I’ll admit it. I’m that gamer Microsoft was counting on when it unveiled the Xbox One. Not only do I have to own it, I have to get the “Day One” Edition with commemorative controller, achievement and packaging. Writing for GamerTell gives me a convenient excuse for doing it, but I’ve been a first-day adopter for years now. Before the PlayStation 2 release, I had dropped so much of my hard-earned cash in GameStop the manager didn’t even make me wait in the line outside. Yep, slid under perhaps the nerdiest velvet rope in history there.
I don’t even remember what underwhelming launch title I signed up for. I do remember I still spent most of my gaming time after playing the excellent wrestling offerings on N64. This earned me much ridicule after blowing $300 on the PS2 and games, but those wrestling games were fun. Time to pour a little somethin’ on the curb for THQ. Ah, the memories.
This time my Xbox One purchases are getting chronicled for the whole world to see. Beginning with a little Dead Rising 3 (because seriously, zombies!) and Ryse: Son of Rome because I am a sucker for historical stuff. That means I will jump into Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at some point, maybe after Black Friday. My birthday is November 23, so my adoring wife Tish will take care of one launch title for me. That’s looking like Call of Duty: Ghosts. Yes, I am also one of the gamers that feeds that billion dollar machine annually. Besides which, it has a dog that sniffs out enemies . Tish is not a pet person beyond goldfish, so my electronic dogs are the only ones I get to own. That’s OK. Video game dogs hunt my enemies and find me buried treasure, a real one could only disappoint by comparison.
These days before a new console launch have a waiting for Christmas feel to them. Every game we want is going to be great in our minds, untarnished by any problems or glitches and perfect in the light of anticipation. Wanting something is sometimes more pleasing than having it.
Readers, join me on my Xbox One adventure as I kick the tires on Microsoft’s latest machine. Are you going to be there Day One?