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We chronicle our own experience of lining up in hopes to snag the PS3 and Wii

Yesterday came and went, and with it were the last (of the first) round of EB Games/GameStop PlayStation 3 and Wii pre-orders for USA and Canada. With all the news of the PS3 pre-order fallout, we decided to check things out first-hand.

Nearly everyone who tried to get a pre-order has a story to tell, DailyTech staff included. Editor-in-Chief Kristopher Kubicki somehow found himself in line at a local GameStop an hour before opening Friday morning to snag a Wii pre-order. Even with the widespread news from Nintendo that Wii should be in plenty supply, gamers still waited at stores before opening time and snatched up all pre-orders within minutes.

DailyTech's Canadian editor shared a similar experience, except EB Games Canada lumped together the pre-orders for both new consoles on the same day. EB Games stores that were not situated in malls opened early at 8:30AM specifically for pre-ordering. We arrived on the scene at 7:00AM (we would have been there earlier, but there was news to be done) to find about a dozen gamers standing outside in the cold. Some had brought their own foldable chairs along with blankets for warmth. Nine people were there waiting for PS3 with the rest for Wii. The first person for PS3 was there just before midnight, with the 8th hitting the line by 3:00AM. We knew ahead of time that most EB Games stores would only be doing 8 pre-orders for PS3, so we left for another location -- one in a mall that opened at 10:00AM.

We were half expecting an even larger group inside the mall, mainly because it was in a more popular location and gamers didn't have to wait out in the cold, but we still took our chances. It turned out to be a wasted effort (except for the comedic value) as we saw well over 50 people by the store doors.

With nothing else better to do, we returned to the original 'outdoor' location to see what kind of pandemonium there would be at the 8:30AM opening. The crowd had split into two: a line of 8 for PS3 and a line of 15 for Wii, which yours truly managed to be the last one for the latter. While the PS3 line were all composed of young adult males, the Wii line was a bit more diverse with the addition of females, some of which were buying it for themselves and others for their children who were in school.

Our experiences were largely uneventful, but we've heard reports of mall security guards abusing their mall-cop powers by letting select individuals of their choice into the malls before the doors opened to the public. Others report extremely positive line-mates stories of sharing pizza, coffee, McDonald's breakfasts, and basically everything short of campfire singalongs of Goombaya.

We're sure that some of you have your own stories to tell, so please share them with us all in the comments section below.

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Links, Chiefs and Bandicoots.. Oh My!
By Aikouka on 10/17/2006 10:08:57 AM , Rating: 2
I was just about to finish reading the article and I saw "Goombaya". It threw me for a bit of a tizzy in the morning ( not enough coffee I guess! ) "Did he typo that... I know not of a 'Goombaya'"

After a good minute I finally had an epiphany and understood it. Then I felt dumb... DailyTech people are quite witty... even in the morning! ;) So now that I admited that I'm one of the "special" readers here... I'll get a bit back on topic.

I was going to preorder a PS3 and a Wii... then I realized, "Hey wait.. I'm a WoW-aholic... I barely even play my XBOX 360 (albeit I do have good games for it)... why don't I just build a better off-the-wall PC instead?" So yeah, that's my new plan. Now, I just need to wait for the new Kentfield EE and G80 this November :).

RE: Links, Chiefs and Bandicoots.. Oh My!
By silicondreams on 10/17/2006 10:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
unless I am mistaken it is Kumbaya.

Power to the PC!!!

By Aikouka on 10/17/2006 11:01:43 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, I know... just a bit thrown off in my lack-of-sleep state. :) Coffee's not doing anything, which makes me surmise that you'll never know how bad the world can be until caffeine has no effect on you anymore :(.

By OvErHeAtInG on 10/17/2006 11:19:53 AM , Rating: 2
Goombaya is the Italian version.

By Marcus Yam on 10/17/2006 5:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, yeah... okay that would be what I meant to say.

Though in my defense, they could all have been crazy Mario fans, so it really could be Goombaya. Heh.. get it?

K, I got nothin'.

RE: Links, Chiefs and Bandicoots.. Oh My!
By Alphafox78 on 10/17/2006 11:53:16 AM , Rating: 2
I concur!
theres nothing like WoW on a 20" widescreen with a Core 2 and a 7900GT OC with FSAA enabled!! mm!

By Aikouka on 10/17/2006 5:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I do want to say that although my original post could be misconstrued as a joke and that I didn't really want a PS3. I did actually go to EB Games to preorder a PS3... got there too late... felt bummed... then realized that I'd never play it anyway and that I didn't care for any of the PS3 launch titles :P.

Computer upgrade commencing soon... 2 new Widescreen 20" LCDs on the way ;).

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