10:00AM. It’s March Break, so that means the kids are off. Today they’re heading over to grandma’s house, which is about a 15 minute walk. I feel like walking, but my youngest isn’t really in the mood. I really want to walk, not only because it’s warm out (6C in what’s been a very cold March), but because on the way between our place and grandma’s is the video game store where I placed my pre-order for Dark Souls II, and I’d really like to pass by and pick it up on my way home.
She is convinced to go as long as she can take the scooter. The plan is a go.
10:30AM. I step into the video game store. I know that it is this time because I looked at my phone when I crossed the threshold.
“Oh, you guys are open,” I say, knowing full well that 10:30AM is the stated opening time, but that sometimes they arrive late. Not today. “Did Dark Souls II come in yet?”
The man behind the counter nods. His name is Sam. He pulls out a copy of the game, and puts it on the counter. There’s a problem. “Is that the regular version?” I ask, “because I saw on your Facebook page that all pre-orders had been upped to the Black Armour editions. Can you check?”
Sam doesn’t know. He picks up the phone and makes a call. “Yeah, hi. I’ve got a customer here…”
I move to the display case of PS3 games, letting him make his call in relative privacy. I’m looking for a few titles to build my new collection. I’ve had the PS3 for less than a week now, and I have a lot of catching up to do. There’s a copy of Ni No Kuni on the shelf for $15. I’m taking it.
Sam gets off the phone. “Yep, you’re right. What’s your name?” He checks my name and number on the list, and crosses me off. The steel book Black Armour Edition of Dark Souls II and a used copy of Ni No Kuni are paid for and in my hot little hands.
10:37AM. I tweet “Dark Souls 2 get! I might just skip all the way home!”
10:45AM. I arrive home. There are some things I need to do before I can begin my gaming session. The dishes from breakfast won’t wash themselves, and I know it. Once I get started, I plan to go until the kids get home in the afternoon, so I can’t have dirty dishes lying around.
11:12AM. I head downstairs. The game feels heavy in my hands, a pleasing weighty case. As the PS3 powers up, I take off the plastic wrap and admire the art on the sleeve. The steel book is even more impressive out of the sleeve, as the front is raised and textured. I open the case, and the installation begins. A small 125MB patch is downloading, and then it installs.
11:26AM. I’m in.