GameStop Pulls PC Deus Ex: Human Revolution From Shelves Following OnLive Debacle

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After getting into hot water earlier today for opening new PC copies of Square Enix's Deus Ex: Human Revolution and removing codes for a free OnLive version of the game prior to sale, video game retailer GameStop has pulled the games from its shelves pending recall.


According to an email forwarded to Kotaku from an anonymous source and confirmed via GameStop retail employees, the company instructs employees to remove any retail copies of the PC version of the game to the back room of the store pending recall at a later date. Note that the recall is being performed in agreement with Square Enix, indicating the two companies have been in communication regarding the situation.

While preorder copies of the PC version will still be available, it's likely the code was removed from those, so I'd suggest picking it up somewhere else. I've been a staunch defender of the retailer in the past, but this is a bit much.

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I see some of the comments on here knocking amazon for not having things available, or to you on the release date. I put forth the following.

Why is it so important to have a game the date of release?

Gamestop has spawned and nurtured the complex of release date acquisition, now it's pulling this nonsense because a rival product was being offered in a product they agreed to sell, following this line of logic, they won't be selling Battlefield 3 because it requires Origin, and they wouldn't of sold games in the past like Empire: Total War since it required STEAM, as many new releases are now so inclined to have.

With Shenanigans like this, Gamestop will end up retailing itself into a corner, and will suffer and die for it (at least I can hope) as much as Gamestop has helped gaming retail by adding a wider market and making gaming more easily accessible by being EVERYWHERE instead of being in that corner kiosk just down from the pretzel place in a mall, Gamestop has also become a great satan in gaming, by slowly leeching away sales revenue from developers in a burgeoning second-hand market and perpetrating a growing "Madden" and "Call of Duty" cycle.

Why the importance of having a game on release day? My wife pre-ordered Space Marine for me as a wedding anniversary gift through Amazon, yeah, I won't have it Sept. 6, i'll have it the 8th, a whole 2 day difference, that doesn't bother me, it's only 2 days, and oh, gee, I happen to have something called a life. I have bills, so I need a full-time job. My full-time job is shitty, so I am in school, to get out of said shitty full-time job. Needless to say gaming time is a luxury for me, and I am appreciative to get some, more so when I have new games to spend it on, and even more so when it's my spouse enabling it!

So I submit to you all, if it is absolutely critical to have a new game the date of release, and continue to support this dreadful retailer, maybe priorities your in life need to be reevaluated.