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 spree…
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 collector’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 “Employee of the Decade Award” anytime soon. Unfortunately, I didn’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. I’ll have to give it some more thought.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need race to home with utter disregard to pedestrians and other motorists. There’s a newly released video game to be played! We’ll soon find out if that excuse will stand up in court…
And finally, I’ll warn you right now, there is likely more to come on Halo 2…