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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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PS3 mayhem
By NTB on 11/18/2006 8:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with a lot of the people here - you just have to shake your head and wonder and some of the stuff that's going on.

On the other hand though, at least these consoles are *worth* something. Wasn't there a lady that got nearly trampled to death for a $30 DVD player on black friday a couple years ago? And people were doing the same kinds of things for the original Tickle-Me-Elmo.

Nate




RE: PS3 mayhem
By Lord Evermore on 11/18/2006 9:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
Well, arguably, getting a DVD player at a big discount at least saves you money (not worth getting trampled of course). PS3 buyers are rioting in order to be given the chance to blow several hundred dollars. It's like cutting into the line for rectal exams. Given by a pirate with only hooks for hands.

Pushing, fighting, rioting, those things should be reserved for really big things. Like trying to get out of the cities when the aliens invade. With the riots over buying toys, sporting events, and the like, people have blown their wad. They'll have to turn cannibal necrophiliac in order to really show how upset they are during an alien invasion.


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