Gamestop opened at midnight to distribute physical copies of this game. So technically I could already be playing this game, with all the extras that come with the collector/deluxe edition, since the retail key comes in the box.
Then there is the digital versions of this game that you can get through Atari, Steam, Direct2Drive, etc. Which don't send out keys until noon (give or take a couple hours). Now, maybe my view of digital distribution is just completely crazy, but shouldn't the people that buy the digital version be getting the benefit of playing it earlier then anyone else? I mean damn, we are sacrificing a box with fancy artwork on it, manual, and other things, yet still paying the same price for the game, and getting nothing in return.
You'd think there would be some perk to buying the digital version. Yet, at least where STO is concerned, we are getting the shaft every which way. We don't get any physical media. No physical anything. We still pay the full price, and we get access to the game last. Later then anyone.
Honestly, it's digital, they should be able to go in, flip a switch, and let us be playing the game at 12:01 AM. I'm not sure who's at fault here. Cryptic, Atari, Steam. I don't know. But it seems like this type of thing is common sense. This is exactly why a pure digital distribution future is still a long, loooong way away. Because they've taken something that should be more convenient, and beneficial, and instead created this useless, pointless tripe that exists currently.
I can only hope that the reason neither Cryptic, Atari, nor Steam come out and say anything about this is because they know they screwed up, and they know they went about this in the most ignorant way possible. Addressing it directly would mean admitting that they are morons. And I say "hope" because maybe that will mean that at some point in the future, they will digitally distribute things in an appropriate manner. Because this definitely is not...
Gamestop opened at midnight to distribute physical copies of this game.
Yep...about how many? 10? 10 times the number of people at each store...I'm assuming no more than 100...so yes 1000 people got a box before you got your e-mail. The other ummteen of us have to wait til...oh no...minimum 10a local for our stores to open...
I for one need to leave work first so I won't be picking up til 5p local, install (if it's necessary) and cd-key my copies.
Its 12 hours difference, its not a catastrophic fail. Next time, take wednesday after launch off from work, less wasted time :-P
The OP does make some good points about digital distribution if you can get past the rant. He's right - the whole thing is based on convenience and the download should have been available at 12:01 AM...or at least the retail key should have been available, since our current client will work.