Canadian game journalist Steve Tilley reports that game retailer Future Shop cancelled midnight launch parties in Toronto and Vancouver out of respect for Brandon Crisp and his family.
The 15-year-old gamer was found dead late Wednesday afternoon. He had been missing since October 13th after running away from home following a family dispute over his video game play. Tilley writes:
Future Shop just got in touch to say they’re cancelling the festivities surrounding tonight’s midnight launch of Gears Of War 2 in Toronto and Vancouver, out of respect for the friends and family of teen gamer Brandon Crisp. Future Shop stores will still be opening at midnight to sell the game… there just won’t be any of the planned hoopla…
I guess a public spectacle around the release of a popular multiplayer video game so soon after the Brandon Crisp tragedy didn’t sit well with Future Shop, who said the decision was made by the company and their "vendor partner", ie. Microsoft…
Meanwhile, Toronto’s CityNews has a quote from Future Shop:
Future Shop and our vendor partner have decided to cancel promotional activities prior to the midnight release of Gears of War 2 in Toronto and Vancouver out of respect for the family and friends of Brandon Crisp.
GP: What do you think, GP readers? Did Future Shop make the right call?