Store: GameStop
Location: St. Louis, MO
Employee Description: Surfer Dude and Older Woman
Submitted By: Ed Button

I walked into my local GameStop today to snag Stranglehold on release day (what can I say, I wanted the faceplate), and asked Surfer Dude at the counter if I could get a copy.

“Oh, we haven’t got that yet. Our computer says it’s been delayed until the 17th.”

“…the 17th,” I asked. I keep up with gaming news all the time and had heard nothing of this delay.

Older Woman chimed with: “Yeah, we’re horribly sorry. It turns out Midway wanted something to compete with Halo 3.”

I was stunned. No way could something like Stranglehold compete with the Halo 3, possibly the most anticipated game of the year. “Sooooooooooooo do you wanna pre-order a copy of Halo 3,” Surfer Dude asked. I said no, and that I’d be back. Then I left. I’ve never had an issue with EBuncolandStop. All the people that have worked at them have been nice and polite, and dare I say it, knowledgeable, so I was quite shocked by this statement.

I called the EB about a mile down the road and asked if they had it.

“No,” the guy says, “our computers say its been delayed until the 17th. From what I heard from corporate, it’s been pushed back because Midway had some issues with the shipping.”

A 13-day delay because of shipping?

“Well, your website says its out now, and so does everywhere else,” I said.

“Well, I checked Best Buy before I came in today, and they don’t have it,” he said.

After getting off of the phone with him, I call Best Buy.

“Yeah do you guys have Stranglehold for the 360?”

“Yes sir, we have it.”

Store: GameStop
Location: Anaheim Hills, CA
Employee Description: Cool Guy with the motorcycle & Manager
Submitted By: UCRJed

The day Mario Party 8 came out for Wii I went to a Target figuring they would have it for sure, but the guy in electronics said they had not been unpacked yet so it would be a while. So I decided to go to another shopping center with both GameStop and Target. I went to GameStop first, thinking I’d get in and out.

I walked up and there was an employee sitting there on his motorcycle in front of the store. I asked him if they had the game and he told me they would be in the next day. I asked him if he knew if Target had them yet. His manager walked by and said if they are selling them they are in big trouble, it’s not launch day. He then goes on to tell me that today is “ship day” and nobody can sell the game until the next day. They also told me I should pre-order the game and I would be guaranteed a copy the next morning. They both agreed that neither Target nor anywhere else would have the game to sell. I walked next door to Target and bought the game 2 minutes later.