CrashMan wrote:Hey all,
I'll try to clarify a few things here since I wrote the piece/recorded the audio.
Yea, not everything the manager says is crystal clear. However...
A) If you listen, I sort of put the words about The Last Story being a GameStop exclusive in his mouth. Even though I pay close attention to this stuff, in the moment of the conversation I made a mistake. It happens.
I don't think he really pays attention to gaming the way we do, it's just his job, so he didn't leap to correct me. But, I believe he does pay attention to his managerial emails, which is all that was important in this case.
B) A lot of folks are getting hung up on the assumption that the company he states "bought the rights" to all 3 games is a publisher.
At 1:44 in the recording I toss out the phrase "publisher" and he did not confirm or deny that's what he was referring to. In the world of business, I think "buying the rights" could refer to any number of entities, no?
I don't think the ONLY parties responsible for getting a game on a shelf are the devs, the pubs and the retailers.
C) Perhaps I'm just an optimist, but even looking objectively at the facts... so what if he was confused on some details? When someone is shot, witnesses often report different competing versions of reality. Regardless, they all know someone was shot.
In this gruesome analogy, the presence of PT instructions in his corporate inbox is like the shooting. Since he DOESN'T seem to pay close attention to gaming, the fact that he pulled the name PT out of his brain, as opposed to say, Ninja Bread Man 2, tells me its for real.
The fact that he said the same thing last Saturday tells me that he wasn't just high on meth one of these two visits. =)
In the end, everyone is entitled to their interpretation of the facts!! Just keep this in mind when you're making your pre-order on or around June 20th ^_^
Also, RMC, if I could act that well, why would I waste my talents on video game coverage instead of wasting them on Hollywood blockbusters? =D
Let me counter you a bit there though. You said he doesn't pay much attention to gaming which is all fine and dandy, I can understand many GameStop managers are just that -- managers. However, you said you put the words "GameStop exclusive" in his mouth, which yeah, you kind of did.
The thing that gets me though, is you also put the words "Pandora's Tower" in his mouth. I listened to the audio recording and you were the one that said the words "Pandora's Tower" first and therefore allowed him to use that even if it were wrong. He didn't think up Pandora's Tower on the spot himself which if he did would give more credibility to him.
It seems kind of fishy and that you and this "manager" are seemingly using the hype of Pandora's Tower (coincidence that it happens the week it releases in Europe? I really don't think so.) and the huge following of Operation Rainfall to garner some temporary fame for your little unknown site. Until today I've never heard of your website. This just sounds like a ploy to get some traffic by using a very much anticipated game.
I hate to sound like that, but what else am I to go with here? There's no solid proof of these claims and an audio recording can very easily faked. Why not ask him if you can make a short 3 minute video while asking these questions? Why can't he pull it up on his computer and take a quick picture (like some GS employee did for Xenoblade Chronicles)? There's so much more that could have been done to give more credibility to this than what either you or him did.
So for now, we have to go with this being fake. I also strongly doubt GameStop would refuse pre-orders until June. That's not how they operate. They want pre-orders as soon as they can as that means more money sooner. It'd be stupid of them to go "well...we could open them now but let's wait...". They've never done that before so why start now?
Also, as many others have checked and confirmed, no other GameStop has this game in this in their computer systems and I'm lead to understand that all GameStops use a universal system that makes it so if something is in the system of 1 Gamestop its in the system for them all. So with this 1 GameStop being the only one to have it in their systems that doesn't make a whole lot of sense really.