Spend $80 on games, get a $40 credit at Amazon 10/26-10/31

The big holiday release season is officially underway, and Amazon is hoping to attract gamer dollars with promotions like the Modern Warfare 2 incentive and a recently-announced consumer credit deal on select current-gen games.

Any consumer spending more than $80 on "select titles" from Amazon's video game department from now until the end of October will receive an email code for $40 off a future game purchase on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 or Wii. Amazon is no slouch when it comes to promotions, and the list of valid titles includes the obvious holiday releases (Uncharted 2, Brutal Legend, Borderlands etc.) as well as older titles likely to make a brief sales spike (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune) and evergreen stuff like Wii Fit Plus and Mario Party 8.

The codes are only valid until the end of 2009, so consumers hoping to take the sting out of the first quarter of 2010 (which brings the release of , and others) are out of luck.