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The PlayStation 3 Launches In the U.S.

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the sixaxis-of-awesome dept.

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Sony's next-gen console has officially launched in the states, complete with an NYC launch party, and a giant line in San Francisco. While many gamers went home happy, the night was not without incident. There was also some ugliness, with individuals being hired to stand in line, as was done in Japan earlier this week. Overall, though, the news is positive for the hundreds of gamers who waited through the night for their new console. "As midnight approached, the first person in line, New York native Angel Paredes, was escorted into the SonyStyle Store where he was handed the first North American PS3 by Hirai and Stringer. The console's box also included a personal autographed message from Hirai. Paredes, his voice hoarse from interviews and arms tired from repeatedly hoisting the console, was a good sport, standing still for the multitude of photographers and offering a few words for anyone who asked. The first three gamers in line were comped their PS3s. Once the media buzz died down, the rest of the attendees were ushered in to get what they had been waiting for all week. Though the consoles' next destinations were unknown — many are expected to be posted on eBay for a quick profit — the next destinations of the new PS3 owners was clear — go home and get some rest. " Any readers spend the night in lines, and want to share about it? Did you eBay the thing, or are you just taking a break from Resistance? Let us know how things went, and what the system is like.

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I won't expect reviews for a good while (5, Funny)

Svippy (876087) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883456)

Seriously, those who have the console now will probably be away for a good week, because who needs friends when you have a PS3?

Re:I won't expect reviews for a good while (5, Funny)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883526)

You need friends just to show them that you've got one and they don't...

Re:I won't expect reviews for a good while (1, Offtopic)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884224)

People who don't want to play Wii tennis on their own.

eBay (5, Informative)

perlionex (703104) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883466)

It looks like the going rate [ebay.com] is anywhere from $3000-$5000...

Re:eBay (4, Funny)

tourvil (103765) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883666)

It gets better [ebay.com]

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883768)

Dear Lord..... $23,000 and 44 bids???? That's just insane...

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883864)

dude, keep refreshing. it's skyrocketing.

my god.

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883988)

Apparently there's a $100,000,000 limit on eBay.
Who'da thought?

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884016)

awww, fun's over? :(

Re:eBay (1)

brunascle (994197) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884104)

going, going, SOLD to eyelyktoys for an astonishing $89 million.

congratulations, you stupid shit.

Re:eBay (1)

keithpreston (865880) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884154)

I'll bet you 89 million dollars that this transaction never goes through. The people that Hijack Ebay accounts have just been waiting for the ps3.

Re:eBay (1)

Cerberus7 (66071) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883844)

It's funny, the winning bidder has a score of 2, but the seller clearly states that he will only sell it to somebody with a score of at least 10, and a positive feedback percentage of 98%. Somehow, I think this auction is going to be voided and the seller is going to try again. That, or the winning bidder is a plant to force this auction to end in this manner.

Re:eBay (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883890)

it doesn't matter, the guy selling it was bidding up the price. It got to 9 million before he outbid the last guy. Greedy sod.

Re:eBay (1)

Daemonstar (84116) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883894)

Say what? It shows 9Mil now with 13 minutes left. :P Look at the history of bids.

Re:eBay (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883958)

20 mil now. Somehow I don't think he will collect

Re:eBay (1)

gormanly (134067) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883976)

Current bid: US $99,000,100.00

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884022)

By the time you finished typing that the bid had gone up to $99,999,999.00 with 69 bids W00t!

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884044)

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that eBay maxes out at $99,999,999.00

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884088)

Weird. It went down again. Final bid US $89,000,100.00. Good luck with that.

Re:eBay (2, Funny)

iapetus (24050) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884160)

Perhaps the $99,999,999 bid turned out to be fraudulent, so they just dropped back to the next genuine bidder.

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884204)

The seller probably cancelled the bid because the bidder's score was less than ten.

Re:eBay (1)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884058)

It was at $99,999,999 with 3 mins left

then droped to 90 mill, and is dropping further

Re:eBay (1)

Thansal (999464) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884280)

Final Price?
$89,000,100.00 [ebay.com]

Now, can some one explain the bid history [ebay.com] to me?

It says only actual bids, not the incremental ones up to your max as shown.
So why do we see people with 3 bids in a row?
Is this caused by them placing a flat bid, not a max bid that promptly gets overwritten by some one elses auto bid (that is thus not shown)?

Re:eBay (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884118)

Closing price was $89,000,100.00 - that's 89 million, 100 dollars - seems perfectly reasonable...

Re:eBay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884144)

Well the auction ended at $89,000,100.00. The seller must be pissed.

Re:eBay (2, Interesting)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883796)

It looks like the going rate is anywhere from $3000-$5000...

The first three gamers in line were comped their PS3s.

now, THAT would have made for a decent profit for a week's worth of waiting in line... imagine if the first 3 people lived together and sold off 2 of them. goddamn. think of what they'd fetch for the autographed system.

Re:eBay (1, Redundant)

IdleTime (561841) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883972)

* YAWN *

Wake me up when PS3 Mark 3 comes out. It will have most of the bugs fixed and the price will be reasonable enough to buy it,

Re:eBay (2, Funny)

shmlco (594907) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884094)

Speaking of yawns, did you catch the one line, "...the next destinations of the new PS3 owners was clear--go home and get some rest."

Is that guy serious? These people stand in line for days after waiting for MONTHS for the PS3 to be released... and they finally get one... and this guy thinks that now they're going to go home and SLEEP???

Who will win? (1)

kidtux1 (896975) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883470)

Looks like the battle for the next gen console is finally underway. Personally I'm voting for the Wii, but the 360 and PS3 both have amazing graphics! ---------- http://www.iheartmygeek.com/ [iheartmygeek.com]

Re:Who will win? (3, Informative)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884238)

Who will win?

I don't know who will win, but I know a guy who lost! [todaystmj4.com] Well, he lost a PS3 chance, but is probably going to win a few 100 grand in a lawsuit. Seriously, this Wal-Mart manager who thought a 'race' to 10 seats was a good idea should be fired.

Cheers,
Fozzy

Wow (5, Interesting)

Tadrith (557354) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883480)

I'm watching the news right now.

This is possibly the dumbest, saddest thing I've ever seen.

Re:Wow (5, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883676)

This is possibly the dumbest, saddest thing I've ever seen.

You're new here, aren't you?

Chaos (3, Interesting)

HappySqurriel (1010623) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884012)

I'm actually reasonably disturbed by the Chaos that has been created by greed ...

In practically every interview I have seen the reporter is talking to someone who intends to sell the PS3 for massive profit; in one case a man was talking about how he was going to make $2000 in one days work. I could be wrong but it seems like the PS3 launch has brought out everyone who is desperate to make a little money regardless of the moral cost.

Re:Wow (1)

saboola (655522) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884302)

Welcome to America Borat. We are so glad you could make it!

Will it ever be lanuched in India? (3, Interesting)

aneeshm (862723) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883490)

I'm sick and tired of getting everything six months to one year after the USA and Japan. And Sony has been known to delay its product launches for months in markets like India. This encourages a perverted black market, where you get the PS3 within for obscene amounts of money. What's the problem with a simultaneous worldwide launch policy? You prevent black marketeering that way.

Re:Will it ever be lanuched in India? (1)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883586)

Manufacturing issues, and in case of sony also a cost issue, the costs are so high that they cannot even push a high number of those machines into the markets in one region. Besides that everything has to be manufactured in certain areas due to cost reasons as well (and environmental reasons, it is cheaper to simply dump the toxic waste into the next lake instead of adding a chemical fab to the original fab to remove the waste from the cycle before it hits nature) Those places although quite big are limited.

Re:Will it ever be lanuched in India? (4, Informative)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883712)

If Sony really cared about black marketeering, they would have launched with ample supplies. I believe a blogger for Kotaku said he talked to 100 people in lines, and only 1 said he was going to keep it to play. They love the black market sales because that increases hype for the system. People see that it's going for $3,000 on ebay, and they think that it must be worth it.

Re:Will it ever be lanuched in India? (1)

simondm (901892) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884208)

This is referred to as "Grey Market", not Black Market.

Paging Angel Paredes (1)

Salsaman (141471) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883492)

well, I figured he must be big geek, and therefore have a Slashdot log in.

On the other hand, he's probably too busy playing with his new toy.

Near riot at our Best Buy (5, Interesting)

volpone (551472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883498)

And that's not an exaggeration. When they came out to announce that they only had 30 PS3s, people went nuts. Trashing stuff, punching random people, it was crazy. They had to call a bunch of cops to get things under control.

It Is Just A Fucking Game, Damn It! I wish everyone would grow the fuck up.

Suckers (-1, Flamebait)

jzuska (65827) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883502)

You bought one... to keep?

Suckers.

600 bucks for a pos.

bah. Gimme my wii

PS3 Related Crime (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883506)

Yep, it sure is great that the PS3 is out. The account on Kotaku listed in the summary is nothing, however. No one lost a PS3 (which are selling on eBay for several thousand [ebay.com] even after launch). For those of you interested in criminal activity, Engadget has an amusing collection of articles [engadget.com] :
  • Drive bys with BB guns [engadget.com] in Kentucky.
  • A riot for spots in line [engadget.com] in Burbank.
  • Read [sega.com] - 10 to 12 people robbed in PS3 line (dubious, but possible). [Via Digg [digg.com] ]
  • Read [cbs2.com] - Sheriffs shut down another California store for rowdy behavior.
  • Read [playboy.com] - Police break up NY SonyStyle store fight.
  • Read [todaystmj4.com] - Brawl breaks out at another Wally when manager plays musical PlayStation chairs. Seriously, what an idiot. [Thanks Kyle D. [kyledrake.com] ]
  • Read [cheapassgamer.com] - Shots were apparently fired at a Texas Wally. Pics here [photobucket.com] and here [photobucket.com] of the 5-0. [Thanks, Jason]
  • Read [ktvz.com] - Two armed, masked robbers overtook a customer in Springfield. [Thanks, Jason]
  • Watch [youtube.com] - North Fresno / Merced had stampede-riot insanity. [Thanks, Jonathan]
And they even have a link to our very own lovable Senator Jonathon Edwards [prnewswire.com] contacting Wal-Mart for one PS3.

It's clear that some people are just so into the giving spirit that they will do anything for the perfect gift.

Re:PS3 Related Crime (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883730)

A riot for spots in line in Burbank

I read this one. As I write this, it is now 9:50 AM EST, which would make it 6:50 AM in Burbank. Note what this article said:

Best Buy kicked the whole group of its property on Friday afternoon .

It's not Friday afternoon in Burbank yet, so I'm not going to put any money on the accuracy of this story.

Re:PS3 Related Crime (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884130)

Anyone who still thinks that Sony bears no responsibility in this is very mistaken. A limited supply is causing these riots - you think we'll see those on Sunday, when the Wii is released in mass quantities? Had Sony waited with the launch until they could supply more than 200,000 units to North America, we'd be seeing less of this shit. If they didn't want to wait, they could have set up an auction with proceeds going to a charity. Consumers win, as they don't have to stand in line, Sony wins, as it doesn't lose money on the consoles, a charity wins with the profits.

Re:PS3 Related Crime (1)

0rbit4l (669001) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884140)

And they even have a link to our very own lovable Senator Jonathon Edwards [prnewswire.com] contacting Wal-Mart for one PS3.
No, you have a link to a carefully spun press-release by a multinational corporation that's tired of being criticised for its anti-worker policies. It's not nearly as fun to put out a (factual) press release about a staffer working independently to try to do something nice for his boss.

Well, I didn't pre-order one... (4, Insightful)

Vengeance (46019) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883518)

But with the prices I'm hearing on Ebay, I'm beginning to wish I had. A night on a long line isn't too bad if you're pulling in four to eight grand profit.

Re:Well, I didn't pre-order one... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883630)

4k profit in one week... bah!

Try consulting. If you're good at it you can make that in 40-50 hours and still go home to a warm hotel room every night.

These kids should get real hobbies that don't involve electricity. Or focus on improving their earnining potential.

More numbers (1)

dolson (634094) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883534)

The WalMart in my city received all of 6 PS3s. I didn't go to the launch (can't afford it, want a Wii not a PS3, etc) but I have friends who work there. The 6 people waited all the way from noon until 8am. The same WalMart claims to have 50 Wiis.

Re:More numbers (1)

MooseMuffin (799896) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883578)

If this topic is for people who actually got a ps3, I'm guessing this will be a short thread...

Re:More numbers (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883802)

For the prices they are selling for on ebay, you can't afford not to get a PS3. I am beginning to think that these people who are waiting in lines are the true smart guys. $1300 profit at least, for a days work. Not bad. I wonder if anyone who actually waited in line will be playing the thing.

So Much For Zonk's Year Long FUD Campaign (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883556)

Love to say it was fun, but it wasn't.

Sad and pathetic...

Ugliness (4, Insightful)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883566)

There was also some ugliness, with individuals being hired to stand in line, as was done in Japan earlier this week

Why is that ugly? Seems like capitalism at its finest. If someone is willing to pay for a service and someone is willing to perform that service, whats ugly about that?

Lazy maybe, but hardly ugly

I don't really follow games, what are the most anticipated titles besides the generic football games?

Re:Ugliness (1)

EVil Lawyer (947367) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883722)

"Why is that ugly? Seems like capitalism at its finest." Since when are "capitalism at its finest" and "ugly" mutually exclusive?

Re:Ugliness (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883828)

"Why is that ugly? Seems like capitalism at its finest." Since when are "capitalism at its finest" and "ugly" mutually exclusive?

Fair enough. I still stand by my claim for this instance

Re:Ugliness (2, Interesting)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883724)

Reminds me of the late Milton Friedman.
"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
It's pathetic, but it's freedom.

Re:Ugliness (1)

tehpwn (896928) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883940)

If someone is willing to pay to kill you and someone is willing to perform that service, whats ugly about that?

Re:Ugliness (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884060)

If someone is willing to pay for a service and someone is willing to perform that service, whats ugly about that?

Have you seen her?

KFG

Hoping for the wii Launch... (3, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883582)

So does this mean I need to bring a baseball bat with me to buy my Wii tommorow at Target?

Re:Hoping for the wii Launch... (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883954)

No, you bring a remote control with you to Target, and then you pantomime beating the hell out of the people in front of you.

Re:Hoping for the wii Launch... (1)

LMacG (118321) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884114)

Better bring a time machine, since the Wii doesn't go on sale till Sunday.

Europe (1)

Przemo-c (1010877) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883590)

I want one too ..please give me one as a christmas present. ;]

Re:Europe (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883808)

Why do you want to suck Sony's cock? They can't be bothered with Europe as a market. The correct response should be "Fuck you Sony" and then go and buy a Wii or Xbox 360. Seriously.

Before anyone asks... (2, Informative)

MK_CSGuy (953563) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883600)

Yes, it does run Linux. From Engadget [engadget.com] :
Yes, according to Sony you can install any PowerPC-capable Linux build. Yellow Dog Linux [engadget.com] , however, is the most prominently supported distro announced to date.

Shootings, shortages, and selling (4, Informative)

shirizaki (994008) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883606)

3 S's, and the main reason why i didn't stand out in the farking cold. Kudos to those people who stand out in the cold like that. Whether you're reselling it for profit or playing in your pajamas, those people either have no lives or are dedicated to playing the newest first.

Otherwise, i still think the PS3 is a great buy if you're into the whole high def DVD thing: by the time you buy a 360 and the HD-DVD add on you're better off buying a PS3 if you want high def.

Personally, I'm waiting for 2 reasons:

1) First batch hardware from Sony is almost always shoddy.

2) Metal Gear Solid.

When the system actually has over 1 million units produced and the bugs are worked out, then the real battle starts. Not having as many exclusives (Assassins Creed, Grand Theft Auto) might bring the PS3 to a real head on fight with X360.

Of course I couldn't live without the PS3 and call myself a gamer, so I will own one exentually. It's just a matter of getting quality releases.

I've enjoyed this LOLer coaster of a ride: Hirai's and Kutaragi's comments, shortages, BD v. Hd disc battles, lack of rumble. *sniff* I'm so sad to see it go.

Alwell, it's on to the PS4, Xbox 720, and the Nintendo Ballz!

Re:Shootings, shortages, and selling (1)

jotok (728554) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883874)

Of course I couldn't live without the PS3 and call myself a gamer, so I will own one exentually. It's just a matter of getting quality releases.

It's one thing to enjoy games, but...no offense, this "Of course I just had to get one" line sounds childish.

Re:Shootings, shortages, and selling (1)

Thraxen (455388) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884056)

Ummm... that's not even what he said. He said he will eventually get one after more good games are available. Why would that be childish?

Re:Shootings, shortages, and selling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884250)

Haven't you heard? Videogames are for kids, and for kids only..

Funny. (1)

j0nkatz (315168) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883612)

I was laughing at these people the whole night while I was safe and sound in Stranglehorn Vale.

Interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883616)

I just waited in line for days to drop a small fortune on a PS3. Now that I have it, do I:

A) Go and brag on /. ?
B) Go get a shower and some sleep ?
C) ...shut up, I'm still playing...

Something tells me that anyone who actually got one is probably going to give one of the later two answers.

End of Days? (1)

ThinkWeak (958195) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883626)

What will be used to scroll the page on /. after the Wii and PS3 releases are old news?

Lunatic, especially in Minnesota (2, Insightful)

MatthewAnderson (1005607) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883638)

Now, I'm a lifer. I'll own a console for a single game or two if necessary (e.g. I'm buying a Wii for Zelda and Smash Bros. I bought a Gamecube for much the same reason).

I even camped out with my friend to buy a PS2 so we could play Tekken. Another great game.

As far as I can tell the PS3's launch titles are pretty bad. There's a Madden with pretty graphics along with a handful of other anticlimactic sports titles... There's Call of Duty 3 (....)...

Gran Turismo HD will be out before New Year's, and Metal Gear Solid isn't even making a debut until 2007. With Sony pledging 800,000 more consoles before 2007.

Additionally, the entire night campers spent at the nearest Best Buy in Minnesota was below 32F. Somehow I'm not seeing the payoff fulfilling as compared to systems past.

Re:Lunatic, especially in Minnesota (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16884036)

don't forget monkey ball and bomberman!!!

$ony screws up HD (2, Informative)

TheDoctorWho (858166) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883656)

A 720p game, (what happened to all the 1080p games Sony Liars?) played on a TV set that does not support 720p, but supports 1080i, will down rez to 480p.

480p is not HD my little tard friends at $ony, didn't you get the memo?

Gosh, does $ony suck balls.

SixAxis (3, Insightful)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883664)

My biggest problem with the PS3 isin't the $600 price tag. It isin't the forced Blu-ray player. It's the SixAxis. From what I've read, the SixAxis sounds like what happened when Sony looked at the DualShock and figured out you couldn't put any more buttons on it. It just acts like another analog stick (Resistance, Project8, Warhawk), or more buttons (Madden, Resistance). All it seems to do is just make games MORE complex. And no, I'm not a total Nintendo fanboy (playing outrun2 on xbox 1 right now, addicted)

Im flying up to Canada (4, Informative)

darkchubs (814225) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883690)

Canada ... usually .... well at least when the 360 was like that.. Ottawa had a surplus. IM going up there this afternoon for the weekend. if they have em my e-bay id is.. :)

Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883698)

did it reach the orbit...?

Ugliness? How about shooting? (4, Interesting)

realinvalidname (529939) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883702)

Associated Press (CNN [cnn.com] , Yahoo [yahoo.com] ), is reporting that masked, armed thugs robbed people waiting in line at a Putnam, Connecticut Wal-Mart for PS3, and shot one person who wouldn't hand over their money.

Penny Arcade has pretty much nailed [penny-arcade.com] the idiocy of this launch, as usual.

Re:Ugliness? How about shooting? (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884084)

shot one person who wouldn't hand over their money.

You can have my PS3 when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

hey (0, Flamebait)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883732)

Pretty cool toy. I was thinking of getting one but prefer my PC for the obvious reasons. o_o'

got fraud? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16883784)

so, i'm wondering how many people are going to attempt fraud on e-bay in order to get a ps3. when you're dealing with such a high amount of money like that... wouldn't you want cash in hand first before shipping the item.

same goes for the person wanting the console. wouldn't you want to have a handoff for something like this? someone is going to get ripped off. its only a matter of time.

what's to say people at ups or fedex aren't scanning boxes with a x-ray machine to identify a box with a ps3 in it ...and "lose it". of course you'd get re-imbursed if you took out insurance... but you'd lose time and money.

Re:got fraud? (4, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883914)

"wouldn't you want to have a handoff for something like this?"

This already exists. It's called an escrow service.

"what's to say people at ups or fedex aren't scanning boxes with a x-ray machine to identify a box with a ps3 in it ...and "lose it"."

The same thing that says people in other professions also should not steal: they'll lose their job and may wind up in jail if caught. That might not stop some FedEx/UPS/USPS employees but I imagine the lion's share of them aren't going to risk their job (all 3 of which have nice benefits and excellent retirement packages though not a flashy payscale) over a $600 game system. And whoever is paying out that insurance is going to be pretty motivated to find the culprit(s).

I'm sure fraud will happen but far more people will conduct perfectly legal transactions than not.

Free graphics preview - slightly disappointing (5, Informative)

mihalis (28146) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883804)

My wife works in the Sony building, so I strolled past it last night.

One one side of the Sony building were the dedicated or avaricious would-be-purchasers waiting to buy at midnight, but on the other side of the building there were externally visible screens showing PS3 games being played by people in one of the Sony stores. A preview reel looked awesome, but was simply a video of lots of game clips. The only games I saw being played were : some kind of off-road racing game and Madden 2007. Neither would blow my mind if I saw them on my PS2. There was little to no sign of mindboggling performance, in fact the off-road racing game seemed a bit slow.

I'm a big fan of PS2, having completed several games, but I'm going to wait for my PS3 until a) I can buy one for normal retail price without hassle and b) I see the mind-blowing graphics we're all expecting

No, I can't get one any earlier because I know an employee. In fact they haven't heard whether there will be any available for staff at all. There might be a raffle for 3, something like that.

Why do geeks buy consoles?? (4, Interesting)

Sodade (650466) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883812)

It seems to me that geeks would rather play on a PC, where you can hack the game if you don't like it. What is the allure of consoles? I don't get it. I bought an Xbox, but I never play games on the thing - I'd rather be on a PC.

Re:Why do geeks buy consoles?? (1)

hnile_jablko (862946) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883926)

AMEN!!!

Re:Why do geeks buy consoles?? (2, Interesting)

realinvalidname (529939) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883932)

Can't speak for anyone else, but I find absolutely zero innovation in PC games. It's the same genres (FPS, RTS, MMORPG), over and over again, with different licenses or sequel numbers. You'd think with no barriers to entry, no Sony tax, etc., that you'd see more innovation in PC games, but it just doesn't exist: the Katamari Damacys and Guitar Heros of the world show up first, and only, on consoles.

Re:Why do geeks buy consoles?? (1)

dargon (105684) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884188)

Uhm, yopu may want to rethink that statement, there is a huge barrier to pc development, it's called, NO TWO SYSTEMS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. Hundreds of different models of video cards alone mean you have to do some serious juggling in the code. consoles on the other hand are, in terms of internal hardware, 100% identical. Every PS3 has the same video, same ram, same processor. This makes development for them, much simpler. As far as the sony/ms/etc tax goes, well, that can just be passed right on to the consumer, we know they'll pay out the ass for something shiny.

Seriously. (4, Insightful)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883816)

The PS3 is neat. The Wii is neat. These people are insane.

1) It's a video game console, not a cure for cancer. You don't need to get worked up over it.

2) This isn't the only chance you'll have to get one. If it is, you really don't want one anyway.

3) If you seriously didn't think you could be in the "I waited days in line for this and got nothing" group you need several reality checks.

Frankly, I'm scared that I'm going to walk to my car with my brand new Wii and some nut with a gun is going to try and take it from me. These morons seem desperate enough that they'll actually shoot me for it.

Wait, isn't that just capitalism? (3, Insightful)

thesolo (131008) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883822)

From the Ledger-Enquirer [ledger-enquirer.com] article about the Dentist trying to buy 15 PSPs:

"I only want one, but I know there's other people that are going to want them, too," said Williams, who has a 7-year-old son..."You're using your money and authority to pay people for what you want, and that's wrong."

Wait, using money to pay people is wrong now?! Thank you Cindy Williams of Columbus, Ohio for setting us all straight! I know I'll never make that mistake again. By the way, Cindy, can you further explain what authority a dentist has? I mean, unless he commandeered the store, I'm not really sure what authority he abused.

People with a lot of money can almost always get what they want. It might be unfair, but that's capitalism; deal with it.

Re:Wait, isn't that just capitalism? (1)

c0rN_g0aT (752144) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884202)

Actually this happened in Columbus GEORGIA and not Columbus OHIO. In fact you can look at your own link and see.

Columbus is a little town of about 300,000 people 100 miles south of Atlanta. Its the home of Aflac insurance and Fort Benning -- the largest infantry base in the world.

Oh and I will be getting a Wii :)

Re:Wait, isn't that just capitalism? (1)

LMacG (118321) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884254)

Semi-OT:

That's Columbus, Georgia.

Ebay bid craze (1)

toonworld (838479) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883918)

Well I'm sure this is a joke, but one bid in particular was up to 9 000 000 000 $USD http://cgi.ebay.com/SONY-PLAYSTATION-3-CONSOLE-60G B-PS3-PREMIUM-FREE-S-H_W0QQitemZ230049396649QQihZ0 13QQcategoryZ62054QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem [ebay.com]

Re:Ebay bid craze (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884014)

Well I'm sure this is a joke, but one bid in particular was up to 9 000 000 000 $USD

You sure that's a joke? Once I got 428035.42 USD for an original Atari 2600 "Haunted House" game cartridge on eBay. How do you think I afford all the whiskey and hookers?

I don't like the cynical tone of your posting, pal.

millions more linux users (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883948)

Now something about this really puts a smile on my face, and I could care less about gaming.

I understand why....but I don't have to like it.. (4, Interesting)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | more than 7 years ago | (#16883950)

I understand why the things are limited, but I don't have to like it. What I want to know is, why release these damn things in the busiest season? The only reason I come up with is everyone wants their little Johnny to have that PS3 xmas or to sell them on eBay plus the fact that alot of people in this country lose their heads all in the name of the almighty money spending holiday called Christmas.

I want a Wii on Sunday, but I'll wait until March. By then, the hype is wore off and a few more games are out.

$2000 for three days in line? (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884032)

If the games actually move on the auction sites at $2500, that might be a pretty good return.

people outside, sleepy, with $700 apiece ... (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884078)

If thats not sitting ducks for crooks, I dont know what is. Maybe the rich suburban teens have "daddy's credit card", but a lot of them dont have high credit lines and carry cash.

3 days in line... (1)

dbizzle (603994) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884270)

and all i got was a lousy t-shirt.

1st in line, was it worth it? (4, Informative)

inca34 (954872) | more than 7 years ago | (#16884274)

I was first in line at a local Target. It started around 330pm Wednesday and filled up by 6pm, and since I got to run the line the way I wanted I still got to go to work and others got to take miderms, go to class, etc. Even so, it was stressful to deal with the hordes of people so desperate that, if provoked, would forcefully take someone's place. The potential for profit drove most of the idiocy. Also, everyone in the line was there to make a profit except for possibly myself--I haven't decided yet.

The worst part of it was dealing with the corporate nature of Target. The employees were fine and enthusiastic, but the corporate policies were inane. For instance, no tents while they're open (8am to 10pm) with the lows being ~34F and soaking wet. Along with that, no official rules for the line from Target (read this as ass covering) so no waiting inside and no official list guaranteed even after the known slots had been filled--meaning you have to aggressively yet legally assert your place in line with an onslaught of douchebags trying to take your spot when you get up to take a piss.

Would I do it again? Probably not. Am I glad to have a PS3, HELL YES! After work today is going to be insane!
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