“Hey dude, got your pre-order receipt?”
“You didn’t pre-order? Other line, man.”
The people were friendly and polite, and the GameStop employees had obviously figured out a reasonably good system; had the lines moving right along once the clock struck midnight. I ran into a few guys I knew from the band, so I wasn’t “alone” in line, which was cool. We were about a third of the way back in line, and we were in & out by 12:15. By the time I got to my car, out of the back parking lot and was passing the store-front again the pre-order line was almost done.