I remember pre-ordering Final Fantasy VIII 14 months before it was scheduled to release. And in those days, you actually needed your receipt, which I faithfully kept.
But that was only a little over a year. Who's nuts enough to keep a receipt for a decade or more? Just to frame to prove to everyone how long you've been on the DNF hype train? Well, it's time to break that glass and free your receipt from its confines; take it down to GameStop and they will honor that pre-order. As noted at GamePro :
"With a long-anticipated release like Duke Nukem Forever, we encourage customers who pre-ordered more than a year ago to verify their reservation with their local store prior to launch. Provided the customer has a receipt, we will honor even those pre-orders taken long ago. At this time, we expect that all pre-order customers will receive Duke's Big Package at time of purchase, regardless of when the reservation was made."
Oh man, I would love to see someone saunter in with a pre-order receipt from 1998 or something. I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen, either. Hell, I remember selling quite a few DNF pre-orders back when I was still working at EB in the late '90s; there was a time when this game was hugely anticipated, ya know.
Related Game(s): Duke Nukem Forever