The Orange Box Midnight Madness

This week's Steam marketing message reassures those purchasing The Orange Box over Steam will have access to the shooter bundle at the stroke of Midnight Pacific time on Wednesday:
We'll be unlocking The Orange Box products just after midnight Pacific time next week on the 10th of October. Lots of people have been having a lot of fun with the Team Fortress 2 beta, so we're looking forward to seeing what people think of Portal and Episode Two. The Orange Box will also be available at North American game retailers later on the 10th, for both PC and XBOX 360.
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madness
Oct 6, 2007, 02:38
Kxmode
 
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madness Oct 6, 2007, 02:38
Oct 6, 2007, 02:38
 Kxmode
 
red screams madness much better. followed by pumice, khaki, slate, and the much loathed sea-foam (now featured in 7 out of 10 psych wards).


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Re: Is it me...
Oct 6, 2007, 01:24
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Re: Is it me... Oct 6, 2007, 01:24
Oct 6, 2007, 01:24
 
Or is Valve/EA trying to ride on Halo 3's PR coat tails with a 'Midnight Madness' ?

Other games have done that.. Even PC games. I was at the midnight release of Burning Crusade almost 10 months ago. Midnight releases aren't "Bungie exclusive".

So basically, 99% of the brick and Mortar outlets have been treating PC games like an annoying but necessary evil by burying them in a corner in a tiny little rack yet they go apoplectic should the digital distro release a few days early? Doesn't make sense to even court them.

Steam users will be able to play at midnight (PST) on the 9th, and stores will have it when they open their doors on that day. I don't see a problem with it, really.

I'm not buying this until it's on Ebay for $20 or less. But hey, if you're that easy to advertise to, then can I advertise my business here so you'll send me money? I'll just ask blue to make a news statement when I think of a new thing to sell, then when I announce it, then while I'm working on it there will be about 5-8 news blurbs, and finally when I'm getting ready to go public there will be a few beta news reports and several gold reports. In all, I won't really have to MAKE ANYTHING AT ALL, blue will make the hype for me and I'll just steal your money and run to Mexico.

Blah blah blah, shut the fuck up. No one cares what you think anymore, Mr. Richy McThrifty Rich.

Still miffed that they canceled the Black Box, and I'm still not buying this until I get a package that doesn't make me purchase HL2 and Ep1 again.

Boo-hoo. Have fun waiting.

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Re: LMFAO!!!
Oct 6, 2007, 01:00
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Re: LMFAO!!! Oct 6, 2007, 01:00
Oct 6, 2007, 01:00
 
.... a cartoon....

Whats this about a cartoon? Who's arse did you pull that out of, I thought they where selling computer software.

Even more funny that you would then be keen on this 'cartoon' but only when its cheaper.

I don't think Blue post news about male escort services sorry.

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Re: Is it me...
Oct 6, 2007, 00:19
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Oct 6, 2007, 00:19
 
Still miffed that they canceled the Black Box, and I'm still not buying this until I get a package that doesn't make me purchase HL2 and Ep1 again.

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Re: Is it me...
Oct 6, 2007, 00:06
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Re: Is it me... Oct 6, 2007, 00:06
Oct 6, 2007, 00:06
 
Or is Valve/EA trying to ride on Halo 3's PR coat tails with a 'Midnight Madness' ?

Except that they did this very same thing with HL2. I believe they did it as well with Ep1. Heck, people were in an uproar when Bioshock wasn't unlocked at midnight, as it had come to be expected.

So no, they aren't copying Halo 3. (There's nothing there worth copying anyway.....) Edit: Except the Warthog. A physics defying, machine gun carrying 4-wheel vehicle of death (to both sides) is probably worth a nod.


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LMFAO!!!
Oct 6, 2007, 00:04
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LMFAO!!! Oct 6, 2007, 00:04
Oct 6, 2007, 00:04
 
Are you guys really that concerned about whether a cartoon comes out on Wednesday or Thursday???

I'm not buying this until it's on Ebay for $20 or less. But hey, if you're that easy to advertise to, then can I advertise my business here so you'll send me money? I'll just ask blue to make a news statement when I think of a new thing to sell, then when I announce it, then while I'm working on it there will be about 5-8 news blurbs, and finally when I'm getting ready to go public there will be a few beta news reports and several gold reports. In all, I won't really have to MAKE ANYTHING AT ALL, blue will make the hype for me and I'll just steal your money and run to Mexico.

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Portal
Oct 5, 2007, 23:59
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Portal Oct 5, 2007, 23:59
Oct 5, 2007, 23:59
 
The on;y think I really want to try is portal.

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Oct 5, 2007, 23:39
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Oct 5, 2007, 23:39
 
wow, you mean they are actually going to go against the B&M stores and unlock it while they are closed? God forbid.

So basically, 99% of the brick and Mortar outlets have been treating PC games like an annoying but necessary evil by burying them in a corner in a tiny little rack yet they go apoplectic should the digital distro release a few days early? Doesn't make sense to even court them.

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Re: Er...
Oct 5, 2007, 23:37
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Oct 5, 2007, 23:37
 
"Midnight" is technically the first minute of a new day. That is why if you go on military time, midnight is 0000. "Midnight on Wednesday" is one minute after 11:59 PM on Tuesday.

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Is it me...
Oct 5, 2007, 23:36
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Is it me... Oct 5, 2007, 23:36
Oct 5, 2007, 23:36
 
Or is Valve/EA trying to ride on Halo 3's PR coat tails with a 'Midnight Madness' ?

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Re: Er...
Oct 5, 2007, 23:10
Bet
 
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Oct 5, 2007, 23:10
 Bet
 
Or am I just mixing up the terminology and they are referring to the early morning (like 12:01 AM) of Wednesday.

As soon as it hits midnight, it is the new day. That means there is only one midnight on the 10th of October, and that is the minute after 11:59PM of October 9. Relax!

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Er...
Oct 5, 2007, 23:05
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Er... Oct 5, 2007, 23:05
Oct 5, 2007, 23:05
 
...unless I am missing something, does that not mean the Steam users are getting screwed? Even more than they were with Bioshock?

Presuming they do not pre-ship and have the title at retail on Tuesday, all the main retailers will have it Wednesday morning.

So...people on the east coast will have it by 7AM Pacific (10AM Eastern) from retail locations, but we have to wait until midnight on Wednesday? 3AM on *Thursday* for East Coasters?

Or am I just mixing up the terminology and they are referring to the early morning (like 12:01 AM) of Wednesday.

That "just after midnight Pacific time next week on the 10th of October" can be mis-leading.
I don't mind waiting until mid-day on Wednesday, but not midnight.
Hoping I have that wrong...,
Ray

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Oct 5, 2007, 23:00
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Oct 5, 2007, 23:00
 
Couldn't care less about playing EP2 (I have EP1 and still haven't given it a try), but I'm interested in playing Portal.

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