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  • CitizenWolfie - November 21, 2013 4:47 a.m.

    I wasn't going to go to the UK PS4 midnight launch, but my local GAME store informed me that the only way to guarantee a purchase was to attend the launch. I'm a fool to myself really. Pointless as they are, I have otherwise enjoyed the couple of midnight launches I've been to. I recognise most of these people, although my local store is too small and oddly situated to get the Long Haulers, Game Reps and Condescending Reporters. I find that the staff are usually the ones in costume. I've sort of become a regular, but I don't abuse it. The last time I went to the store I found out one of my friends had just started working there that day. He saw me, shook my hand and exchanged small talk, and then gave me the sales pitch to buy all the extra shit that you don't need. We're not friends anymore.
  • cJinL - November 21, 2013 2:06 a.m.

    Still not sure what the point of going to a midnight launch is... Standing in line for hours with hundreds of people...or waiting at home for a few days? The choice...well I don't need to finish this thought.
  • Hobogonigal - November 21, 2013 12:35 a.m.

    Nice article, have never been to a midnight launch but will seriously have to do it just so I can cross it off a list. Also, Gamesradar SERIOUSLY needs to get rid of these Assassin's Creed ad's that keep popping up. This is ridiculous how it pops up for each individual slide (or even the fact that it pops up at all) and it really detracts from the enjoyment of reading articles :(
  • Hobogonigal - November 21, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    It's ok, downloaded ad block. Ahhh... peace and quiet :)
  • GOD - November 20, 2013 7:20 p.m.

    If I want it, I'll go pick it up the next time I go out. If I really want it, it's getting downloaded.
  • Eightboll812 - November 20, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    I'm not one for midnight releases either, at least not the spectacle or the experience. Certainly not for software. I can truly wait. But I have to say, given I had put in a pre-order with local pickup, it was probably the most fantastic experience I've ever had with a midnight release. I'd do it again. It started out with an internal debate whether to go out at midnight or just pick it up the next day. I decide, what the heck. So almost 12 on the dot, I get in the car and head out on empty roads. I drive up 15 minutes after midnight at Best Buy. Park. Get out. Notice the huge line still there down to the end of the building. All looking downtrodden and disgruntled at their lot in life. I walk up to the front, ask if this is the pre-order line (lol), and the employee tells me to just go on inside. As I'm walking in, I see the line attendant let 3-4 people in line go in. I get inside and over at the pre-order area, there's a clerk available so I just walk up, pay, get my box. In less than 5 minutes, I'm walking back out the door, past all those masses of cold, hungry people still just waiting there. I'm back in my car, back home by 12:30. A few minutes later, I'm in bed sleeping happily. I could have skipped getting out at midnight. But I would have missed seeing all those poor stupid people in line who HAD to have it day one, but couldn't be bothered to take 5 minutes to put in a pre-order back in June, even though it wouldn't have cost them a penny to do so. That alone made it so worth it to go to the midnight release. Call me a douche if you will. But it was still satisfying. My only regret is not offering my "place" to someone in that line for $100.
  • winner2 - November 20, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Screw that, I don't go to gamestop or anything anymore, my games are forever more getting delivered or downloaded.
  • pl4y4h - November 20, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    ^This

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