When a game has a release date, it's usually released one date in North America, and then a few days later in Europe (I've been waiting for Bulletstorm since it was announced, and I can't play it until thursday/friday, while North America are playing the crap out of the game). It can also happen the other way around, just like Alan Wake was (May 14th in Europe and May 18th in North America) and sometimes those dates could be wider. You could argue to me and say "stop whining and get over it". But you hear it all the time, where people say "Ohhhh I cannot wait for this game. Release now!" So why should other people have to wait a few days longer?