walked over to my local mom & pop video game store during my dinner break, & found they had about 10 copies behind the counter, (same place i bought some other early released games in the past ) & I just bought myself a copy!! the girl advised me she had gotten the shipment on Tuesday. wow. I can't wait to play later when i get home from work! . i asked for a receipt , this place is so mom & pop, it's more like some collage kids own it, but the receipt is a hand written one, i have one of there business cards & receipt, just in case i get any beef with Microsoft. but knock on wood, I've been lucky, I've played a bunch of early bought legit games ( before street date ) & never had any problems. i would never play pirated games!!
Nah you should be fine. This is what Microsoft looks for when they are in a banhammer mood.
1 - How early is it from the release date. If your playing a game 1 month in advance it looks fishy. 1 week ... not very fishy at all.
2 - Was it shipped to stores in your area. They know if it was or wasn't.
Mom and pop stores sell early all the time, it's to simply beat those big named stores and give them a slight chance at least. Hell I called up about 10 places today and 5 or 6 of them said they were already all sold and 1 even said I could pick it up tomorrow. I'm going to wait though, seems as if Newegg is shipping out my copy. If I get as lucky with the other half of the order like I did today (recieved it today even though it was scheduled for monday
) I might get it monday.