GameStop midnight release "party" for Madden 13
GameStop really needs to learn what it means to throw a party. Nothing special, nothing over the top.
My brother in law is a hardcore football fanatic and he loves his Madden games. Very dedicated to the franchise. He asked me if I would like to attend the midnight release party at our local GameStop tonight. While I'm not a big fan of GS, I figured I'd go to see what all the hype was about.
He arrived a little before me and paid for his game. We got to play a quick match on a tiny screen, then had to go stand in line. They had sandwiches from Jimmy John's (a very mediocre sandwich joint in my opinion) for sale, and other than that it was mostly waiting. Nothing special or over the top. No real reason to not just go to Wal-Mart and scoop it up there.
With that said, I'm curious as to how they can call that a release "party". I would think that there would be some sort of event, other than standing in line. Maybe have a small tournament with a previous version of the game at the very least, but sadly no, nothing of the sort. I was very disappointed.
But on the bright side I found out about a local web site that is set up in order to let the locals know about future gaming events. I'm going to check this out and write another post about it. I can't wait to see if it’s going to be good.
To me that sandwich would be the highlight.
It's based on who manages the GameStop and who works there. I went to the Halo Reach release and they had Halo Reach set up on 7 different TV's, and there was a tournamen. Winner got a free game. I went to another GameStop for a COD MW3 release party, and all it was was waiting outside in the cold.
my gamestop has FREE pizza form mountain mikes, its pretty good! nd im on a first name basis with all the employees anyway, about to start working there, so its not really waiting for me :p
Eh, it depends on the GameStop. The one I used to go to in Jacksonville, FL (St. John's Town Center) used to go all out for Madden. Tournaments the night of the release, they brought in Hooters girls and wings (for free, though limited), ex-Jag Jimmy Smith was there a few times and signed stuff for the tourney. All in all it was a good time, it just depends on what that GameStop wants to do and how much they want to spend.
Why would you even throw a party for this?
My locals ones do cool tournys, I recall playing tournies for Smash brothers brawl/mortal kombat for a chance to win the games. And for FFXIII. I won FF trivia scoring tickets to video games live!
Gamestop mediocre?? Surely you jest...
Back in the day, before GameStop hit Fortune 500, the store managers had access to something called "Petty cash" in which they would expense out money for food and drink and entertainment to make real party. Once they hit Fortune 500 all the creative freedom the store managers had (and the petty cash) was taken away and now they are budgeted, and unless you're store is in the top 20% in the region good luck getting any money to throw a party. Even if you do it's a pitiful amount, $50-$75.
At my Gamestop in Kansas, we were able to play Madden 13 early. I showed up for the Ratchet and Clank Collection and I also won the Madden tournament they had.
I love midnight launches. Getting a game early is awesome, sometimes you get to play it early and compete with other people. Also a great way to meet new gamers.
I don't shop at Gamestop anymore, so yea.
The two gamestops I go to always either have food and drinks, trivia with prizes, tournaments, and on MW3's release night had a gaming truck set up for 16 people to play it at a time before we all picked it up.
Odd maybe it was that specific location. The Gamestop I always go to had a tournament set up, food, drinks, and more from what I've heard from family. The one my friend works at actually had a tournament as well. It just seems whichever store you went to didn't plan things through or had employees that didn't care.
They only make people stay outside for the huge releases like SSBB and Call of Duty. For MvC3 and the like, the people could come in. I kinda understand where my GameStop is coming from though. It is super tiny and literally connected to Wal-Mart. The SSBB people would not have even fit inside the store at once. Unfortunately the local Sheriff's Dept. would not let anyone from that group go into Wal-Mart either. Which honestly is also kinda understable if you know about my town. (Three colleges, two hospitals, one factory, a sky-rocketing unemployment rate, fast food as far as the eyes can see, and a ridiculous crime rate.) The young people here party and are bored and rambunctious. Of course there are exceptions, but as someone who has lived here all my life, I'd be weary of a large group of young adults here too. At any rate I don't go to midnight releases anymore.
I hadn't played a Madden game since 95 on Genesis. I just went to see what they would do.
Not really a Madden fan, I find them redundant and boring . I remember the Halo Reach midnight release party kicked ass tough
I think we should let them know that this isn't right. You can go to any 24 hour store that sells games and get them and NOT have to stand out in the elements.
It is a good place, but not the best. But that is just my opinion. But still better than football games, with the exception of Blitz and Mutant League.
My GameStop only has midnight release lines.
Where was this GameStop located? I heard the GameStop store (that I work at) gave away Red Bull and Doritos during their Midnight Launch. I wasn't there that night.
Yeah.....the SSBB midnight release party was a lot better than what this sounded like---even if I had to wait forever in the bitter cold.