Storytime: Stopped By The Police At A Mignight Game Release
Back in 2010, me and my friends would be party animals at the weekend, but during the week, we would be much more wild! Drinking mead in the Lion’s Pride Inn and enjoying some Beer Basted Boar Ribs. But something was coming. Something that would change the world as we knew it. A Cataclysm.
We were at our peaks and were bringing down the Lich King. Well, not me. I never had the achievement to say I had beaten the Icecrown Citadel, so noone would let me into their raid to take on the Icecrown Citadel. Honestly, it’s like going for a job to get experience, but they say “Sorry, we want someone with experience”. Anyway, we were playing what I consider to be the best time on WoW. We were having so much fun in our own guild and re-rolling characters every 10 days – you gotta keep it fresh! So, you can imagine how excited we were for the next expansion to come out.
Months of trailers had built hype within us! Goblins; the Horde equivalent to Gnomes, which I’m pretty sure is a joke race. Worgens, which saved me tons of gold on buying a mount! Shit, boy! You could fly in Azeroth! That took me WAY longer to earn enough gold for than I’d like. A few, new race and class combinations and new monsters to crush. Some gorgeous looking dungeons and raids! The raids didn’t matter so much to me because I could never get into a group to do the raid because I hadn’t done the raid… I’m still salty about that, if you hadn’t guessed. They introduced Archeology and a guild levelling system. Most importantly, the level cap was raised to 85 and Azeroth looked completely different! Cataclysm was due to be released on 7th December and we were pumped to say the least!
The promised day came. None of us could drive at the time so we called upon an ally with a four wheeled steed to come and collect the guild. We all squeezed in and made our way to town, faster than the legal speed limit.
This wasn’t even at midnight, by the way. Shop doors opened to sell it at 11PM. I guess that was to give the heroes of Azeroth time to get the game and jump on, ready to quest at midnight. This was also a time where GAME and Gamestation both existed and were directly opposite each other in my town. I believe we chose Gamestation for our purchase; except one – we will call him Lenny. Lenny asked if he would be able to return the game if he wanted to… Why would you want to? I believe the response to the question was “A game this good cannot be returned”. It was either that or something about it being a one time code that can’t be resold. Even if it was still wrapped up. So Lenny headed to GAME and walked out 5 minutes later with Cataclysm. GAME would allow him to return it if it was still in the cellophane… It was opened the next morning.
I know what you’re thinking: “Michael, what’s so special about this story?” and here it is. Although, the quest to the store was uneventful, it was not over – we had to make our way back. Back into the steel steed! Strangely, all in the same seats. Off we go and not long into our journey we are being /followed… Every turn we take, they take. The blue flashing lights are turned on. Did we stop? Nah, fuck the Police!
*Actually, I have a lot of respect for the police. They do the best they can to keep people safe and every interaction I’ve had with them has actually been pleasant.*
We carried on with lights behind us for about 2 or 3 minutes before turning into a side road and stopping. Our chauffeur dismounted and spoke to the Local City Defence. The reason for not pulling over when the lights came on was because he was looking for somewhere safe to stop. He could have just pulled over – it was midnight.
“What are you boys doing out tonight” asked the watchman and our friend simply said “We have just been to town to a midnight release of a game”
The pause was deafening.
“Oh…okay…You boys enjoy your night.” and then the Local Defence left.
We all laughed the rest of the way back at the reaction to a group of boys going to a midnight release of WoW. They definitely thought we were up to no good. We go back to our homesteads and went to log in to real life. Did I enjoy my time in there? OF COURSE NOT! I couldn’t log in because the queue was so long! I could have waited until the next day to get the game. I did manage to get on the next day though and see my pal Thrall and I was the first one out of my friends to reach level 85 so they can suck it!
And they all lived happily ever after. The end.
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