So, Halo Wars had a midnight release of which I attended at my local GameStop. Unlike the release for Halo 3 where there were about 300 people, last night only had about 20 people tops, and that included the 3 store employees.
As I walked in the store, it was mostly what I expected to see – one group of guys hanging out by the Rock Band display playing Weezer, and another group standing near the cash register – keep in mind it was a midnight release and we still had about 10 minutes to go.
When one of the clerks got my attention, he asked if I had my receipt so that he could verify it. I strolled up to his section of the counter and gave it to him. Like they always try to do at Gamestop he was trying to sell me the guide that goes with the game. “It’s 30% off the $20 price! Do you want it?” with a Joker like grin plastered across his face. I shook my head and told him that the only reason I was buying the Limited Edition version of the game was so that I could get the 3 maps for Halo.
He looked at me with shock as he slowly placed the guide down and simply said “Ok, then…” That’s when I knew that he was a RPG/PC gamer, and not a FPS/console gamer, so I shot another barb – “I played the demo and it’s just like playing StarCraft.”
By the look on his face you’d think I just punched his mother.
“No way” he started, “StarCraft allows for more troops and storage depots with custom…” I cut him off with a “Whatever”, can I make a payment on Halo: ODST?”
Anyways, sorry for the story, I thought it was an interesting look at the passion all us gamers have, but to also take it with a grain of salt.
I hope Gamestop clerk reads this – StarCraft for the win.
What say you?