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Gaming night chill to secure latest Call of Duty

Mike Camera and Ryan Kearns brave the cold weather outside of Game Stop on Yosemite Ave. for the midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Monday marked the fourth time that the two have stake...

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED November 14, 2012 2:05 a.m.

Target’s giant red bullseye lit up the parking lot across from where Ryan Kearns spent a chilly night.

And while he has plans to stake out a spot and get his hands on a discounted television next week when Target opens for Black Friday, holiday shopping was the furthest thing from his mind as he sat and killed time with friend Mike Camera outside of Game Stop on Yosemite Avenue.

This night was all about zombies. This night was all about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

With the holiday game season already extensively underway – the patriotic-themed third installment of Assassin’s Creed came out two weeks ago and the wildly popular Halo franchise dropped last week – Kearns represented the target demographic that have made the first-person shooter genre, and Call of Duty in particular, the most popular way to kill time.

“I like the multiplayer, but it’s the zombies that I play most – I think that the storyline behind it is pretty cool,” said Kearns – a professional motorcycle rider that takes his games with him on the road when he travels. “This is the second time that we’ve ended up at the front of the line here. It’s fun.”

It also makes good practice.

Both he and friend Mike Camera – who occupied the very first seat in the line that continued to grow larger as midnight approached on Monday – have plans to wait out the bitter Black Friday cold so they can get their hands on whatever cool electronics the retailer across the parking lot happens to be peddling.

It’s a scene, Camera said, that adds anticipation to what it is that they happen to be waiting for – be it a flatscreen or a chance to take out the zombie hoards that are inundating a nuclear testing facility.

Walking around, chatting it up and generally reveling in the one thing that unites them, he said, adds a different dimension to the experience.

“I’m excited because Treyarch (the game developer) is making this game and they’re really good at the close quarters battle stuff that I like,” Camera said. “I think that just sitting here you can feel the anticipation build. You’re going to end up coming down here for a midnight release anyway, so why not have a little bit of fun with it – it’s something to do.

“Everyone is here for the same reason. You’ve got to go all-out.”

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