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Pavlovian Gamers, Any Given Tuesday......

DING! It's Tuesday morning, your eyes snap open and the first thought that comes to your mind is " hey, the newest, greatest game comes out today!"   So, with the excitement of a 5 year old on Christmas morning you jump out of bed and head off into your day. Then, lets say maybe around 11:00am it hits you, that feeling of wonder, and you think to yourself  "when will the store where I pre-ordered this game get their shipment, when does UPS or FedEx show up? In an almost blind panic you grab the nearest phone and dial the stores number that you memorized weeks, months or years ago.

The phone rings a few times before being answered by the garage band drop out, he informs you that their shipments usually get in around 1pm, but the game only ships today and will be in stores on Wednesday. "WEDNESDAY!" You scream to the phone as you slam it down, but they told me it was RELEASED on today's date! Something has to be wrong here.

Now with a mix of rage and panic you rush to your computer to log into the games forums. Upon entering the forums you notice one thing, others have posted with the exact question you were about to ask.... "Has anybody got their copy yet?"

Sound familiar? I'm sure if you are honest with yourself you will notice right away that the above scenario could be taken from any given Tuesday from your life since you started gaming.  Just like the dog used in Pavlov's Classical Conditioning expermint that would start to salivate at the sound of a bell because it knew it was about to be fed, we start to salivate early Tuesday morning knowing that new games are releasd and there is a slight chance that we might get the game that day!

Don't believe me? Just go check out any of the biggest games forums and look for the posts, you know the ones, the ones that say "My EB told me..." or " Walmart said....."  or " I just talked to the manager at GameStop"  they go on and on and on. What drives us to this extreme? What makes us ask people to post screen shots to prove they got the game? I don't know the answer to that, the only thing I know is that it's not Pavlov, he died back in 1936 and I never met him.


See you all on September 25th!