Preorder Problems, People?
Preordering games has always been something of a contentious topic. Some of us love it and swear by it, others do not go anywhere near the practice. And those who do preorder games have often run into their own issues with various websites and retail stores because of inaccuracies or half-truths relating to preorders. More on this in future.
It’s been more than twenty-four hours now since Grand Theft Auto V released to the world. That official release date was September 17th, 2013. It is now the 19th and people who preordered the game are still awaiting their copies.
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Meanwhile, bootleg versions of the game leaked online last week and pirates are happily playing their game, yet paying customers — mind you, people who gave up their money early — are suffering.
And it really is suffering.
I asked about it on Twitter this morning after seeing quite a few people tweeting that they’ve not received their copies of the game just yet. A few of these have involved Kalahari, however having purchased from them before, I would not pick on them about this. They are usually quite reliable and efficient. Still, the fault needs to go somewhere when a game that releases on a Tuesday, which was paid for before that Tuesday under the promise of early delivery, has yet to be delivered two days later.
Something done fucked up.
Is it the couriers then? Are they who we might blame? I only got my review copy yesterday, early in the morning. A conversation with the courier upon receiving the package revealed that they had only accepted the package a day earlier, which was the official release day morning, and it took them their usual “day” to deliver the package. That would mean that the game was put out on release day, as opposed to earlier in order to get the games delivered on time.
How is that fair to those gamers who spend their hard-earned money early, who enter into a promise with retailers, who put their faith and trust into retailers, to get a game on release day. Fuck preorder incentives. Nobody actually cares about those anyway. They’re not collectors editions, they’re just reasons to give your money to a publisher early. But why should we if the game is going to take longer than if we got into our cars, drove to the nearest shopping mall, and picked up a physical copy from a brick & mortar retail store? And you know they have stock… Preorder stocks don’t affect in-store stock, after all.
Did you preorder Grand Theft Auto V? Are you still awaiting delivery for your game, or did it arrive late? Let us know in the comments. Tell us where you preordered from and what their excuse was as well, why don’t you. And look out for a future article related to this topic… soon.