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GAME (UK) FUBAR's Pre-orders of ME3
 
Skyheart  posted on Feb 29, 2012 6:34:48 AM - Report post

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So GAME have issued a small statement on the ME(3) section of their site stating that they can't fulfil their Mass Effect 3 pre-orders, and you should look elsewhere.

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I'm not sure whether or not this applies to ME3 in general or just the N7 edition, but I've cancelled my pre-order and gone to Play.com. You can find retailers who're still selling them in the UK on the EA page:

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GAME has been in financial trouble for some time now, so it's not really surprising. I had hoped that they'd fulfil their pre-orders at least, considering people, such as myself, have had the game pre-ordered since the day it was available.

I'd suggest anyone who has pre-ordered the game from GAME - regardless of N7 or Standard edition - cancel it and grab a copy from one of the other sites as quickly as possible. I'm guessing there'll be a sharp rise in the influx of pre-orders and the game may become unavailable due to stock issues this close to launch.

UPDATE:
They've finally gotten around to sending out emails and automatically cancelling the pre-orders. We get a £5 voucher for the trouble. I rarely turn down free money, but in all honesty they can keep it. Of all of the games they sell and take pre-orders for, they can't fulfil the ones for quite possibly the biggest release of the year. I'd intended ME3 to be my very last purchase at GAME, and this just seals the deal.

Some have been speculating this move could be due to EA wanting a higher sale price per unit, which GAME either couldn't meet or refused to. However, I have yet to actually find a source corroborating or denying this one. Since it seems to be speculation so far, I hesitate to comment on it, but if it is true it would be a move of major hypocrisy considering EA used an excuse of Steam wanting a higher percentage from sales as a reason to pull a lot of titles and move them to Origin (something I have yet to see confirmed outside of EA Love/Hate threads). I'll update here if I find anything.

UPDATE 2:
EA Have updated their updated update page (sorry, couldn't resist) and said that the standard edition will get the N7 Warfare Gear through Play.com, Zavvi.com, and Thehut.com. This is only for the Standard Edition though, so I have no clue if we'll automatically get it with the N7 edition.

The list of available sellers has been updated with a few more, but the original four listed have sold out completely. I checked the new three, but I couldn't find the N7 edition in stock.

It looks like if you didn't get the N7 edition in time and want it, you'll have to wait and see if EA come up with some new stock, otherwise settle for the standard edition.

[Edited by Skyheart, 3/1/2012 6:43:16 AM]

 
H3L10S  posted on Feb 29, 2012 7:12:45 AM - Report post

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I've gone to ShopTo and preordered all the games I had on preorder at Game.

I cancelled the preorders and then sent an e-mail telling them to cancel all preorders I have as I'm unable to cancel some of them.

And to finally stick the knife in, told them to cancel my account as I will not be using their company anymore, using this ME3 fiasco as an example.

15/06/11 I placed my preorder, 7 damn months of waiting, then about 1 week from release they hit us with that bombshell, I hope they go bust because they aren't getting my money anymore.

[Edited by H3L10S, 2/29/2012 7:22:12 AM]

 
ServiusTheBear  posted on Feb 29, 2012 7:45:24 AM - Report post

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I just got that email now. After talking to a Job Agency while trying to send my CV to them. I am so right off at Game this is the first time has happened to me but its on such a short notice.

I have franticly Pre-ordered it at Play.com to. But I have a feeling we who per-ordered via Game might lose out on this CE of this game and that will me right off if I lose out on this CE.

Fingers crossed for us who ordered it through Play.com.

And yeah £5 off um keep it and my £2 odd on my card to. I am done with Game as of today. So very disappointed.



Oh and GAME/Gamestation has Scrapped EA's March line up and only kept SSX. WTF!

[Edited by ServiusTheBear, 2/29/2012 8:08:56 AM]

 
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originally posted by H3L10S

I've gone to ShopTo and preordered all the games I had on preorder at Game.

I cancelled the preorders and then sent an e-mail telling them to cancel all preorders I have as I'm unable to cancel some of them.

And to finally stick the knife in, told them to cancel my account as I will not be using their company anymore, using this ME3 fiasco as an example.

15/06/11 I placed my preorder, 7 damn months of waiting, then about 1 week from release they hit us with that bombshell, I hope they go bust because they aren't getting my money anymore.

[Edited by H3L10S, 2/29/2012 7:22:12 AM]

I haven't told them to cancel my account, but I certainly won't be using them anymore.

Well, no, actually I thought about it and I have £4 on my rewards card, and the £5 voucher, so I may get a pre-owned game on their dime. They'll be paying for the entirety of my final purchase... that seems somehow rather satisfying.

They are going bust, that's the problem. I don't think we'll be seeing them on the high street for much longer. To stick another nail in the coffin they also purchased Gamestation a while back, so when GAME goes, so does Gamestation. The final nail is the fact that they're the only two dedicated (retail) game sellers in the UK.

 
ServiusTheBear  posted on Feb 29, 2012 9:30:46 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Skyheart

quote:
originally posted by H3L10S

I've gone to ShopTo and preordered all the games I had on preorder at Game.

I cancelled the preorders and then sent an e-mail telling them to cancel all preorders I have as I'm unable to cancel some of them.

And to finally stick the knife in, told them to cancel my account as I will not be using their company anymore, using this ME3 fiasco as an example.

15/06/11 I placed my preorder, 7 damn months of waiting, then about 1 week from release they hit us with that bombshell, I hope they go bust because they aren't getting my money anymore.

[Edited by H3L10S, 2/29/2012 7:22:12 AM]

I haven't told them to cancel my account, but I certainly won't be using them anymore.

Well, no, actually I thought about it and I have £4 on my rewards card, and the £5 voucher, so I may get a pre-owned game on their dime. They'll be paying for the entirety of my final purchase... that seems somehow rather satisfying.

They are going bust, that's the problem. I don't think we'll be seeing them on the high street for much longer. To stick another nail in the coffin they also purchased Gamestation a while back, so when GAME goes, so does Gamestation. The final nail is the fact that they're the only two dedicated (retail) game sellers in the UK.

Yep we used to have a GAME in the old part of the town center. Then we got a Games Station in the new part of the town center a few years ago. That was when I found out they where owned buy GAME.

Oh well looks like we need a Games retailer now. To replace this sham-balls of a mess group and I was going to put shares in them as well.

I wonder if I should walk into Game Station and fling my trade in card my Elite Card and my GAME Reward card at them. Out of anger and disgust. Heck I could not even use the promotion code! Well there go's that chance of getting a game for zip.

 
Skyheart  posted on Feb 29, 2012 9:51:51 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by ServiusTheBear

quote:
originally posted by Skyheart

quote:
originally posted by H3L10S

I've gone to ShopTo and preordered all the games I had on preorder at Game.

I cancelled the preorders and then sent an e-mail telling them to cancel all preorders I have as I'm unable to cancel some of them.

And to finally stick the knife in, told them to cancel my account as I will not be using their company anymore, using this ME3 fiasco as an example.

15/06/11 I placed my preorder, 7 damn months of waiting, then about 1 week from release they hit us with that bombshell, I hope they go bust because they aren't getting my money anymore.

[Edited by H3L10S, 2/29/2012 7:22:12 AM]

I haven't told them to cancel my account, but I certainly won't be using them anymore.

Well, no, actually I thought about it and I have £4 on my rewards card, and the £5 voucher, so I may get a pre-owned game on their dime. They'll be paying for the entirety of my final purchase... that seems somehow rather satisfying.

They are going bust, that's the problem. I don't think we'll be seeing them on the high street for much longer. To stick another nail in the coffin they also purchased Gamestation a while back, so when GAME goes, so does Gamestation. The final nail is the fact that they're the only two dedicated (retail) game sellers in the UK.

Yep we used to have a GAME in the old part of the town center. Then we got a Games Station in the new part of the town center a few years ago. That was when I found out they where owned buy GAME.

Oh well looks like we need a Games retailer now. To replace this sham-balls of a mess group and I was going to put shares in them as well.

I wonder if I should walk into Game Station and fling my trade in card my Elite Card and my GAME Reward card at them. Out of anger and disgust. Heck I could not even use the promotion code! Well there go's that chance of getting a game for zip.

I'd give it a few days before trying to use the code. It looks like they were generated very quickly, so they may take a day or so for them to actually register and validate.

I've had a dozen or so wallets in the time I've had my GAME rewards card, and that card has always been the first card I've transferred and used the most in about 10 years. Now it's not worth the plastic it's made with. I already had a couple of beefs with GAME over other stuff they've pulled in the past, and as I said, I had planned ME3 to be my last purchase from them anyway. I hadn't even planned on getting ME3 from GAME originally (it wasn't available from any other sellers in the UK, and suddenly now it is... coincidence?) but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. My mistake. I've just lost all confidence in them completely, and so will many other people.

In the US, a game costs roughly $25-30 per copy for a retailer to buy from a publisher. They then sell those games on to us for $60. If they do a similar type of inflation here I can't even imagine how much money GAME just lost.

 
H3L10S  posted on Feb 29, 2012 10:51:38 AM - Report post

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Looks like it might be sink or swim time for GAME.
 
ServiusTheBear  posted on Feb 29, 2012 11:12:17 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Skyheart

quote:
originally posted by ServiusTheBear

quote:
originally posted by Skyheart

quote:
originally posted by H3L10S

I've gone to ShopTo and preordered all the games I had on preorder at Game.

I cancelled the preorders and then sent an e-mail telling them to cancel all preorders I have as I'm unable to cancel some of them.

And to finally stick the knife in, told them to cancel my account as I will not be using their company anymore, using this ME3 fiasco as an example.

15/06/11 I placed my preorder, 7 damn months of waiting, then about 1 week from release they hit us with that bombshell, I hope they go bust because they aren't getting my money anymore.

[Edited by H3L10S, 2/29/2012 7:22:12 AM]

I haven't told them to cancel my account, but I certainly won't be using them anymore.

Well, no, actually I thought about it and I have £4 on my rewards card, and the £5 voucher, so I may get a pre-owned game on their dime. They'll be paying for the entirety of my final purchase... that seems somehow rather satisfying.

They are going bust, that's the problem. I don't think we'll be seeing them on the high street for much longer. To stick another nail in the coffin they also purchased Gamestation a while back, so when GAME goes, so does Gamestation. The final nail is the fact that they're the only two dedicated (retail) game sellers in the UK.

Yep we used to have a GAME in the old part of the town center. Then we got a Games Station in the new part of the town center a few years ago. That was when I found out they where owned buy GAME.

Oh well looks like we need a Games retailer now. To replace this sham-balls of a mess group and I was going to put shares in them as well.

I wonder if I should walk into Game Station and fling my trade in card my Elite Card and my GAME Reward card at them. Out of anger and disgust. Heck I could not even use the promotion code! Well there go's that chance of getting a game for zip.

I'd give it a few days before trying to use the code. It looks like they were generated very quickly, so they may take a day or so for them to actually register and validate.

I've had a dozen or so wallets in the time I've had my GAME rewards card, and that card has always been the first card I've transferred and used the most in about 10 years. Now it's not worth the plastic it's made with. I already had a couple of beefs with GAME over other stuff they've pulled in the past, and as I said, I had planned ME3 to be my last purchase from them anyway. I hadn't even planned on getting ME3 from GAME originally (it wasn't available from any other sellers in the UK, and suddenly now it is... coincidence?) but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. My mistake. I've just lost all confidence in them completely, and so will many other people.

In the US, a game costs roughly $25-30 per copy for a retailer to buy from a publisher. They then sell those games on to us for $60. If they do a similar type of inflation here I can't even imagine how much money GAME just lost.

Al try again later or tomorrow.

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