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Plus a few whacky Canadians decide to smash a PS3 in front of wide-eyed fans

“Finally, the wait is over,” is probably the first thought on the minds of many eager PlayStation 3 campers across North America after sitting outside store fronts for hours, if not days.


Chris Toribio was the first to receive a PlayStation 3 at Sony’s premiere launch event at the Metreon in San Francisco.


“I’m going to go home and dream about it,” said Toribio according to Dean’s blog. “I’m going to go sleep. It was way worth it. I met a whole lot of people. The publicity is a good experience for me.”


When it came his turn to pick up his console, he chose to do so without picking up a game to go along with it. He explained that he was too tired for gaming, instead preferring to just watch the Ricky Bobby pack-in movie instead.


While the wait is over for those whose patience paid off, the waiting game continues for the rest of the crowd who were greater than the number of machines in stock. After hints of reduced launch numbers which many fans refused to believe, Sony COO Jack Tretton confirmed that there were fewer units shipped to stores than the original target of 400,000. While official numbers are unavailable, the shortfall is expected to be in the tens of thousands.


“This is not a perfect science manufacturing this device,” Tretton said to Mercury News, referring to the manufacturing issues surrounding the Blu-ray Disc drive.


Sony hopes to replenish supplies of PlayStation 3 as soon as possible, with the second shipment of consoles rumored to arrive as soon as next week.


Meanwhile, thousands of PlayStation 3 are starting to hit online auction sites such as eBay. Some bids have hit absolute jokes at $89 million, while others remain ridiculous but plausible. Nevertheless, the average person who sells his or her PlayStation 3 on eBay will likely see a two- or three-fold return on investment.


Sadly, the fears surrounding PlayStation 3 shortages have driven some store locations to complete chaos. The following is a list of several unfortunate incidents from the launch:


The PlayStation 3 also played center to a couple media stunts. One such stunt came from magazine PC Gamer, who approached those who were waiting in line at the Metreon to swear off PlayStation 3, promising that he or she would never, ever own the console in exchange one completely tricked-out Falcon Northwest gaming PC. It worked.


As part of an ongoing series, the guys behind Smash My PlayStation 3 camped out for days at a Best Buy in Toronto, only to acquire the machine and smash it into oblivion in front of onlookers right outside the store. Watch the video.

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RE: This illustrates how sheep like PS3 people are
By AlexWade on 11/18/2006 8:35:20 AM , Rating: 0
I almost camped out myself. Not to own a PS3, but to resell it immediately. I'll bet money that many of these people are doing to exact same thing right now on eBay.

I never did. But it would be interesting how many people actually bought a PS3 for themselves or to resell.

By retrospooty on 11/18/2006 10:08:18 AM , Rating: 5
True, alot of people are camping out to resell it... But to who? There are a great deal of total losers that are willing to pay the $2000 price to have one of these early that these re-sellers are selling to.

Its really scary. This is another one of those reasons why some people in other parts of the world hate Americans and think we are too disconnected from reality.

- Printers that print custom patterns directly onto cakes
- Therapy for house pets
- Segway - yes its a personal walking device
- Violence over a console game

RE: This illustrates how sheep like PS3 people are
By zombiexl on 11/18/2006 11:23:47 AM , Rating: 2
Actually the $2000 price seems to be high on ebay right now. Things are setting down now that there soo many on there. They seem to be selling between 800 an 1300 for the most part now, some higher but many are not sold at all.

By Milliamp on 11/18/2006 8:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
Ebay has reviews sections for items and on it they track the average selling price.

I can't find the link now but the last time I saw it, it said $1,4500

By dever on 11/18/2006 1:23:39 PM , Rating: 5
The real disconnect from reality is idiots in elected positions who blame the manufacturer for individuals acting barbaric and their own inability to control it. Not to mention the press that parrots this thinking without question. My neighbor mentioned that she thought Sony should be held responsible for some teenager acting violent. This type of absolute lack of reason and personal responsibility is the clearest sign of our disconnect from reality.

Of course, the US definitely does not have a monopoly on this sort of thinking.

By timmiser on 11/19/2006 12:16:06 AM , Rating: 2
So easy to sit here and blame where it is safe I guess.

You're pathetic for camping out in line overnight to get one and you're an idiot for buying one on ebay.

Since we are all in to blaming somebody, who should we blame for this no-win situation??

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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