Have you ever queued up at 12am for a new game release?

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#1 Edited by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

The only time I've ever done that was for gta4, I queued up at a supermarket, there was a few hundred people there and the supermarket had extra security on, it was my first time doing this and was quite exciting standing in line wAiting for the games to be brought out.

There was a queue for 360 at one till and for ps3 at another. After about an hour or so they brought out the games, I was about 3/4 up from the front of a huge queue, anyway they started selling the games and the piles of games were going down fast, It was looking like they were gonna run out b4 I could purchase one, I almost gave up queueing but I hung in there. People were purchasing their game and walking out holding it up like a trophy, long story short I got the second to last copy they had. It was a cool experience but don't think I would do it again. I took two days off work ill so I could play it lol.

#2 Posted by marcheegsr (2841 posts) -

Only time I ever went to a midnight launch was for the ps4. I didn't have to though but I was really excited. I already had it preordered but I just couldn't wait till the morning.

For games I just usually just go the morning of release.

#3 Posted by jasean79 (2375 posts) -

Never did a midnight launch. Before "same day shipping" on Amazon, I used to just pre-order my games and pick them up on release day. That way, I was guaranteed a copy.

#4 Posted by Jacanuk (4742 posts) -

@ariabed said:

The only time I've ever done that was for gta4, I queued up at a supermarket, there was a few hundred people there and the supermarket had extra security on, it was my first time doing this and was quite exciting standing in line wAiting for the games to be brought out.

There was a queue for 360 at one till and for ps3 at another. After about an hour or so they brought out the games, I was about 3/4 up from the front of a huge queue, anyway they started selling the games and the piles of games were going down fast, It was looking like they were gonna run out b4 I could purchase one, I almost gave up queueing but I hung in there. People were purchasing their game and walking out holding it up like a trophy, long story short I got the second to last copy they had. It was a cool experience but don't think I would do it again. I took two days off work ill so I could play it lol.

No not really and i probably never will, i have yet to need a game that bad or be that mainstream

#5 Posted by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

@jasean79: I remember I pre ordered masseffect2 from Amazon, it came through the post a day b4 release, I had happy time in my pants over that lol

#6 Posted by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

@Jacanuk: well I only did it the one time, plus I was a huge fan of GTA especially San Andreas, i don't know why but I didn't get a pre order in, and I didn't want to have to wait to play it.

#7 Posted by spike6958 (4837 posts) -

I did it for Gears of War 2. Dunno if I would ever do it again, ordering online usually results in me getting the games a day early.

#8 Posted by kingcrimson24 (468 posts) -

I would do it for ME3 or Halo reach ... but games don't launch out here ...

#9 Posted by Korvus (3951 posts) -

I've never queued up to buy a video game, at 12am or otherwise...I'm never in that much of a hurry...I'll get to it when I get to it, even if I have to wait for restock...

#10 Posted by Treflis (11575 posts) -

Never, I do tend to pre-order in stores so they put them on their list first and lay away enough copies before they sell to walk ins.

So there's never really been a need.

#11 Edited by Archangel3371 (15743 posts) -

Yes, I've done it quite a few times. For games such as Halo, Call of Duty, GTA, and Gears of War. I found them to be pretty enjoyable expierences.

#12 Posted by gameofthering (10321 posts) -

I'm too lazy to do that.

I just pre-order the game and get it 1-2 days before the release date instead.

#13 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16792 posts) -

I've never been to a midnight release.

#14 Posted by SoNin360 (5504 posts) -

Nope, I probably never would. I very rarely even pre-order games. I don't see the point in going to a midnight release. By the time I got home, I would probably be too tired to play the game. And if I wasn't, I would be too tired the next day to play it. It's not like I'm in a race to complete games.

#15 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (6233 posts) -

@turtlethetaffer said:

I've never been to a midnight release.

Me neither. Not even for a console.

#16 Posted by yokofox33 (29905 posts) -

Only once. It was for FFXII. I was in college and didn't have morning classes, so I figured why the hell not. Plus I was really pumped for the game.

#17 Posted by The_Last_Ride (72408 posts) -

@marcheegsr said:

Only time I ever went to a midnight launch was for the ps4. I didn't have to though but I was really excited. I already had it preordered but I just couldn't wait till the morning.

For games I just usually just go the morning of release.

Same here, PS4 was the only time i have done it. I don't see the point of doing it when you are going to bed not long after

#18 Posted by MirkoS77 (7621 posts) -

I used to when I was younger. Now I'm getting to the point that, while I enjoy sharing in the excitement of those around me, when I get home I'm just too tired to enjoy the game and usually end up going to bed. I'd rather enjoy a game I've been waiting for well-rested.

#19 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16581 posts) -

I went to the midnight launch for the PS4 with my friend. We got our PS4s, drove home, and started playing a couple of games together. I don't regret it one bit, it was a great experience.

#20 Posted by Yagr_Zero (27846 posts) -

I only queued up for the LA Noire release.

#21 Posted by Byshop (11648 posts) -

I think this Dorkly comic sums it up nicely.

I've done it before. Occasionally I've done it for something I really couldn't wait for (or even imported a game or system months early back in the day) but these days I have more patience. At any given point I have such a backlog of games that I'm not chomping at the bit for the latest game no matter how good it looks. Even if I forgot to reserve a system, I find that if I call around the next day to the various stores that don't take pre-orders the next day I can usually hunt one down with a bit of effort. It might seem like more work, but it's work in the morning versus the middle of the night and I'm dealing with a few store clerks instead of a hundred unwashed nerds.

The last game I stood in line for was Starcraft 2. Not because I was particularly interested in it, but my hotel in Redmond was literally 1 block away from a Gamespot and I wasn't doing anything else.

-Byshop

#22 Edited by bezza2011 (2559 posts) -

@ariabed: The only time I did it was for the PS4, My Superstar (ASDA) got 21 consoles in store for the midnight launch. I had mine on pre order but for the second round of consoles because i pre ordered late, so at 8pm doing the shopping with the mrs I just wondered over to see if they would have any in tonight thinking no one would even think about it at this time, low and behold there were 19 people in the queue, some of them had been there since 2pm, anyway I went back over to the mrs told her, went back home pondering on what i should do, I decided I'll risk it, went back and luckily no one had turned up, I got myself number 20, anyway some guy got in behind who had come from 100miles away to try and find a store, a few people kept fluttering around until mid night, I got my console, but the guy infront was buying 2, from for him and one for his mate, problem was his mates card got declined at the last moment and it was a frantic mess around to see if he could get hold of his mate to get the pin or anything to get it sorted. never new what happened to that guy shame. was a great experience but won't do it again, to much fuss i may aswel jump on amazon get the best deal and get it delivered for free on the day i work most days so why bother, and my stuff comes to my work and i'm ready to play as soon as i get home

#23 Posted by sukraj (23060 posts) -

@hrt_rulz01 said:

@turtlethetaffer said:

I've never been to a midnight release.

Me neither. Not even for a console.

I've never done that neither.

#24 Posted by coasterguy65 (6025 posts) -

I've done it a few times. I'm usually up way past that time anyway, and there is a Gamestop right down the street from my house.

The last time I did it was for Second Son. I could have waited until the morning to get the game, but a couple of my friends were going, and we got some free swag for the midnight launch so not too bad.

#25 Posted by tekno0193 (10 posts) -

Never done it as a customer but I've work at a retailer at the time Halo 4 and Black Ops II came out. The store was in a mall and everything was closed and dark, really scary, I love the industry but I have to mention that working at that store kinda suck during midnight release, we had to left until like 3 am and then work the next (or same) day just like a regular so.

I'm not complaining, seeing that much people waiting for a game got to me exicted as well, I just wanted to put that side of the coin here 'cause I remember wanting to go home so much that night...

Besides what do you think about the future of midnight releases with the digital pre-order/pre-download now a days?

#26 Edited by Cloud_imperium (3710 posts) -

I had been waiting for Alan Wake , since the very moment I saw the reveal of it . Sadly M$ killed the PC version back then (even though it was announced as PC exclusive) and decided to make it 360 exclusive . When they finally gave Remedy the permission to release it on PC , I was downloading it via steam and woke up at 3am to install and play it . One of very few games that forced me to do so . Same happened back in 90s when my dad gifted me Sega console . Never went outside to buy a game or a system at midnight though .

#27 Posted by TwistedShade (3165 posts) -

World of Warcraft Cataclysm, and Elder Scrolls Skyrim. The latter was a disappointment because the game was too broken to play once I got it home.

#28 Posted by stationplay_4 (443 posts) -

for skyrim

#29 Edited by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

@tekno0193: yeh most people pre order and get a day early and I reckon releasing for digital download at midnight would crash the internet, plus it takes a while downloading a game so some people just can't wait and would rather go cue up.

#30 Posted by Lulu_Lulu (13661 posts) -

Adventure Games are awesome.... But they are plagued with alot of Design Flaws.

#31 Edited by Lucky_Krystal (1730 posts) -

Never. If I want a game that bad, I preorder it online and have it shipped to my house.

#32 Edited by mjorh (807 posts) -

Would've if i could've !

#33 Edited by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

@mjorh: what's stopping you?

#34 Edited by mjorh (807 posts) -

@ariabed said:

@mjorh: what's stopping you?

There is no such thing in our country .....we usually purchase the game digitally and download it ...

#35 Posted by Tokeism (2338 posts) -

Only once, for Halo Reach, there was literally 10 people there. so saying I "queued up" is a little bit of a stretch

#36 Posted by dragonfly110 (27071 posts) -

I did it for Gears 2, and Skyrim. Doubt I'll ever do it again though(although I'm considering it for Watchdogs), I do most of my gaming on my PC and 3DS now, so I just get digital copies at midnight for the most part.

#37 Posted by Behardy24 (4610 posts) -

Never been to one, but I want to at least once in my lifetime.

#38 Posted by Behardy24 (4610 posts) -

Might do it for the Destiny Launch.

#39 Edited by Ariabed (1123 posts) -

@behardy24: if you do go let us know how it went :)

#40 Posted by nyc05 (10183 posts) -

Many times, for both games and consoles. I've always had a blast doing them.

Some of the most memorable for me were GTA: San Andreas, the launch of the original Xbox and also Xbox 360, Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion and, more recently, the launch of the PS4. I've done tons of them, but those were probably the most memorable ones.

#41 Edited by AutoPilotOn (8524 posts) -

I did for skyrim on 11 11 11. Only because I got off work at 11 and drive right by it. I was like last in line. I can't see why people would wait hours there for a game. When ghosts came out there was a tent outside best buy... It's not like it's hard to get.

I waited in line at best buy for a 360 like a month after launch. That was fun we played games and talked about video games all night.

#42 Edited by Behardy24 (4610 posts) -

@ariabed said:

@behardy24: if you do go let us know how it went :)

Sure will. :)

#43 Edited by c_rakestraw (14721 posts) -

I did for Dark Souls 2, but never any other time before that. Usually just have games shipped to me through Amazon.

#44 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2397 posts) -

Did it for Skyrim with a few friends, it was fun to hang out and talk about the game, but nothing special. Then went along with other people for Halo 4, Borderlands 2, and one of the CODs (can't remember which, but I remember a lot of obnoxious people in line and really rude Gamestop employees as I waited for a game I wasn't even getting). But other than Skyrim I haven't had the need to go to a midnight release since most games are in stores day one and special editions have to be ordered anyway so I may as well get them shipped to me.

#45 Edited by osan0 (12746 posts) -

its on my to do list. nothing has come out in a while that had or will have a midnight launch. i would do it for X on the wiiu but i doubt that will be popular or hyped enough to warrant shops opening at midnight.

the other thing i have to do is champion a dying platform and lament its early demise. im close with the vita (though i dont want it to actually fail). i didnt hype it pre launch nor did i buy it day 1 though so i dont know if it counts.

#46 Edited by The_Last_Ride (72408 posts) -

i might do it for Watch Dogs

#47 Posted by Mesomorphin (826 posts) -

Only Halo really

#48 Edited by sukraj (23060 posts) -

Never been to a midnight release before.

#49 Posted by Behardy24 (4610 posts) -

@sukraj said:

Never been to a midnight release before.

Me too. From what I've seen in numerous videos, it seems fun.

#50 Posted by Behardy24 (4610 posts) -

@c_rakestraw said:

I did for Dark Souls 2, but never any other time before that. Usually just have games shipped to me through Amazon.

That's the way I do it too.