At this moment, some lucky bastards are playing Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots in their living room simply because their local game store sold the game early. A Konami spokesperson spoke on this matter:
Unfortunately, these things happen. As much as we like see that no one breaks streets dates, no one can monitor every single moment that a title gets packed up for shipment and when its on its way to the stores… The store could be at fault as well, for letting someone get a copy before the street date.
We haven’t got much longer to wait anyway. It’s only three more days after today.
[Konami Talks MGS4’s Early “Release”]