A high demand, much-hyped game sells out of physical copies?! That's insane! It almost sounds like...most of, if not, all other triple-A game releases in modern gaming. Oh, sure, let's ignore the fact that they'll be back in stock eventually while ignoring the fact that digital distribution is still going strong - WE'RE DOOMED BECAUSE WE RAN OUT OF COPIES!
Either that or no-one noticed or wanted to reply to it, because of how trivial a topic it is, even for something like this. There's a difference between "the time it takes for someone to form a response", and "the time it takes for someone to WANT to form a response".
You missed the point of the topic entirely Cobaltmotari, I'm afraid to say. The game came out around Christmas or as close as possible so people would put it on their Christmas list (a ploy by the distributor of the game to sell more copies). Only problem is that the people who pre-ordered the game and thought they would get it by Christmas to either give as a gift or as one for themselves, discovered it would arrive (with all the holidays etc.) two weeks after Christmas. Added to this the fact that in North America it was released a week prior to Christmas, so they all got their copies on time. This made for a lot of problems: i.e. 1) if your son/daughter etc asked for the game as a present but it has not arrived in time, do you buy them something else and what about the fact you cannot cancel the game (pre-order, remember?) and will be lumped with a £40 game which was supposed to be a gift? Do you buy them nothing and instead give them this game as a gift two weeks after Christmas? Cue many upset people on Christmas day. 2) Many people get bored over the Christmas holiday and wanted to play it...what's the point of it arriving after when everyone is back at school/work? 3) It seems unfair that they got it on time in North America and made us wait until after Christmas in Europe. It's almost like they did it on purpose..which they did. And the reason? Pure arrogance and spite "we get things first over here because we are superior.." etc. So yeah, it was no "sold out" as you say but they were holding out on the release date. So before you open your mouth next time make sure you even know what you're talking about. Thanks ;)
Ok, if that really was the point of the entire topic, explain to me why none of it appeared in Antony's comment. Explain to me how I'm missing the point when it's also evident that the original poster is doing the same thing. Explain to me how I'm wrong in thinking that Antony doesn't know the difference between "the time it takes to form a response" and "the time it takes to WANT" to form a response.
Also, you seem more interested in complaining about the preorders arriving late, yet never seem to explain why, as Antony said, Steam "cashes in" on this, especially considering digital distribution cannot sell out in the same way that physical copies can, which therefore means that it's pretty much common sense to choose digital distribution over physical copies unless if there was bonus content with the retail version (And in this case, there isn't for this version). Why does digital distribution have to be such a baseless taboo to casual retailers? How is it cashing in? The money still goes to the developers either way.
On that note, you don't really have the right to complain about me not knowing what I'm talking about when it's pretty obvious that you suffer the same problem to the point of not even reading the title of the discussion thread.
Adding Steam to the game can indeed be seen as an efficient way of making money for the developers, yes, but I doubt it's because of Amazon and other such sites selling out of physical copies - it's because Steam has a massive userbase who are used to the way the system works, and having a game like Skyrim there would allow them to purchase it easily, and that's before the Steam Workshop functionality and Cloud support comes into the equation. Welcome to the era of digital distribution. If you don't like it, stick to consoles, because if the way the PC sections of big-name retailers like HMV are any indication, you can't exactly speak for the majority when you say you want to buy a PC game as a physical copy.