I’ve gotten a slew of emails today asking if I was nerdy enough to camp outside Best Buy last night to be the first in line to purchase Halo 2 on its release date… Surprisingly, I was not.
I did however pick up a copy today on my lunch break. This was after I had gone online to check the inventory and availability at local retailers. You see, I was on a mission of infinite dorkiness, and I used all the tools at my disposal.
On my drive to Best Buy I viewed every car in front of me as the potential individual that would purchase the last copy before I got into the store. This made it easier on my conscience to justify running them off the road. What if I missed out on the last copy? What am I capable of? I began to prepare myself for what my reaction would be in case this scenario played out…
a) Drive to another store and repeat the process indefinitely.
b) Attempt to snatch a copy from a 14 year old in line at the register and have him subsequently kick my ass.
c) Realize that a video game could never provide true happiness.
d) Curse the fact that I failed to put my Zillion Dollar Idea of bulk purchasing 500,000 copies of Halo 2 and undercutting retailers by selling them directly from my home into motion. (Btw, this is an actual idea I came up with. I even created spreadsheets crunching the numbers and sought advice from web developers. I could have been so rich by now it’s not even funny.)
e) Come to grips that I wouldn’t be the first person on my block to own the most highly anticipated video game in history.
f) Take a deep breath, crack my knuckles, and begin an epic killing spreeâ€¦
As I walked into the store, contemplating all of these options, I was relieved to find they had an ample stock on hand. Aside from having to put up with a sales associate trying to up sell me the collectorâ€™s edition, with a DVD documenting the making of Halo 2, it was virtually a hassle free experience. (On a side note, I took great offense that the sales associate thought I was nerdy enough to be interested in watching a documentary about the creation of a video game. This is a new low for me.)
Aside from posting these thoughts on Zillionaire on company time, I also took the opportunity to read through the instruction manual for Halo 2 at my desk. Needless to say, I will not be receiving the coveted â€œEmployee of the Decade Awardâ€ anytime soon. Unfortunately, I didnâ€™t see any mention of a flamethrower being added to the weapons arsenal, one of the rumored improvements in the sequel. They did however add a laser sword, so maybe that makes up for it. Iâ€™ll have to give it some more thought.
Now, if youâ€™ll excuse me, I need race to home with utter disregard to pedestrians and other motorists. Thereâ€™s a newly released video game to be played! Weâ€™ll soon find out if that excuse will stand up in courtâ€¦
And finally, Iâ€™ll warn you right now, there is likely more to come on Halo 2â€¦