Game enthusiasts line up for release of 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

11th Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Cody Barber

Date: 11.05.2013
Posted: 11.05.2013 16:24
News ID: 116329
Game enthusiasts line up for release of 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers usually aren’t willing to sacrifice sleep, but more than 200 soldiers and their family members surrendered a few hours for the midnight release of "Call of Duty: Ghosts," Nov. 5.<br /> <br /> The GameStop located in the Clear Creek Post Exchange was anything but a ghost town as a line of anxious gamers waited hours for the much anticipated release. However, the video game store made the wait a little easier with raffles, food, and the popular GameTruck, which has been coming to major releases like this one for several years.<br /> <br /> The mobile gaming center held a tournament before the official release which allowed some of the avid gamers a chance to show off their skills.<br /> <br /> "We were playing since 10 p.m.," said Pvt. Jonathan Francisco with 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, the first-place winner of the tournament. "It was pretty close and it came down to kill-death ratio."<br /> <br /> For one soldier, working the graveyard shift has its benefits for the midnight release of the game.<br /> <br /> "Having to work late kind of bites, but the fact that I'm already here and working, I can come pick it up on a break, which makes it easy," said Sgt. Randy Serrault, a signal support noncommissioned officer with 3rd Brigade’s Engineer Battalion, 1st Cav. Div.<br /> <br /> Some gamers like Heath Mitchum have showcased their devotion to the series by participating in every midnight release held on post.<br /> <br /> "I haven't missed one since I moved back to Fort Hood," said Mitchum, who plans to play all day and night. "I'm here to get my first copy so I can get back home and play."<br /> <br /> The game release is the tenth main installment in the “Call of Duty” series.