Midnight.

Gamers queue on St Patrick’s Street, Cork, for the new Call of Duty game.

Black ops, dude.

Via Alan Healy

Calling In Sick to Heed ‘Call Of Duty’ (Chicago Sun Times)

Update: Fights break out in US Call of Duty queues (Video)

70 thoughts on “Call Of Duty, Cork

    1. Pedanto

      I wish I was excited enough about something to queue all night for it. I think they’re probably enjoying their lives more.

      1. yourcommentisawaitingmoderation

        I queued over night in Limerick, no I was not homeless, for REM Slane tickets. I am still wondering how I was allowed do that, I was 16!

        1. Frodo Baggins

          I know this is you being humorous, but grown men playing computer games is weird enough. Grown men queuing to buy a new computer game the moment it’s released is just odd.
          I mean having a soccer game there for when the lads call over is one thing, but this is just sad.

          1. Frodo Baggins

            Trust me pal, I am not trolling. When the majority are in agreement with my sentiments it cannot be called trolling.
            Why do you think the photo made it to Broadsheet? Do you think a photo of people queuing for festival tickets would have been on here? Not on your family sized pack of Doritos it wouldn’t!

          2. Frodo Baggins

            @SpagHoop, hadn’t thought of that. Good point. In those cases I say fair play for going to so much effort to get something for the kids. And I can only imagine the bemusement of a father standing there amongst the guys buying it for themselves!

          3. Frodo Baggins

            I’m actually willing to fess up that the Doritos comment was a bit trolly. More of a playful dig though.

          4. Frodo Baggins

            I think it’s pretty clear from my general stance here that I’m unaware of the age rating of the game.
            I simply meant the act of doing something such as this for your kids was commendable.
            Obviously not if it is to get an 18 rated game.

          1. TomCo

            @Frodo Baggins Grown men playing computer games is weird, but buying an 18 rated game for the kids is “fair play”?

            What?

  1. Bob

    Why not stand under the bus shelter? I would have thought that their Call of Duty experiences would have made them more aware of how you can use your environment to your tactical advantage

  2. deliverusfromevil

    Dunno – people queue for all kinds of things. Motor tax, concert tickets, holy relics, the jacks in the pub.
    Motivation is the key, we may not empathise with the motivation but we cannot disagree with the monkey impulse to better ones peers by acquiring novel and desirable items or to pee.

  3. Frodo Baggins

    You could cut the socially awkward tension in that queue with a knife.
    Imagine the lack of eye contact, lack of communication between them, the smell off them.
    I know it’s a stereotype but seriously, the smell of unwashed clothes off these types is pretty unforgiveable.
    Anything that causes an adult to spend more of their time isolated and in front of a screen for more time than not should really be discouraged. And it should be flat out restricted when it comes to kids and teenagers.

      1. Frodo Baggins

        Haha Stewart, are you quoting me at myself?
        I do think you must learn the meaning of the word Bigotry, you should try reading a book instead of playing computer games.
        And if that was originally directed at you, I suggest you do take a long hard look at yourself.
        If it wasn’t and you googled my name and broadsheet.ie to come up with that quote…. Well, you’re just proving a point I’m making really aren’t you. Silly.

    1. Joe

      Wow you’re comment is choc full of stereotypical generalisations about people who play video games, well done sir well done on being out of touch with the world as it is now. Back to the comfort of the shire with ya.

    2. Percy

      OK we get the point, Dildo Baggins. You don’t like/understand video games. If you don’t have anything interesting to say, move along please.

    3. Wave

      “Anything that causes an adult to spend more of their time isolated and in front of a screen for more time than not should really be discouraged.”
      You… eh… you sent this comment by post then, did you? Or did you sit in front of a screen, scrolling through websites, come across this, felt compelled to comment on it and then read other peoples comments? That must have taken a bit of time to do. In front of a screen. Probably on your own. Eh, Frodo? Frodo Baggins. Of the Hobbit. Long movies, those.
      This is 21st Century, most of our lives are in front of screens – TV, computers, phones. At our jobs and at home. You sir, are a bigot. “I don’t do this stuff but I presume the people who do are sub-humans and I’m better than them.” Very enlightened.

        1. Frodo Baggins

          Alright, I’ll bite –
          I was indeed in front of a computer screen. At work. Notice how long it took me to get back to you? Guess why. Once I left my office for the day I did not go home and again sit in front of a screen withdrawn from the company of my fellow human beings.
          I enjoyed a coffee with friends, I read some of my book, I also went for a run.
          And in relation to Lord of The Rings – I’ve never watched the films. It’s pretty sad that the film version of the story is what springs to the fore of your mind when you think about some of the 20th century’s greatest writing. Symptomatic of what I’ve been rattling on about in the discussion. You’ve proven my point. Thanks very much.
          Again, I do suggest you research the meaning of “bigotry” and what it is to be a bigot. Happy learning, my culturally, socially, and educationally deficient chum.

          1. Percy

            defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group with hatred and intolerance”

            ie. The kind of person who might say something like; “You could cut the socially awkward tension in that queue with a knife. Imagine the lack of eye contact, lack of communication between them, the smell off them.I know it’s a stereotype but seriously, the smell of unwashed clothes off these types is pretty unforgiveable[sic].”

          2. Frodo Baggins

            So by your application of that defiinition to my opinion of gamers (although, trust me, the term group is used incorrectly here by you) – If i were to apply the same logic to my view of junkies on the streets of dublin, or thieves – This is also bigotry.

  4. Frodo Baggins

    Okay okay okay…. Genuine apologies for the clear trolling above. It was aimed at Stewart, I’m not a gamist. Some of my best friends are gamers.

    1. figsy

      Not a big gamer myself, but still, your brand of scathing satire cut me to the core. Who’s next on your hit list? I hear lady drivers aren’t very good, and mother’s in law are often none-too pleasant

      1. Frodo Baggins

        Airline food, cab drivers, women be shopping, queues at the post office, old people eating boiled sweets – be prepared.

  5. Advertising On Police Cars

    I would queue for Company of Heroes 2, and I love computer games, I do wash and am married and play real sports when I get a moment. I find gamers a decent sort and the disdain from Broadsheet trendy hipsters reinforces my belief

    1. Dave

      Quiet you.

      We’re all smelly unwashed anti-social geeks.

      On a more serious note, isn’t gaming the biggest entertainment industry in the world?

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        Frodo, you’ve a either a big problem with 21st century technology or you wish you were at home playing GTA / COD. Spit it out man, say your piece, get it off yer chest. I can see ya hoppin’.

        1. Frodo Baggins

          Haha!
          I love my technology! I own a lot of audio / visual nerdy stuff. And laptops, tablets, smartphone, ipods etc – Even my books are read on a Kindle. I even occasionally play computer games, like the family ones – You know like Wii Sports, or something – around Christmas time when people are home for a few days.
          But as for GTA, I played the first 3D one when I was 14 or 15, and that’s the last time I played a computer game with any real interest. I grew up soon after and became an adult.

          1. Percy

            You became an adult by giving yourself the online alias of a hobbit, and trolling internet forums. Your parents must be so proud!

          2. Frodo Baggins

            Actually I chose the name of a character taken from highly acclaimed literature with cultural relevance.
            The term trolling is bandied about too much without actually understanding it. I stand by my views that this level of obsession with a computer game is bound to have a negative impact on the social development of younger people, and to be honest compounds the already evident social issues that older people may have.
            And of course, to not be generalising which I did above (and this was where trolling would be an apt description as it was purely to wind up one individual) there are of course people who play these games as a casual pastime in much the same way I might watch a particular programme, read a particular book, listen to music etc – I can all but guarantee the people who are queuing late at night for a computer game are not exactly casual in their gaming habits.
            So yes, let me assure you or Rob or whoever had called me “not an adult” – my parents are in fact very proud of the socially well adjusted, culturally aware and outgoing son that they have. And with that, enjoy your lives as gamers, it’s not my position to advise grown people what to do with their time. I just hope most parents do have some form of restriction on the amount of time their kids play games, or watch television.

      1. figsy

        Great, worldly advice from someone who is at most 26 years old. Glad to hear you make sure your online moniker is culturally relevant, too. mucho important, that.

          1. figsy

            Ah, well in that case I thought being socially aware & well adjusted you would have grown out of playing GTA 3 by the time it came out, when you were, what, 19? Tough being a grown up these days

          2. Frodo Baggins

            I think you’ll find GTA 3 came out in 2001, when I was 16.

            You’re not bad at the maths there, figsy. Kudos. You’ll get there one day.

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