise offers more weapons, abilities, achievements and costumes as you play along.  The only thing missing for me is the multiplayer element that made the first one such a cool party game.

LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW, FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER and let me know which games you want for Cyber Monday!

Additionally!  We have the SpiritHoods HB3 Winner to announce!  HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY TO JILLIAN DUCATO !!! I’ve written you on Facebook, please send me your address with your ‘Hood of choice (you can pick men’s or kid’s as well) so we can ship it out :)  Congrats, I hope you love whichever one you choose <3


Check the website for NEW RELEASES and deeper price drops:

**  HelloGiggles readers also get an additional 15% discount at checkout when entering the reusable promo code:  8bity  **

  • $119 full ‘Hoods lowered from $129
  • $129 full ‘Hoods lowered from $139
  • $139 full ‘Hoods lowered from $149
  • All Team (college) ‘Hoods lowered to $89
  • $10 Women’s Headbands lowered to $10
  • BabyKidsAccessories, Half Hoods & Shawls have stayed the same price


Featured Image via Backbone Entertainment

Additional Images via Backbone Entertainment, Michele MorrowMight and Delight505 Games and SpiritHoods



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000361601453 Ciara Weaver

    MIDWAY ARCADE ORIGINS would be my choice for the XBox 360

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1660172497 Alessandro Giordo

    Let me win 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=776359293 Mike Stabile

    I would LOVE to have Midway Arcade Origins. The girlfriend and I have premium annual passes to Disney World (which include passes to Disney Quest, a HUGE, 4 story arcade that has a TON of classic arcade games), but I would absolutely love to be able to sit in my own living room and play some of the classics like Marble Madness and Super Off Road.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      Mike good news, you won a copy of Midway Arcade Origins for PS3! I messaged you on Facebook so look for it and send me your mailing address :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003045726403 Martin Becker


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003688242388 Kole Myrick

    Holy crap….Marble Madness on my PS3?!?! Heck yes!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1485371481 Kapua Mecham

    Midway please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001923842487 Bramble Fang

    I would like to win Pid for XBLA. Followed as @Bramblefang13

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644137832 Elletra Parnell

    pid looks super interesting!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      Congrats you won a copy of PID for XBLA! I wrote you on Facebook, check it out


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592308644 Heather Richter

    Naughty bear for xbox, please! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      Heather… you won the XBLA copy of Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise! I wrote you on Facebook, look for it and I’ll send the code!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=685208397 Arthur Moy

    PID! Already following on Twitter, I’m @SpeedBrkr! ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662265967 Rutelia Prondez

    Midway madness has rampage?! My brother and I would spend so much time on that game! haha he would get mad at me because I would suck (being 6 years younger than him and all). ahhh good times. This would be awesome on the PS3 just to relive the golden age of video games. Oh and shout out to a fellow BM gaming sharkie! XD

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      Rutelia you won a copy of Midway Arcade Origins for PS3 ! Check your Facebook mail, I sent you a message to get your mailing address. Congrats!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1457643364 Michael Teague

    Joust! I loved playing the original arcade when I was a kid. And Pid sounds cool (plus the Giant Bomb Quick Look was entertaining).
    I’d be interested in winning Pid! My second choice would be the Midway Arcade Collection (XB360).
    I’m following on Twitter as @eugaet_aux.
    Thanks for the contest!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      I LOVED JOUST — favorite arcade!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644723108 Lily Sikkema

    Naughty bear fo sho!!!

    Ps – I’m totes a BM gamer 😉 xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1019291234 Kaitlyn Einam

    Naughty Bear!!!! Also, just an fyi that I am a Bm Gamer….just in case you were interested 😛 x

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002053470013 Alexandra Nicole

    Naughty Bear :)! &I’m also a Sharkie Gamer ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000571591160 Vladimir Ljubetic Plaza

    I’d love to win PID, I’m a sucker for 2D plataformers.
    Thanks for the huge giveaway!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609367732 Marcela Andrea Catalan Barahona

    I really want PID!!!! >^.^<
    Thank for the contest!
    Twitter: @Marcela_Catalan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001693464121 Cameron Colwell

    Winning Midway Arcade Origins (for PS3 please! ;D) would be like a dream come true for me. I’m not old enough to have experienced the games in the arcade but I have a real appreciation for retro games (I go by “DrPixel” [or @drpixl] on the internets), so I’d love to play not 1 or 2…..but a BUNCH of good ol’ classics. I also have friends who are dying to try them out, so this would be a sweet opprutunity to score on say, some Gauntlet (love the N64 version) fun with some friends!

    I also skipped out on Black Friday this year….which, while it isn’t a bad thing by any means, it means I haven’t nabbed anything nice while I had the chance to. D:

    Thank you very much for doing this!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow

      Cameron! You won PS3 of Midway Arcade Origins! I added you on Facebook but can’t message you. Send me your mailing address over Facebook as soon as you can!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615853308 Michele Morrow


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001693464121 Cameron Colwell

      Oh, awesome! I was kind of concerned about the whole “ends next Friday” thing. Glad to know I made it in time….by a large margin!

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