Nov 102004
 
Authors: Eric Klamper

The only thing that might piss a girlfriend off more than not

calling her back is not calling her back because “Halo 2,” the

latest video game release, seemed more important at the time.

Chances are, however, that this is happening right now all over

the country.

With more than 1.5 million pre-ordered copies of the game and

stores receiving new shipments daily, the game promises to break

video game sales records. Many stores, including Game Stop, and

Buy-Back Games, 1635 S. College Ave., opened their doors at

midnight on Monday for the Tuesday release date to accommodate the

hundreds of gamers eagerly waiting to get their hands on the new

game.

“I went out and bought it at midnight,” said John Petro, a

junior liberal arts major. “I was with a bunch of friends and we

just wanted to play it right then.”

Lines formed outside of video game stores as the highly

anticipated sequel made its way to the public.

“We had twice as many people waiting to get in as we were

expecting,” said Joe Dunn, a manager at Game Stop in Foothills

Fashion Mall. “It was the largest reservation game in history.”

“Halo 2” is priced at around $50 and grossed a record $125

million on its first day of sales. The original “Halo” was released

in 2001 and sold more than 5 million copies, which proved it to be

one of Microsoft’s most profitable games. “Halo 2,” with its

advancements in graphics, story line and effects, might prove to

become even more popular than the original.

“A new shipment comes every day and we’ll sell it,” Dunn

said.

Many people who buy the game find themselves transfixed to their

X-Boxes for hours at a time, finding the ability to move only for

food, the bathroom or fire.

“We beat (‘Halo 2’) that same day,” said Joe Stern, a freshman

open-option major. “We just played it for like 10 hours

straight.”

Games such as “Halo” have become increasingly popular because of

their multi-layer features, which allow people to play together

from separate televisions. Also, the X-Box allows its owners to go

online and play with people from all over the world in single games

and tournaments.

“It’s also just a good way to let out some aggression and talk

s**t to people,” said Patrick Coughry, a sophomore accounting

major. “I’m gonna go and buy it later today.”

Clever marketing has put “Halo 2” on the streets just in time

for kids across the country to beg for it as a Christmas gift, and

stores plan to have plenty of copies in stock to meet the demand of

the gaming masses.

“I imagine that it will keep selling like this through

Christmas,” said Victor Galey, manager of Buy-Back Games, 1635 S.

College Ave. “It’s just the best of the best. I own a copy.”

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