So I called up my friend Cliff who actually works at the GS about 35 miles from where I live and asked him about some things. He basicly confirmed that yes, they do take the games home but they are NOT supposed to activate any codes and that the game is supposed to be returned in the shape it left the store in.
He says that they are supposed to only use the "gutted" copies that they used for display, and that his store does not even have a shrink wrapper to re-seal the games.
Its total BS that Gamestop cannot simply get cover art boxes to represent the product, without ripping open a brand new game and stashing it in a sleeve that is going to destroy it, while they still consider themselves entitled to sell it as new after half the staff has taken it home already.
Anyway, Cliff said that I should bring all 3 games and my receipt to his store, because he's 99.9% sure that his store manager would fix the issue immediately and get me either new copies of all 3 games, or a full refund.
I guess Im heading out there after work this evening to see what happens.
Tom Brady: "I was as surprised as anybody. I have no knowledge of anything. I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing."
Tom Brady is a liar. Tom Brady is a cheater.