Let’s talk about midnight launches. Destiny is coming out, and I’m fairly sure a ton of you are heading to a midnight launch. I know I’m considering it.
Myself? I’ve been to a few. Some I enjoyed, others felt like a complete waste of time. All too often I’ve stayed up for midnight launches only to drive back home and literally go straight to bed. Like, what was the point of all that? Seriously. I reckon I’ve done that at for at least 50% of the midnight launches I’ve attended.
40% of the time, I’ve turned the game on for roughly 30 minutes and then fallen asleep on the couch.
The remaining 10% probably represents Halo 3, which I actually played until about 4 in the morning, because I had scheduled a day off work the next day.
I guess my point is that while midnight launches are fun, they rarely make any sense for me personally. 90% of the time it would have been more reasonable for me to just pick up the game the next day like a normal person.
But — and it’s a big but — how fun is it to get all excited? To leave the house, to get into your car and drive — the roads completely empty. You make it to Westfield. It’s completely empty. It feels weird. It feels like you’re breaking some sort of rule. It feels like you’re somewhere you shouldn’t be and that adds to the drama. I really love that.
In a lot of ways I feel like I’m too old for midnight launches, but I could never judge anyone for attending them. Maybe the days of attending them are over for me. I have a kid, I need my sleep. I can’t really justify staying up that late for a video game. In a strange way, that makes me mourn. It makes me mourn for those little butterflies in your stomach as head out to get that video game you’ve been anticipating for months, possibly years.
What are your thoughts on midnight launches? Do you go to them? Do you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments below.