Evil Has Returned!
As a huge fan of midnight releases (both movies and games) it seemed a no brainer for me to head out and pick up Diablo 3 tonight; however, I hadn’t preordered the game. Well, originally I had but when friend of the site Superplayertwo offered me the chance to buy one of the Collector Editions he’d bought I jumped at the chance; the CE had been unavailable by the time I got around to pre-ordering. No longer having a reason to go out and join my fellow gamers in their pre game revelry I was going to let this one pass me by. That is until Superplayertwo invited me along for when he picked up his. On a whim I grabbed my camera, a note pad, a pen, and my journalistic sense of adventure and made my decision to do a write-up about the event. Here it is.
The place we ended up at is the local game retailer (yes I’m avoiding naming names on purpose) I’ll be visiting for all my future midnight release needs (of which I have many this year still to come). The staff at this one are just more enthusiastic, open and friendly, and just downright more into games. A good bunch of guys (and some gals even), so I was happy to see a lot of their familiar faces as I rolled up, introduced myself and began taking shots of the crowd.
The last few midnight releases I’d gone to had been rather lackluster. The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm release had even been very humdrum, no one wanted to chat or share in the fan experience. The Mass Effect release had been a bit better but no one was talking to each other; I didn’t hear any fun stories about what someone’s Shepard had done in the second one. This bugged me a little, I came to these midnight releases for the crowd, the shared experience of being with the real die-hard excited fans. Turns out all they needed was a guy with a camera.
I’ll be showing up to more of these with camera and pen in hand, the crowd response was amazing. With a cry of “Hey so how about some Diablo 3, huh?!” I got a bunch of shouts, cheers, and even some metal hands in the air. These people were pumped for this game, and eager to play it. There was discussion from some about how excited they were for another installment to the Diablo series after more than a decade, even the supportive significant others were there to help share the enthusiasm.
There were some giveaways, more testament to the awesome staff on hand that run the shop. A raffle was held for the people in line, prizes being the large display boxes with Diablo 3 on them, total nerd bragging rights trophies. There were also posters for those who showed up to get their copies.
Here I am, back at home now, my own CE safely awaiting when the servers finally go live, and I can’t stop thinking about how much fun that was. I ended up having an amazing time, taking pictures, talking to people, hanging out, and doing a quick poll to find out which class was going to be the most popular at launch for those gathered. Result: tie between Wizard and Monk, completely unexpected. I even got one phone in vote for Barbarian, the excitement on this was far-reaching! Of course there were a few people there for Max Payne 3, but I guess we’ll let them have a pass this time. Afterall, this was about community wasn’t it? See you in-game!