The Relatively Greatest Halo: Reach Launch Event Story Ever Told

Witness the epic saga of one man's journey to pick up a copy of Halo: Reach at a GameStop in Roswell, Georgia, complete with Katy Perry music, a Spartan 1 Project forum commander and plenty of people standing in line.

My regular Mansell Road GameStop recently had a shifting of managers, and while Louis will be sorely missed, new manager Brian pulled out all the stops for the first midnight launch on his watch. He hooked up a live DJ, a giant van with a Gears of War 2 tournament going on inside, a live football broadcast for folks worried about missing the big game, and plenty of delicious Big K soda for everyone.

He also ordered more than a dozen pizzas, but they were gone before I got there. Hmph.

All in all, it was an entertaining evening. I ran into a friend of mine, Sir Nibbles, who turns out to be a forum commander for the Spartan 1 Project, one of if not the largest community on He and his wife were there to pick up two copies of the game: Collector's Edition for him and the Legendary Edition for her.

Apparently this is just the beginning for Brian's stint at his new store, with big plans for midnight launches for every single major game coming out from here until the end of time. Hopefully he'll order more pizza for those.


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