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11-07-2008 @ 10:08AM
GameStop, though generally vaguely evil, is doing a really smart thing with the midnight launch in at least the locations I've heard about.You reserve the game ahead of time and pay some portion of the price (I don't know what the minimum is, but I believe there is one) then on the night of the release you come between 10 and 11 to get a ticket (and finish paying if necessary.) Then the door opens at midnight and everyone walks through trading tickets for boxes.They did the same thing for the Wii when I preordered it, and it went incredibly smoothly, especially compared to how the XBox 360 preorder distribution went. A line of about 30 Wii-buyers got through the door and out again in less than ten minutes.Sadly, I was on the bubble, and the last machine went to the person two spots in front of me, so I didn't get my Wii... nevertheless, the system works.
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