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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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2 EB's
By bennyboi on 10/17/2006 11:44:56 AM , Rating: 4
I showed up at my mall at 9:50 even though the stores open at 10 to preorder wii... oops. However, my mall has 2 EBs. I showed up at the first one, and there was no line. Getting excited and thinking that no one remembered this eb because it's in a corner, I walked in with a confident stride. They briskly informed me that they decided to open early without telling anyone, and sold out over half-an hour before hand. She then told me, with a sh**-eating-grin she has a bunch more, but they're being reserved for employees including herself. On to the next EB. There was a line of about 12 people, I jumped on and about 10 more proceeded to get in line behind me immediately. Made it by the skin of my teeth. I'm thinking that the reason the second store sold out so late was because most people didn't realize there were two eb's in the mall and jumped on the first one without thinking about the second or vice-versa. Either way, the line was too diverse for comfort. While it would have been good to see nearly every kind of person there, there was one group that was making me a little sad: Middle-school kids with parents. Parents, if you are going to bring your kid to get a video game system, do it on the weekend, or don't bring them. I'd hate to think that you broke down and let them miss school to buy a wii, because you didn't feel like being bored by yourself in line. If this was the price you were making them pay in exchange for you buying them a wii, you should have just waited till the actual release date. If i'm mistaken, and people didn't pull their kids out of school for this then good, sorry for ranting. Now more ranting...

I really hope the wii does well. I think the ps3 is gonna be huge, but like everyone has already said, it's not going to sell as quickly as the wii to start. However, the wii looks like it will be the most fun and hopefully its the sleeper that proves all the "experts" wrong and continues to outsell everything until the next console war.
Remember when nintendo became the ubiquitous system (I was 7 at the time). My girlfriend always refers to that, trying to convince me that she was a really big gamer... we'll see. The point is that she says that this new inspiration finally has her jonesing to play video games again. So as far as saying the wii system will score you a hottie... I'm not so sure. However, saying that this system will be an inspiration for everyone to try gaming again... that's dead on.

My take: I have a 360. Fun games, good graphics, xbox live is awesome. I'll stick with this for at least a couple years. I love sports and driving games, so this is my system for now

Ps3. Gonna be amazing. However, I'll just play it in a store until the price is reasonable, hopefully before 2014. Unless blue-ray doesn't become obsolete, in which case, this system a step ahead of itself.

Wii. Pre-ordered and ready to go. Zelda, Metroid, Mario, and any new FPS. Plus party games are ridiculously fun, when you actually have enough people to constitute a party. Ravin Rabbids will be my second purchase after Twilight Princess.

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