It feels like a lot of people at my school are closeted gamers. The truth comes out at midnight releases for video games. I’ve always bought my games from GameStop and, these days, straight from a console’s store.
I preordered the digital copy of Destiny from GameStop because of all the bonuses that really don’t mean anything. The person driving me there was a complete stranger. Our mutual friends connected us with each other because of our love for video games. We met for the first time at 11:50pm on our way over to GameStop.
It felt like we sized each other up based on the games we played. I told him I wasn’t big on shooters and he told me they were his favorite genre. I felt the need to impress him, so when I told him about some of my favorite games I was a bit uncomfortable talking about all the Nintendo titles I played because they aren’t considered as mature. He shared his passion for eSports with me and by the end of the night he joined the TSG writing team. His name is Angelo and I’m sure you’ll hear from him soon.
We arrived at GameStop just minutes before midnight. There was a horde of people in front waiting to get their copy. I saw one of my fraternity brothers who told me I needed to go inside and get a group number. I pushed through the crowd and into the building. Ricky, the store employee who I’m friends with, told me to hurry because they were about to start.
I walked up to the counter, gave the sales associate my number to look up my order. She suggested that I pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in order to unlock in-game bonuses for Destiny. I decided to get it though I have no intention of buying CoD. An old friend approached me. I never knew him to be a gamer, but here he was for the midnight release of a sci-fi MMO shooter. I kept seeing people I knew and it often surprised me how many people from school were there to buy the game who I didn’t know played games at all. The sales associate printed out my receipt with the DLC code on it, but it also had my full game download code on it. Ricky announced from behind me, “Group 1, you may enter!” I realized that by buying a digital version, I bypassed the entire crowd. It was a little victory but it made me happy to go up to Angelo and say, “Let’s get out of here.”
Almost exactly a year prior to this, I waited in line at GameStop for Pokemon X and Y. I wasn’t a huge Pokemon fan but I was fascinated with full 3D animated Pokemon battles. Nintendo has a way of taking games of marginal interest and turning them into must-haves with a 1 or 2 new features. The guy I went to this release with was currently dating the girl who I had a huge crush on. That night I was able to put aside my jealousy and bitterness for the good of participating in a midnight release with him. It was a great night that ended in breakfast from a 24 hour diner.
Destiny is a 16 gigabyte download, which meant I didn’t play it that night. I woke up and got ready for work and it was still downloading. Finally, the download finished right when I had to leave for work. Well, at least the midnight release was fun.