Monday, March 3, 2014

Gaming Dragons' Stick of Truth Deal (Update on yesterday's post)

Despite Cartman's warning against preorders, I went ahead and preordered South Park: The Stick of Truth from Gaming Dragons, a site I reported I was unfamiliar with in yesterday's post. This is the first time I've preordered a game since Duke Nukem Forever (if you don't count the Dragonfall DLC for SRR).

Two hours ago I received a message from Gaming Dragons which promises there will be a preorder bonus. That's the good news. Now for the worrisome news:

Dear Customers,
We have received our stock of South Park and we’re currently waiting for the game to release in order to test it.
It seems like the game is heavily region locked.
What does that mean?

·         If you're from USA, you'll get the Uncut version of the game on the 5th aka the release date of the game.
I'm hoping this a locality quirk because the USA release date is the 4th, not the 5th, but that's unlikely as the site is apparently based in California, only two time zones away from me. Perhaps it's a case of underpromising and overdelivering. The website itself says delivery of the game begins between the 4th and the 5th. Regardless, I got the game for 35% off (it's currently 24% off at the time of writing this) so can I really complain that much if I get the game this week? Not really. It's not like I'm hurting for games to play and I really don't have the time for the ones I already have, either.

The original email they sent me says the following:

These terms do not apply for products that were ordered under 48 hours delivery time frame (You will receive the product within 48 hours or less).
If you have Pre-Ordered a game it will be approved and sent on release date.

TrustPilot.com aggregates user reviews on sites like Gaming Dragons, which currently holds a very high score. The problem with that is I've never heard of Trust Pilot before, either, and if it's anything like Yelp I wouldn't trust it too much. Who's to say those reviews weren't posted by Gaming Dragons themselves?

For the record, I think Gaming Dragons is the real deal. I'm just a cautious guy and I'll keep you posted on how it all turns out.

UPDATE: Got my code around 4 'o clock this morning (March 5th). Considering the bargain I got, I might use Gaming Dragons again in the future. Now, I'll attempt to get some game time in before work.

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