Call of Duty: Ghosts Midnight Launch in Patchogue, NY

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Call of Duty: Ghosts midnight release was epic and LIBTV was there to cover it. We interviewed gamers who waited out in the cold to see what all the hype was about! Video by John Milovcic


For the GameStop and Best Buy in the Gateway Plaza, the Call of Duty: Ghosts midnight release is a little bit of boom and a little bit of bust.

I arrived at the Gateway Plaza in Patchogue by 10:45 pm and started the night with a little reconnaissance to plan my mission objectives for the Call of Duty: Ghosts release. I set my custom load-out and reported to the trenches for assignment.

A small hive formed in front of the GameStop entrance around 11 pm and, to my best count, there were approximately 150 people waiting to pick up a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Most of the GameStop customers pre-ordered Ghosts—true fans. Everyone had their own COD love story to share and affectionate way of saying they can’t wait to get home and play Ghosts. (Full-disclosure: I set up a tac. insert around the corner from the Best Buy store for a nice respawn.)

Campers in front of the Best Buy store organized in a short line of about 30 people for the 12:01 am release. Both sides comprised of hardcore gamers with raccoon eyes and children with their parents. As anticipated, most of the Ghosts fans that showed up at the release were men and I failed to complete one of my mission objectives: find a girl gamer. All of the girls I spoke with were there to support boyfriends or brothers, despite Ghosts being the first game in the Call of Duty series to offer female characters.

This was included in Activision’s press release, “Call of Duty: Ghosts will set a new Benchmark for the Next Generation” with all-new world, story, characters and experience powered by a “New, Next Gen Call of Duty Engine” from Infinity Ward. (Russ Frushtick wrote an illuminating piece for Polygon, Call of Duty: Ghosts Review: For The Dead)

 

Call of Duty: Ghosts is here, what’s the first thing you’re going to play?

The majority of gamers present were excited to go home and play the multiplayer but there were a few purists eager to start the campaign mode and get a handle of the gameplay first. Kid gamers were especially excited by the idea of killing aliens with their friends, though some said they would miss the zombies. When the parents were asked about the mature rating and uncensored online experience, they were supportive of their children’s interests. One mother said, “We let our boys play with their friends online and make sure they don’t play in lobbies with people who use language that’s inappropriate. There needs to be trust.” (Go mom.)

“I can’t wait to f*ck up some n00bs.” One mother’s UAV surveillance wasn’t as sharp as she thought. We talked with one kid (about 12 yr) who piped, “I can’t wait to f*ck up some n00bs.” This is a common l33t phase that means I’m gonna dominate other people playing the game. So long as your domination doesn’t involve the grenade launcher attachment or noobtube, you’re OK. (I know there are some of you out there saying Oh, it was built into the game for a reason, stop crying and you’re right but you will be ostracized for your logical progression, so deal with the social consequence.)

Some quick things I’m excited about in the new Call of Duty: Ghosts:

  • 1. Playing Extinction game mode on the Playstation 4
  • 2. Comparing Squads game mode to Perfect Dark (N64)
  • 3. Seeing how the divisible perk points affect multiplayer gameplay

Though the turnout in Patchogue was modest compared to other midnight launches, like Grand Theft Auto V, wait it out until after the holidays to see how sales finish. Amazon.com pre-orders for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 are surpassing rates of 2,500 consoles per minute. People will answer the Call of Duty this time, even if the calling is weak. They may be waiting for the right equipment or have it shipped to their front door.

 

  • Fan holding his Call of Duty poster (credit: John Milovcic)

  • A horde of fans entering GameStop (credit: John Milovcic)

  • Fans holding copies of their long-awaited video game (credit: John Milovcic)

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