I come to this conclusion as I look at Collectors Edition after Collectors Edition languishing on shelves. I look at stacks of Halo Reach in huge boxes with $69.99 price tages. I stare at all the COD collectors editions and LBP2 bookend boxes. Then I question why Capcom forced this scarcity when all I wanted was to give them another $10. So while I congratulate Capcom on the success of Marvel vs Capcom 3, I can't help but blame them for this issue.
Nine stores... Nine stores and not a single fucking one of them could provide me with a collectors edition on the first day of launch, within 4 hours of these stores opening. By the time this blog post is updated, Walmart will be refunding my money as I give them their copy of Marvel vs Capcom 3 back. Without my ability to snag it at Exile (more on that later), I would have lost all interest in the Day 1 purchase. Capcom isn't the only game in townn so MAYBE they need to quit acting like they are. Today is Tactics Ogre, next week is Killzone and Radiant Historia, the week after that is Thunderstone: Dragonspire. Moral of the story? Your customers should not have to work this hard to give you money. The moment your releases come to that, you've forgotten who's lifting your dumb ass in the first place.
If Capcom can't be bothered to make sure their Premium Edition is available Day 1 to legitimate enthusiasts, I can't be bothered to support this ridiculous tiered games system. Congrats, Capcom... you fucks... And seriously, a double fuck you to this culture of flipping limited releases on the secondary market. Companies can brag about these inflated prices, gamers suffer from these inflated prices, and scalpers who never get these inflated prices often just return the games a month and a half later. It's this market that lead directly to todays frustration.
Update: Directly after work, I DID call Exile on Main and surprise, surprise, surprise, they had some in stock. Rushing to downtown Champaign, I learned two things. The first is that for some reason my bank card puts the Champaign Parkling Lot machine into debug mode, the second being Exile on Main is likely going to be my first stop from now on when trying to track down this kind of stuff. Thanks Exile on Main... and I have my MvC3 special edition.