No thanks to GameStop, I procured a Nintendo Switch and have been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There are plenty of reviews and other people’s opinions on the game out there. I am a big fan and agree with all the great things people have to say about the game. It is, however, a huge time sync, and with Dad being my number one hobby, it’s hard to find time to play. However, I thought I’d write about how I have been finding the time.
First, I have a wonderful wife who understands the enjoyment I receive from playing video games, so she will watch our daughter for an hour if I tell her I want to go play. For example, on Sunday, after we did some errands and I had helped clean up around the house, I asked her if I could play for an hour. I sat down in the living room and played the game while my wife and daughter were also in the living room doing their thing. I could easily pause it and give attention to my daughter when she needed it, but still had enough focus to be able to enjoy the game.
Second, I take advantage of all the sleeping my daughter still does. She takes an hour nap during the day which is great to take advantage of on weekends. She also goes to bed a few hours before us, so I have some time there. I will say that I’ve not been following my sleep schedule very well, so some late nights with tired mornings have been happening – but that isn’t typically a norm, nor should it be.
Third, my workplace is very open to people enjoying their time, so I’ve brought my Switch to work to play during lunch. There are 6 of us at work that have been doing this, and it’s fun to all be playing the same game, doing vastly different things from each other, and discussing our findings.
In general, my hobby of being a Dad takes up a lot of time. But with the right time management, I’ve been able to find time for my video game hobby, as well, which has been especially important during the early days of discovery in Breath of the Wild.
I don’t know why I thought GameStop would somehow do a good job with the Nintendo Switch preorder. I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with them, in general. This Switch preorder is just another thing to add to the list.
I preordered my Nintendo Switch bundle the day they went live. I used PayPal as my payment method during the checkout process and got a confirmation as expected. I was excited. Today, I receive an email that my payment couldn’t be processed (with no specific reasoning as to why it couldn’t be processed) and that I have less than 48 hours to correct the issue or my preorder will be cancelled. I am directed to a self-service portal where I can “Update my credit card information.” There’s my first red flag – I used PayPal to pay, not a credit card.
When I click the “UPDATE CREDIT CARD” button on the site, I am brought to a screen that says “Please leave this window open while we attempt to process your request.” with a loading spinner. The spinner never goes away (I’ve left the page up for more than 10 minutes, and no site should take that long to load anything). I also see red flag number 2: an error in Chrome telling me that “This site is trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources.”
Naturally, I do some digging into this error. I find from the JS console log that the HTTPS site is trying to load an HTTP error page, which Chrome does not like. The error page is a generic “Oops. Somethings wrong.” page… great. So, I can’t use the self-service page to update my credit card information. This is pointing more and more to GameStop not processing PayPal orders properly.
Luckily, there’s also an 800 number listed in the email that I can call. I have currently been on hold for 58 minutes waiting for someone to answer. I think I’m going to lose my Switch. 🙁
Update: After 82 minutes on hold, I was finally able to speak to a representative. She assured me that she was able to reprocess my payment, and that I’d receive a confirmation within 24 hours. That’s cutting it very close if it fails again, but here’s hoping.
Update 2: Turns out that GameStop did not ship my order as I was told, and then they cancelled the evening it was supposed to be at my door. Luckily, I was still nervous about the entire ordeal, so I went to Target on launch day and purchased one in the store. I am still able to play Breath of the Wild and didn’t have to worry about buying an overpriced console on eBay. No thanks to GameStop in any of this. I will decidedly not be using them ever again.