Globe and Mail: "At the risk of coming off as a stereotypically cantankerous reporter, I'm going to use the following space to discuss a couple of irksome obstacles I ran into this holiday while trying to cover various games.
As many readers will no doubt have guessed by now, publishers often distribute advance copies of popular games to journalists. This practice is essential. Most games take days or weeks to play through, and publishing deadlines often occur long before games hit store shelves. It's the only means by which web sites, newspapers, and magazines can ensure timely coverage of high profile titles.
Unfortunately, I've frequently found it impossible to get my hands on games prior to their release."