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Virgin on X360 bundle rumours

They're total nonsense.

A spokesperson for Virgin Megastores has slammed rumours that the retailer will force consumers who have pre-ordered an Xbox 360 to purchase a load of games before they can take their console home.

Speaking to Eurogamer, the spokesperson dismissed the rumours as "simply not true," telling us: "Virgin Megastores customers are not obliged to purchase games bundles."

The rumours stemmed from a report on Gamestyle.net which claimed that pre-ordering customers had been told: "If you still wish to collect your console on launch, you will have to purchase three games with the console bundle." Gamestyle has since updated the story with Virgin Megastores' response.

According to reports from the likes of Oregon's Channel 6 News, US retailer Best Buy pulled a similar trick over in the States - and as a result, shop staff were forced to turn little kiddies away because they hadn't saved up enough cash to buy the bundle. Best Buy has since said that anyone who felt forced into buying extra products can return them.

But Virgin Megastores won't be engaging in any such shenanigans, and that's official. However, they will be rewarding anyone who buys an Xbox 360 and two games with six vouchers, each worth £5 off an Xbox 360 game. The vouchers will be valid between January and June. Also, if you buy three games, you get ten vouchers, valid until the end of October. Manners.

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Ellie spent nearly a decade working at Eurogamer, specialising in hard-hitting executive interviews and nob jokes. These days she does a comedy show and podcast. She pops back now and again to write the odd article and steal our biscuits.

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