The last month or so has not been a good time to be a gamer, we've been sniping back and forth, we've been party to and victim of terrible acts, and the public has seen our ugliest face presented in its most horrific glory. What does it take to put all that aside and revitalize the good aspects of our community? Why the release of a game.
We talked back and forth a few times, joked about games and I turned to the trio behind me and we enjoyed the same kind of camaraderie. This is one of those moments where I'm reminded of the general positive fellowship we share in our mutual love of games. EB have a charming new feature of their points card, depending on the volume you purchase (or if you pay 15 dollars a year) you get a platinum card. These lead to better deals on trade in games, special rewards, and in this case advanced line up status at midnight launches. They had five tills going simultaniously and these folks who spent the evening chilling the floor above us looking down like French Marquises about to toss us cake got to jump in front of us, even if we had been there longer (some of them would glide in and out or even show up after the tills opened and still get in front of us). Despite this class warfare we poor Reds (like characters from a game of Paranoia) kept our spirits up. We joked and we were friendly.
The entire time the poor EB staff made the rounds asking if everything was okay, checking if we wanted to upgrade anything, just being positive and chipper. I have never worked retail, I don't think I could ever work retail. How people who've worked a full shift and are coming in to deal with a mix of smelly Neck Beards, anti-social basement dwellers, hard core nerds, and just over enthusiastic kids can keep their stuff together is beyond me but they did. When the authentication servers went down and it was requiring ten tries to access the DLC servers to generate the pre-order codes they just remained happy friendly and positive. These people in a different time and a different place would be sainted.
And through it all, there was no talk of gender warfare, there was no talk of console warfare, there was simply the love of the game. This is what we need more of in the community, sharing our love without judgement though I do pity the poor guys there for the launch of NHL 15, those guys you could spot a mile away, they all had hockey jerseys on and a vague look of "oh my god what have I got myself in to". They were still welcome, brothers in games be you fighting the Flood, The Horde, Xenomorphs or the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Watch out for my un-boxing of the Destiny Limited Edition coming up shortly (once I move my poor cat).