LIMA — You could call it a father and son event.
It was certainly one Josh Raines and his son, Mason, will always remember.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the two Wapakoneta men plopped down their chairs, blankets and coolers in front of the GameStop store at 927 N. Cable Road, Lima. For the next 36 hours — yes, 36 hours! — they held that position in front of the store’s door. Their mission: To secure the new Playstation video system – or “PS5,” as gamers call it.
They weren’t disappointed.
Shortly before GameStop opened at 7 a.m. Friday, an employee came out to greet those who stood in a line that grew to around 20 people overnight. He told them the store had two of the new Playstation systems available and 10 of the new Xbox Series S systems, which was equally popular. In a matter of minutes, the employee handed out all the cards that would allow customers to buy the game console for a retail price of $499.
First pick went to Josh and Mason, and they took the two Playstations.
“It was definitely worth the wait,” Mason Raines said.
Friday marked Black Friday in the Lima region, the traditional start to the Christmas shopping season. Brisk crowds were seen throughout the region, even as the coronavirus pandemic pushed some people from being out in large crowds.
Josh Raines said three things made their new system special: It’s more powerful, faster and has an innovative controller.
“When you’re playing, you get more of the true feeling of the game,” he explained. “If you change guns, you can feel the difference. It’s like comparing what it feels like to be walking on sand as opposed to grass.”
Mother Nature tested their resolve at times. Temperatures flirted with the 30s in the evening, and an overhang above the store was all that kept them dry when it rained.
“Two hours into it, we were ready to quit, but we talked ourselves into staying a couple of hours, and then we kept it going,” Mason Raines said.
Now with gaming system in hand and the choice of playing “Call of Duty” or “Spiderman,” Josh Raines had another idea.
“I think I’ll crash, get some sleep first,” he said.