While voters were heading to the polling booths on Election Day, gamers were heading to local video games stores for a copy of Halo 4 — the newest installment of the best-selling video game franchise.
The game is set to smash records when first-week sales numbers are released, and Concordians helped contribute to that buzz. The Gamestop on Ygnacio Valley Road in Concord held its traditional midnight release in the wee hours of Nov. 6., and gamers lined up to grab a pre-ordered copy of Halo 4 and be among the first to play.
Staff at Phoenix Games at 4425 Treat Blvd. said the game has, of course, attracted a buzz, but not to the same extent that previous Halo installments have. The store didn't have a midnight release, since it caters to an older crowd who "have to work in the morning," according to staff. Still, on a recent afternoon at Phoenix, one adult gamer sat in one of the video game chairs — which rumble and shake during gunfire and explosions in the game — and thumbed the controller with a frown of concentration.
If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, a session with Halo 4 in the gamer chairs at Phoenix is $4 for 30 minutes or $8 an hour.
Did you "vote" for Halo 4 on Election Day by buying it either for yourself or your children? What do you think of the game? Share your experience in the comments.