Modern Warfare 2: Where Was Your Significant Other Last Night?
When I received the press invite to attend last night’s Sony/EB launch of Modern Warfare 2, I instantly thought of Dave. He wanted to finish Borderlands so he could commit his full attention to this new Call of Duty iteration, as he had been talking excitedly about it for weeks. As a result, I could only present him with a new wireless controller and an IOU for the game as birthday presents last weekend.
However, as it turned out, I was going to be in the area at the time, so I asked intrepid photojournalist/game designer Andrew Spearin to tag along. Though I’m not the kind of gamer to whom MW2 would cater (I’m an RPGamer myself), I figured it would be worth it to check out what my competition for my husband’s attention for the next little while would be—and, at the very least, if I should be jealous of my new rival for his affection…
Dave: It’s worth noting that aside from being a talented photographer, Andrew is no stranger to infantry combat games, having been one of the founders of the award-winning Insurgency mod for Half-Life 2.
When Andrew and I arrived at EB Games on Queen Street, a crowd had been transplanted from the queue in front of the store and was lining up in a parking lot across the street. Sony Canada had their PlayStation truck all set up to accommodate the myriad young’uns eager to play the game for a few scant moments before being herded back into line to await their coveted pre-order when midnight rolled around.
As Andrew snapped shots, I said hello to Kyle Moffatt and spied Matt Levitan, director of marketing and public relations for Sony Computer Entertainment Canada, standing near the door. After sharing our mutual love of turn-based RPGs (and receiving the requisite ire of passersby), I asked him how excited he was about the night’s launch.
“I’m very excited,” he replied (excitedly). “My first Call of Duty was Call of Duty 3 on the PS3 which was…I don’t know if it was a launch game, but it was somewhere within the launch window…I really loved it and, of course, from that went Modern Warfare and World at War so, now, being able to see what Infinity Ward’s able to do with Modern Warfare 2, obviously, everyone’s very excited.” (You may have read another article of mine previously belying his gamer-nerd status.) “I don’t think there’s much doubt in anyone’s mind that it’s going to be the best selling game this year, and everyone’s just going to be in its wake for the next six to eight weeks before the end of the calendar year. It speaks volumes to the quality of the game, without a doubt.”
Andrew took a few more choice photos and, though the idea of winning a 250GB PS3 (or a copy of the coveted Prestige Edition) was deliciously enticing, we figured that we were close enough to the other nearby launches to give them a little face time (despite not having a truck in their parking lot), so we went northbound to see what the other stores had going on. You know, sharing the love and all that.
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