I left the Black Ops 2 LIVE event early on Saturday to make time before my train home and headed over to HMV in Oxford Street to say hi and show some CoD community support to Taylor (@AudioRecovered). Taylor is the first person in the world to get in the queue for a midnight launch of Black Ops 2 and in doing so has fast become a bit of a celebrity. What started with a Tweet from HMV with a photo of him on Wednesday snowballed, and since then he’s been featured in various publications all round the world.
Both Activision and Hmv have been looking after Taylor since he arrived, Hmv have given him access to the store for personal needs as well as supplying breakfast and hot drinks. Just as I was travelling over to Oxford street I checked Taylor’s twitter account and saw he was waiting on another care package from Activison with fried chicken. What was really heart warming too was the amount of support the CoD community have shown him, from words of encouragement to people bringing him stuff he needed or just tweeting to see if he needed anything.
Taylor told me he’d had loads of people come by and offer support, including The Walking Dead and BlackOps2 star Michael Rooker who was over here for the #Blackops2Live event. I am sure like many people who came by, the first thing I noticed about Taylor was he is genuinely a really nice guy and secondly after chatting to him for a while that he had really planned things out. He had portable power packs for his tablet, seasons of TV shows to watch and had even bought some of his university homework with him. Take note kids, education & gaming…
After chatting for a while @Laurahmv arrived with another cup of hot chocolate for him, and Taylor told us about how his tent had leaked in the rain the night before and gotten his sleeping bag wet. Which he was then trying to dry out on the pavement. It highlighted just how tough it must be for Taylor to be camping out for days waiting for the Midnight release, especially in London this time of year with exceptionally cold nights and rain. My props go out to him for this endeavour.
Tonight is his last night sleeping outside, I’m sure tomorrow will make the entire time worthwhile as he reaps the rewards that all gamers know you get for being that first in line at a launch event. If you are in London try to stop by and offer some support or send him a tweet on twitter.