Several dedicated, or perhaps insane, people hoping to score a
PlayStation 3 at launch have started to camp outside a Burbank, California, Best
Buy location nearly two weeks before the system's launch date.
A poster on the Cheap
Gamer forums who spotted the small crowd outside reports, "I saw
about 7 people waiting outside. I went inside and one of the workers told me
that they had been there since Monday."
He continued, "The awesome thing was, as I was waiting outside, I saw a bunch
of people coming to Best Buy and picking up Gears of War. A few people made some
funny remarks. One guy is like, 'I hope you guys brought enough food!' Another
one said, 'Where is the line for PS4? Is it on the other side?'"
Flickr member Shogmaster also snapped
pictures of the forming line. According to one of the captions from the
photos, the man who is first in line "took rest of his vacation days of this
year from work to engage in this incredulous endeavor."
While the people at the Burbank Best Buy must wait another eight days,
Japanese gamers today get their first taste of PlayStation 3. Stay tuned for
coverage of Sony's Japanese launch.
According to the story a "blue shirt" relayed, "There were twenty people [in
the line up]. They had been here for four days ... they had a rude awakening
this morning. The employees told them to leave. Our manager. Our regional
manager came over. They wouldn't leave. So they called the cops."Best Buy posed a sign on its doors informing potential campers that lines
will not be tolerated prior to the day of release, which basically means no
loitering until the clock strikes 12.
A possible reason for Best Buy to take action against the eager campers is
legal liability. Considering that the line activity was on Best Buy property,
the company could be held liable for any harm or anguish that may come to the