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Gaming fans answer a new Call of Duty

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • Rich Buck and Ethan Leach get their game faces on at the launch. BOTL20121112D-001_C

  • Dan Gardener trying out the game at the launch. BOTL20121112D-002_C

  • DUTY CALLS: Above, Ryan Morcom, Paddy Crowle and Kelvin Edwards at the launch. Right, Cameron Turner, Chris Hook, Chris Sweet and Steve Pettifer.

  • Joe Dunn and Darren Webb at the launch. BOTL20121112D-005_C

  • Shane Hibell and Josh Barnes at the launch. BOTL20121112D-006_C

  • Cameron Turner, Chris Hook, Chris Sweet and Steve Pettifer at the launch. BOTL20121112D-007_C

  • Father and son team Derek and Keith Smith at the launch. BOTL20121112D-008_C

  • James Williams, David Moore, Jess Williams and Darren Dennis at the launch. BOTL20121112D-009_C

  • Sam Stowell, Tim Chambers and James Thorn at the launch. BOTL20121112D-010_C

  • Craig Hamilton and Patrick Dillon at the launch. BOTL20121112D-011_C

  • Derrick Lucas and Martin Whitfield at the launch. BOTL20121112D-012_C

  • RED CENTRE: Above, Sarah Allen, Dominique Shard and Chelsea Hurrell, and below, Sam Stowell, Tim Chambers and James Thorn.

  • Game staff at the launch of Call of Duty Black Ops at White River Cinema. BOTL20121112D-015_C

  • Waiting for the launch. BOTL20121112D-016_C

  • Kernow Sammy and Cornwall Ken cock the hammer. BOTL20121112D-017_C

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HUNDREDS of gaming fans queued outside a St Austell store at midnight for the launch of a new game this week.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – a war game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles – was launched at midnight on Monday at various stores across the country. Almost 200 gamers turned out at St Austell's Game to pick up some freebies, buy their copy of the game, and to play it on one of White River Cinema screens in a competition to win a game console.

A group of abseilers also dropped in from the shopping centre's roof to grab their copy.

Game gave away about £700-worth of free goodies including T-shirts and posters, and sold almost 200 games, totalling about £8,000, in just over an hour.

"It was about 3am before I went to sleep and the next thing I knew the alarm was going off to wake me up for work. Staff have been living on caffeine," said Game store manager Sam Healy.

"It was lots of hard work but worth it. Everyone had a fantastic time."

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