Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Damn you, Bill Gates

Halo 2 launced on Tuesday (unless you were at the Zellers at Centrepoint Mall in Toronto, who launched the game Monday morning, only to have Microsoft launch its anti-street date violation missiles and now there's a big hole at the corner of Yonge and Steeles).

I was lucky enough to be working when EB Games opened its doors at 12:01 AM so that hordes of red-eyed males could be among the first to get their hands on the highly anticipated game. Yep, just them, and two million of their closest friends.

Now, we weren't exactly sure what to expect as we called the over 300 customers who had pre-ordered the game. As most of them were kids and the game is rated 'M', we didn't figure many would be able to convince their parents of the merits of waiting outside in November weather to get a $60 game.

Well, convince they did, as we sold over 130 copies of the game, and did nearly $10,000 in sales. From midnight to 1:30. An hour-and-a-half.

As far as I'm concerned, Bill Gates can go to hell. And he can be escorted there by the people who, without a hint of humour, asked, "Do you have any extra Halo 2's?" Yeah. Right. Go to hell.

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