Remember the longest wait you had to get a game? I sure do, but you should know that there are two different kind of waits. There is the wait you had marking down the days on a calendar, and there is the wait on a line where you are among fellow gamers at a midnight launch. Both feel like an eternity, but it feels great when the time finally comes and the game is physically in your hands.
During my years before I was a teen, I didn’t follow dates. I played games, but I didn’t know when a game was coming out or anything like that. It was nice, because I didn’t carry the agony of waiting for a game I really wanted. Ignorance truly is a bliss.
But I grew up, and the internet was readily available. I began reading news and following release dates. So, the game I want to mention that took forever to release for some reason was Pokémon Colosseum. I want to mention this game, because it felt long. I don’t want to mention games that actually took long. For example: the longest I waited for a game I really wanted was Super Smash Brothers Brawl. That game felt long, because it actually took long. That doesn’t count. I’m talking about games that were long waits due to my impatient nature. So, alright on to my story.
Pokémon Colosseum was about 2 months away and I remember reading up on everything I can about it. I was 14 at the time and I was saving up lunch money every day for that game. My parents gave me 5 dollars a day for lunch and I would keep 2-3 dollars of it each day. I was so excited for it. Pokémon Stadium 2 was an all-time favorite game of mine, and I thought this next-gen version of the game would be amazing. I was reading all the negative things about the game, such as it won’t have this and it won’t have that, but I didn’t care. I was very optimistic.
I don’t know how to explain it, but the days seemed to drag on forever. I guess it’s something that just happens the more you think about something, and believe me when I say I was thinking about it a lot. I finally got the game, brought it home to play, and unfortunately it was let down. This was during the time where Nintendo was pushing GCN-GBA connectivity, so the game was all around frustrating and disappointing. I don’t know why this game stands out so much, but it does. It is also serves as a constant reminder of how much there needs to be a new and good Pokémon console game.
That was me marking down the days on a calendar. Now I want to share with you the time that stands out most for me waiting on a line. It was for the Nintendo Wii’s launch. Toys R Us in New York City was having the official midnight launch and I arrived to begin waiting on the line 33 hours before 12:00am November 19, 2006. This was a bona fide video game camp. I was with two friends and this truly felt like an eternity. I had no sleep, and nothing to do but talk to those around me hyping up how awesome the Wii was going to be.
This was right after the PS3’s launch, and we all know about how it was a mess and that someone was actually shot for one. Our priority on our line was to keep it as fair and organized as possible. Everyone on line agreed that we would number each other off and have hourly checks to see who was still around. It was actually really nice to see people actually cooperating. The last four hours in the cold must have been the longest few hours in my life. The time finally came, my legs hurt and I was tired, but I finally got my Wii and journeyed on home.
So, there you have it. Those are the moments I remember the most of me waiting for a game, and I hope to hear some of yours too.