Horizon Zero Dawn street date broken

One of the biggest PS4 releases this year is Horizon Zero Dawn, and it’s not supposed to be released until February 28th (March 1st in Europe). However, it appears that several retailers have broken the street date, as copies of the game are appearing in the wild.

Some have even appeared online on eBay and Craigstlist.

And it seems that it’s no by accident that retailers are breaking the street date. Some retailers are proudly selling the game, like this Brazillian retailer:

Alas, this isn’t new: there are always some gamers out there who manage to snag a copy early. It happened last year where hundreds of gamers started playing Uncharted 4 a week before the official release date.

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  • I_LIKE_IT

    Good on them!

    Looks like a great game enjoy!

  • djape

    very interested on what kind of reviews this will get.

  • Damian Jansen

    It’s been since debunked as a pre-order display.

  • James Robert Marot

    Wow just let me have my preorder too. Special edition coming up as expected as well

  • Fingloi Delos reyes

    #SaveTheEarthSpace #SaveTheDiskSpace

    • The emptiness of President Trump’s campaign promises to lift up the forgotten American worker has been nowhere more starkly exposed than in his nomination of Andy Puzder, a fast-food executive, as his Secretary of Labor—a nomination that fell apart on Wednesday, as Puzder, facing almost certain failure in a confirmation vote, withdrew his name. Puzder did not fail because he was just a rich Republican donor being rewarded with a Cabinet position. That was the case with Betsy DeVos, who was barely confirmed as Secretary of Education. The reasons were richer than that.

      For one thing, Puzder’s progress toward confirmation was slow—his financial-disclosure paperwork was reportedly complex—giving his opponents time to fill in his record. As the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, Puzder has been a fierce opponent of significant raises to the minimum wage, new rules for overtime, paid sick leave, unions, workplace regulations, and nearly all work-related benefits and rights—the entire mission, basically, of the Department of Labor. The fast-food industry is not known as a respecter of labor laws. And yet Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, in a recent study by the news site Capital & Main, together ranked first among major U.S. burger chains in the rate of federal employment-discrimination lawsuits brought against them per billion dollars in sales. Trump, announcing Puzder’s nomination, in December, said that his “extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor.” It was hard to tell if Trump was bleakly joking or simply working from an invisible set of alternative facts.

      Puzder made some astonishing statements of his own. Like Trump, he deeply distrusts government, and, again like the President, he doesn’t believe in the official unemployment rate, as calculated, painstakingly, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the Department of Labor). The most striking aspect of Puzder’s world view, though, as revealed in his public statements, is his utter contempt for his employees.

      In 2011, speaking to students at California State University, Puzder said, “In fast food, you sort of compete for the best of the worst. In other words, you’re not getting the Microsoft guys. At Hardee’s, we were getting the worst of the worst.” He made similar remarks to another group of college students. In an interview with Business Insider, he talked about the advantages of replacing employees with machines. “They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”

      The long wait for a confirmation hearing also gave Puzder a chance to cough up the fact, which emerged only last week, that he had personally employed an undocumented immigrant. “My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.,” he said, in a written statement released by a company spokesman. “When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the state of California.” The offer of assistance, which was reportedly declined, was a nice touch. But the back taxes were only paid in December, after the announcement of Puzder’s nomination. By then, the taxes were five years overdue. Had the C.E.O. of a large corporation really not known about employer taxes? At first, Republican leaders seemed to stand by him. Senator Lamar Alexander, the Republican of Tennessee and chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, said, with a huff, that Puzder should be given a pass. He had come forward, after all. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, solemnly agreed.

      It seemed all too obvious that a galling double standard was at work, since at least three earlier Cabinet nominations were scuttled by similar revelations. In 1993, Zoe Baird, nominated by President Bill Clinton as Attorney General, was forced to withdraw because she had employed two undocumented Peruvians, one as a babysitter, the other as a chauffeur. Clinton’s next choice, Kimba Wood, a federal judge, was also hounded off the stage for having once employed an undocumented nanny, even though doing so had been legal at the time and all taxes had been paid. Then, in 2001, Linda Chavez, nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Labor, was abruptly disqualified for having, a decade earlier, given money to an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who lived in her home and did some cleaning. These miscreants, of course, were all women, and thus more directly responsible for child care (“Nannygate”) and all things domestic. Mark Shields, the pundit, notes that none of these women “ever invoked her husband in explaining any of the questionable actions that doomed her nomination. But not Trump’s Puzder, who attempted to hide behind his spouse’s skirts with his ‘my wife and I’ construction.” Shields called Puzder’s response “unmanly.”

      Still, that particular problem might not have been fatal. Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, and a private-equity billionaire, had also admitted, at his confirmation hearing, having recently fired an undocumented member of his household staff. No problem, the senators said. But with Puzder, there was more: harrowing accusations by his first wife of domestic violence, some of them contained in Missouri court documents unsealed on Tuesday, others she made anonymously on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 1990. Puzder has strongly denied the allegations; his former wife has since recanted, and has said that she supports Puzder. But senators reportedly studied tapes of the Winfrey show.

      Puzder’s corporate brand, for that matter, is not exactly woman-friendly. TV commercials for the burger chains feature young women in bikinis lasciviously eating, washing expensive cars, or riding a mechanical bull. In 2011, the company issued a press release explaining its marketing strategy: “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers.”

      There was more. Puzder’s company, like Trump’s companies, does not always practice what Trump preaches when it comes to keeping jobs in the United States. It has outsourced its information-technology division to the Philippines. More embarrassingly for Trump, protesters in at least two dozen cities have been rallying this week, carrying signs with Puzder’s face and the epithets “Wage Thief” and “Tax Cheat.” The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has conducted ninety-four investigations of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s since 2004, and found more than a thousand violations, including paying below minimum wage, withholding pay, altering time cards, and not paying overtime. When Puzder was asked about this record, his spokesman pointed out that the individual restaurants where these abuses occur are nearly all franchises, which are legally responsible for the treatment of employees, including pay. That is technically true, but the standard franchise contract throughout the fast-food industry binds the franchisee tightly to a low-pay, cost-cutting business model that leads to abuses.

      After a career spent inveighing against government interference in his industry, and testing, protesting, and violating the laws and regulations the Labor Department helps to enforce, Puzder would have made an unlikely watchdog. His many other flaws made him an absurd and, ultimately, unconfirmable one. It was always unlikely that Puzder would receive any confirming votes from Democratic senators. As of Tuesday, there were four Republicans still uncommitted, including Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, both of whom voted against DeVos. There were reports on Wednesday that the number of no votes was growing, even among Republicans who had previously voiced their support.

      The rejection of Andy Puzder gives President Trump a chance to immediately reconsider his plutocratic impulses on labor relations. He says that he wants to make the Republican Party the workers’ party, the people’s party. Trump met with leaders of the building-trade unions shortly after his Inauguration—carpenters, plumbers, sheet-metal workers. He wooed them with talk of big infrastructure projects. These are among the most conservative unions in the country. They are still predominantly white and male, and within the broader union movement their numbers are small compared to service workers, teachers, women, and people of color. But the hard-hat unions are still significant, and many of their members voted for Trump. Organized labor as a whole, while much diminished from its heyday, is still important, particularly to the Democratic Party. Andy Puzder represented predatory, unbridled capitalism, a zero-sum game. If Trump is even a tiny bit serious about helping the forgotten worker, he needs to do better with his next nominee. Even Republicans seem to have realized that.

      • jfelts

        Lol, love it

      • Fingloi Delos reyes

        Hahaha

    • Neo Geo (Japanese: ネオジオ Hepburn: Neo Jio?), stylised as NEO・GEO, also written as NEOGEO, is a family of video game hardware developed by SNK. On the market from 1990 to 2004, the brand originated with the release of an arcade system, the Neo Geo MVS and its home console counterpart, the Neo Geo AES. Both the arcade system and console were powerful for the time and the AES allows for perfect compatibility of games released for the MVS. However, the high price point for both the AES console and its games prevented it from directly competing with its contemporaries, the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis), Super NES (Super Famicom), and Turbo-Grafx 16.However the MVS arcade became very successful in stores in Japan and North America.

      Years later, SNK would release the Neo Geo CD, a more cost effective console with games released on compact discs. The console was met with limited success, due in part to its slow CD-ROM drive. In an attempt to compete with increasingly popular 3D games, SNK released the Hyper Neo Geo 64 arcade system in 1997 as the successor to its aging MVS. The system did not fare well and only a few games were released for it. A planned home console based on the hardware was never released. SNK later extended the brand by releasing two handheld consoles, the Neo Geo Pocket, and later Neo Geo Pocket Color, which briefly competed with Nintendo’s Game Boy. Soon after their release, SNK encountered various legal and financial issues – however the original Neo Geo MVS and AES continued getting new games under new ownership until officially being discontinued in 2004, ending the brand.

      Regardless of the failure of later Neo Geo hardware, games for the original MVS and AES have been well received. The system spawned several long-running and critically acclaimed series, mostly 2D fighters, including Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters, as well as popular games in other genres such as the Metal Slug and Baseball Stars series. In December 2012, SNK Playmore released a handheld console based on the original AES, the Neo Geo X. As of March 1997, the Neo Geo had sold 980,000 units worldwide. The Neo Geo Pocket Color also has been given praise for multiple innovations, and a very substantial library, despite its short life.

      Neo Geo MVS and AES

      Main article: Neo Geo (system)

      SNK’s first two products using the Neo Geo name are an arcade system called the Neo Geo Multi Video System (MVS) and a companion console called the Advanced Entertainment System (AES), both released in 1990. The MVS offers arcade operators the ability to put up to six different arcade games into a single cabinet, a key economic consideration for operators with limited floorspace. It comes in many different cabinets but basically consists of an add on board that can be linked to a standard JAMMA system.

      The Advanced Entertainment System (AES), originally known just as the Neo Geo, is the first video game console in the family. The hardware features comparatively colorful 2D graphics. The hardware was in part designed by Alpha Denshi (later ADK).

      Initially, the home system was only available for rent to commercial establishments, such as hotel chains, bars and restaurants, and other venues. When customer response indicated that some gamers were willing to buy a US$650 console, SNK expanded sales and marketing into the home console market. The Neo Geo console was officially launched on 31 January 1990 in Osaka, Japan. The AES is identical to its arcade counterpart, the MVS, so arcade games released for the home market are nearly identical conversions.

      Neo Geo CD

      Main article: Neo Geo CD

      The Neo Geo CD, released in 1994, was initially an upgrade from the original AES. This console uses CDs instead of ROM cartridges like the AES. The unit’s (approximately) 1X CD-ROM drive was slow, making loading times very long with the system loading up to 56 Mbits of data between loads. Neo Geo CD game prices were low at US$50, in contrast to Neo Geo AES game cartridges which cost as much as US$300. The system could also play Audio CDs. All three versions of the system have no region-lock.

      The Neo Geo CD was bundled with a control pad instead of a joystick like the AES. However, the original AES joystick can be used with all 3 Neo Geo CD models (top loader, front loader and CDZ) , instead of the included control pads.

      Hyper Neo Geo 64

      Main article: Hyper Neo Geo 64

      The Hyper Neo Geo 64 is SNK’s second and final arcade system board in the Neo Geo family, released in 1997. The Hyper Neo Geo 64 was conceived as SNK’s 3D debut into the fifth generation video game consoles. It provided the hardware basis for a home system that would replace their aging Neo Geo AES—one that SNK hoped would be capable of competing with fifth generation video game consoles. In 1999, the Hyper Neo Geo 64 was discontinued, with only seven games released for it in two years.

      Handheld consoles

      Main articles: Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Neo Geo X

      The Neo Geo Pocket was SNK’s first handheld in the Neo Geo family. Featuring a monochrome display, it was originally released in late 1998 exclusively within the Japan and Hong Kong market. Lower than expected sales resulted in its discontinuation in 1999, whereupon it was immediately succeeded by the Neo Geo Pocket Color, which had a color screen.

      The Pocket Color is the final console release of the Neo Geo family. This time it was also released in the North American and European markets. About two million units were sold worldwide. The system was discontinued in 2000 in Europe and North America but continued to sell in Japan until 2001.

      In December 2012, Tommo released a new Neo Geo handheld in North America and Europe, licensed by SNK Playmore. It is an open-source-based handheld like the Dingoo, but closed to emulate Neo Geo games, with 20 built-in games, called the Neo Geo X.

      • Fingloi Delos reyes

        Hahaha! Got you Val! I fcking told you. HAHAHA

  • jfelts

    I really wish this game would have 3d audio.

  • Avin B.

    Don’t forget about no man’s sky lol someone got the game a month early for $500 I believe.

  • TomDobo

    Horizon Zero Dawn currently sits at an 88 on Metacritic. Its looking gooooood.