Well maybe I can add a little incite to this problem. Most game distributors hold a selling contract with the game retailer (ie. Best Buy, EB, Gamestop). In it entails when the retailer is allowed to release the game, suggested retail price, etc.
Now, I'm going to bet that in this contract ID has stressed that it not be sold to any person before the 3rd. Now why is this? Just to make everyone sweat. Does it mean it won't be released before that? Hardly, sometimes places like EB get a clause giving the preordered people the game a couple of days early. I remember when I preordered Vice City on PS2, I got it nearly a week earlier than anyone else and that had some fumming when I rubbed everyone's face in it.
If you are planning to walk into a retailer and take a copy off the shelves before the 3rd, I'm going to bet it's very unlikely. Just because in that little contract the release date is probably the 3rd and thus under law the retailer could be sued by ID for no abiding by a legal contract.
As for these people who say they've got the game already, you can bet that 1. They were testing and ID gave them a copy. 2. They work for a distributor and just stole it. OR 3. They work for a retailer like EB, who gets the game a day or two early and just steals it out of the back. It's all irrelevant. I'm half way around the world from my desktop, I'm anticipating doom 3 but I can wait. It's not like a couple days is going to make a difference. You'll just look stupid if you go down to the retailer expecting it to be there on the 2nd and they look at you cock eyed.
Traxil BULLSEYE!. This makes so much sense. It clears up this whole mystery pretty much. :nodding:
Yeah well I felt it had to be told even if some people don't like it. The fact still remains that although a lot of you have been waiting for so long for this game, a few years, a few more days really is not going to make a big deal. Just be patient, they didn't push a release for no reason it was so they could get it done. Patience is definately virtue in this respect.