My wife props against me with a tired laugh. "The things I do for you." This wasn't planned. But neither was her car dying in sheets of Sydney rain and darkness — within walking distance to the EB Games where we now stand. Hundreds for a new alternator and battery is tomorrow's problem. Tonight I balance the win column by clutching GTA V.
On Monday morning I had mentioned to Serrels and Luke from Giz that I might head to the Sydney World Square festivities. If only to check out the music and burritos. JB Hi-Fi, Gamesmen and Gametraders organised their own separate midnight soirées also.
But my potential plans were before the break down. An awesome friend came to the rescue with jumper cables. (Eva: you rock). Negative to negative. Positive to positive. Success? Negative. Tonight I joined the NRMA.
By this stage of the evening, World Square was doubling as a wet wind tunnel. Free ponchos and a shift to shelter looked to be keeping spirits high.
— EB Games Australia (@EBGamesAus) September 16, 2013
Here in Marrickville, the mood is more subdued. But dry. With free Skittles.
Looks like EB (and no doubt other retailers) are planning a bunch of midnight launches before Christmas. Battlefield 4 and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag are first up. Then COD: Ghosts followed by the new consoles. And here I was thinking that GTA V was my PS3's last great stand before joining the ranks on Gumtree.
I'm typing this story on my phone to pass the time. My wife is shopping in K-Mart. It's an odd night.
Mercifully, the dot matrix register screeches it's conga and the line shuffles. What's this? John Daly's ProStroke for $4! What the hell are you thinking man. You're over tired. Focus. Pay the nice lady.
There's going to be a bunch of people taking sick days tomorrow. I may not make it in either. Like I said, I have to see a guy about a car. His name is Simeon Yetarian.