The worst thing about being a gamer is that you mostly have to wait...and wait...and wait some more before the game you have pre-ordered is actually ready to be shipped.
Tomorrow, for example, was supposed to the ship date for Area 51, but yesterday, I received the following email:
"Thanks for pre-ordering from EBgames.com! As an added benefit to ordering from us, we’ll keep you informed of ship date changes. We are writing to let you know that the publisher has set a new ship date for Area 51 of 6/6/2005."
From Labor Day, 1999 through the beginning of 2004, I left computer games behind in favor of distributed computing projects. In fact, it was one of those ship date nightmares that helped fuel that decision.