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
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
“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
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
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
“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.”