Duty calls: Gamers pack into GAME in Grafton Shoppingworld at midnight last night to get the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops.
Duty calls: Gamers pack into GAME in Grafton Shoppingworld at midnight last night to get the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops.

Midnight call of duty for gamers

TWO hours after the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops, the latest in the franchise of first-person combat games, more than 2.4 million people were playing online around the world.

GAME in Grafton Shoppingworld was the scene of the biggest launch on the NSW North Coast, with car loads of gamers coming from Ballina, Yamba, Iluka and Woolgoolga to be among the first in the nation to get their hands on the game.

Store manager Tony West said at most they expected 30 people to show up to the launch and didn't really expect to see that much of a line.

“We didn't open the store until 11pm and already had a line of people waiting to get in,” he said.

“We served the last customers about 2.30am. All up we had about 120 people in the store and made around 85 sales,” Mr West said.

While he has no knowledge of how many copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops had been sold, he said sale were still going crazy during normal trading hours yesterday.

“We have had staff running back and forth getting stock all day. It has been a great day for trading, although we won't know how many have been sold until Thursday,” he said.

The last instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare, holds the single-day record for any entertainment medium which stands at $401 million in sales (4.7 million copies).

The game was released on November 10 last year.


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