One person who will not be casting a vote tomorrow is Master Chief, mostly because he's a fictional character, but also because he'll be busy saving the world again with the release of "Halo 4."
As the 8th installment of the franchise arrives, anticipation still remains at a high level. Jesse Walker, a manager at the Best Buy in the Hancock Center, said that the store has been receiving preorders since June, and he fully expects to have a line come Tuesday morning.
"We aren't having a midnight event, but if they want to have a copy, they should have a preorder or get here very early," said Walker, 26. "We open at 10 a.m."
Kevin Fair, 27, is the founder of I Play Games!, a gaming organization that has been responsible for so many preorder copies of the game, they get to host an early play event. Fair and his group will play the game beginning at 10 p.m. tonight at the GameStop on Cicero Ave., where there will be a tournament in which the winner receives a free copy of the game. He expects more than 100 people to show up, and pointed to the release date of the game as an example of the hype.
"Think of it this way," he said. "They're not afraid to release the game on the same day as the election, knowing that the bulk of gamers are 18 to 35. Knowing that everyone in their age group is going to be voting."
Fair said the game's movie-like qualities have helped separate it in a difficult first-person market that features other games like the "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" franchises, among others.
"When music comes into it, it perfectly complements whatever situation you're in." he said. "It gets you into a situation where you say, 'This best movie I've ever played.' It really compares more to a movie than a video game as far as aesthetic goes."