Ant that's important how?
The official "release" date is made just so all the shops get the merchandise ready for sale on time.
The actual merchandise gets shipped a few days before, sometimes even a week or more.
And have you forgotten about the online downloads or the P2P network?
i second that! =)
btw. do games that are made eg. in germany ship to other countries (including the US) the same time or even earlier than here in germany.
look at the releasedates for crysis.
that one was released in america 3 days before it was released in europe/germany. (far cry was the other way around)
anyway: great game, and im happy to have bought the galactic edition! =)