Fans await release of video games at midnight

By Roy Herrera

As the clock ticked to midnight on Monday, people from around the DeKalb area headed over to GameStop, 2389 Sycamore Road, and waited for the midnight releases of both Resident Evil 6 and NBA 2K13.

Fans from both series had various expectations from each game. Jalon Scruggs, DeKalb resident and Miami Heat fan, was looking forward to the graphical design and the Kinect functionality of the game.

On the other hand, John Busby, DeKalb resident and Resident Evil fan, was expecting to have an awesome experience with the game. Dan Green, graduate media studies major, was looking forward to playing with other friends online.

To some people, it may sound crazy to wait in line for a game. But for the fans, it’s all about the experience.

Unlike at other midnight releases, GameStop actually lets the people stay inside the store. The customers are able to play some games that are set up, and they also have the opportunity to socialize with fellow gamers. People that have never seen each other before suddenly become friends just by talking about the same game. GameStop also enhances the experience by giving away free food and drinks to those waiting in line.

There were more than 50 people waiting in line for the games Monday night. If this is why you don’t want to attend a midnight release, don’t worry; GameStop has set up an effective way to get the games to the people both quickly and efficiently.

Once you are finished paying for the game, which happens between 9 and 11 p.m., you get a group number on your receipt. At around 11:45 p.m., all the people inside the store are asked to wait outside for their group number to be called. Once your group number gets called, you can head inside and pick up your game. It took around 20 minutes for everyone to get what they came for Tuesday morning.

Overall, if you have the time, go and check out one of the midnight releases. Not only will you have fun, but you will also you get free food and drinks. Personally, I would recommend going to the midnight releases of Halo 4 on Nov. 6 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Nov. 13 because more people are going to attend those events, and once in a while GameStop surprises its customers when these types of games come out.