Employees may get fired.
if i was one of the employee, i dont give a damn about Halo 3. i'd rather wait for Killzone 2.
Good for you.
You don't like the 360, you don't like Halo 3, but yet you read an article and posted a comment about it. WTF?? Why did you even bother?
my ignore list just gobbled you
Sweet, just keep in mind your opinion is a minority and not need in this thread. Thanks though
beats me...fanboys are like that you know, there is a word for it...hmmm.."TROLLING" ;, yup that's it.
There will be another article on the same game or topic, and guess what, the same will be said.
but in the meantime, try n' refrain from making useless comments on articles relating to game(s) you obviously don't care for. 'Specially when those comments are completely off-topic n' not so well thought out.
and then posts how ps3 users can't post on a 360 news.
SmarterThanYou why not try and be the bigger person rather than supporting the BS? Some of us think for ourselves. You shouldn’t assume that all of us in this thread spam the hell out of ps3 post. Then again if you are so smart you should have known this already
good, it might help keep the game from being leaked to pirates for an extra few days
PPL that cant wait a few days really need to find some sticky icky and just farging chill!
Is that for Halo 2, we (I am a Gamestop employee) WERE allowed to open the boxes early, the day before, to be exact, to prep for our midnight opening. Anyone who works where games are sold can back me up on this, but games come packaged in groups of 4, then 4 of those boxes in a bigger box, then THOSE boxes in a case, all of them glued/ sealed practically airtight, with the case boxes then taped with orange tape that says "DO NOT SELL UNTIL..." with the release date printed on it. For Halo 2, then, we were allowed to dig through all this cardboard, tape and glue ahead of time so that customers would not have to wait for us to do so once we opened. For Halo 3, we cannot open a box until all the previous copies of that version are SOLD, i.e., in customers hands and already payed for. Also, for Halo 2, we were told to inform customers that if they payed off their game in advance, they could just stroll into our midnight launch and show i.d., and be off with their game we had ALREADY rung through the register in the hours between when the store closed normally and then reopened for the midnight launch of Halo 2. Only one problem-- so many people payed off Halo 2, that the line of people who were told they wouldn't have to wait was 500+ people long by the time we opened our doors! Add to that people who "thought" they had their game payed off and "accidentally" got in the wrong line, and Halo 2's launch was a mess, even with the BOXES OF PRODUCT ALL ALREADY OPENED and the games prepped for sale. So, for Halo 3, our store has (as of yesterday) 787 copies of Halo 3 preordered, a huge proportion of which will be picked up at our midnight launch. But in addition to having to open boxes as we go, we were also told that pre-paid people get no special line, etc, and that we would have to treat the midnight launch as "business as usual"-- trying to get reservations, add-on sales, and subscriptions to Game Informer magazine. This all ads up to people having to wait a LONG time that night, and those of us that work that midnight launch might be there 'til morning.
ahhh memories. I remember waiting in line and people lighting the trash cans on fire! It is funny how enjoyable line camping can be.
sounds like waiting for H2 was fun for you bro. personally, i blazed like 3 joints before getting in line at 11:30 and had to stand in line for 2 hours stoned as a mother, listening to all these little pubes going off about how this was the best day of their life and how chief is their hero ahhhhhh its was fvcking lame, meanwhile all my friends had called me within a few mins after 12 and said they had already picked the game up from wal marts with no preorders and no lines. i realize the joints were bad now, had no idea i was gonna wait for that long, but this time i said fvck the preorder, im going to walmart lol
moral of the story - kids, dont do drugs
That's a bit extreme. I know they want to avoid any possible fines/issues, and having a "zero-tolerance" policy makes it very black and white. But wow, that's pretty tough.
At Best Buy, they only ask that we not sell the game early and to make sure they're secure.
We can manhandle/drool on the games all we want. :) (Just kidding)
I mean, Gamestop could get fined thousands of dollars for breaking the street date. If I was a manager and you worked for me, and you sold Halo ahead of time, I would fire you :)
Gotta agree with the reply. There are very few retail outlets where you can screw up, lose a few hundred (let alone thousands) for the company and not get fired.
That's just with a honest mistake or a blunder.
Selling h3 is intentional. They've been warned. Therefore it's only idiocy or greed that could cause them to do this. I'd fire them in a second. God knows what else they're doing in your store if they'll do that.
Can you confirm that certain stores that were listed are doing the Midnight sale? I preordered online at BB, and am wondering.
I agree that a strict policy is needed, but firing someone for accidentally tearing some tape? That seems a bit much. To me, there's a big difference between accidentally tearing tape and someone letting their friend or co-worker buy the game early.
When Halo 2 came out, there were about 20 BB employees nationwide fired for intentionally selling/buying the game early. We're taking many precautions to make sure that won't happen again.
@DREAM TENSION: Both this site and Kotaku posted a leaked list of midnight-opening stores; I can't personally cite specific stores since BB monitors sites like this for employees leaking sensitive information. (I kid you not).
That's cool man. The store I preordered from was on the list. Is BB going to notify us or something?
No notification--BB doesn't take names on pre-orders (sorry). Be sure to bring your receipt--that's your proof of purchase.
Most of all, have fun.
I preordered online, so I have an order #. I was just wondering how the general public that doesn't read this site are supposed to know they are doing the midnight release. At least walmart is running ads. I guess its worth a shot. I'm taking the week off work, so I got nothing better to do. Thanks 4 the info. Gamertag: DreamTension420
I rememebr vbeing second in line for Halo 2's launch, then about an hour later there was about 100 people lined up.
I live in a small town, so I am glad I was not inline in a bigger city like Toronto.
i have to go to EB at 8-9 just to get in line
...might have to wait till Tuesday afternoon
super walmart = no lines, no preorder necessary, only thing is a crackhead will be your clerk at midnight :)
My goodness...I can stare at your display pic all day lol
Halo 2 wait was wicked. I mean sure it was November and i was freezing my *ss off (Toronto, Canada) but it was worth it when I finally got home. I think its a lil extreme about the whole "tape" thing but I'm sure they just want everything to go as planned. I must say its funny to hear halo haters come in here and cry how much they hate the game. I mean if you don't like it thent hats fine, there's no need to act so angry about it. Personally Sept 25 is gonna be a bitter/sweet day for me. On one hand i finally get halo 3 and on the other i will pretty much put halo 2 away for good. I paid $70 for the game (limited edition) and to this day still play the game religiously. If that's not value then i don't know what is...
is some serious Business.
Halo 3 is a great title that *I wish* was on the playstation 3 platform. This game will sell millions and sell many xbox 360's along with it.
I would never line up at night for a game. That's just sad. I'd rather be in bed with my loved one.
My loved one will be with me and we'll both make the line together :)
I'd enjoy "bed time" more than lining up for a game ;)
When the hype reaches max level on Sept 24, he'll be in that line, rain or shine.
i wrote my one experience ever regarding waiting in line for a game (halo 2) up above, it was lame as hell (for me) and i aint doin it again. super walmart all the way :)
edit - tplarkin, if i was not blessed with the godliness that is super walmart (godliness yea right lol), i'd be in that dang line again :/
I'm not saying it's fun to wait in line, but if you have nothing to do on Sept 24, you will be in that line. (Unless you have Super Walmart.)
Edit: i Shank u,
I wish I had a Super Wallmart! I've pre-ordered at Gamestop. :(
The 1st one to leak Halo 3 likely has a million dollar fine. Otherwise, it's $5,000 per copy sold.
That's why it's serious.
I completely feel 'em on this. Bungie n' M$ aren't one's to be messed around. They've taken legal action before in the case of it's Halo franchise n' wouldn't shy from doing so again. That's why Gamestop is threatening to come down so hard on it's employee's, as would I.
I think these precautions should be taken with all new releases however.
You would like to see this apply to games like Elebits or Cooking Mama?
If you were a developer and/or publisher (no matter how big or small), wouldn't you want your product protected as well? Would you like to see your product leaked before it's release date and uploaded onto any of the numerous torrent sites and then spread throughout the gaming community let's say...a week prior to it's release?
As I said, (I feel) all retailers should take precautions with ALL new releases.
well i know i will be waiting in line for halo 3. and i will be first.
im gonna take my DS and play it outside the store all day. along with my girlfriend and friends. i got legendary and i cant wait to set it up in my room!!!!
Gamestop is way too strict on this!!! Anyways that is a dead end job with no health care benefits and no commission so why bother working there? That job is only good for high schoolers and seasonal work.
Firing BS blah blah.
I have yet to figure out why people pre-order anything. You know wal-mart /best buy exc. will have small munitions depots worth of games in the store. And I have yet to hear a "we are sold out of that game" at either one of these locations on a Release day for a game.
The Wii on the other hands *rolls eyes*
Have a fling with your loved one early, get the game at midnight, get home & do more business with that loved 1, then play some HAL0 3!
This is what an old vet will do like me! And make sure you wear it out so she will sleep all night so you get some alone time with HALO 3.
I too will be waiting at game stop. The guy told me that they have 200 plus pre orders. I really hate waiting in line, but the lines aren't gonna start moving until 12 so I'm gonna get there around 11.
Man, I hope it doesn't rain.
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