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Attending a Gears of War 3 launch event to buy Gears of

first_imgI play a pretty significant amount of video games. Some MMO, some FPS, some RTS, and some other three letter game types also frequent my consoles, my Steam account, and more. Sometimes, a game or two will fall through the cracks, and for whatever reason I will forget to play them. Such was the case with Gears of War 2. In fact, when Gears of War 3 was announced, I realized I hadn’t played it yet, only to forget about it again.Finally, last week when the Gears of War 3 launch event goodies were being shipped to stores, I was reminded that I should play the previous game. After all, you can’t play Gears of War 3 without playing the first two… that would just be wrong. I decided there was only one thing to do, I was going to go to the midnight launch of Gears of War 3 at my local GameStop and I was going to take a few pictures of the crowd and buy Gears of War 2. If only it had been that easy.My alarm went off at 11:30pm, reminding me to head to the store. I wasn’t buying Gears of War 3, so I had no need to wait in the line, but I wanted to take a few pictures and get a few comments from the staff and the happy geeks waiting for the game. I approached the store with a camera around my neck and a business card in hand so the Store Manager would know who I was.When the GameStop employee saw my camera, a Nikon Coolpix mind you, not a huge DSLR or anything even approaching that, he signaled the security guard and the two of them told me that if I removed my lens cap I would be removed form the premises. A little extreme, I thought, but I figured it was their party. When asked if I have fully paid for the game yet, I stated very clearly that I was there to buy Gears of War 2, not GoW3. The security guard wandered back to his seat while the employee continued to stare at me as though I had just told him I had never used a fork before.Thanks to GameStop security we didn’t get any shots. This will have to do.Finally, he gestured me into the store and I was allowed to enter. Locating the game was pretty simple, and for $20 (used) how could I complain? I approached the counter and handed the next employee my empty case. The employee cordially invited me to take part in their raffle, which would earn me a free copy of Gears of War 3. I put my name on his little sticker and proceeded to pull out my wallet, then he looked at me confusedly and asked if I was trading in the game I just handed him. After explaining the situation, he rang up my order and asked if I am also buying Gears of War 3. I explained that if I have both games, I will be pressured to beat the second game quickly so I can play the third. In the end, I walked out of the store just before midnight with my game in hand.Everything about Gears of War 3 looks like it will be an amazing game, but I had to play the second game first. As irony would have it, I got through the first part of Gears of War 2 when the game locked up and froze due to scratches on the disc, and I haven’t been back to the GameStop to exchange it yet. Who knows, maybe I’ll go next month and get Modern Warfare 2 on launch day.last_img read more