If you’re itching to pick up “Resident Evil 5” (rated M, $60 for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3) at the stroke of midnight tonight, your best bet is Hollywood Video-owned Game Crazy. All the company’s stores, including its two in Sonoma County, will be open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight.
Better yet, they’re running a contest where five Game Crazy “Resident Evil 5” buyers will find a T-Virus icon inside their game box. It’s sort of like Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket except that instead of a trip to the inside of a chocolate factory, you can win a trip for two to spend a night in the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Ky., on the weekend of July 11-12. The former tuberculosis hospital has been featured in a slew of cable TV shows and folks who believe in ghosts and other things that go bump in the night regard it as a paranormal hotspot. The five Game Crazy winners and their guests will be the only people in the hospital that night.
In Sonoma County, Game Crazy stores are located at 901 E. Washington St. in Petaluma and at 711 Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa.
(As a bonus blog wild tangent, anyone interested in a great, if somewhat dated, miniseries about a haunted hospital in Denmark ought to check out Swedish director Lars von Trier’s “The Kingdom” miniseries. (For those who can’t stand subtitles, Stephen King remade it for American TV.)
If you live north of Santa Rosa, GameStop at 6560 Hembree Lane in Windsor will also be having a midnight sale. It’s the only one of the chain’s stores in Sonoma County with anything planned, but there’s no cool trip to Louisville to be won.