A teenage student has set up camp outside HMV on London’s Oxford Street to be the first to get the new Call of Duty game – four days before it is even released.
Taylor Pelling, 19, a St Mary’s media student, is the first to arrive but many more are expected to start queuing behind him in anticipation for the Monday midnight launch event for Call of Duty Black Ops II.
‘I have done launches before and I just wanted to be first,” Pelling said today.
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Taylor Joseph Pelling has started queueing at the HMV store on Oxford Street to be the first customer to buy the new ‘Call of Duty’ game: ‘Black Ops 2’.
The game fans admits he can only sleep for two hours at a time, but HMV, his eventual destination, has allowed him to use their bathrooms
CALL OF DUTY
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U / PC) is the latest instalment of the biggest gaming franchise.
Its predecessor, Call of Duty: Black Ops, sold more than 23m copies, and the sequel is expected to eclipse it.
It is a futuristic war game, set in 2025, and player complete in both single player and online multiplayer modes.
‘I have not been first before.’
As well as a thick sleeping bag, warm clothes and water, Pelling said his supplies included his Google Nexus tablet, a couple of seasons of Friends and George Orwell’s 1984 – his university homework.
And with temperatures on the cold concrete getting pretty cold overnight, Pelling said he was thankful to friends who had dropped off hand warmers to put in his socks and also to staff from HMV who have been providing him breakfast.
He also took to the internet for help on his first night.
‘I slept in two hour increments, because it’s so uncomfortable you wake up every two hours.’
‘I googled ‘how to sleep on a hard floor.
‘Apparently if you raise you legs off the ground and have no pillow it is actually really comfortable.’
For further inspiration, Pelling points to a list on the wall behind his blue, one-man tent which lists, in order, diehard fans that lined up in the same spot recently for the launch of Diablo III.
‘I’m sixth there,’ Pelling said.
‘I’m looking forward to being number one.’
‘Gaming is a hobby of mine that I really enjoy.
‘I compare it to fishing.
‘Some people spend days out on a boat getting all smelly to catch a fish.
‘It has just been crazy to get so much attention for just sitting in a tent’
VIDEO: Call of Duty fan braves the cold to be first in line
Taylor admitted he had to turn to Google for hints on how to sleep on Oxford Street’s hard pavement
‘They make it sound like it’s something amazing but anyone could do it.
‘Would anyone do it? Maybe not.’
HMV as agreed to provide breakfast and refreshments over the next few days and giving him 24-hr store access for any personal needs.
Pelling added: ‘I’ve attended a few midnight events at HMV, most recently for Diablo III, when I was sixth in the queue, but this time I was determined to be first in line.
‘I love Call of Duty and I know the launch is going to be pretty spectacular, so being at the front of the queue to buy it will make it an even more memorable experience for me.’
Taylor Joseph Pelling admitted he had to turn to Google for tips on how to get to sleep on Oxford Street’s hard pavement after a disastrous first night