With the recent kerfuffle around the Hitman 3 release (and countless other games since the growth of digital distribution and day 1 patches) do any of you peeps still book a day off work well in advance of the release of a game?
There were some very disgruntled UK residents who, after complaining that Hitman 3 didn't unlock until midday, then complained about the issues around the carry over site crashing but mostly attached to the fact that they'd booked a day off to play it and that day has been wasted.
Now, I've not done it myself, but I totally get the idea behind booking a day off for a game release but not since the early 360/PS3 era would I consider it a smart thing to do. Between large downloads, server crashes from too many players and the broken nature some big and small games suffer from on release it just seems folly to book time off way ahead to play a modern big game. It could be my cynical nature but I tend to lean towards most games, especially those with online dependencies, being worth a wait until they can be enjoyed.
FWIW, I got Hitman 3 as a pre-order present at Christmas and while I've downloaded it today (and I really would like to play it right now) I'm okay to hold off until the bottleneck of people trying to carry over their progression is over. Also, I can't find work for love nor money so I might also be harbouring jealousy of those that can book time off.