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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 Tupolev22m on 11/18/2006 11:20:56 AM , Rating: 0
The real losers are the ones who take time to insult people buying PS3s on internet forums for absolutely no reason. If you don't want a PS3 or an Xbox, vote with your wallet, flinging meaningless insults over the internet does no one any good, your words are an utter waste of bandwidth.

Please everyone, remember, this is a free country. If you don't like something, don't buy it, but don't criticize people who have different desires, because then you look like an ignorant jerk.


RE: This illustrates how sheep like PS3 people are
By SexyK on 11/18/2006 1:33:49 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The real losers are the ones who take time to insult people buying PS3s on internet forums for absolutely no reason. If you don't want a PS3 or an Xbox, vote with your wallet, flinging meaningless insults over the internet does no one any good, your words are an utter waste of bandwidth.

Please everyone, remember, this is a free country. If you don't like something, don't buy it, but don't criticize people who have different desires, because then you look like an ignorant jerk.


Sure thing champ - what you don't seem to realize is that people were behaving in a CRIMINAL manner in an attempt to get a PS3. When posting on the internet that criminal are retards is illegal, maybe your argument will have some mertit. Until then, I think the people resorting to crime to get a PS3 are fair game for flaming, sorry.


By Tupolev22m on 11/19/2006 1:12:43 AM , Rating: 3
The people who are legitimately trying to get one aren't...


By rushfan2006 on 11/21/2006 2:30:53 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much just endorising what another poster already said.

Just in my own words.

I think the real anger is over the fact that in some cases there are select idiots who were criminally trying to attain one -- inciting fear, employing intimidation tactics and in some cases actually inflicting injury on people who legitimately got a PS3.

I have no sympathy for those thugs and they should be drug around the block a few times off the bumper of my car....

So for those idiots I don't feel one bit bad that the behavior of camping and acting like complete idiots gets flamed.

Go cry a river.



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