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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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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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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Re: Er...
Oct 5, 2007, 23:10
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Oct 5, 2007, 23:10
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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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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, 23:37
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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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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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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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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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Re: Is it me...
Oct 6, 2007, 00:06
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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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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: LMFAO!!!
Oct 6, 2007, 01:00
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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, 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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madness
Oct 6, 2007, 02:38
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Oct 6, 2007, 02:38
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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: Er...
Oct 6, 2007, 02:58
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Oct 6, 2007, 02:58
 
Okay, I guess it is just me.

I always think of midnight as the end of the day (11:59PM going into 12:00AM) and anything past 12:00AM (even by one second) as morning. Usually prefaced with an "early."

So long as I can play on Wednesday, that's the main thing. Playing at 12:01AM is even better.

I just really, really hope Ep2 actually does something with the freaking story and lasts more than two hours. I just finished playing through HL2 and Ep1 to get ready for Ep2 and, though the gameplay is polished, I am less than thrilled with the story aspect. And since Steam now logs how many hours I've played, I was really shocked at just how short Ep2 was.
Episodic gaming, you fail.
Not sure if I will play Portal or Ep2 first,
Ray

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Re: Er...
Oct 6, 2007, 05:01
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Oct 6, 2007, 05:01
 
I just finished playing through HL2 and Ep1 to get ready for Ep2 and, though the gameplay is polished, I am less than thrilled with the story aspect.
I hear you. While I loved the general feeling and most gameplay aspects of HL2, it lacked any real story driven motivation for the player to advance, making him feel like he's not having an impact on anything in the game universe. EP1 even aggravated that by still refusing to give any answers to the general plot and by simply making "advancement" the main goal again.

Heh, unlike you Ray, I couldn't be bothered to play through EP1 again, so I just gave me a quick rundown on the story events on that "Half-Life Saga" page (http://members.shaw.ca/halflifestory/timeline.htm) to get me back on track. Not surprising how the entire EP1 storyline fits into 2-3 paragraphs

However, I'm still looking forward to EP2 because even with underwhelming storytelling, Valve's SP games are still better than most others out there.

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Re: Is it me...
Oct 6, 2007, 06:20
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Oct 6, 2007, 06:20
 
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.

The Brick & mortar chains are NOT fans of DD. The number one reason why DD games are held back until the retail boxed versions are ready is due to the retail chains crying foul over unfair competition. My post touches on the fact that the B&M chains have been treating PC games like the proverbial redheaded stepchild by burying them at their stores yet they insist on a level playing field for release dates.

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Oct 6, 2007, 06:28
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Oct 6, 2007, 06:28
 
Don't tell me they canceled the Black Box?

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Oct 6, 2007, 07:09
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Oct 6, 2007, 07:09
 
Yeah that's old news, they cancelled the black box a long time ago.

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Oct 6, 2007, 07:31
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Oct 6, 2007, 07:31
 
I always think of midnight as the end of the day (11:59PM going into 12:00AM) and anything past 12:00AM (even by one second) as morning. Usually prefaced with an "early."
That's why Valve made clear in earlier announcements that it would be unlocked 12:01am on October 10th - adding that extra minute makes it a whole lot less confusing (even though to me it is common sense).

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9:00 in Europe
Oct 6, 2007, 07:34
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9:00 in Europe Oct 6, 2007, 07:34
Oct 6, 2007, 07:34
 
I'd like to point out, so people don't have to do look up time differentials and do math, that 00:00 in Pacific time (PST) is 09:00 in European time (CET)

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