GameStop Holding Kinect Launch Events Too, You Know

If you thought that Toys R Us was going to be the only hipsters throwing a party for Kinect, you have been so misled. Gamestop today officially announced that 2000+ of its locations will be holding a midnight event. Stores will re-open at 10pm (most close at 9pm) to host ‘launch activities’ which will probably consist of playing some Kinect. Also, if you’re on the fence about buying Kinect, Gamestop will be hosting a day to come on in and demo the game, and that date will be November 6th, at 330 locations. Hit the break for Gamestop’s official press release.

Hey Mom – Look, No Hands. Gamestop Announces Nationwide Kinect Launch Events

GRAPEVINE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), the world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer, today announced that it will host midnight events to celebrate the launch of Kinect, Microsoft’s new full-body motion sensor designed exclusively for Xbox 360. More than 2,000 U.S. GameStop stores will re-open at 10 p.m. local time on Nov. 3 to host launch-night activities and a countdown to midnight when pre-order customers will be the first to get “Kinected.” Customers should check in advance with their local store for exact times and details.

“We are very excited to see our customers embracing this technology, and we expect this excitement to continue through the holiday season.”

“Kinect is taking game play to the next level, allowing players to experience video gaming in a whole new way,” said Bob McKenzie, GameStop’s senior vice president of merchandising. “We are very excited to see our customers embracing this technology, and we expect this excitement to continue through the holiday season.”

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Additionally, on Saturday, Nov. 6, GameStop will host Kinect demo day events at 330 of its locations. Customers will be able to jump into the hands-free gaming action from 1-4 p.m. local time where they can demo Kinect Adventures, Kinect Joy Ride and Dance Central.

For more information or to find the closest midnight launch event or demo day, visit or

[Business Wire] Via [Joystiq]

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Chris Guzman

An avid gamer since birth, I consider myself a new-age gamer. My first system was the N64, but the first system I really cared about was my Xbox Original. I'm a computer science major in college, and spend all my money on games, and stuff I don't need. I've never played Zelda or many Mario games in my youth. I'm also a huge sports fan, and a chick flick lover. My favorite games include Gears of War, Halo, Fallout, GTA, Mass Effect, and Metal Gear Solid.

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