7-Eleven hits Halo 3 launch hitch

Delivery snafu causes shooter's debut to be delayed at many of the chain's locations; Slurpee vendor still interested in selling games.

7-Eleven may have been the most and least unusual participant in the flood of midnight retailer launches for Halo 3. Although the all-night convenience-store chain doesn't regularly carry console games, there are few--if any--retailers as accustomed to working the graveyard shift.

Coming soon: Halo 3 Slim Jims and Yoo-Hoo.

However, that nocturnal experience was all for naught at some 7-Eleven stores because they didn't actually have any copies of Halo 3 to sell. A representative with the company told GameSpot today that the company's distributor mistakenly sent out part of its allocation of games using second-day delivery instead of overnight express. Nevertheless, the rep did say that the "vast majority" of participating stores received their copies as planned. About half of the company's stores were involved in the Halo 3 promotion.

Despite the bump in the road, 7-Eleven is hoping that gamers won't be too turned off by the situation; the rep said the company is looking at a selection of other games to sell in its stores for 2008.

"We did some research early last year of our core customers, mostly male 18 to 24," the representative said, "and asked what they liked to do best with their leisure time. Without a doubt, the top three responses were movies, sports, and computer and video games."

The representative also noted that gamers having trouble finding a copy can call the store's customer-service hotline at 1-800-255-0711 to have someone check on which 7-Elevens have the game in stock and call back with the nearest locations.

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77 comments
Gamer46
Gamer46

[quote]enoslives7: could micro$oft sink any lower ????[/quote] Gotta love Sony fanboys. I'm sure if Sony was doing this for Killzone 2 you'd be saying it's great. :roll:

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

comthitnuong - Like getting a Slurpee at GameStop? Actually, that wouldn't be so bad. :)

rangeraa
rangeraa

enoslives7 says "could micro$oft sink any lower ????" what did microsoft do here that was so bad? looks like 7eleven wants to start carrying games why would microsoft not let them?...fool..just because you hate microsoft doesn't mean that everything they do is bad. it just means that your willing to let your personal bias get in the way of an informed decision

BR0M
BR0M

enoslives7 says "could micro$oft sink any lower ????" I don't know...why don't you ask $ony?

Poedon
Poedon

i got mine on time from 7-11. I work the night shift and didn't want to wait for GS to open.

enoslives7
enoslives7

could micro$oft sink any lower ????

lamprey263
lamprey263

gawd, a slurpee sounds really good right now, and some taquitos

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

For some reason, I couldn't imagine myself buying a game from a 7-Eleven. It just doesn't seem right.

cubeman
cubeman

Didn't know that 7-11 even sold games. Next time I go in one I will have a look around and see if I can find any.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

Too bad we don't have any 7-11s where I live...

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

I actually bought my copy of Halo 2 at 7-11 a few days after it came out. For some reason the store had it advertised at only $24.99 & you didn't have to purchase anything else. It was kind of awesome, I'm hoping they do the same for Halo 3, as I never will buy a game for full price.

ps2forever
ps2forever

well, it seems nice that 7/11 is taking part in , selling videogames. but imo i don't see myself buying a game at 7/11 , unless i need it in a hurry. but yea it's pretty cool that they are doing it though.

Zuul13
Zuul13

There hasn't been a place near me that sold out of copies yet!

Jumbo120788
Jumbo120788

I work at 711 and I got the game early :)

N15PCA
N15PCA

I'm glad 7-11 takeing care of the problem.

madcapper248
madcapper248

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl I really like the one with the red flag. That's the one I got when I went.

kevo14
kevo14

nice i live around the corner from one. in newyork (longisland) there like one 7 in every town.

AngelsongCA
AngelsongCA

"I'd like a Cherry World In Conflict, Raspberry Bioshock, Strawberry Eternal Sonata, and a Lime Halo 3 please."

solideagle13
solideagle13

this might have been a good idea if they aren't located 100 miles away from another. i dont even think they have them in tennessee.

Agreb91
Agreb91

I wouldn't have thought to go there to get Halo 3.

The_Carnage
The_Carnage

I think I'll pick-up my copy from 7-Eleven now, it'll probaly be the last place to sell out .

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

You know... if some ppl are going to commit armed robbery on people waiting in line for the PS3 outside of Best Buy, isn't this just leading lambs to the slaughter? Last night was basically "if you are going to knock off the gas station, why not pick up a copy of Halo3 (and everyone's money) while you're at it".

skasuperhero
skasuperhero

I went to my local 7-11 to try and order the halo, but unfortunately they only had the sign that said I could preorder, but they had no clue what I was talking about as far as actually purchasing the game. He did however offer me a slurpee in a Halo cup. I politely declined and went home.

N8A
N8A

sounds like it was almost a good plan, but what are thelong term plans? They going to be a gamestop/7-11?

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

"Yeah, hype sells. but a great game also sells. And that's what Halo 3 is." true. but no game is worthy of all this hype that microsoft created and that people have bought into.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

I would prefer that 7-11 sell cheaper, bargain games. I would be more likely to pick up a game if it was $10 than $50+.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Yeah, hype sells. but a great game also sells. And that's what Halo 3 is.

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Who buy´s games at a 7 - Eleven store ???

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

Whoa, now I can grab some gasoline, cheese melt, water, and MGS4 all in one trip. Now that's convenient. :)

nkaiton
nkaiton

Would you like a chutney-plasma Squishy? Thank you, come again!

KorJax
KorJax

It's offical. This is blown out of proportion.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

wow...are they spending as much on advertising as big movies like spiderman or transformers?

dudy80
dudy80

They need to do this at sheetz!

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

wish i would of known that they were doing a release ....beer...makes waiting in line a lil easier.

SneakyB986
SneakyB986

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LINKloco
LINKloco

slurpee + video games = win

JDubs07
JDubs07

I never knew that 7-11 was supposed to sell Halo 3.

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

maaly81 wow, a game with your slurpee? Why dont they sale games at footlocker and places like that. I want to be able to go to at hospital and get a 360 game. Get it done microsoft! lol That's good. After getting shot from some idiot in a Halo 3 line, having a nurse at a hospital handing you a copy would be nice.

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

OMFG!!! I thought they were just joking at System Wars about 7-11 selling copies. Now this is f'king crazy. Now all they got to do is sell Ninja Gaiden 2, Devil May Cry 4, and Metal Gear Solid 4 next year!!!!

Yojimbo8
Yojimbo8

Totally agree with CrushedGroove. 7-Elevens notorious for being held up. Selling video games will just add fuel to the fire. But, good luck to them...

FLzthvikings87
FLzthvikings87

i live on the east coast too...and im enjoying a slurpee right now.

Slappywhite2001
Slappywhite2001

I had no idea that 7-11 was getting into this venture, and it confuses me. Seems like a lot of work for a small boost in sales in a non-central market for them.

Nitro720
Nitro720

It's kinda cool that you can buy a video game from a 7-11. To bad i live on the east coast. :(