Why Do Gamers Insist On Getting Games On Midnight?

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I mean, won't you be tired once you get home? Why don't you save your energy and get in the morning? The game will still be available most likely tommorow anyways. I mean, I've gotten Skyrim and Duke Nukem Forever at midnight, and the next day, I didn't have the energy to play it. Maybe it's just me. Also, it's not like you usually get something for going at midnight.

If it fits with your sleep schedule it's not an issue, and if my Steam/Skype friends list is anything to go by a damn lot of gamers are nocturnal.

*shrugs* Cause they can? I'm not going to pretend I know why.

I know I went to get Skyrim at the midnight release and it was pretty uneventful, other than my girlfriend & I laughing at the group in front of us complaining about skyrim, while in line for it, at 12am.

It seems more like a social thing than a game requirement thing.

Because no, I will not be tired once I get home. I'll simply pull an all nighter and sleep later. Yes, I'm impatient, but I'VE BEEN WAITING A YEAR DANG IT!

It's because Midnight is so comfortable. Just to be able to relax on it as I get my game is really nice. I mean, what else would I be on to get a game? A simple mattress? A camel? No, gotta be on midnight the whole way man.

That is, unless you meant AT midnight. Then I would say that it is because it is a fun thing to do with friends, get out in the nighttime and get some gamage. Plus some night owls (like me) do fine with staying up late like that so it's not as much of a big deal. Plus it is easier to fit into a schedule if you have busy daytime schedules.

Because then you get it first , then go on a forum and make a thread about how you already got it. Also you get to be the first to state how your are dissapointed, then you become THAT guy .

Seriously though . No idea , same reason people take the day off to Play a video game as if the game would disappear if they when to work . It think it makes you cool in the gamer circle or something like that . I haven't figured out normal people yet , not to mentione gamers.

For me, it's easier going out late at night, than getting up in the morning and getting ready to head out for the day. I like my slow mornings! But for ME3 it won't matter, seeing as I will be picking it up after my classes tomorrow.

I'm currently unemployed, so my sleep schedule is more like "Go to bed between 3 and 6 AM and wake up around noon." Ergo, midnight releases are wonderful, since it lets me play the game that day.

Kyle Donovan:
I mean, won't you be tired once you get home? Why don't you save your energy and get in the morning? The game will still be available most likely tommorow anyways. I mean, I've gotten Skyrim and Duke Nukem Forever at midnight, and the next day, I didn't have the energy to play it. Maybe it's just me. Also, it's not like you usually get something for going at midnight.

Actually the only reason I intend to do it is because I have a night class for my college tomorrow and would like to play the game into the morning, sleep, then play some more.

1. GameStops around here don't open until 10:30 at the earliest. I currently have no car. I would not be able to get the game until about 2PM, leaving me about 2 hours to actually play it tomorrow.

2. Some people are nightowls. I myself am a nightowl. I go to sleep when I'm finally tired, not before.

3. Yes, you usually do get something for a triple A title midnight release. When I went for Skyrim there were a few prize drawings of numbered wristbands at my local GameStop to win a free copy of the Skyrim Strategy Guide, a prepaid 12 month subscription to GamerInformer, and I believe one person won a 12 month XBL Gold card.

4. I'm going with some friends, one of which has a spare TV and he and I will be playing the game with the TVs side-by-side. Just like we did in Skyrim. My Mage and his Archer.

Aris Khandr:
I'm currently unemployed, so my sleep schedule is more like "Go to bed between 3 and 6 AM and wake up around noon." Ergo, midnight releases are wonderful, since it lets me play the game that day.

This too.

Night time is the only time where I can get some peace of mind and time to myself, why not use it to game?

During day time I do not go half an hour without something happening requiring me to leave my laptop, a killer for immersion.

Well TBH it's not only games that people do this for, people do it for books and DVD's too. I remember working midnight openings for the last few Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings extended cut DVD's too. I've never figured it out my self but then i guess that it's a fan thing. You know like people spend months counting down the time and then when it comes it's a case of a 'must haz it nowez' kinda mentality *shrugs* people eh, they don't half do some weird shit sometimes.

For me, it was more of a comraderie thing. Sounds weird, but it's true. I went to some midnight releases because I knew that other people who cared about video games as much as I did would be there. Sure, it would probably be cold, and I'd probably be extremely tired that night, but it was worth it, in my opinion.

Smeggs:
3. Yes, you usually do get something for a triple A title midnight release. When I went for Skyrim there were a few prize drawings of numbered wristbands at my local GameStop to win a free copy of the Skyrim Strategy Guide, a prepaid 12 month subscription to GamerInformer, and I believe one person won a 12 month XBL Gold card.

This, too. Some places even hold little tournament events or game previews. For example, I participated in a Halo 3 tournament at the Halo Reach launch, a Mortal Kombat tournament at a combined Portal 2/Mortal Kombat release (I got Portal 2), and a Battlefield 3 campaign preview at the Battlefield 3 release.

I was usually up late those nights anyway due to other activities, so I thought, "Might as well."

IF it is a game i'm really looking forward to, and i have the next day off i'll get it at midnight. But for me the store i'd get it from is just down the road so i can quickly pick it up, get home and play it for a couple hours before i should sleep.

Also, while i haven't done it yet if i can get the game at midnight it might be a lil earlier than alot of people (since i'm in Australia) so i could stream it and get quite a few viewers.

I got Burning Crusade at midnight, and also got a poster. They had a thing going with giveways of posters, shirts mousepads and all sorts of shit so there's another reason to go at midnight.

Kyle Donovan:
I mean, won't you be tired once you get home? Why don't you save your energy and get in the morning? The game will still be available most likely tommorow anyways. I mean, I've gotten Skyrim and Duke Nukem Forever at midnight, and the next day, I didn't have the energy to play it. Maybe it's just me. Also, it's not like you usually get something for going at midnight.

Depends on the store, your work schedule, and other related things

Some of the local gamestops do give aways and provide pizza for pre-order customers, during the Cataclysm give away I was able to win a double sided store promotion poster.

For some people it's also a social event.

Heck, they had a costume contest for "Arkham Asylum" and the store manager dressed up like The Penguin. :)

For me I work nights, late nights, so getting a game at midnight and playing it until I'm too tired is not that big of a deal to me. I typically don't work in the morning, so for me, it's perfect and even if I did, oh well.

My co-workers know me well enough to know what I was doing late at night if I come in dragging my feet.

No idea. I've never done that. It helps that I have a crap PC and only just got a PS3. Before that, I only had an original Xbox, so only used games there, really. I think the closest I've ever bought a game, retail, that is, to launch is Battlefield 3, which I got a few months later. I didn't actually buy it though, got it from a friend who didn't want it really, and bought an online code thing. Still counts, I say. In fact, I only have about 3 non-used games. Resistance 3, Killzone 3, and James Bond Bloodstone. The first 2 came with the PS Move I got, and Bloodstone was out for a while when I got it.

Because midnight is earlier than the morning?

Don't know, never been to a midnight launch thing.

I stay up until 5-6 am every day anyways, might as well play a new game while I'm awake.

OP assumes everyone is on a 7am-11pm schedule.

Kyle Donovan:
I mean, won't you be tired once you get home? Why don't you save your energy and get in the morning? The game will still be available most likely tommorow anyways. I mean, I've gotten Skyrim and Duke Nukem Forever at midnight, and the next day, I didn't have the energy to play it. Maybe it's just me. Also, it's not like you usually get something for going at midnight.

Allow me to modify a quote from Cave Johnson to explain:

"Gaming isn't about "why?", It's about "why not?" WHY stay up late and go get a game at midnight? WHY NOT marry your bed if you're so in love with it!"

Really though, that's pretty much all there is to it: "why not"? Is it so strange that in a medium such as gaming that has arguably some of the most passionate fan-bases of any medium out there that some of it's fans don't want to wait until the morning and can stay up to get an hour or two of gaming in? Or say screw it and just stay up all night playing? Even without midnight releases, a gamer staying up until 4 or 5 in the morning playing something really isn't that uncommon at all. So long as you handle your responsibilities and and make it work then there's no problem.

That said, I DO intend to call in sick to work tomorrow. :3

Don't know, don't care and I don't do it.

DazZ.:
If it fits with your sleep schedule it's not an issue, and if my Steam/Skype friends list is anything to go by a damn lot of gamers are nocturnal.

First response and we have a winner. For some people it fits their schedule. For others they will plan around it and take a nap during the day.

Jodah:

DazZ.:
If it fits with your sleep schedule it's not an issue, and if my Steam/Skype friends list is anything to go by a damn lot of gamers are nocturnal.

First response and we have a winner. For some people it fits their schedule. For others they will plan around it and take a nap during the day.

And then there's your classic Insomniac Gamer who can stay up as late as they want so long as they're playing a game they enjoy. :P

RJ 17:

Jodah:

DazZ.:
If it fits with your sleep schedule it's not an issue, and if my Steam/Skype friends list is anything to go by a damn lot of gamers are nocturnal.

First response and we have a winner. For some people it fits their schedule. For others they will plan around it and take a nap during the day.

And then there's your classic Insomniac Gamer who can stay up as late as they want so long as they're playing a game they enjoy. :P

That too.

The only midnight launch I've been to is Skyrim and that was because some friends were going and the store I preordered at doesn't normally open til 9am.

I've never done a midnight launch. I assume it's my fellow college students who are willing to miss a day of classes just so they can spend the whole day playing a new video game.

That, and maybe some 'professionals' who plan on calling in sick the next morning.

Me? Maybe someday I'll be so inclined to use a few vacation days to give myself a 6 day weekend trip to NEW VIDEO GAME LAND!

Cause I get it, wake up the next morn make breakfast eat then play uninnterupted.

Plus,midnight releases are faster than going in the day, least in my store.

Because that is my choice? Because life is short enough NOT to waste time? Because my sleep schedule and monetary means allow me to do so?

Pick any one of those, if you so choose, or make another reason on your own.

To address the OP's title: I'm not sure it's a matter of insistance, rather it is a matter of being yourself. Some people choose to do such things, others...might choose otherwise.

To quote Champion Alder from Pokemon White/Black: "You might have a different view than me, but so be it!"

Why do movie fans line up to see the midnight release? Because they want to!! =D

With a highly anticipated release there's no guarantee there'll be any by the time you get around to getting it if you don't go at midnight. Especially in smaller towns where they don't get as many copies in the first place.

It's because some people want to be able to play the game before any/most of their friends do.

The only two reasons you would see me at a midnight release are either I work at the place doing the midnight release and am obliged to be at the store at that time or because I had a major part in making said game. Neither of these is very likely, therefor the chances of me being at a midnight release are pretty bad.

Because I am normally awake till 3am, and and my 'morning' wakeup is at 2pm. As such, why not get it at midnight and play it? Not doing me more harm than anything else at that time really would.

The same reason that I was at the theater at 8pm for the screening of the final Harry Potter Movie, sometimes it's just part of the experience. (totally worth it imo)

Well for me it's a hold over from the times when not going at midnight meant you may not get a copy. I haven't done that in a number of years though, not since I moved mostly to digital copies.

for me, i stay up late any way usualy not sleeping until after 1am on a night before classes. but if i have no obligations the next day i can stay up till 3-5am and sleep till noon.

beside most game releases are on Tuesday. Tuesday is the day my car owning family members happen to work until late at night. so i have to wait until i get a car which can easily be after 8pm. not worth it if i have a care and the power to go to the midnight, pick it up go to bed and then play it when i'm free the next day... it's just more convenient.

besides the games stop i pre-order from does things pretty quick, i was near the end of the MW3 only took 11min to get the game... and that line had to be but 200 people long.

just went to the ME3 midnight was about half way in line. Got it in 3 min flat. 12:04 i was already in the car pulling out, by 12:10 i was home and unboxing my new collectors edition of ME3

No clue, seeing how games are released broken on launch in 7 out of 10 cases these days it makes the most sense to wait a few years after release with buying something, by then the price might've dropped 95% as well.

I do it because I love talking with people before hand and discussing our expectations and any experience with previous games in the series/demos.

And I want to play it now.

Excuse me while I go play Mass Effect 3.

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