Have you ever paid $37 for two bumper stickers and a fake parking permit? I haven’t but I’m considering it and I don’t even own a car. If I do pull the trigger on this purchase, you can definitely label this under the geek section. I want to buy the official Black Mesa parking permit kit offered by the Valve store. It contains two bumper stickers and a vinyl, static-cling Black Mesa parking permit. At this point, you will probably fall into two categories: you understand what this (and how it cool it can be) or you have no clue what I’m talking about.
Black Mesa is the fictional research facility featured in the Half-Life games universe. All such games have been held in high regard, with Half-Life 2 topping many lists as “the best game of all time”. The parking permit is kinda stupid if you think about it. How many people approach your car in that close proximity? I don’t park cars on the street too often, which is probably the most noticeable it might be. A bumper sticker might be more visible but I don’t care for the ones included in the kit. Even if people saw it, how many of them would really get it?
Oh, so I guess I need to explain why the kit costs $37 (before tax). The kit actually selling for $9.95 but they force people to use a FedEx shipping option if you live anywhere outside the US. The FedEx option is $27!!! So it costs the same amount to ship something to Australia as it does to Vancouver, even though Valve is located in Seattle.
A friend of mine suggested that I buy more stuff from the store to make the shipping more worthwhile. I guess that makes it a better deal. Now that I think of it, the head crab plush toy would be a more practical item to buy. They don’t make it yet, but thing I would like the most is a Black Mesa hoodie, just like Alyx wears. A few people have made their own but they look off since most of them screw up the logo somehow.
I wonder if I can get one silkscreened for cheap, like I did with the et.com t-shirts.