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Rumour: Shipments of Pokémon X & Y Delayed to U.S. Military Exchanges

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Government shutdown to blame

The above photo is purportedly taken from a store on a U.S. military base. Although exact details are not known, it is not difficult to believe such a thing could happen, as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government had previously shut down military grocery stores entirely up to 5 days ago and it may take some time to fully restock their shelves.

U.S. military enchanges provide active members and their families access to discounted food and items — or are the only reasonable means of access to them for those serving overseas. Many likely have another route to purchase Pokémon X & Y if they really wanted to today, but odds are likely that some will end up disappointed and having to wait it out.

Videogames are one of the least concerns in the whole U.S. government shutdown debacle, but it's still embarrassing to see all the ways --big and small — such seemingly childish behaviour by leaders trickles negatively down. Luckily, in other times, people have come through to bring entertainment to service members and their families.

Have you seen any such signs of delays of games to U.S. military bases? Let us know below.


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GuardianKing said:

Let us focus on the greater issue here: the fact that the US government is so dysfunctional, it can't even bother properly stocking it's overseas, and other, bases, yet somehow, the lazy people sitting beneath the roof of the White House still get paid in this madman's shuffle.



2Sang said:

I haven't checked my local commissary, but not a concern for most families who aren't being stationed away from a gamestop.



theblackdragon said:

i know there's a GameStop on base here, and then there's four or five others around town as well as Target, Toys 'R' Us, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, etc. and so forth. Hopefully other military towns have plenty of options as well!



wombatkidd said:

@GuardianKing And so do congress. You know, the people who are actually responsible for it because they won't pass a budget unless they can defund a program that congress passed, President Obama ran his re-election campaign on passing, and the supreme court decided was constitutional. But they don't care because none of this affects them. Congressional districts are so gerrymandered that none of the congressmen responsible for this have any change of actually losing an election, and they get paid regardless of what kinds of cuts go on.



ultrakatie64 said:

Wow. That really sucks. I don't want to make this political, but I have tremendous respect for our troops and understand that they need to blow off some steam more than the rest of us.



kamifox1 said:

It annoys me that people think it's silly for military personnel to play games like Pokemon when they're human just like the rest of us, chances are they grew up with it like us too. Also, it makes more sense to me than them playing FPS', especially if they've been to a warzone. A gentle game like Pokemon would help them mentally by taking their mind of things but an FPS would just bring all the horrors back... (bit off subject but kinda relevant, sorry)



Groosenator said:

@kamifox1 When my best friend's cousin went off with the military some time ago, he took his Gameboy with him. We all pitched in a game or two for him to play... but he spent most of his time playing Pokemon.

Just a few years back, I made trades left and right over the GTS with people in Afghanistan. I do doubt it... but I can't help but wonder if any of those I traded with were soldiers.



Memeboy3 said:

Dear America...Congress and all,...
If this unfair crap continues, i'm moving to Japan.....
Better put on My bunny ears, My pen for Mangas and Animes and go to Game design schools and An MP3 player for Japanese pop and a another Wii U and viola! A weaboo...and i would regret nothing..



theblackdragon said:

hey guys, can we please not make this into a political argument? they always go downhill fast, so let's focus on the article at hand instead. Thanks in advance!

@faint, @vincentv: to clarify, the article is about the effects, not the cause. Please save the arguing about the political cause(s) for another place and focus on the article here. Thanks, and apologies for the confusion. :3



FluttershyGuy said:

Ok, @tbd. Sorry. It's amazing how far-reaching and unexpectedly things like this can effect our lives. This is a good example. Who'd have expected this? Shutdown almost even ruined football games for the service academies here.



CaviarMeths said:

Disgruntled Americans - plenty of room for you all up here north of the border. We have cookies, maple syrup, and maple cookies.



Vincent294 said:

@theblackdragon Okay. Got it. You must've edited your comment after me & him. Not sure if it was after I replied to the other guy or not. If it was after, I'm sorry for not noticing until now.



theblackdragon said:

@vincentv: sorry, i had figured the personal notes to you guys would be enough to let you know i was indeed responding to the now-deleted comments. :3



Senario said:

@theblackdragon Fair enough, I just thought it would be open to civil discussion since the topic is about the govt shutdown.

Either way, no pokemon X or Y sucks for those who want it. Even I'm a little bummed I don't have room for it in my budget currently. Maybe in a week or two.



Greenec007 said:

Commissary only provides food for shoppers on post and nothing else when you say the commissary has delayed shipments of Pokemon x and y games its like saying Kroger, Albertans, or Publix has shipment delays of Pokemon x and y games. The picture you have above is taken from an Exchange Store (AKA PX, BX, or NEX depending on which armed forces post you are visiting). The Commissary did close after the shut down and has opened back up this last week, but Exchanges Services run by Army and Air Force Exchange Service (aka. AAFES) has kept all there services in operation since the shut down.



unrandomsam said:

This comment was neither warranted nor appropriate for this site. Everyone has been asked repeatedly to stick to the article at hand. If you continue along these lines, you will be banned from posting altogether. This is your warning — TBD



Paintfrog said:

@Greenec007 I was about to say the same thing. It should say Base Exchange store instead of commissary. I grew up living on military bases (military brat lol), so I know my way around military bases. The commissary is a grocery store and doesn't sell electronics.



Gridatttack said:

Let me guess, this also affects postal service stuff, and thereof affect my amazon preorder :<

Silly USA, doing things they shouldn't be doing for silly reasons



Senario said:

@Gridatttack always ship using things that arent the US postal service XD. I always find that they are at the very least a little less reliable than something like UPS or FedEx. Still sort of mad at tyranitar not being in X.



Volmun said:

@kamifox1 #8 culdnt agree more also.. so what if a 20+ year old likeds a "Kids game" ? Mabe there playing them for FUN mabe? Eniway its a shame that thes guys and gals cant get a coppy of Pokemon X/Y hopefully this "US Shutdown" wont go on mutch longer.



seronja said:

now if the 3DS was region free, NA could have this game, but since it isn't well too bad for them =P



Platypus101 said:

@GuardianKing correction: paid well. (Insert furious smiley here) I am appalled, nay embarrassed by my government at this point... (I used to say "who cares" but now...).



Platypus101 said:

@WinterWarm hey... This is technically a political/gaming discussion... So, here's my two cents. People need to vent, there is a bit of frustration here in the states with this whole shutdown issue. If you don't feel the effects, please keep your uninformed opinion to yourself. (I have veterans in my family, that currently are not receiving TIMELY medical care due to this). I know not everyone will feel the effects of this shutdown, so I don't expect them to understand, but don't rub salt into th wound please.



DarkNinja9 said:

lol least now some ppl can put pressure on the US gov to actually do something while there "busy" o.O



XFsWorld said:

Whoa, wonder how this will affect the PS4 and XB1! Lol

BTW you non downloaders will be downloading games now haha



readypembroke said:

Actually the place on the bases your talking about is actually Exchanges not commissaries. Commissaries are grocery stores and Exchanges are like a miniature Walmart/ Kmart. I bought my 3DS at my local exchange because there is NO sales tax!



TheLilK98 said:

@WinterWarm Because a large percentage of us are American. and they're not "trashing" anyone. They're just stating facts. Like the fact that so many people are being denied access to a game they at the very least deserve. Even though I don't care about X/Y, I saw the point immediately.



Melkaticox said:

Uhh, can someone please explain me what's going on with the US government? I can't seem to find what's going on anywhere...



CrissCross87 said:

@ikki5 Not all military bases are in the USA. The big point of the story some people seem to miss, is that for people overseas, the military exchanges are usually the only easy way to get american versions of games. The 3ds isn't region free, so they can't just got to a local native store overseas get the game to wprk and expect it to work.



Gridatttack said:

@Senario Well, I chose the amazon free shipping one. I wonder if it applies?
If it does, then blarg, I wont be getting the game anytime soon



I-U said:

X and Y did come in to the Exchange I work at; however, I can definitely imagine some Exchanges not getting the games in on release. Not sure if I'd put it on the shutdown though, more so shipment handling.



ikki5 said:


I think you are missing the point. I am glad I don't live in the US because I like having a functional government in which this would never happen (or will probably never happen). The government shutdown caused these shipments delayed over something stupid. I live in a nation where the government is not an incompetent group of people who can't get along, Yes where I am there is arguments, but at least we don't have it so bad where we must shut down the government over one stupid issue. That is why I am glad I don't live in the US.



SMW said:

So glad the commissary is open again. Dillons has been so swamped lately!



theblackdragon said:

@SMW: haha, tell me about it — the Wal-Mart I usually go to every weekend was a freakin' madhouse while the commissary was closed here :3

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