In response to "Jerk on the Internet" from The Escapist Forum: that was possibly one of the best things i've read in a long time. i haven't played CS in years because of the same people you enjoy TKing. i applaude your actions, "jerk on the internet".
In response to "Burning in the Halo Pre-Order Hell" from The Escapist Forum: So, stop.
Stop preordering. You've indicated that you live in a large enough area to not worry about a game ever selling out, much less for more than a week. There is, then, literally no downside to feeding these pre-order trolls.
If you check that $1 box, you're helping candidates run for office without private interests corrupting things. If you give that extra money to the pizza guy, a real person has directly benefited from your generosity. On the other hand, GameStop puts that money in a corporate bank account, and garners interest.
I totally empathize with your complaint, but I have to say I'm really disturbed by your closing paragraphs, where you basically shrug off your self-disgust with a "meh" instead of resolving to actually change your ways. If you give in to the economics of the stupid, even once...well, you're stupid!
If you have an internet connection then you never have to worry about a game being sold out. I buy almost all my games online now they are just cheaper online then at retail stores.
I do pre-order games but only when pre-ordering let's me buy the game for less. For example I pre-ordered BioShock and paid a total of $45 dollars for it, I got the same deal on Mass Effect.
After I pre-ordered Halo 2 and got it a midnight release I said to myself I would never pre-order at retail again and try to get the game as soon as the store opens when I could easily get my sleep wake up the next day and get the game without being in the store for more than 10 minutes.
Now I have a Halo 3 pre-order one that I was more given than wanted and I probably won't concern myself with it until after 2pm on 25th and this will mark my last planned brick and mortar retail pre-order for a very long time.
- Lex Darko
i probably would have pre-ordered if i had a 360. it's fun to be excited about something. i like to think i don't go overboard though.