I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 30-year old, Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious two-year-old.
I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.
Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.
I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.
Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time job and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science. Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal.
This is worrisome. Why the hell does a universal street date policy even exist if major retailers will justify its breaking just to stop "independent retailers" from getting a so-called "drop" on them? The last time I checked, not one independent retailer (i.e. mom n' pop shop) has the juggernaut of a logistical shipping force that GameStop can muster, and any independent retailer would have a snowball's chance in hell of matching the sheer amount of copies that GameStop would have its hands on at launch, and that's not to mention a MASSIVE possibility (if not certainty) of a complete re-up within 24-48 hours. At that end, why not just let the independent "little guy" have his day (and that's blatantly assuming that the aforementioned "little guy" even exists)?
Why? I think I can figure it out, using the fantastic power of COMMON SENSE!
GameStop as a corporation is most likely using "independent retailers" as a distractionary boogeyman. They're most likely trying to get/maintain a lock on what they could consider weaker markets where Best Buy and other major box retailers of its kind hold massive space and therefore massive sway, and can get their initial leg up on their major competition by conveniently blaming the elderly Asian couple (and son) that runs the oldest underground videogame shop in town.
I'm not saying that it's true, as there's no way to find that out - those decisions are most likely made behind closed doors concerning arbitrary monetary amounts you and I will most likely never see in our lifetimes. But I'm saying that from the moves I've seen them make over the years, it's probably highly bloody likely. And I think that practice is a despicable load of bullshit, or else why would they as a company have approved not one, but two consecutive breakings of street date within a week of each other? The fact remains: most folks are either 1.) too thick in the skull to think it out, or 2.) don't give two shits in the first place, as that's 72 hours in where they got a leg up on their competition vis a vis GameStop's exact same tactical choices.
Either that, or they believe that if they break street date policies and sell it early anyway, at least they know that the likelihood of somebody getting robbed at (sometimes theoretical) gunpoint in their stores over something as fucking trite as a goddamn video game will plummet. Which, in that case...it makes their logic sound pretty damn smart, actually.