Ok. I'm gonna vent, take a deep breath, and then be back to normal.
Portrait of Ruin was going to be my major Christmas present this year. Nothing else, as we are flat out broke (thanks to the house). I can't begin to tell you how excited I was about getting the Bonus feature with all the little goodies (artwork, soundtrack, etc). I preordered the thing. I called my store to double check that I was going to get the bonus. I called again recently to make sure when I could pick it up.
I'm bouncing in excitement in my car today, get to the store, and I ask for my copy as I'm smiling from ear to ear, "I reserved Portrait of Ruin and have come to pick it up". The guy gives me the copy without the bonus. I said, I preordered it, don't I get the bonus (I was at the store only a couple of hours after they opened)? He said those were gone in minutes, and it'll be impossible to find them anywhere. I stared at the lonely plain copy of PoR and felt my heart sank. So I took it.
Has anyone felt so pissed off about the fact that we now are pressured to either have "good contacts", be in a lucky location, sit in line for hours, pay an atrocious amount of money, beg and plead, and do any means necessary to get something they've been looking forward to in the gaming industry?? (Take the PS3/Wii hype). Just because I show up 2 hours late (because I have a life/job) to the game store mean that I'm less deserving of getting what was my only Christmas present?? Am I less of a hardcore fan? Someone's been a fan of this series for 20 years. Looking on Ebay, people are trying to sell the pack now for around $100.00.
Konami's been notorious for not dispersing in high numbers. That was looming as I was driving to the store. Anyway, PoR's sitting in front of me, and I really don't have the urge to open it at the moment. Sounds miniscule, but this gaming hobby has become less and less enjoyable as I feel I need to claw my way in line to get something. Merry freakin' Christmas.