High Desert Daily
(Victorville) The wait is finally over for gamers across the world: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has hit stores, and it has hit with a vengeance.
The game was released at 12:01, technically the first minute of the November 8th street date. Available for all home consoles, including a PC version, Modern Warfare 3 is without a doubt the biggest video game release of the year. A visit to three High Desert Gamestops as well as the Victorville Best Buy and Toys R Us stores told the story: lines were wrapped around the buildings in many cases, and the weather only brought the chill of the night as time went by.
Yet, the cold was not enough to stop the dedicated Call of Duty fans, who smiled and cheered as they waited until the clock struck twelve. At the Gamestop on Bear Valley Road, off of Mall Boulevard, the line wrapped clear around the building, all the way to behind the strip of stores. The first people in line arrived at 3pm Monday, and had no problem waiting it out. First in line were Ernest Mendez, Jacob Jerew, Edward Lucero and Ray Zuneta, who all appeared unfazed by the weather and the hours they have spent outside of the store.
When asked by High Desert Daily if the wait was worth it, Edward Lucero replied, “Yeah definitely, you get to spend all day with your friends. You get to experience everything; it’s a great experience.”
Modern Warfare 3 is the latest in the long line of military shooters in the Call of Duty franchise. The first Call of Duty was released in 2003, and since then it has become a video game phenomenon. Last years title, Black Ops, currently holds the title as the best selling video game of all time, according to Forbes. Modern Warfare 3 is projected to break this record, as once again it is released during the prime holiday season.
The title is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Modern Warfare 3, you can visit the official website at http://www.callofduty.com/mw3, and for more information on what the ESRB rating means, visit the ESRB website at http://www.esrb.org/.