I just want to talk about the worst thing about the town that I live in. It really sucks for finding games, especailly if they are not of the huge release type. Any I've been looking for ESPN NHL 2k5, and I can't find it in any of the TWO stores that sell video games within the city limits(which is about a 20 minute drive on all sides.)
Why does this suck? Well the game's shipping date was August 30th, 2004! Like I said there are two stores that sell videogames around my little city/town and they are "Real Canadian Super Store" and "Zellers". Americans have probably never heard of them but Zellers is a lot like K-mart or Wal-Mart. Super Store is a lot like well it's just a really huge grocery store that has a few extra departments, like clothing and electronics.
Anyway, I was in Superstore on Tuesday, I was in there around 5pm PT and the lady that was working in there was putting out the new shipment of games that they just got (Tuesday and Thursday is when they get new shipments of games). She put out stuff like WWE Day of Reckoning, SRS: Street Racing Sydicate and Star Ocean(which also had a Aug30 ship date). "That isn't so bad" I thought. So I stuck around to see if she would put out NHL 2k5. It wasn't looking good when she started putting out Rapala Pro Fishing and Deer Hunter: 2005 Season in the PS2 section. Rapala and Deer Hunter 2005 aren't even listed on Gamespot, for crying out loud!! That made me REALLY mad! Deer Hunter and Pro Fishing?? What about games that are important to Canadians like HOCKEY??!!
Anyway it gets worse, I went to Zellers to see if I could luck out and find NHL2k5 there. Nope, to make a long story short. Oh and too boot, they sell there games for sometimes up to $12 dollars more than superstore! And the employees in the electronics dept. get to play their own music for some reason, and half of them play crappy stuff like country that I don't want to listen too, or play hip-hop with offensive words that they shouldn't be playing. Back to the money thing, Star Ocean: 'Til the End of Time, that the woman put out at Superstore was listed as $55.77 cdn. In Zellers the price was $68.99! over $12 dollars more, WTF! And guess what the motto for that store is? "THE LOWEST PRICE IS THE LAW!"
Want even more "war" storys? Okay. Sometimes the NEVER get the game I want. It took 2 years for them to get Burnout(1) for the Gamecube. They never got NHL2k3 for Gamecube. Everytime a new game is coming out I have to like almost pray that they get it. If it's not a huge release. And even if they do get it I have to wait 2-3 days for the game to get to my little town.
On the positive side, I can drive for 45 minutes(both ways) and get games at the Future Shop in a town called Courtney. But I don't want to do that, really, but to get NHL2k5 it looks like that's what I'm going to have to do. I wonder when they are getting Burnout 3, maybe, by the time Burnout 4's gonna come out?