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#1 Sep 21 2010 at 3:50 PM Rating: Default
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I just called a store that I didn't preorder from - they say they have copies of FFXIV on the shelf.

The store I preordered from won't sell me the game today.

A ton of people already have their copy, so why the heck can't we all just get a copy. These rules seem really dumb. I don't see the point in having them if only 1/2 the stores follow them.

Edited, Sep 21st 2010 2:50pm by Olorinus
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#2 Sep 21 2010 at 3:52 PM Rating: Excellent
Why dont you cancel your pre-order and go and get a copy from the shop "that has them on the shelf"?
#3 Sep 21 2010 at 3:53 PM Rating: Good
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What store has them today? I'd go pick one up and cancel my GameStop preorder if this is the case.
#4 Sep 21 2010 at 3:54 PM Rating: Decent
Rules exist to keep a semblance of order. They're trying to be as fair to everyone as possible. Sadly, this only works as long as everyone follows the rules, but that's just how life is sometimes. Some people steal things and get away with it. This makes it unfair for those of us who do not steal, true, but that doesn't mean they can or should get rid of the laws prohibiting stealing. It's primarily an ethical concern, but most people DO follow the rules. It's just a few that don't, and all we can do is hope that they get their just rewards.
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#5 Sep 21 2010 at 3:55 PM Rating: Default
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I'm going to go and make sure it wasn't just some bonehead thinking I was asking about FFXIII - yeah. If they have copies I think I am totally going to buy one from the other store and cancel my preorder. Even though I'm hanging out with my gf tonight - at least I can get the thing working before I leave the house and then I can play first thing... instead of tomorrow afternoon

The point is - it is stupid and inconvenient for them to do it this way - why not let us have our copies when they arrive regardless instead of some stores not caring what release date is and other stores being total wieners about it?

Edited, Sep 21st 2010 2:57pm by Olorinus
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#6 Sep 21 2010 at 3:56 PM Rating: Default
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Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Rules exist to keep a semblance of order. They're trying to be as fair to everyone as possible. Sadly, this only works as long as everyone follows the rules, but that's just how life is sometimes. Some people steal things and get away with it. This makes it unfair for those of us who do not steal, true, but that doesn't mean they can or should get rid of the laws prohibiting stealing. It's primarily an ethical concern, but most people DO follow the rules. It's just a few that don't, and all we can do is hope that they get their just rewards.


the people who got their copies in the mail three days ago weren't rule breakers - and this store isn't probably intentionally breaking a rule - they got copies - they put them on the shelf, simple. People don't get paid enough at these jobs to care... and if there is no enforcement (which there doesn't appear to be) then why have the rule in the first place?
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#7 Sep 21 2010 at 4:02 PM Rating: Good
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Olorinus the Vile wrote:
and if there is no enforcement (which there doesn't appear to be) then why have the rule in the first place?


Oh... there is enforcement... but only if SE pursues it. Which I doubt that will happen considering they opened the servers up already.
#8 Sep 21 2010 at 4:15 PM Rating: Good
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What chains are people getting these early copies at?

Besides EB and best buy/wal mart, i cant think of another place that would carry games.
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#9 Sep 21 2010 at 4:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Shipping is different, they send it out earlier to try and get it to you on time, they can't foresee any problems with traffic accidents etc so if you get it early its a bonus.

Store on the other hand have a more strict rule unfortunatly, think they get fined for selling a game before its pre release date over the counter, and they can't guarentee your a general game buyer or someone out to check they're doing their job right.
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#10 Sep 21 2010 at 4:34 PM Rating: Default
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#11 Sep 21 2010 at 4:39 PM Rating: Good
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They should send the games a week early to let everyone install and patch and just make the servers go live on release date.
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#12 Sep 21 2010 at 4:46 PM Rating: Decent
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They should send the games a week early to let everyone install and patch and just make the servers go live on release date.

Hmm if only there was some kind of 'test' of this before. Something like launching a open beta on the day the beta servers open up. Maybe they might have learned from a test like that... /ponder

Edited, Sep 21st 2010 6:47pm by RattyBatty
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#13 Sep 21 2010 at 4:52 PM Rating: Good
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There was a gaming store around where I use to live, forget the name of it. Was attached to a Hollywood video. Well I remember the store getting a hefty fine because a manager got caught handing out copies of things before the release date.

To me its a pretty stupid rule, but it doesnt have to make sense. Alot of the online games would cause headaches for companies prepared for specific timed openings. But something like FF14 gets caught in the middle where its already the release day elsewhere and its ready to play (I assume this, of course).

Frustrating if you let it be. Im going to just patiently wait until tommorow and then join the fray.
#14 Sep 21 2010 at 6:27 PM Rating: Default
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Sometimes games have a ship date and a street date. Those who order the game may get it early if the shipping goes through without a hitch since the ship date is usually a few days before the street date. As far as the street date, stores can get nailed for up to $10,000 per copy that goes out the door early, even if it's stolen.

And QQ some more. You might miss a few hours of playtime, maybe even a day. If that is going to impact your life this much, I truly feel sorry for you.
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