Tonight — that is, in less than 24 hours, on Wednesday November 12th — BRK and I will be joining forces to … line up and quietly purchase our pre-ordered Wrath of the Lich King boxes. And yes, that will be exactly as exciting as it sounds. There will be no smiling celebrities (unless you count BRK), no marching bands, no helium balloons, no clowns (unless you count me). But if we’re lucky, Fimlys might be able to make it too!
Still, if you happen to be in the area it would be neat to meet you. The main reason I like midnight openings is that I get to meet other WoW gamers, and meeting pet-obsessed hunters would be even cooler. We’ll be at the GameStop in Waterford Lakes in Orlando, FL starting around 10-10:30pm. (That link has a map.)
And we won’t be alone! Well, we might be alone if no one else shows up. But metaphorically speaking, lots of other bloggers — and even Blizzard themselves — are doing midnight launch non-events. (Okay, Blizzard’s probably counts as an event.)
Let’s see what we’ve got here …
- The Big Bear Butt Blogger will be at a GameStop in Maplewood, MN. (I’m not entirely certain where MN is, but it sounds cold.) He’s threatening to show up drunk, which sounds like a great idea to me!
- Lassirra from The Hunter’s Mark will be at a GameStop in South Burlington, Vermont (which also sounds cold).
- Mike Schramm from WoW Insider will apparently be at a GameStop in Chicago. (Again, cold. Orlando is looking pretty good, yes?)
- In fact, WoW Insider has a nice list of a bunch of locations which I could have just referenced to begin with and saved myself some typing and oh my god we’re on that list! Ack! They put us on just like we were a real event!
Oh boy … I really hope no one thinks we’re organized or anything! *sweats* I mean it’s just going to be me and BRK and maybe Fimlys and probably a whole bunch of random gamers who have never heard of any of us and a couple of GameStop employees who couldn’t care less either way. It certainly won’t be fun.
Okay, it might be fun.
But anyway … Blizzard themselves will be at four different US locations: New York, San Francisco, Anaheim, and Austin — plus, internationally, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Taipei, and Seoul. (The one I would most like to attend would probably be Austin — lots of MMO and ex-MMO designers in that line I bet!)
If you’re going to a midnight release tonight, drop us a comment and let us know where — who knows, you might meet someone else in the same area! And if you’re not … well, enjoy your probably-much-more-exciting-evening-not-in-a-line. *grin*
(Aside: I love it when I’m browsing the TV and I come across some sort of show on ESPN-18 or some such that’s labeled a “sporting non-event”. Those poor uneventful schmucks, I say to myself. They think they are doing something worthwhile — but ESPN spits on them! Heh. Yeah, I know that’s not really what it means. But I still think that every time regardless.)