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PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Launch Day Camp-Out Guide

sfwinelap_500x375.jpg OK, so even though I told you that there were lots of alternative ways to get your PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, some folks just can’t stand to be away from the action. After all, launch days are kinda like the Olympics — they only come around once every four years (or maybe more in the case of gaming). And if you’ve ever been a part a system launch, you know the magic. Fifty or sixty hardcore gamers standing outside a store talking ‘geek’ about what games they pre-ordered or what information they’ve heard about the system so far. Anytime you group people together with a similar passion of any kind, it’s a recipe for fun.

But as much fun as launch days bring, they can also bring about the worst in folks. I pray that everyone will be safe and that they’ll make this an experience to remember for good reasons. And with that said, this list was inspired. This is a download of my experience of over twenty-plus years of gaming and having been a part of six console launch days. No, I’ve never had to stand on line without knowing that my system was reserved. But I’ve spoken to enough people and accumulated enough knowledge to share. And with that said, here’s my list of guidelines to insure that your camp-out in front of Best Buy, Target, Circuit City or Toys R Us is safe and not in vain.

1. Bring friends. (The more, the better). It might be difficult to find folks who are this hardcore about gaming — so much so that they’ll take a day off of work and camp out in front of a store in November. But if you’re going to do it, this is the kind of thing that is best done among three or four committed friends. (Basically folks who won’t leave when it starts to get cold or who won’t back out at the last minute.) Why? Well, for starters, you’ll need someone to hold your place in line while you go to the bathroom (or there are alternatives….. calm down, I’m kidding.) But seriously, there are more than a few reasons why having three other gamers with you is a good idea. You’ll definitely want the security as you’re coming out of a store with a shiny new PlayStation box in a big yellow and blue see-through Best Buy bag. (And there are a bunch of other reasons to bring friends that I’ll mention later.) But just trust me on this one. You’ll want to huddle up your crew for this quest. Round up your posse and have them start planning around the date now.

2. Get to know the store manager. Now. – There’s nothing worse (and I mean nothing) than taking all of this time to camp out overnight, only to find out that the store isn’t getting any units. Or perhaps that they have only four (after all of the in-store corruption and holding systems for family members happens.) Your first job is to seek out the store manager. (Things like this are best done in person — not over the phone.) Go during your lunch hour or after work. Don’t be shy. Tell the attendant that you have an important question and that you need to speak to the store manager. I find it’s best to dress respectably (business casual is fine) and have a pen and notebook in front of you when you speak. And keep asking for folks until you get the top girl/guy whose answers satisfy you. You’ll want to know a few things:

a. Are there any promotions that you’ll be running for the PlayStation 3/Nintendo Wii launch day(s)?

b. Do you have any expectation of how many systems will be in your store on launch day? (Or if you’ll have any at all?)

c. Do you know if anyone has already expressed a desire to wait outside the store for a system?

d. Where is the best place to line up? (Nothing’s more embarrassing than waiting for days outside of a Best Buy to find out that the line is at another entrance. And yes, I’ve heard about this happening.)

e. “…and what is your name, sir/ma’am?” (This one is very important. If the manager senses that there’s a chance that their false information could result in affecting their job, they’ll take this opportunity to clarify anything they aren’t sure of. (Especially in light of all of the negative press Best Buy received last year during the Xbox 360 launch.) Once I even had a store manger take my information after I asked him a few questions about another tech product. But this was only after I made direct eye contact and asked him for his name.

If nothing else, this let’s the manager know what to expect on launch day. When he/she sees your face now, they’ll more than likely remember the discussion in November. This can only help you. Perhaps the manager will ask you for your name and have someone call you as more information is made available? Also, amidst a launch day crowd and lots of confusion, it could warrant you a bit of favor if that manager sees and recognizes you.

More importantly, talking to the manager lets you know what to expect from the store. If the guy looks like he doesn’t have a clue about “one of those new PlayStation-thingees”, then perhaps you’re shopping at the wrong store. (More on that later.) But your discussion with the store manager doesn’t stop there because when you get to the launch line in November — even if you’re not the first one to arrive — you’ll want to….

3. …talk to the store manager and let him/her know that you are standing in line! This is not such as big a deal if there are already folks on line, but I’ve heard about situations where people started lining up outside of an electronics chain on the left and somehow folks began to start lining up on the opposite side. The lines each slowly grew and nobody asked any questions until more and more people began to show up and confusion ensued from there. Avoid this altogether. If you’re first in line, just walk inside (and while you’re there, familarize yourself with where the bathroom is) and then ask for the manager. Let him/her know that you’ll be standing outside and for which system you’ll be waiting for. (Hopefully he/she recognizes your face if you followed my number 2 and the conversation will be brief.) Also, there might be some sort of bracelet or ticket that they’ll have to hand out. It’s a small but important step if you expect to play Resistance: Fall of Man on the weekend of November 17.

4. The early bird gets the worm. The PlayStation launch is on a Friday this year (November 17). If I were crazy enough to camp-out, I’d probably think about taking a few days off and starting to camp out no later than early Thursday morning (…or possibly as early as Wednesday….or maybe even earlier depending on how many hardcore folks there are in your town. (HEY! I see those juding eyes through the screen. Don’t get all judgemental on me. Folks lined up for a year in advance of the Star Wars prequels….and those were shite AND they didn’t get anything to take home for the experience.)

Anyhow, this is where having ‘talked to your store manager’ comes in handy. If you were friendly enough, more than likely he/she will have clued you in if anyone else has mentioned when they plan to start lining up.

If you’re insanely hardcore, you might even want to start a “watch” around the store… As you or your buddies pass by the store on your normal route in the days leading up to the launch, give them a shout out via mobile phone if you happen to see anyone lining up. And bring your stuff with you. If you see folks starting to form the line, perhaps you’d want to consider parking the car and hopping on the line yourself.65697919_7ad049a868.jpg

5. Be Social. If you’re going to have to stand among a bunch of strangers in a competitive situation, ease the tension by talking to folks. And I’m not talking about just the folks that you bring to the launch. If you bring buddies, each of you should start talking to other folks in the line. (This is usually a problem for me. I just like to zone out sometimes and read or….what else…game.) But it’s definitely to your advantage to talk to people. First off, talking can usually uncover information. “My cousin is inside working tonight and he said that they have only 12 PS3s”. Or perhaps one of you will get some other details that you can bring back to the group. Hey, you might make a new friend (that you’ll put on that mysterious online friends list that Sony has yet to discuss.) It just helps to ease the atmosphere. I still remember some of the folks that I met during the PS2 and the Dreamcast launch. But if you can’t be convinced to be nice just because sometimes it’s a good thing to be nice, know that you can stay more connected to the real-time information flowing around you if you talk to folks who are there for the same reason that you are.

6. When it comes to stores, discriminate. Last year a lot of folks were upset that I got a system without standing in some long line when many of them waited in the the rain — overnight — for an Xbox 360 — in vain. One female friend almost cornered me at work: “How is it fair that you can get a system, but I waited longer and didn’t get one?” And so I asked her, “Where did you wait?” Her reply? “Wal-Mart”. And therein lies the problem.

Even though a store might carry PlayStation or Nintendo products, it doesn’t necessarily say anything about their commitment to gaming. For some stores, gaming is a complete afterthought. Just some section in the back of the store, next to the television displays. And this isn’t standard to any one chain. One Wal-Mart might have a great gaming section while another location’s section is horrible. This is why you want to start interviewing managers now (see number two) to find out who has a launch day plan and who didn’t even know there was going to be a new PlayStation.

If you’re in the group of folks that didn’t (or can’t) find a a place to pre-order a system, you’re limited to camp out in front of stores that generally don’t run pre-order programs. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but the main stores that you’ll probably want check with (at least in the Northeastern section of the U.S.) are: Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, Toys R Us and (God forbid) P.C. Richard’s.

7. Bring a survival kit. (And get comfortable — you’re going be here for awhile.) – If you’re going to make any kind of serious sacrifice to get your new next generation system, you’ll want to bring all of the necessary essentials for survival. Those fold up plastic and fabric chairs are practically made for events like this. Also, November = winter. Dress for an outdoor trip. (Don’t forget, most of that time will be spent sitting in one place.) Bring food (including enough extras for the guy you met outside whose brother works inside Target. It could pay off.) Having some kind of makeshift pillow would be a good idea, but the plastic fold up chair is essential. After all, what good is it to get a new system yet be too stiff to sit down and enjoy it?

8. Know the rules of the line. – We’ve all been to an amusement park and watched the kids who cut the line. We’re upset, but we won’t make a big fuss over it. Hey, maybe you’ll wait a little longer, but the ride’s not going anywhere. These rules are multiplied by a factor of 5000 when you’ve waited for hours….maybe days…. and someone decides to let their friend hop on line in front of them just before the Circuit City doors open.

I don’t know all of the “Rules of the Queuing Line,” but someone let me peek at their guide book once. Two of the rules I do recall are as follows: If you followed number one in my list and you have a bunch of friends, it’s okay for one to step out of line to get a bite to eat for the group (be nice and ask if anyone else wants anything….ok, maybe not not everyone. Maybe just the dude behind your group.) However, only one from the group should leave and it shouldn’t be for any substantial period of time. Half an hour, tops. Same goes for bathroom visits. Basically the rule is this: for each person in that group standing in line expecting to buy a system, they should have waited with everyone else in the group. (Bonus: If you want to wait in shifts, but only because four of you are standing in line to buy one system, make a mini-announcement so that everyone can hear that you’re only buying one system. And this time around, even that might not calm folks.)

The second rule I peeked at is one for all of you “solo journey” folks. You people will certainly want to follow number five on the list because when you need to go to the bathroom, you must let the person behind you (and maybe even mention it to the lady in front of you) know that you need to make a short trip to the restroom. I’m sure they’ll appreciate the same courtesy when nature calls for them, as well. But don’t mention that you’re going to the bathroom, only to return three hours later. Folks who queued up behind you will start to unsheathe swords and draw arrows from quivers if you pull stunts like this.

Undoubtedly folks who didn’t read this post are going to bring a bunch of friends — but not having done their homework, they won’t know which stores are expecting what. And that will lead to five friends waiting in five different store lines for systems. It’s okay if they’re only buying one system between them. But if they all expect to come home with systems and four folks slip in line at about 8AM in front of a hundred angry dads, how do you think that’s going to turn out? (If I had to guess, it would probably involve news cameras and ambulances.)

I guarantee you — about 90% of all skirmishes that happen during this launch will be because of some sort of misunderstanding that falls under this area. Don’t be the guy on the news — know the rules of the line!1122sears550x377.jpg

9. Be alert! – This goes hand-in-hand with, “bring friends” and “be social”. Especially if you’re not familiar with the area where you’re going to wait in, keep a heightened awareness about you. (Kinda like you do when you’re sitting at the airport gate before your flight.) Just like the lady tells you as the flight is preparing for takeoff, look around while you’re on line and plan your route back to the car once you get your system. (And please….. for the love of all that’s good and holy…. don’t take the bus home. You just spent $600 on a system. Find $10 and buy a cab ride home. Please.) Bottom line is this — the goal is to slide that PS3 into the space in your home entertainment system. Giddily smiling as you walk back to the car, happy that you’re carrying the next generation in gaming under your arm might result in you getting “got”.

10. Bring a covering. – Here’s one that most folks don’t consider. Rather than walking out of Best Buy as a target with a big yellow and blue bag, why not bring something to make your $600 less conspicuous? Most people who have considered this go with the ever popular “black garbage bag”, but sometimes those can be just as conspicuous. My suggestion – get a big Macy’s shopping bag or a large shopping bag from any other clothing store. (A pink Conway bag is your road to success). Also, remember to put a few shirts inside of the bag so that you can drape them over the box. Again, it sounds silly, but the whole point of gaming is fun and you want to ensure that you get home safely so that you can enjoy your system. And that brings me to my next point…..

11. If you sense danger, WAIT! – If you’re in the rare situation where you feel that you’re not safe, go back to the store. It’s the mall’s responsibility to make sure that you have a safe environment in which to shop. At Best Buy or Circuit City, talk to those annoying guys that bug the hell out of you for your receipt when you’re trying to leave the store. Tell them that you don’t feel safe and you think some security is needed outside of the store. Then hopefully the “mall cops” will deter any theft and you can go home safely. Thankfully I’m a big guy and I haven’t had to do this before. But it’s not about just you. Perhaps there’s some Mom who doesn’t see the danger that you see. Why risk the trip just because you’re in a hurry to get home and play? You’re risk losing your money and the system that you waited on for hours. If you sense danger, swallow your pride, go back to the store and make sure that there’s enough security there for everyone to get home safely.

I’d rather wait inside the store — even for an hour or more until the situation is safe — than to have the system in hand, only hours from glory and rush out into danger, not only putting the system in jeopardy, but your life as well. Patience, Young Skywalker.

12. If you wait in line a day or more in advance of launch, agree to sleep in shifts. – This might sound rather silly, but if get your place in line on Wednesday (November 15), discuss with your buddies a plan for sleeping. I know it sounds as if I’m overcomplicating the experience as if folks were in an episode of ‘Lost’, but whaddya want?!! I knew a guy who was so hardcore to get a system that he stayed up for the two days that he was on line (Xbox 360) and as it got closer to the 9am hour, sleep began to overtake his body. He eventually got his system, but think of the risk he was putting himself in…. (especially considering number ten on the list) walking out of a store needing desperately to rest with a $700 bag in your hand.

Now, if you’re with a group, this one is easy. (Usually there’s a guy who can operate on little to no sleep.) However, if you’re alone, this will be a challenge (to say the least). But as you’re being social (see five), at least discuss it with the folks you are standing around. (My strong advice is that if these aren’t folks that you know and you need to sleep a few hours before the actual launch date, “don’t trust em!” You might wake up in a lawn chair by yourself in front of Circuit City at 11:30am with a damn PS3 bracelet still on your arm — that is, if they didn’t cut that from your wrist! And no, I didn’t hear about this actually happening, but it does sound pretty funny.)

13. Enjoy yourself! – Hey, this is a game system launch — bring games! Bring a DS or a PSP and see how many folks show up on the network. Again, you might make some new friends that you can look for later on that day on the PS3’s mysterious online friend finding system. The point is, as much as this is a sacrifice, it’s a time to celebrate your passion. I mean, let’s not get too crazy….. don’t dress in cosplay or anything, but bring a portable system and a few games. (And don’t get so excited about the new system that you lose or forget your $199 PlayStation Portable. Yet another good reason to have a bunch of friends — someone can guard the knapsacks of gaming goodies.)

My advice is to take a few mobile phone movies. This experience can be something you look back on and laugh about. (That is, provided you actually get a system.) But forsaking all other rules…. above all else….please…..

14. Please, Please, Please — BE SAFE!! – I would love to turn on the news on the 17th at 6pm and see only corny news stories about “PlayStation Mania” where they stick a camera in front of some little kiddies who just stare and drool on the mic. But sadly, I suspect that Friday November 17 is going to be one crazy day. Remember — above all else, this console is not worth your life. If faced with the unfortunate situation of having it stolen, just walk away thanking God that you lived to talk about it. No system is worth your life or your health. It’s unfortunate that the economic situation is such that hard working folks can’t all afford to enjoy the fun, but that’s just the sad state of affairs that we live in. Best thing you can do is get a system and share the experience at home with a friend who might not have been able to afford one. But please, please….just be safe.

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And there you have it. The Console Launch Day Camp-Out Guide – Nintendo Wii and PS3 Edition. I hope this helps you out a bit and brings you good favor as you endeavor upon buying during one of the most exciting times in gaming history.

Images courtesy of CNet’s News.com and Geeksquad.com.


611 Responses to “PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii Launch Day Camp-Out Guide”


  1. 1 Chugaboy
    October 25, 2006 at 1:32 am

    Nice write up sir!

    I will be doing this for the Nintendo Wii in chicago.. at a target store that I even work for.
    Target stores have been VERY picky about their street dates in the last year so don’t expect much surprise from them. At least in metro areas.. they take this stuff very serious. So serious that even I a manger have to wait in line.

    Thanks for the tips and I’m looking forward to having a long night of fun with a bunch of fellow geeks!

    Wiiii!

  2. 2 Bob McPherson
    October 25, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    since the Wii is coming out on a Sunday……how would camping out starting on Friday in the after noon sound?

  3. 3 ben
    October 25, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    I think you’re incorrect. The Wii is coming out on Thursday not Friday – one day before the PS3. November 16th.

  4. 4 ben
    October 25, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    sorry I meant “Thursday not Sunday” in the above post…

  5. October 25, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    About lining up more than 24 hrs in advance: I asked at the local Best Buy and they said people would be allowed to line up in advance starting the night before. Any earlier than that (the day before in the morning, or several days before) would be considered loitering and they said they DEFINITELY WOULD call the cops on anyone doing that.

    So if you are considering lining up > 24 hrs in advance, be sure to find out BEFORE hand not only with the store manager, but with the landlord of the actual property that the store is on. (After all, someone owns the property the store is built on, and its not Best Buy, they just rent it from them)

  6. 6 Bob McPherson
    October 25, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    um……..the wii is coming out on November 19th…..which is a Sunday

    trust me

    i checked this out on September 14th

  7. 7 Somebody
    October 25, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    The Wii is launching on Sunday, November 19th. I swear video game information is the most ignorantly relayed information on the face of the earth. I hear Zelda is coming out for XBox!

  8. 8 CaptJ
    October 25, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    It might be good depending on where you are, BUT that’s what everyone is thinking, so despite i have 2 pre-orders (gamestop and toys ‘r us) (my bro and my dad will be waiting for those), i’m camping out HARDCORE from thursday morning after work (11am), and staying there til the wii is out. me and my friends took off work, and we don’t have class thursday or friday so we’re golden.

  9. October 25, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    When i stayed in line to pre-order the wii, my friends and i hooked up a gamecube and small tv up to a few car batteries connected together in parallel. Six hours of gaming to pass the time! Of course then we just traded in the gamecube towards the wii, so that is gone.

  10. 10 Chugaboy
    October 25, 2006 at 4:10 pm

    lol somebody

  11. 11 Abbott
    October 25, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    @ben have you been a cave? the Wii is released on Sunday November 19th either you’re reading the paper upsidedown or you really need to get some better sources

  12. 12 Bob McPherson
    October 25, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    i really need to see when i can start camping out infront of Best Buy for the Wii

    hopefully its not before Friday night……..

    cus i would really have a problem with the bathroom bit

    what with me not being able to have a fucking license yet

    ……….stupid age restrictions

  13. 13 akkiekid
    October 25, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    lol to the guy who said Thursday. October 19 was Thursday. November 19 is Sunday. hahaha

    good article, i plan on going to wal-mart early sat. so i can get my Nintendo Wii on Midnight. No one i gonna fight me for a spot in line. I will fight and leave blood if i have to :-).

  14. 14 Bob McPherson
    October 25, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    good plan Akkiekid

  15. 15 gofrogs
    October 25, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    i remember camping for the Game Cube at a Target, in Hurst, Texas, and getting there at about 6pm the Saturday Night before it opened in the morning at 9 or so. I was #14 in line, getting there 15 hours early. By the time the store opened. 80 people were in line and they only had 54 systems. I got one with Luigi’s Mansion and Super Monkey Ball and was happy. I brought my Game Boy Advance and played through Pokemon Gold the whole way through in about 11-12 hours. Then I played Super Mario Advance all the way through and it opened about 20 minutes after I beat it. But that is what I did to pass the time. The people in line were mainly parents with their kids, many spoiled kids who I felt like backhanding. I really didn’t talk to them much but I did. I didn’t have to go to the bathroom once nor did I get tired. It wasn’t too bad, although it was raining most of the time at about 60 degrees.

  16. 16 gofrench
    October 26, 2006 at 2:14 am

    Chugaboy:

    Which target in chicago are you waiting by? I live near the one on S. Clark, and was thinking of waiting at that one.

  17. 17 Sai-kun
    October 26, 2006 at 8:03 am

    Ahh..Chicago. :D GameStop for me. I’ll be *maybe* camping out at the one by Fullerton in the plaza there. Maybe. ’cause I’ve already got mine reserved and I’m not sure my mom would want me to camp out n.n

  18. 18 Morbius420
    October 26, 2006 at 9:12 am

    Although I’m not buying a PlayStation 3 or a Wii I plan on being in line @ my local gamestop where I’ll buy a couple of 360 games instead. I just want to be part of the event for the PS3 launch and to make some new friends.

  19. 19 duder
    October 26, 2006 at 1:06 pm

    Doing a little location research is key. In VT, the lines at the Burlington malls were ridiculous for the PS3 and Wii pre-orders, but if you were to drive 12 miles outside of town, nobody bothered to show up at the more remote EBgames/Gamestop stores. Have a backup plan for the 17th/19th and be prepared to jump in a car if the line is taxed at busier locations.

  20. 20 Ryan
    October 26, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    One thing that I’ve seen done, and I do myself, is bring a medium size whiteboard. As people get there to join the line they write their name down on the whiteboard, which stays with someone near the front of the line for everyone to see. This prevents cutting, and as everyone has written their names on it, everyone trusts it. Only once did this not work, because the store manager went on a power trip and declared the white board to be invalid or some crap.

  21. 21 Chugaboy
    October 26, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    Gofrench

    I’m actually waiting at a north burb store. I figure the closer I get to the city the harder it’ll be to get it. I’ll at at the Lake Zurich store.

  22. 22 Pat
    October 26, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    Ok, so here is my deal. I am a student at Boston College and am trying to get a PS3 on launch day. I have yet to do research, but probably will end up at Best Buy (Thats where I got the 360 on launch and feel that they tend to get the most systems.) I end classes at 4 on Wednesday, and am planning on skipping classes Thursday, which is not a problem. And I start classes on Friday at 11, so again, no big deal. Right now, I am planning on arriving around 6am on Thursday morning, which would mean that I would be waiting 26 hours. I don’t have to be number one in line, just to ensure that I will walk out of BB with a PS3. So do you think that I should get to Best Buy at 6am on Thursday, or earlier? Part of me says earlier b/c what is 3 more hours gonna do in the big picture. I do not want to camp out for 2 nights, but if I HAVE TO, then I guess I can. What do you guys think?

  23. October 27, 2006 at 12:48 am

    Pat, it’s kinda like I said…. we could tell you to wait as soon as you get done on Wednesday, but who knows what everyone else has planned in your town. One of my suggestions was “talk to the manager”. I think you should do that. Find out what the store’s plan is. Maybe they won’t even let you stand on Wednesday.

    Also, I kinda think in the case of the PS3 that anything beyond number 5 on line is no guarantee. I’ve spoken to a few store managers who have indicated that they expect “10 pieces”. One guy told me, “25 pieces tops – and some of our employees are entitled to a few units”. Keep in mind, this is in New York. Things may be different in Boston, but I’d figure not too different.

    Aside from checking with the store managers, I’d remember the image of the thirteenth guy on the Target line for the 360 launch. They had 12 units. The pain in his face of seeing the guy DIRECTLY in front of him walking out the store with a box is one that I won’t forget.

  24. 24 Pat
    October 27, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Awesome, thanks alot for your help Devron. I think I’m gonna try and head to some of the local Best Buys and Walmarts this Saturday to hopefully get some good information. I honestly think that if I get there noon or earlier on the 16th, I have to have a decent shot at this system. Thanks for the input. Any other things to suggest? I’ve read the guide above and its great! I wish I would have read it for the 360 launch. haha

  25. 25 An00bis
    October 27, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    YO MAN, im at oakville ontario, and im gonna camp out for as long as i need to, at the plaza. The walmart is right next to the EB Games, neither took pre-orders

    this is good, cuz im picking up my cousins as well. I plan to juggle in order to occupy my time

  26. 26 AR
    October 29, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    i live in san francisco where there is a playstation store and a sony store in the same building. do you think that because these stores are going to receive more PS3’s than most other stores that it would be okay to show up at around 1:00 AM friday morning.

  27. 27 Pat
    October 29, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    I just got back from Toys R Us about 20 minutes ago with my preorder receipt. Got there at 6:00pm on Saturday night, about 14 hours in the cold Boston weather, but I’ll have a PS3 on launch! woo hoo… but the reason im posting again is that I just wanted to thank the writer(s) of this guide. We performed several of the tips and the process was so much smoother. Long ass wait can never be totally blocked out, but the night was much better than my 360 launch campout. Yet, I think I still am going to try to campout on launch day too, and see about getting one for my nephew. I was thinking early Thursday morning, around 6-7am or so? What do you guys think?

  28. 28 Wii Rox
    October 29, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Nice campout guide, devron.

    Do any of you guys know how many Wii’s these stores are gonna get? I figure I’ve got a lot better shot at getting a Wii than a PS3. I’m probably gonna wait until Saturday, the 18th to camp-out – I like my own bed for sleeping. Maybe that loitering rule will come into play at a lot of these stores.

  29. 29 Kevin
    October 29, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    great guide andalthough it sounds like camping out on launch day would be an awesome experience, i’m just happy that i already have my Wii preordered from gamestop. i’ll have been playing it for about eight hours before the other stores even open up (midnight launch party) OH YEAH!

  30. 30 Derek
    October 29, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    The main tip I’m taking advantage from the PS3 camp out guide is to see when other people are gonna line up for the PS3. I say for the PS3 you go and check starting Wednesday the 15th the store for which you are gonna camp out at every 3-4 hours to see if there is anyone lining up outside. If you see people lining up, you should line up yourself no more than 2 hours later because other people will be doing the same thing when they see people outside. And does anyone know if stores will open at midnight Nov. 17 on Friday for selling PS3s or open at there regular Friday hours? What did they do for the 360?

  31. 31 TehuberOne
    October 29, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    I’m planning on using some of these techniques. I hope the walmart in my town gets wiis. for the 360 launch alot of people from the big city nearby came to my town so its possible for the wii. I’m planning on the 18th at noon to start my campin. Nice guide.

    TehuberOne…

  32. 32 housegroove
    October 30, 2006 at 3:02 am

    well im in northern japan. Im camping out (well waiting in my car until i see people starting to line up) the night before it goes on sale. I think ill be safe being that im in northern japan (misawa, 3 hrs north of tokyo by bullet train) im hoping there wont be HUGE lines though. I can buy a DS with no prob while i continue to hear how they are sold out/difficult to find in tokyo. Ive had my ps3 on reserve since september, im not even sure if it was an official preorder since the lady at the counter didnt know if they were getting the 20 or 60 gig. but they gave me a call shortly after the TGS closed and asked me which model i wanted. only 12 more days until the 11th :D

  33. 33 YoBo
    October 30, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Is there any lists yet like the ones last year that tell how many systems each Best Buy is going to be receiving? I remember last year for the 360 launch, you could see how many each Best Buy was was going to have. I remember some were 20 and others had 60 to 70. That would kind of help out.

  34. 34 Enraku
    October 30, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this, thank you so much for this well written guide. I needed some pointers, cause i plan on campin out for the wii.

  35. 35 Mimi
    October 30, 2006 at 8:33 pm

    I am going to pay somebody to stand in line for me…how will the people behind him feel about that? Seriously, will I have to cut somebody for coming out of their face wrong?

  36. 36 Derek
    October 30, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    Why is everybody gonna wait until they see other people lining up. If yo uare waiting in the parking lot at your store just go and be the first one in line.

  37. 37 Chica
    October 30, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    Hey,
    Anyone planning on waiting in Columbus Ohio or know anyone who is?

    This is my first time attempting to get a gaming system on launch day. I am unfortunately stuck on a business trip in Columbus that Thursday and Friday.
    From those of you who have done this before, is it a lost cause if I am unable to start lining up until 6-7pm the Thursday evening before?

  38. 38 Jason
    October 31, 2006 at 1:34 am

    Hi,

    Do any of you think hat Sam’s Club will have systems? That seems like an excellent place to go since yo have to be a member to even shop there, and most people will go to Fry’s or Best Buy or Circuit City.

  39. 39 WiiWii
    October 31, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    I’ll be camped out for the Wii in Melbourne, FL – I’ll probably bring a generator, or hook up power to a car for my projector + p.a. haha.

  40. 40 ChosenOne
    October 31, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    Exellent, exactly what I was looking for. Anyone in the Omaha area that’s camping out? Hit me up! LegendaryHero@gmail.com

  41. 41 GatorGirl
    November 1, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    This guide was just what I was looking for. My boyfriend works at Bestbuy, and I thought I’d share with you all that as of today, most of the stores haven’t recieved an estimate of the number of consoles they’ll have. One perk for us in Gainesville, Fl is that employees aren’t allowed to buy the systems.

    Make sure you follow the tip about asking when to line up! Police will be shooing people out of Butler Plaza (Bestbuy’s location) all night because of local laws against sleeping in public places, which throws out all ideas of lining up early.

  42. November 1, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    anybody campin out in Reno, NV im not from there but i live here now. i was livin in El Paso, TX and at last year’s 360 launch i went to every walmart at 3pm and they had long lines. So i decided to go to Target and thay had 20 units. luckily i was the 14th person, the bad part was they had half & half so i only got a core system, but what pissed me off was they only had three hard drives. I had to drive to best buy to get one. it was all worth it though!!! ill be at wal-mart November 16th, 2006 at 6am!!!!

  43. 43 Gus
    November 1, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    repping pickerington/rhynoldsberg OH gonna w8 from 12 noon on the 16th gonna kick ass! thanks for the advice and have fun yall!

  44. 44 Ben
    November 1, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    WOW! This is really gonna help me out! I’m off both WED and THRUS and FRI morning. So I guess the outlook looks good for me! Thanks for all the help.

  45. 45 Zacharias
    November 1, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    What a great guide. However, I live in good ol’ South Carolina. There were Eb’s down here where you could waltz on in four hours after they opened on October 10th and still have plenty of time to pre-order a system. When the 360 came out, as long as you were at a BestBuy or Target within the first few days of the release, you were golden. When the Cube came out I showed up at Circuit City a week after opening and they had plenty. With all the hype surrounding the PS3 and current situation on eBay, I may have to line up 4-6 hours beforehand. Must of the people buying the PS3 are not going to be gamers down here in SC…but ppl lookin to make a quick buck to pay their gas bill. I have even heard about ppl coming down here just because we are notorious for never having lines for stuff like that. Hell, even the day after Thanksgiving, the record for someone lining up is only seven hours at a BestBuy.

  46. 46 Brad
    November 1, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Hey, I’m planning on camping out with my cousin for a wii on Nov. 19th. I live in southern North Carolina. Do any of you think that I should wait in line at a Wal-Mart or Circuit City, etc…?

    My aunt waited in line last year for a xbox 360 at my local wal-mart (only 5-10 min. from my house) and she only had to wait in line from 6 pm to 10 pm! Maybe I won’t have to wait for a long time?! IDK…what do you all think?

  47. 47 jsteele
    November 2, 2006 at 1:28 am

    I live in jackson Ms i waited outside in dec for the 2nd lauch of the 360. Bestbuy had 40 i was number 37 and i got there @ 8pm the night before. I gotta have a ps3 and am willing to wait in line starting early thursday 5am. Ive called a couple of walmarts but i dont think each store (walmart) will get more than 4-6 bestbuy on the other hand maybe 10-25 depending on location. 400,000 units diveded by 50 states 8,000 ps3 per state. thanks to the writer of this guide. Jsteele1227@gmail.com is my email if anybody want to chat and come up with ideas on how we can guarentee a PS3

  48. 48 Agros
    November 2, 2006 at 8:52 am

    Well i am in Framingham,MA and I plan on staying out for this was planning on lining up around Thursday afternoon but now i am thinking thursday morning might be the better of the two. Also i know around me there is a Best Buy, Circuit City, Walmart and a Comp USA(which is where i will most likely be) i need to make sure i can skip work and evening classes on thursday evening. I was wondering if i talk to the people in line, do you think i would be able to run to class for about 2hrs and still save my place in line?

  49. 49 jsteele1227
    November 2, 2006 at 10:39 am

    Agros go ahead and plan to miss your class. Theres pretty much no way people are going to let you skip out for 2 hours plus that will probely be against the line rules….I’m skipping out on work that thursday as well

  50. 50 Shey
    November 2, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    i live in Katy, texas. i live 2 blocks from a target.. i plan to start drivebys around noon on sat (for the wii)and as soon as i see one person i will have everyhing in the back of my car and i will rush for a spot… if there is no one lining up untill bout 9 i will start the line. but i doubt that will be the case.

  51. 51 Shey
    November 2, 2006 at 4:21 pm

    did i mention i work at that target! but we get no bennifits! only 10% off everything… but no special treatment.

  52. 52 Shey
    November 2, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    one more thing….. if you wanna be able to play your ps3 in HD be prepared to fork up another $150 because the cable is not packed with either priced systems. and yes i talked to the sony rep… its true…

  53. 53 Ian
    November 2, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    You can pick up an HDMI cable for 20.00 on amazon.com. You do not need the PS3 specific cable, it is made by monster, and all of their stuff is overpriced.

  54. 54 alec
    November 2, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    i am 15 years old an i am going to camp outside of bestbuy thursday at (11:30) its my first system so will the people say anyhting to me like( your to young or something) an i am camping by myslef so can you please give me so advice

  55. November 2, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Good for you, Alec. I do worry about you since you’re 15 and holding $650 in your pocket. This is definitely the time to convince a parent or at the very least an older uncle or aunt to come with you. I’d even feel more comfortable if it was you and at least two other 15 year olds. Remember Alec — the goal is to come home and play Resistance. There are some sick folks in this world who will be clued in to the PS3 mania around the 13th or so….and they’ll be plotting. Just be safe, man. I am passionate about gaming too (and truthfully if I was 15 and nobody would stand with me, I’d probably stand on my own.) But just promise me that you’re not paying in cash. Sleeping through the night with $600 bucks in your pocket is NOT a good idea.

    Like I said to everyone, I want to hear from you folks AFTER the launch. Let me know that you didn’t have ANY incidents in your town. This is about gaming. It’s not supposed to be dangerous. Good luck, man. I’ll be with you in spirit.

  56. 56 shey
    November 3, 2006 at 11:54 am

    make sure that you are getting the right hdmi im not sure the type it will be but my bet is 1080i

  57. 57 shey
    November 3, 2006 at 11:57 am

    devron thank you so much for making this guide it has been very helpfull.. i have put together an emergency kit in the back of my car for the day… including a switch blade(legal size) and a first aid kit i know that sounds extream but so is camping out to get a system and your saftey

  58. 58 Shey
    November 3, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    im gona talk to my boss tonite and get an estamate on how many target stores will have on opening day and post back here tomorow

  59. 59 Michelle
    November 3, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    Do you think lining up at 2 pm on the 16th is too late at a 24 hour walmart? That’s the earliest time I can get!

  60. 60 Wii freak
    November 3, 2006 at 8:41 pm

    I am so sicked (sorry I cant spell) wii wii wii wii wii wii wii I-i’m so HYPERQ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. 61 Seyi
    November 3, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Nice guide man.. My friends and I plan on getting a total of 6 ps3.. 3 of them will be mine. i plan on selling 2 on eBay. my goal is to make $5000. we will be getting in line Wed. around 5pm. Im just worried about security. I heard way too many horror sorries for the 360 launch and for that reason we will have a .45 in the car just in case.

  62. 62 Wolf
    November 3, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    16 year old going for a Nintendo Wii here…. Roanoke is a little town so when I sent my family member to get me a pre-order 2 hours before Game Stop opened, I was shocked to hear people were there since 1 am. I tried Toys R Us got there 4 hours before the store opened still didn’t get it, the only people that got a pre-order where some guys that got there at 12 noon the day before…
    Yea I was thinking 1 am at Best Buy, but tomorrow I’m going to talk to the manager, and attempt to be there 12 noon in the 18th.
    Even got a friend to camp with me, 16 year old, only female at Toys R Us…. doesn’t seem too safe to be there 24 hours, hopefully walking away with a new system.
    -Wolf

  63. 63 Spike
    November 3, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    I am dead set on getting a PS3, i have plans to go as early as wednesday morning if i have to. Wal-mart baby! wooo. so is it true that Wal-mart only carries about 5 units on launch date?

  64. 64 iwantawii
    November 4, 2006 at 12:01 am

    I plan on camping out saturday the 18 at night…do u think i should get there in the morning or what?

  65. 65 Michelle
    November 4, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I would check to see if people are lining up at night or not. If not just come back in the early morning and get in line.

  66. 66 Ryan
    November 5, 2006 at 10:22 am

    I’m 12. I’m camping out at Target at 8PM. Bad Idea, or good Idea?

  67. 67 Michelle
    November 5, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    I would bring along a friend if you could find one to hang out with you. Are you doing it for a PS3 or Wii? If for a PS3, I’m surprised your parents would let you do that though. Mine would never let me do anything like that on a school night. But yeah, try to get someone to come along with you or try to make a friend in the line so you can watch each others back.

  68. 68 Ben
    November 5, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Do any of you guys know if I can bring a small camping tent when I camp out overnight outside bestbuy or will they make me remove it?

  69. November 6, 2006 at 7:57 am

    I went to a wal-mart (the only wal-mart) in Susanville, California, and they said they are gettin 20 PS3’s. 10 20gig and 10 60 gig, the only thing that sucks about this wal-mart is that its not open 24/7. the good thing is it. only 20 min. away from me and i get off at 8am so ill be there by 830am Nov. 16th with a fold out chair, ds, and lots of food.

  70. 70 Agros
    November 6, 2006 at 2:52 pm

    I still havn’t spoken to the store managers in my area, but i do plan on camping out all of thursday and having a friend stand in line for me. I was thinking about camping out Thursday morning or afternoon. I will be missing work and class all day and hopefully my Bestbuy or something has a Midnight Lunch. But make sure you read the info above, talk to the managers and make sure they have enough units just to be sure that they have enough PS3s, and to make sure they don’t have a problem with campers. Ok guys Camp ON!!!! and be sure to bring entertainments and you have friends come by and visit you with goodies. Also be sure to Establish a line Rule.

  71. 71 Wolf
    November 6, 2006 at 5:52 pm

    I talked to the store manager in my area.
    Apparently they held a meeting about the PS3 but not the Wii (funny considering the Wii is more popular in my area).
    * No promotions.
    * No idea about number of systems.
    * They have people that have asked about lining up.
    So basicly I know nothing more than I did before… I think i’m going to ask the people in line for the PS3 either early the 17th, or some time on the 16th to see when the 1st people lined up, and I will go off that.
    I’m worried noon the 18th will be too early, but I don’t want to be too late either…
    -Wolf

  72. 72 Drood
    November 6, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    Anyone who is willing to camp out for a bloody console seriously needs to re-evaluate their priorities in life.

  73. 73 gorgeousplanet
    November 6, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    Hey, you’re on Slashdot! Grats!
    Anyways, I work at a Best Buy, and we have people telling us they plan on camping out as early as four days before the PS3 launch. Yikes!
    Just a hint: we CANNOT say how many units we will get or have when customers ask. But I feel bad for anyone waiting in the back half of the line, I’ll say that much.
    And as for what Best Buy allows out in front, I think it might vary store to store. Our store is going to be pretty accomodating. People will need tents up here in Oregon!
    And since I will be working on the launce days, I can’t buy a PS3 or Wii (planned on waiting anyways), so I hate all you people who plan on selling yours on ebay.

  74. 74 Oregonian
    November 6, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Hey Gorgeousplanet,

    I live in Portland, OR and was planning on going to BestBuy to camp out. Obviously you are anonymous; no one knows who you are. Can you give any other hints (like somewhere around 50 :) I really dont want to wait out in the rain all night not to get one.

  75. 75 Oregonian
    November 6, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Oops sorry for double post; I meant to say any other hints as to how many Wiis you may be getting. Thanks.

  76. 76 cellofellow
    November 6, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    hey Chugaboy, do you know how many wiis the store in lake zurich is going to have? and are they opening at midnight? I’m looking for a place to camp out with my friends (we’re from palatine) and i was thinking of the LZ target

  77. 77 Ahmed
    November 6, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve never had to camp out for a system (although I did get the a Best Buy about 20 minutes before they opened for my PSP, but that doesn’t really count as camping out). I got my DS and Gamecube the morning they came out, and I bought a PS2 the evening it came out. I just strolled into a Toys R Us and got one. It was that simple :-)

  78. 78 gorgeousplanet
    November 7, 2006 at 12:48 am

    hey oregonian,
    well, my store is about an hour away from portland, and i know we should be getting less than 100 but more than 50 Wii’s…. if you do wait in line, have fun, be careful, and stay warm!

  79. November 7, 2006 at 1:27 am

    Re: HD cables, you do NOT need an HDMI cable to play games in HD on the PS3. If your TV supports component video cables, those will work just fine as well. The only reason to NEED HDMI cables on a PS3 is for BluRay movies (not games) that specifically require the HDCP features of an HDMI connection. Those movies will be downgraded to 540p in that situation. That said, MOST movie companies are not using this feature on their BluRay discs, so its a moot point.

  80. 80 joe
    November 7, 2006 at 3:23 am

    anyone else find it interesting how Circuit City USA will only be getting 600 units for sale on launch day?? (well 725 if u count the ones they will be raffeling off) with that ive given up on circuit city for my ps3. i plan on hittin up either my local gamestop (if they say they might have extra units on top of preorders) or my best buy store 15 mins away

  81. 81 Acidraven
    November 7, 2006 at 6:01 am

    gorgeousplanet
    Hmmm I am guessing salem oregon then. and they are estimateing 4 days camping? Eeeep and I thought I was crazy thinking that I was going to be close to the front with about 40hr camp. And hmm 4 day camping for the Wii? that will run into the people for the PS3, or was that estimted times for the ps3?

    Now to just get over to my bestbuy talk to a manager and see what restrictions they are going to have.

  82. 82 Andrew
    November 7, 2006 at 7:16 am

    I figured that I would start waiting outside the night before, I thought about when the local Wal-Mart closes, now im thinking about skippin school in the afternoon just to stand in line. How would I know the earliest convience?

  83. 83 Stefen
    November 7, 2006 at 8:40 am

    You hit on all the high points my good sir.

    I also recommend this, we did this waiting in line for preorders for both ps3 and the wii, if your the first person in line or thers a bunch of people coming and going, suggest making a list of names of who was here and who is getting there, just add on the names, we did this and the manager greatly appreciated how orderly we were. It pays to be friendly too, we had a guy wait in a car all night and never come out to join the line, and so it was pretty much a unanimous vote that we were gonna tell the manager he didnt wait in line and so did not deserve a preorder, the manager of course agreed.

    And yes, check with a manager, we checked like two days ahead of time and he was like “Well I know I’m not supposed to tell anyone but we are only getting 4 ps3’s and 10 wii’s.” This was t toy’s r us (yes they did preorders this time around).

    For extra added fun tell the manager you’re camping out and was thinking about bringing a tv, and ask if it was possible to plug it into an outlet outside. My group brought two tvs, one with a GC and another with a PS2, we watch gaming movies like super mario and the wizard all night while playing super smash, needless to say everyone else in line loved us for bringing entertainment.

  84. 84 jc
    November 7, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    I’m planning on camping either Toys R’ Us or Target which are very close to my home for the Wii. Will be my first camp out for a release, so I’m hoping it won’t be that bad. Most likely be camping alone since roomates have work and don’t really know anyone from the area. I’ll take your advise along with me especially being social, might aswell get to know a fellow gamer from the area. Anyways I’ll be camping in Woodland Hills, CA. If anyone else is going to be around there let me know. p1n0ym2hal22@hotmail.com.

  85. 85 GoBeavs
    November 7, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    4 days?? That seems a bit over the top. I’m in Corvallis and am hoping I don’t need to be out there any earlier than Thursday AM sometime (I’ll be driving by every couple hours to see when the line starts forming and take it from there).

    Good luck to all!

  86. 86 Thirdlight
    November 7, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    Haha..I work at best buy also and can tell you. You can prolly count how many ps3’s each best buy will be getting on one hand…just a hint. Think 2 million units, now that sony messed up, divided by how many stores/people. But the Wii..you shouldnt have to wait that far in advance.

  87. 87 Stefen
    November 7, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    I heard from a guy that says hes a higher up in gamestop, like a district manager or something that there are only gonna be about 250,000 ps3 shipped to the US, that sony changed it about a week ago. AKA expect most people who preordered to still not get one on launch and that stores will carry about 5 tops.

    And wii is almost as bad, more units, but from what i can tell, the demand far exceeds that of the ps3. I’m hearing from people for both the ps3 and wii that they are camping out anywhere from 3-4 days, I also heard from one guy that he plans to start on Monday of that week, 5 days… ouch.

  88. 88 Mookie
    November 7, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    I am going to Circuit City on the day before launch for a Wii around 5:00 pm. If it doesn’t work out there I’ll go to walmart and check to see if they have any left. If I don’t strike it there I’m gonna rush straight to Target and wait in line there till 8:00 am when they start. If I don’t get one in anyone of those places, I guess I’ll just have to wait. By the way, I’m gonna be in Tulsa,Oklahoma for all of this. Anybody else?

  89. 89 gorgeousplanet
    November 7, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    my mistake… 4 days camping for ps3! sorry bout the mix up!

  90. 90 Blake
    November 7, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Does anyone know what stores are carrying the most units? Im trying im gunna pay people around $180 for waiting in line. Dont blame me for doing it, its economics. Im hopin to get around 50 campers and bums and spread them out with my buddies. its gunna look funny and people are gunna get heated but i dont care, i aint scared of noone. Think you could camp out for the wii right after you buy the ps3?

  91. 91 theFantasticDave
    November 7, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    I’m camping out in good ol’ Seattle with a buddy of mine. I have it on good authority that Circuit City will be implementing the Voucher system again this time around and that each store will have under 10 units, under 5 for smaller volume stores. And there are even a few that aren’t getting any, but they can’t tell people they aren’t getting them. How much would that suck?! Waiting in line to find out you never had a chance. My plan is to camp out all-day Thursday. One benefit is that I live a block from the Best Buy and my wireless works there, so I got my lappy up and running. For anyone in the Northgate area, I’m also bringing entertainment, such as a TV and a handful of good movies. I plan to get a PS3, so I’ll be checking everytime I go home and getting in line when it forms. So that could be as early as Tuesday or Wednesday I guess. bah! The things we do for video games. Just so happens I’m camping out the next day for a Wii too. O_O

  92. 92 Sboyd9008
    November 7, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    Hi,
    I live in Henry County Georgia and my mom works at walmart and is a merchandise supervisor, well for now at least but we wont go into that. She had to go to an electronics meeting about the releases days and stuff and i heard that a lot of the stores have gotten good ideas based off of last years turnout. For instance i think that one store is getting 14 Wiis and they are just going to set up 14 chairs in the layaway section and as soon as they are filled, everyone not in a chair leaves. The end. And also with walmart, it is against the rules for an employee to reserve one, if they are off that day they can wait in line but if they are stuck working they cant get one and no employee discounts either. Im planning on getting a Wii and considering this will be my first ever waiting on a game, im taking advice from my brother who worked at walmart at release last year. They started to line up at noon the day before and released at midnight, so ill either go to work with my mom and be first in line or go at 11. Good luck to everyone next week!

  93. 93 Michelle
    November 7, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    I am camping out for both a PS3 and a Wii. I’d like to go to a place with a midnight launch but I think those will be really busy. I’ll probably just camp out starting at around 8pm at either Target or circuit city.

  94. November 8, 2006 at 12:17 am

    Excelent Piece on information, I have been applying it to my wait for ps3 for about a month now and this was all before i read the blog. I have been talking to the department manager in our town for our WalMart for a month and have been getting some good info. I even talked to the Inventory Company personel about the ps3 launch and got a possible number of about 3-5 units for our store. I’m psyched about the release of it and im ready, survival kit packed and ready to go. I was the first in our town to have the ps2 when it came out and i stayed up all night from about 9pm on and got 1 of 14. This year is going to be a little different. Allowed to stay in the store of our NEW 24hr WalMart near the electronic register from about early afternoon until they release there at 12am thursday morn. At 10pm she intends on giving out tickets of how many ps3’s they got and we cant leave the store until they release at 12am. If we do it becomes null-and-void.

    So i say to you all out there, have fun camping, good luck grabbing and hope all (maybe not all) come out with what they hope to expect.

    The Ghost on the MidWest

  95. 95 mewhunter67
    November 8, 2006 at 1:21 am

    wow… i don’t appear to be the only one with amping ideas, and research appears to be a big thing. yeah, actually, i just read this guiode today, but i had already done so,me of the things, talking to guys at the store. however, i hadnt thot of actually going to the manager, i fig’d thatd be a bit overdone… however, i’m gonna go tomorrow. believe me, it’s never to early to wait guys. myself, i’ll be goin to sit outside my local bestbuy possibly friday the 17 for the wii on sunday. i may hold til early sat morning if the lines dont turn out as bad as i hope. i have one question; does anyone know for CERTAIN (no guesses or lies), will they release the two consoles (at least the Wii anyway) at midnight or when the stores open? i heard that the big N has the say on that, but i was wondering if anyone knew the actual details. it would just make the waiting easier i guess if it was midnight saturday and not the next day sunday. thanks for the guide tho!

  96. 96 gorgeousplanet
    November 8, 2006 at 2:40 am

    Some stores WILL have a midnight opening. That is decided store to store, company to company. I think your best bet is to ask the store employees of where ever it is you plan to buy. I know only about five or so BBY’s will be having midnight openings, and like three of those are in the LA area.

  97. 97 Josh
    November 8, 2006 at 7:16 am

    Just as apoint of interest:

    If I camp out, I could either do it at an EB inside the mall, or an independent game store, on its own on a street. The indie store isn’t taking pre-orders since the Xbox 360 scandal, so camping in advance is a must. Which place generally has less incidents on these dates?

  98. November 8, 2006 at 12:39 pm

    Josh – Generally I would say that a mall attracts far more stares. When I got my PS2 at a mall, there was far less press and I remember eyes staring with evil intent. However, this is going to be a special breed of crazy on the 17th. I don’t think there’s any way of knowing what you’ll be walking into that day. If you get to the store extra early, park close to the store.

    Best piece of advice I can offer is what I said in the post. Bring concealing bags (shopping bags and some clothes to cover the box) and if you can convince some friends to join you (even if it’s AFTER you’ve secured your PS3) just call them after you have the system, wait inside the mall and walk out together. (These sound like the tactics of a wimp or a punk, but you’ll be a punk who’s home playing with the PS3 as opposed to sitting in a police station chair trying to have the sketch artist draw the hooligan that swiped your system.

  99. November 8, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    Hey – lots of people are asking about whether anybody knows which stores will have the most units. At this point, even the gaming press (Kotaku, 1up.com, joystiq.com and many others) don’t have a solid idea of how the units will be allocated. Hell, they don’t even know how many units Sony has produced this far or if they’ll hit their projections of 400K for North America. Stay tuned to this site and the others mentioned for more info in the coming days. But one piece of advice that I’ll offer for certain — FORMULATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STORE MANAGERS. (Yelling was necessary.) It’s critical that you start asking the store questions.

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend time in a Target that actually had a PS3 kiosk. (I was a bit underwhelmed — I’ll write about that today.) But the manager (very nice lady) said that all she knows is that they’ll have SOME units. She said at this point she hasn’t been told if it’s 5 or 50. She had no idea — and this wasn’t just some twerp in a red jacket. This was THE big cheese in the store. She didn’t even have on any identifying gear and all of the store workers tried to look busier when she came around.

    Last thing — I’m sure as we get closer to the launch, the talented folks out there will create charts to show some relationship between stores and allocated number of PS3s. I remember hearing about these charts last year when the 360 launched. If one does launch, I’ll post something about it.

    Bottom line — keep watching the information flow. More info is coming out every day over the next NINE days! :-)

  100. 100 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    Do all of you freaks think that there may be a correlation between you sleeping outside all night for a game and the fact that you never get laid?

  101. 101 mewhunter67
    November 8, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    first off: i don’t care to ‘be laid’ as you so put it. i’m not a freak. second, i just know that there’ll be a run on any particular system, and i’d liek to be prepared to get one. besides, i think your comment really wasnt needed, especially in this thread. ask a lot of these guys and i bet they have girlfriends (or boyfriends, depending on who they are) and as for myself; i’m waiting for marraige to ‘be laid’. thanks for the thought tho!

  102. November 8, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    Good for you, Mewhunter. You know, I wasn’t really going to respond, but I’m glad you did. The truth is that folks like that are frustrated because nine times out of ten, they’re working for folks like us. :-) It’s their way of getting back at the tech enthusiast that holds their future in the palm of their hand.

    The era of the “geek with glasses that can’t get the girl” has long since passed. I guess it’s O.K. to camp out for something “manly” — like football tickets or concert tickets. But if you camp out for a gaming system — which you’ll have LONG after the concert is a distant memory — AND which might net you a cool $2000+ if you sell it…..well, now we’re freaks who don’t get women. Hmmm? OK…that makes sense…I think?

    But like I said…. I’m not going to respond. :-)

  103. 103 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    Haha.. my g/f will be waiting w/ me to get one and for me to sell so she can buy herself some nice coats and shoes w/ the profit.

  104. 104 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 4:37 pm

    Tech enthusiast. Wow thats a new one. By the way it will be a long time before someone like you holds the future of my life in your hands. THe real problem is you think its ok to be like you where as all the normal folks.

    I did not say anything about you ugys being geeks or anything so if you think you are a geek then that is your issue. Not too mention only a geek would say The era of the “geek with glasses that can’t get the girl” has long since passed”

    Since guys like you are so socially retarded businesses need guys like me that can bridge the gap of cummunication from a guy who would sit outside in his Luke Skywalker costume (and don’t lie I bet you have some kind of costume in your sad stinking closet that you wore to a movie or you have 6 sets of spock ears you where regularly)and someone who lives in society as a normal human being.

  105. 105 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    Oh yeah one more for the MO that doesn’t want to get laid. That translates into there is no chance in the entire world that you could ever get laid or you just like dudes and don’t know it yet.

  106. 106 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    I can’t wait for my system. This is going to better than sex.

  107. 107 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    I can’t wait for my system. This is going to better having a g/f.

  108. 108 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Do I really need to say anything else. Seriously are you guys seeing this. Please if you have any sense put down the light saber and walk away from this. Please. I think this page speaks for itself.

    Coats and shoes Dave. how far do you think 1500 would go for a real coat. C’mon man you know your girlfriend is made of plastic and has a vavle in her bully button. You ever wonder why she is so quiet and doesn’t eat much

  109. 109 Enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Nice Dave. I’m waiting with my G/F and we’re going 50/50 on the cost so we co-own it since we both really want it. I don’t think I could sell it if I only had the one though.

    As for the “Get laid” part, I say Devron is right, the time of the loser geek is long long gone (like the 70s) and now the old saying is becoming more and more true. “The Geek shall inherit the Earth.”

  110. 110 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    Hewtash gets no as*

    That’s why he is on here.

    Yup – The Geeks shall inherit the Earth

    You weakling.

  111. 111 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    Did you say you girlfriend was 250?

  112. 112 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    Are you guys going to make love to the system too?

  113. 113 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    you guys will just eventually become extinct unless you find a non sexual process to reproduce or unless you all hit Enigmay84’s 250 lb g/f

  114. 114 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Seyi is going to have a .45 in the car?

    Now that is intense.

  115. 115 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    In the car? A real man would have it on his hip in a tactical holster.

  116. 116 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah he’s not only a geek but he’s also a punk.

  117. 117 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Haha hewtash.. lets really get at the heart of the reason your soo upset… you can’t afford a ps3 can you… since you obviously badmouthing a site that’s providing tips for those of us that can.. and you obviously have no concept of value… for some reason you think 1500 can’t get you a nice coat… lol well.. if you’re paying 2k for a coat then you’re the fool.. oh wait… lemmie guess.. you have so much money that you can spend 5k on a coat… and you drive a 911.. if so… don’t you have better things to do w/ your time than making childish snide remarks?

    Moron.

    Don’t you have someone’s lawn to go mow now? quit using their computer..

    Enigmay.. that’s cool man that your girl likes gaming… mine actually hates it.. but she’s willing to wait in line w/me so I can buy 2… one to sell and one to keep…

  118. 118 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    I’m not gonna… puke. I’m not… gonna puke. I’m… not gonna puke… Not this time. I chew on these words, force them through my head. In the kitchen, eating another meal alone, it’s just those words and another plate of chicken & rice. This jug of water–without that I’d be f&^ked. Only my second week into it and I’m sick of it already.”

    On the road to destiny, do not waver… Do not look back.

    “Bite, chew, water, chew, water, chew, wash everything down. Repeat. This is my system. Listen, the thoughest part isn’t the lifting. It’s not the cardio or getting up in the dark on a cold morning. It’s the diet. The monotony of eating. My training won’t change much. But eating? It will define me…”

    To rise above the base instincts, you must assert your will.

    “Some days, I’m actually hungry… These are the good days. The food is still dry and tastes like sh&*, but at least I can get everything down and keep it there. Other days, I just sit and stare. I break out in a cold sweat. I have to will myself to start. Yeah, eating like this is a real pain in the A&&.”

    Stay the course… Stay in control or you will lose your way.

    “People in the other world, they don’t understand. They can’t. They eat instinctively. For me, eating is another part of my life that must be controlled. I’ve had to learn how to eat, overcome my appetite. It sounds f^%ked up, but that’s what I gotta do to prepare for this. It sucks and I’ve still got miles to go.”

  119. 119 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    You said it Dave.
    We all just want to get our games and be happy. There will always be some infidel on here making noise.

  120. 120 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:34 pm

    Instead of playing games hit the gym…

    “Another rep, another nail. Another set, another brick. Another split, another backbreaking load of concrete… An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. In here, no distractions. Not like the outside, with ignorant people and their questions such as, ‘Is bodybuilding a sport?’ The first hundred times, I answered. I’ve stopped answering long ago…”

    What can a word mean?

    “Sport. What does that word even mean? Yeah, it is a word that’s easily defined… Still it doesn’t mean much. Let me ask you, how do you describe what you can do in a single word, an entire way of living with just 5 letters? I can’t. What I do is more than a word. What I cannot be confined by the basic limitations of language. Who I am cannot be so easily defined.”

    Bodybuilding is more than a word…

    “Bodybuilding is a sport, one that doesn’t end with stepping up on stage… That’s just a detour. But bodybuilding is more, like breathing or living. It is transcendant. It is not merely a word, but a symbol, a process of becoming–a constant striving to better oneself. This great journey that I’m on, one that we all can become a part of, has a beginning but no end.

    As I sit here, in the middle of my labor with two and a quarter on my back, I know I’m just a tiny speck. On this ordinary day, as I hammer out reps, each one drives my determination deeper into the grain of my being.”

  121. 121 enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    … where did you get 250 from? So far I have, Narrow-mindedness (this is a site devoted to campouts isn’t it?), Rudeness, Illiteracy, not even mentioning that you keep commenting on a topic that you feel is so very idiotic but needs your attention for some reason… Anything else you want to add to the list, or are you done?

  122. 122 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    what is she 275 ?

  123. 123 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    she likes gaming on hamburgers

  124. 124 hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    does she like lap apples?

  125. 125 Hewtash
    November 8, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Too bad she isn’t 400 lbs of muscle like my boyfriend.

  126. 126 sirgeeksalot
    November 8, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    weighlifting and sports?

    We don’t have time for all that. You keep talking all that crapolla and we will get rich selling ps3s.

    I am soooo looking forward to camping.

  127. 127 Enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    Sorry to hear that about your gf Dave. Mine was into gaming as a kid but then stopped and I had to get her into gaming again about 2 years ago. Smash Bros wsa a bit more challenging when she got really good at it.

  128. 128 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    bahahahaha….. forget everything i said… I know why he’s mad!!!!!! quit the juice man… lol i bet he’s got short man syndrome too…or perhaps a little bit of napoleon complex…tsk tsk…. it’s ok…umm.. i think they have a group for that too… you know… the 1st step is admitting you have a problem..

  129. 129 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 5:57 pm

    it’s all good Enig…the only game she likes is ddr…go figure for a kb instructor.. i think she’ll like the wii more…though i think they’ll be enough supply not to wait out for the wii.. could be wrong though…

  130. 130 enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    Eh, I figure it’s better to wait in the cold to definitely get one then to wait for a few months to get it. I got to play with it at an EB Games near me. The control system is extremely sensitive and hard to use at the beginning, but within 5 minutes you start to pick it up and it’s really fun. A lot easier then using a standard controller too.

  131. 131 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    That’s hardcore Enig… best of luck to u in getting the systems… though I must say…Zelda looks sooo sick…. I haven’t tried out the numchuck yet…

    ps. Hewtash – quit plagiarizing other people’s material…

  132. 132 gorgeousplanet
    November 8, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    wow, this forum was just ruined for me. :( i thought it was free of ranting jerks…

  133. November 8, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    Hewtash – even though this is my site, I completely respect your right to say what you feel. All I’d ask is that you keep it relevant to the post. If you’re not interested in obtaining a PlayStation 3 or Wii, that’s fine. But I’d ask that you respect the site with your comments.

    That goes for everyone on the thread. Let’s just focus on the post. Respond to whatever you want but resist the urge to send a personal attack (as I should have). It ends up going on forever….

  134. 134 sboyd9008
    November 8, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    Wow someboyd has some horrible underlying anger hidden. Hmm could it be attributed the fact that like said earlier that you cant afford the system or maybe youre talking all big but you might just be a little 12 year old whose parents wont allow you to play video games. Sure you may talk big but maybe youre only 4’11? Just because people want to get something so bad that they are willing to camp out all night to get one, doesnt mean that they are star wars nerds who cant get laid.Im planning on camping out just for pure fun. Yes i love video games but im not a super geeky fanatic That has a costume in my closet. And your whole little comment about getting laid; not everyone in this world is a horny little bastard with loose morals. So how about you stop bothering people for no reason once so ever and get a life, or better….go hump a tree.

  135. 135 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    i don’t know if anyone knows this… but does the ps3 have the ability to upconvert normal dvd’s to 1080i?
    I just called the target near me…they’re handing out tickets at 6 am here..dang i’m gonna be sooo friggin tired for work… oh yeah.. this’ll be my 1st camping experience… i’m psyched to know there’re other gamers like me…

  136. 136 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    this guy’s gotta be a professional heckler or somthing

  137. 137 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    i called the stores here locally. Gamestop says it won’t have any extra after filling pre-orders. Best Buy says we can start a line any time but they have no idea how many they’re getting. Wal-Mart says they’re getting 20-30 calls a day asking about ps3 while Circuit City says they’ve only gotten about 5 calls total. Target was pretty clueless. This all in central california.
    Would it be crazy to camp out from the 15th for ps3?

  138. 138 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    i read they’ll upconvert but i’m not sure about details.
    I’d like to know the answer to that too…in fact will it upconvert to 1080p?

  139. 139 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    i don’t think people can tell the dif b/w 1080i and 1080p… all i know is that my Elite is itchin for some good HD…. stupid directv and its crappy hd feed…

  140. 140 Dave
    November 8, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    what are the stores to stay away from? So if the gamestops are all done w/ their preorders it means there’s no point going there…i imagine the BB’s and Walmarts will be crazy…less nuts at Target perhaps?

  141. 141 Enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    BB isn’t telling what amount they have (the employees can’t say or they’re fired… they told me that last year with the 360 too, stupid idle threat). They aren’t saying anything they can get away with getting to not say basically.

  142. 142 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    1080p…the holy grail of hd. might as well use it if you got it although upscaling isn’t ideal.
    it seems the more well known stores will most likely get more units and larger lines. The less well known will get a smaller line but less units. I suppose i’m stating the obvious. I’m going with the safest, best lit location. For some opening time may be a factor. My best buy said they open at 10am while wal-mart said 7am and the rest said 8am.
    I’m thinking about ordering pizzas to use as bribes to advance in line…what do’ya think?

  143. 143 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 8:02 pm

    i just called a k-mart and an employee said they’re getting 10 to split with another near-by location. They’re like wal-mart here if you don’t have them where you live. That doesn’t sound like many.

  144. 144 Enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    is that PS3 or Wii?

  145. 146 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    what are bathroom break rules if you’re alone at night when the store is closed? Just tell the people around you and hope for the best or what?

  146. 147 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 8:25 pm

    do you go to a gas station or what?

  147. 148 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    does anybody know of other websites like this keeping up with playstion launch, camp-out, and store availability info?

  148. 149 enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    This is the only site I know of. You want to use gas stations, Grocery Stores, and other such places, but try to buy something from them each time (small item) so as not to make them angry with you in the event of a bathroom emergency. As for if you’re solo, you just have to build a good vibe between the people you next to and tell them when you are going. It’ll be appreciated later (as Devron pointed out) and they’ll probably have no problem with it as long as you aren’t a dick to them/others around you.

    Last year I was leaving BB (I worked there) and I got the store to buy 3 pizzas for the people waiting outside since they’d be there all night, and they’d spend the money there anyway. Anyone have a similar event happen to them?

  149. 150 enigmay84
    November 8, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    Oh, and has anyone gotten any stock information on the Wii? All I’ve found is that there’ll be roughly 4 million world-wide on release (I don’t even know the numbers for the other releases…).

    Just wondering at which point you give up when you’re # __ in line…

  150. November 8, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    I realise i am chimming in late here but i just read all of the negativity from this LITTLE person named HEWTASH. Hopefuly what i say is the last that is said.

    All of us here have lives, all of us here have people that share our ideals and hobbies. Just because we charrish something that others donnot and find it either childish or stupid is something that is either being hidden from others about themselves or something else. It is not our fault you cant have a real life cause yer either nuts or your jealsous cause we all have a real life and relationships and your whatever is heavier than you are. Maybe its the juice or they just dont eat right. Who cares, we odviously dont.

    So if you have a problem, take it up with your own fat b/f or g/f. Your insecurity is none of our concern.

    As for our camping out for a childish toy, it is 9 days closer and may we all enjoy our camping trip or our ps3/Wii. May we all be careful, enjoy the company we have 4 about 2 days or so and anjaoy OUR GAMEING.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  151. November 8, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    besides, i know i am ready for it.

    GAMERS RULE WHILE OTHERS DREWLE

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  152. 153 Kerowynth
    November 8, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Let me just say, that any girl would much rather date a geek that waited in line for a PS3 or Wii for FUN than anyone who would go out of their way to be a jerk to people they don’t even know. Most geeks aren’t lonely guys (or girls) that sit playing video games all day. I know plenty of geeks, male and female, who, contrary to Hewtash’s statement, go outside, play sports, and have lots of friends. Most of us here- guys and girls- will be waiting outside for our new console with our friends, having a good time despite rain, sleepiness and cold. It may just be me, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s all lot more fun than sitting at home by yourself making fun of an internet thread.

    That being said, who else is looking forward to Twilight Princess? I was a little disappointed in Windwaker, so as soon as I make it in to Best Buy and grab my console, I’m heading straight for Zelda. I’m bummed out that the Elebits release date has been pushed back, though. It looks like it could be a really cool multiplayer game in the same vein as Katamari Damacy.

  153. 154 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    this is a heckler or some kid making things up to bug those who’ll listen or are insecure

  154. November 8, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Agreed, but i would rather protect ourselves than be made fun of.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  155. 156 Jamie
    November 8, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Heard Circuit City is doing a launch party for ps3 at select stores (selling 100 units, giving away another 100).
    One of them being the one in NYC.
    Wondering if there is anyone in the city that would be interested in double teaming to get them?

  156. 157 blueberry
    November 8, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    he’s only making fun of you if the things he says are true. He’s saying whatever comes to mind to get a response not to make a real point. He got some pretty funny responses too…not that I encourage him ’cause he killed the forum for now.

  157. November 8, 2006 at 10:50 pm

    im done then, he deserves no more attention.

    Read you all tomarrow. HAPPY HUNTING

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  158. 159 warwick dude
    November 8, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Yo, cool article. i plan on going to best buy and talking to the manager this weekend. I am 16 and have four friends tagging along. I will go around six AM on the 18th and follow ur advice. Do you know at least how many systems are gonna be at the best buy inWarwick Rhode Island and how early i should go (is 6 am early enough). i will probably comment back when i talk to the manager though. Thanks.
    P.S. im bringin folding chairs, a PSP,and all the food i can fit in a cooler.

  159. 160 warwick dude
    November 8, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    also im bringin a sleeping bag

  160. 161 Mookie
    November 8, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    I found this place recently. If you type in your zip code you can see all of the stores in your area that are supposed to be selling and a figure based on how many. Hope this helps. http://www.ps3seeker.com/wii/index.php

  161. 162 joe
    November 8, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    hetwash if u see this is wus just wonderin where u got that from????

    anyways.. im not sure guys… after seein wut my buddy did with 600 and then lookin at ps3 im considering forgettin about it. he found a guy who mods 360’s and bought one for 450ish 500 with an extra controller and its modded to play burned games. he now has just about every great game on there i can think of and they only cost 5 bux each. compared to 70 and….. and for some reason Halo, Gears of war, and the 360 in general is growin on me. ive just about got a ps3 secured since my friends pops is high up in toys r us but i too am leaning towards just sellin it.

  162. 163 gorgeousplanet
    November 9, 2006 at 6:13 am

    ok, so i had a customer tell me today that he plans on camping on 11/17 for the Wii. so thats 2 days ahead for that. and according to this article…

    http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2006/11/08/ps3-lines-already-forming-in-america.htm

    well, thats a little ridiculous. im sure we wont have anyone lined up in front of BBY till next week.
    sidenote: i had a customer who was offended that people might line up 4 days in advance, because, “isnt that loitering?!”
    hahaha

  163. 164 Enigmay84
    November 9, 2006 at 8:28 am

    So Gorgeousplanet, I’m assuming you work at Best Buy then? How many units are you supposed to get? According to the site Mookie gave out it looks like all BB stores are expecting 96 units…

  164. 165 sirgeeksalot
    November 9, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Why are you guys being so mean to Hewtash. Everyone is entitled an opinion – even if it is very narrow minded and coming from a 4’11” sh*t bird.

  165. 166 sirgeeksalot
    November 9, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Mookie -

  166. 167 hewtash
    November 9, 2006 at 10:44 am

    actually I am 4’9″. I bet you didn’t know I could bench about 32 PS3s. Just for you that don’t know that is the equivalent of 350 lbs.

  167. 168 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 11:12 am

    I looked at the link mookie put up and it said my locations should already have their ps3’s. Of course, the managers say they don’t have any yet and don’t know how many they’ll get. It’s pretty obvious they know but aren’t saying which has been well documented. I wish the website had predictions of how many got delivered.

  168. 169 sirgeeksalot
    November 9, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Maybe 32 Nintendo DSs – you infidel

  169. 170 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 11:16 am

    is there any point to getting in line if the line is 10 or more for a ps3?

    I live in a wealthy area with a medium size population and I have a feeling our lines are gonna start early and be really long…sucks for me. We’re not a big city but we have a high demand…do you think sony takes more than just population into consideration when allocation units?

    Can you beleive wal-mart says they’re getting 20-30 calls per day?

  170. 171 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 11:18 am

    Here we go again…our heckler picking on the insecure.

  171. 172 mewhunter67
    November 9, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Hey, Hewtash…. look, besides the point of the fact that the stupid conversations on this thread have probably gone too far (and i’ve seen a lot of the gamers adding to that and make it worse), whatever anyone wants to do with their life, they can. i think it’s great that you body build and so does your bf (if you were serious) that’s cool to have muscles (and props to you for being able to hold that kind of weight). I don’t really care to have that at all, and i never really cared for extremely muscular girls either (no offense to you; but thats not to say i’m into large girls either). But we like our games, and we play them, and if we want to get in line a long time before so we know we have one, well thats our decision. i just know that this year it’ll be hard to come by one and i’d like to be able to know i can get one. i’d also like to say, nerd that i am, i communicate well with girls (and guys) and am usually the one my friends come to talk to if they need anything (in repsonse to your earlier assertation that we cant communicate) i also dont have lightsabers or costumes… i don’t do that kind of thing. i might once for like a costume party or something, but thats it. buyt hey, w/e, its free speech. i’m glad you do take an interest in our lives and try to help us out. i just wish this thread could be kept to just what is was about: guides to camping outside stores. thanks.
    [oh, and by the way, i do crew and work out almost everyday. i love working out, especially on the water. ;)]

  172. 173 sirgeeksalot
    November 9, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Hewtash isn’t lifting any weights Mewhunter.
    Maybe 16ozs at a time. He probably has trouble tying his shoes.

  173. November 9, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    Don’t look now, but folks are already lining up at Best Buy for their systems…..wow.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/09/ps3-hopefuls-line-up-weeks-before-launch/

  174. 175 mewhunter67
    November 9, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    yeah, i know…. that’s insane. i mean, these people must not have lives, to sit out THAT long. i was told that even for the Wii(which is what i’m getting) i should be out a bit of time. i’m thinking of going out the friday evening before; that’s the earliest i can go anyway. some of the guys were saying that what you’ll get are ppl who’ll stand in limne for the ps3, then just get straight back in line for the wii… i mean, jeez. i’m gonna have to find a failsafe lest i lose a spot. always look for retail stores in remote areas, that might not have a big crowd; its good research.

  175. 176 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    that’s crazy. Hopefully it doesn’t spark a chain reaction. I can take a couple days off, but weeks?

  176. 177 theFantasticDave
    November 9, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Hewtash, you spend so much time on here trying to get people all wound up instead of spending time in said gym, or with said wife or gf, or doing said business man type jobs. My gf and I are camping out next week, we’re getting 2, selling one to pay for our snowboarding and Wii since we are but poor college kids. For a lot of these people, it’s not a matter of having no life, they just haven’t hit the spot in life where they can make 2000 dollars from a couple days of waiting in line, which even you probably don’t make, and if you did, you would sure as hell not be on here mixing things up. And at 4’9″ it sounds like you have a short-man complex and should just go harass other people.

  177. 178 kyle
    November 9, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    hey,
    I was planning on camping out for the ps3…don’t know where or when I am going so if someone could suggest something for me please?

  178. November 9, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    Kyle – you gotta give us more to go on. At least read the post and you’ll get a good idea of some of the things that you should be doing to secure a system. At this point, folks are already lining up early. You gotta read the post at least.

  179. 180 warwick dude
    November 9, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    dudes, just enjoy the gaming bliss, don’t be hatin. This will be my first time campin out for the Wii but it will not be the last and i intend to enjoy every minute. Nothing but love.

  180. 181 Dave
    November 9, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    Anyone see the ps3 ads on youtube? that baby one almost made me crap myself..haha j/k..

  181. 182 warwick dude
    November 9, 2006 at 4:31 pm

    besides,i intend to use my Wii right after i take it home.(Zelda twilight Princess) yeah

  182. 183 kyle
    November 9, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    I did read the post and I have called stores and according to them they have no clue how many people are coming and how many they are getting in stock

  183. 184 warwick dude
    November 9, 2006 at 4:43 pm

    are there rally people already lined up for a system. Are they there for a Wii or Ps3

  184. 185 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    all the info there is, is here. If you want someone to tell you there are x amount of ps3’s at this, this, and this store you’re gonna have to guess or wait like the rest of us. If you find out more post it here. As covered above, try and find a less traveled store or go to best buy, which will likely get the most consoles.
    It’d be nice to get some exact numbers but it doesn’t look like that’ll happen. your best bet is to make buddies with a store manager…good luck…i don’t think they’re short on friends at the moment.

  185. 186 kyle
    November 9, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    thanks everyone, but does anyone know how many per person you can get. cause it doesnt seem like there is going to be much of a crowd where I am. So could someone help me out with that cause I want to buy like 6 and I have 3 other people coming with me so they could buy some too. We most likely are going to sell them on e-bay and not keep it cause of all the bugs and stuff in the ps3 right now. And it is on high demand and there aren’t very many good games out anyways so I dont really want one. Ill just buy a new laptop or something and maybe a 360 with the money i get. =)

  186. 187 Michelle
    November 9, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Ok, I personally would not sit for more than a day (if even that) for a system. I’d just buy it off ebay ( yeah i know its expensive, but that’s not really an issue for me.) or wait a few months later.
    I didn’t like the PS3 commercials. It didn’t make me remotely more interested in the PS3. They could have done better, imo.
    And one more thing, gaming guys are hot! (especially guys that like Zelda games, like me)

  187. 188 hewtash
    November 9, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    I AM WRONG, I AM A LOSER, I HAVE NO LIFE, I’M ALREADY CAMPED OUT, I HAVE NO PENIS, OR VAGINA, OR BEWBS, I LIVE WITH MY MOM, AND SLEEP IN HER BED, I HAVE NO SEXUAL PREFERENCE, NOR CAN I, NO ONE WILL TOUCH ME, I EAT BABIES, I HAVE TEEN ANGST, I HEART MYSPACE.

  188. 189 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    one per person at most places. although it’s people like you that keep people who really want one from getting one. Oh well, free marketplace. no one knows if there’s bugs either by the way. its a good chance however.

  189. 190 Enigmay84
    November 9, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    I tried pre-ordering Twilight Princess today and found out that BB isn’t doing Pre-orders at all for the release.

  190. November 9, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    I know it is 1 per person, cause my store from where i am from will not allow you to buy more than just 1 per person. Our WalMart still doesnt know how many they are getting yet, but the departmant manager says you can have two people (a couple) buy two of them, but they cannot be bought on the same purchase. It must be different purchases bought sepperatly.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  191. 192 mewhunter67
    November 9, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    wow…. guys, just leave hewtash alone, let anyone say what they want. i mean really, they can anyway. i like trying to be rational about it, but w/e… hewtash can just keep on goin if they want to. and yeah, every store but the gamestop-group wont preorder any game, and they’re already sold out. i know, because i wanted to change my preorder from online to the store, and they wont let you. so i just cancelled them and hope to get one in line. i really needed to save cash, and the extra $30 i dropped not getting from online helps.

  192. 193 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    yep…they said my wife and i could each get a ps3 if we use different credit cards. We just can’t purchase them in the same transaction. one per person, not one per household.
    Wait in line to save $30? Is your time not worth much or what?

  193. 194 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    one hour till nov.11th in Japan (they’re 17 hours ahead of us in california). are they lining up there yet?

  194. 195 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    oops…i mean its 11am on the 10th. I got a little ahead of myself. Still…with the launch only 13 hours away what are things like in Japan?

  195. 196 kyle
    November 9, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    ty for all your help u guys. I am hoping to go to BB CC Target and Wal-mart. If this works an early Christmas preasent to myself! yay!

  196. November 9, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    A question?

    Can anyone give me an idea as to how i can get my hands onto one of the ps2 memory card converters for the ps3? I hope i would only have to go to EB or GS to be able to get one on launch day. I have alot of ps2 games that i like to pleay and i will sit and play them before i get to be able to get any of the new titles for the ps3.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  197. 198 blueberry
    November 9, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    how can you camp out at all 4? If you have buddies you may want to pick the best place and stand together to help protect eachother’s spot during bathroom breaks and the like. Ideally you’ll want to all be within the first 5, otherwise you may want to split up to be safe…i dunno.

  198. November 9, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    By the way, Where i am camping at inside of our WalMart, i have talked alot with the Dept. Mgr. about the line they are going to have. As Twords the bathroom breaks and stuff, all we need to do is tell an assosiate what we are going to do, how long we are going to be gone and such. We cant leave the store, but we can make pit stops and not loose our spot in line. But if you are gone for longer than the time you say you are going to be gone, you could loose your spot in the line and your chance at a ps3/Wii.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  199. November 9, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    If you are in goods with the Mgr as it says in the Camping Must Do’s, it will realy help out your chances for the ps3/Wii you want to be able to get.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  200. 201 Michelle
    November 9, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    I preorder Twilight Princess at gamestop. I’ll probably end up getting it wherever I get a Wii, which will probably be Target, circuit city, or walmart. I think I’ll be able to get my $ back. Anyway, if they happen to sell out at whatever store I’m getting the Wii, than at least I’ll have a copy in reserve at gamestop.

  201. 202 warwick dude
    November 9, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    im just getting a Wii but i can’t wait to camp out
    I already have two friends going with me. However im talking to the manager tomorrow so illkeep u posted on the results

  202. November 10, 2006 at 12:02 am

    JPmoncal – Already looking forward to the back compatibility because they’re delaying launch games?? (Oblivion and NBA Live today). :-)

    Regarding your question about the controller adapter, there’s a Pelican PS2/PS3 controller adapter in the EBGames upcoming accessories list. I’m certain that there will be more than one type available, but perhaps not at launch. I’d probably only buy the Sony branded one just to be on the safe side. No need to save a few bucks with things like this. But just hang on — you don’t need your game saves on the PS3 that quickly, do you? Why spend all that money just to play old games?

    Speaking of which, what launch games is everyone interested in buying? At this point, the pickings are sorta slim. It’s Resistance and….hmmm….

  203. November 10, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I do because i can be able to use them ps3 until some of the good games that will be comeing out soon, such as MGS 4.

    I meant to say it is the ps2/ps1 memory card adaptor. Sorry bout that.

  204. November 10, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I do because i can be able to use them ps3 until some of the good games that will be comeing out soon, such as MGS 4.

    I meant to say it is the ps2/ps1 memory card adaptor. Sorry bout that.

  205. November 10, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I do because i can be able to use them ps3 until some of the good games that will be comeing out soon, such as MGS 4.

    I meant to say it is the ps2/ps1 memory card adaptor. Sorry bout that.

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  206. 207 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 1:18 am

    madden 07, nba 2k7, Rainbow six: vegas, call of duty 3, of course resistance…those are all still available at launch…right?

  207. 208 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 1:24 am

    anybody hear anything about the quality of the blue ray player in ps3? I’m getting this thing to watch 1080p movies too. The ps2 was known for being a low quality dvd player in comparison to stand alone units. Do you think ps3 will be a bad blue ray player in comparrison to other stand alone units (sony’s first one will cost more than ps3). I’ve heard the only other one on the market sucks (samsung).

  208. November 10, 2006 at 2:17 am

    Blueberry – you’re on the ball. Most of those are part of the list of PS3 launch games that I’ve read about — although I haven’t seen Rainbox Six on those lists, but perhaps I could just be out of the loop with that game. Those are all of the titles (excluding Madden) that I’d think about picking up on launch day.

    I know most of the folks that come to the site frequent this message board (and I’m honored), but I wrote a story on the main blog about why I’m not buying a PS3 (The $600 Question.). I had a chance to play around with one at a Target and I played NBA 07 and Motorstorm and I was really underwhelmed. There’s no doubt in my mind that the system is going to be incredible and as we approach May and June of 07, we’ll see better quality releases. Especially as we get to this time in 2007, we’ll see great releases that may even begin to create distance between the PS3 and the 360, but for right now, it would just be a few exclusive releases that would draw me there — Resistance, MGS4, Warhawk, Virtua Fighter 5. Other than that, all of the stuff that’s being released is also being released for the 360. Don’t mistake what I’m saying — if I wasn’t in between jobs right now, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be buying one. And there’s absolutely no chance that I won’t be owning a PS3. Even if the system has less than stellar reviews and sells slowly, I’ll still be buying. But as for dipping into the savings at a tight time like this to play Resistance (especially when Gears is holding my attention), I’ll just sit and watch. But I will be buying a Wii.

    You asked a GREAT question with regard to the Blu-ray player. I will be going to HD Beat/Engadget HD to see what those guys have to say. They have trained eyes and can tell the difference between the Samsung player ($999) and the PS3. This is an area where I wouldn’t trust the opinions of the video gaming press because those folks generally know games but not tech to the degree that the Engadget guys do. If they post the review, I’ll be sure to carry it here. I do recall the PS2 being regarded as a poor DVD player (I also recall the classic Xbox being regarded poorly as well.) Coincidentally the 360 is supposed to be a great upscaling DVD player. I don’t know about the 360 HD DVD player, but Engadget did just get one in today.

    Does anyone have any info with regard to the PS3’s quality as a BluRay player?

  209. 210 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 3:12 am

    the blu-ray player for movies is how I convinced my wife to let me get a new sony 1080p tv and the ps3 so it better be good. I’m lucky because my birthday is nov. 15th so i’m getting a ps3 for my combo birthday/xmas present. My wife and I gave ourselves our x’mas bonuses early to get the tv. Otherwise I probably couldn’t swing it either. Sony must love people like me ’cause they’re counting on the ps3 selling hdtv’s.

  210. 211 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 3:26 am

    I wish i didn’t have fight night 3 on the ps2 already. It’s gonna make it hard to want to buy it on ps3 but it’s the game i play most with my friends right now and it looks like there is a big improvement to the graphics so maybe i will. That game ruins my controllers though with all the crazy rotating on the analog sticks.
    also other launch releases can be found at http://www.ps3.net/ps3-releasedates.php

  211. 212 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 3:28 am

    that list may not be fully updated now that i take another look

  212. November 10, 2006 at 3:55 am

    Yeah – the info in that link is a little outdated. (Perhaps if Stranglehold was really a launch title I would be changing my mind!) As much as I despise the store, EBGames tends to keep their release calendar pretty regularly. I go to EBGames.com and then to PS3 (on the left) and then there’s a “Coming Soon” section. If you click on the “Click Here For A Complete List”, you can get a chronological list of the releases. With that said, here’s what the PS3 new releases look like so far:

    Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire
    NBA 2K7
    NHL 2K7
    Ridge Racer 7
    Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom
    Blazing Angels
    Call of Duty 3
    Genji: Days of the Blade
    Madden NFL 07
    NBA 07
    Resistance: Fall of Man
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

    And within the launch “window” (basically from Nov 18 – Dec 31)
    Need for Speed: Carbon (ETA 11/20)
    Fight Night Round 3 (ETA 12/12)
    Full Auto 2: Battlelines (ETA (12/12)
    Rainbow Six: Vegas (ETA 12/19)

    These dates are probably pretty solid, although they are subject to change.

    Besides these titles, don’t look for anything until February. And because I’ve been here before, it’s been my experience that the release dates at the beginning of the year are just placeholders. You’ll see a lot of “1/1″ and “3/1″ dates. Usually anything on the first of a month is usually because the distributor had to put a stake in the mud in terms of when they expect the game to be released. In some cases the dates will move up, but more often than not the dates will move back.

    So! With those “enticing” games staring everyone in the face, is there anyone else but me who thinks that there are gonna be a lot of bored, BluRay watching and Virtual Console playing PS3 owners this holiday season??? :-)

  213. 214 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 4:14 am

    yeah I can see your point if you’re getting this thing to do a rediculous amount of gaming right now. I don’t have time to play a ton of games so I only need a couple at a time (resistance, nba 2k7, madden 07, call of duty 3, then rainbow six outa do it). The online modes should provide more than enough gaming hours for me. More games like mgs4 will come out soon enough. Also, I only want to buy one system that will last me 5 years and I want to pick the system that will be the best at the end of the cycle…my money’s on ps3.
    Also, ps3 has 1080p gaming and movies out of the box which is the “holy grail” of hd. Blu-ray movie players cost more than a ps3 so that justifies a lot of the cost if you’re really into movies like me.
    If the goal is to own one system that will be the best (for gaming and movies) I still go with ps3 of course I havn’t already invested in 360.
    also sonic got pushed back just a bit but still should be out for holidays…not that i care

  214. 215 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 4:25 am

    damn that gears of war though. that’s the only game that makes me really want a 360. resistance better be amazing.

  215. 216 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 6:46 am

    I’m desperately hoping we’re gonna get some good reviews of the system’s performance regaurding games and movies before we have to wait in line. the ps3 launches in japan in a little more than 4 hours so we should here something shortly after that. If the blu-ray player is good and the system works good i’ll camp out. If not, I may consider 360 w/hd-dvd add-on. Let’s just hope ps3 lives up to the hype.

  216. 217 Enigmay84
    November 10, 2006 at 6:57 am

    $600 a pop is a lot of hype to live up to though… Here’s hoping.

  217. 218 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 7:31 am

    $600 is not a lot for a next-gen gaming system and a blu-ray player in one if you’ve already invested in a high def tv. You can’t compare it to the wii. The question is will it do what they say it will do well.

  218. 219 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 7:32 am

    360 plus hd-dvd player costs about the same

  219. November 10, 2006 at 11:36 am

    There are already a few reviews posted from Kotaku for the lower profile titles Genji and Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (I guess that’s another game added to the list above). Not great scores, but I wouldn’t expect them from these titles. They come via GameSpot. Genji got a 6.4 and Tony Hawk got a 7.3.

    There’s no doubt in my mind after looking at the developer commitment — particularly in Japan — that the PS3 is going to pick up tremendous momentum. I do think that expectations are a bit high and hopefully when people realize that the games at launch don’t represent the best of the system’s performance it doesn’t backfire.

    Here are some images and a video of Engadget unpacking their debug test unit.

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/03/unpacking-our-playstation-3-with-video/

  220. 221 captainsquanto
    November 10, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Anyone else going to be waiting in Omaha, Nebraska? Today I’m planning on talking to managers at Best Buy, Toys ‘R’ Us, and maybe a few other stores. I’m bringing a friend, and possibly a couple more, but could always use more company. I’ll be bringing a few foldup chairs, sleeping bags (in case anyone gets cold), etc.
    If so, email me at captainsquanto@cox.net.

    By the way, a good piece of advice that I didn’t see posted here – check weather.gov for the forecast for when you plan on camping. Weather.com seems to hype things up to get a bigger audience. Anyways, it’s always nice to know if you should wear 2 layers, or 4 or if you’ll need an umbrella or ziplock freezer bags to protect any portable gaming systems you have. =)

  221. 222 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    I dont think I’ll have to camp to get one if I get to walmart at 11:00 then gettin like 2-4. then go home and go to target at prob 5 dependin on how long the lines are at walmart then if i dont have 8 ill go to cc or bb.

  222. November 10, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    Kyle – I like the fact that you have backup plans, but the one thing that you probably need to do next week is find out if your stores are gonna be allocated any units. At this point, I think anyone who does NOT have a pre-order will have to camp out. All indications from my sources are that the unit allocations are even tighter than they predicted.

    If you mean going on line at 11pm for a 12am opening, I think you’ll be in for a rude awakening. I made it to the mall at 4:30 am on the eve of the 360 launch and there were about 20 folks lined up at Circuit City and twice that at Target and Walmart. Keep in mind — this was for the 360, which isn’t even near the PlayStation name and popularity.

    Look at it this way — you either wait now and insure yourself a system OR you wait until March when the replenishments come in. (Don’t forget, units will need to be allocated to Europe for their Q1 2007 launch.)

    Just trying to help….

  223. 224 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks Devron,
    I don’t live in a very popular area so I do not think that this will be a problem…I understand what you are saying and thank you for trying to help it is greatly appreciated, but as I said before I don’t live in a very popular area. Which in this case is a great thing. I know that If i get to Target at like 4-5 and it opens at 7 I should be fine. then bb ad cc open at 10 so after I leave target if I don’t have all 8 that I am trying to get then I will go there. Basically I am going to walmart just to get an idea of how long the lines will be so if I don’t get one there then that shouldn’t be much of a problem for me.

  224. 225 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    you’re crazy if you think you can show up an hour before launch and get a unit.

  225. 226 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    We will see cause going to walmart as I just said DOESNOT MATTER TO ME IF I GET ONE OR NOT! I am going there to see how long the lines will be! man people just read a little part of it and think they know what the rest of it says.

  226. 227 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:09 pm

    I hate to say it but I kinda hope this kyle kid gets screwed ’cause he doesn’t even want one. He just wants to scalp and force others to pay more. Maybe he thinks you can walk in last second because he doesn’t realize how many people really want one.

  227. 228 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    Dude I am keepin one for myself I just want a new laptop and if I get these I will have enough money for that! Some rich fool will be relieved of their money for something that they want therefore…I also will receive what I want. Your just jealous cause you probably live in some big city and can’t do what I am planning on doing!

    I am not trying to start something so don’t take it that way cause that ain’t what I’m trying to do so just stay cool man.

  228. 229 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    I am not getting 8 for myself either me and 3 other people are getting 8 alltogether.

  229. 230 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    its all good…i live in a relatively small town too…just callin’ it like i see it. I’m not trying to pick on anyone. Small towns probably mean smaller allocations just so ya’ know. But, you’re right…i shouldn’t have made it personal…do me a favor…take a picture while you’re buying your 8 ps3’s last second and post it to let us know how your well thought our plans went.

  230. 231 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    Heck, maybe the prices won’t be that inflated on ebay because i think everyone and their mother has that plan.

  231. 232 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    400,000 released in america….200,000 show up on ebay…i can see the headline now : )

  232. 233 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:30 pm

    where do you live…South Park? Your friends must be Cartman, Stan, and Kenny : )

    Sorry…i woke up a little grumpy but i think i shook it off now.

  233. 234 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Its fine dude I understand I didn’t take it personel anyway just wanted to tell you, and I will post pics if I get them. I got everything crossed at this point. Ya I know that smaller towns mean smaller shipments , but thanks for informing me guys.lol and of course my plans are well thought out one day I will take over the world muhahahaha.

    Ehem srry bout that got a little carried away. Anyway if I don’t keep one now its only because of all the bugs it has and stuff. And plus they don’t got that many good games out like everyone is saying. I might get a 360 though =)

  234. 235 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    That is probably what will happen with the other 200,000 but they will be going for like no less then 1k maybe even no less then 1.5-2k…that would be great!

  235. 236 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    i don’t think anyone’s had a chance to confirm bugs cause no one has played one (basically). Don’t they come with at least a one year warranty? good luck on the prices too..

  236. 237 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    I have an idea. You can freeze yourself and have someone unfreeze you two minutes before wall-mart opens so that you can start the line and get your wii….i mean ps3.

  237. 238 kyle
    November 10, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Ya ,but when they come out all have bugs always. And hey I can dream right?

  238. 239 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    ok, ill check back later this afternoon…gotta pay the bills.
    Hopefully we’ll be hearing something outta Japan.

  239. 240 Cabanaboy
    November 10, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    Here is a camp-out bathroom tip for the guys. It has always worked for me. Bring and use an empty gallon carton as a -Number 1- recepticle. This way you don’t lose your spot in line. Just be sure to go inside your tent to do it!

  240. 241 Enigmay84
    November 10, 2006 at 4:06 pm

    And when you need it empty you give it out to others in the line ahead of you so that they get rid of it and possibly get sick and have to leave the line… Sorry, I had to say it. But that is a good idea for those going solo.

  241. 242 unknowen2
    November 10, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    i’m waiting out in CANADA!!!!!….. any idea about how many people will wait there……also is it smarter to wait in malss then opposed to outside or does everybody think of that….i’m camping….4;30 the day before for a release @ 800….sound good????

  242. 244 Enigmay84
    November 10, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    If you’re able to wait inside the mall and know that that is where the line is going to be (talk to the store manager) then that’s a good idea, as long as you aren’t #257 or something outrageous like that. Although, even being #30 is risky in the case of PS3. As for the time, if you mean 04:30 then that should be fine, but if you meant 4:30pm then you might be pushing your luck, but that kinda depends on the area you’re in.

  243. 245 Wolf
    November 10, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    No one thinks of the girl gamers in those arguments hu? My boyfriend and me are both tattooed, pierced, and slightly crazy. Both of us are gamers too, but i’ll be the one camping, while he’s working.
    (And Ghost, you wouldn’t happen to be GAJ’s Ghost would you?)
    Anyone else camping out in Roanoke, Virgina area? Looks like 96 units according to the site, and i’m just going to drive by till I see someone line up.
    -Wolf

  244. 246 warwick dude
    November 10, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    i am getting a Wii for the games
    Red Steel Zelda
    plus Ps3 costs too much right now

  245. 247 warwick dude
    November 10, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    by the way i talked to the manager at Best Buy
    they don’t know how many they will get but they wil have more than any other store
    they will have promos and only a few people have asked about waiting in line
    the line starts at the right side of the doors and they will have bracelets to show that u are waiting for a system. They start launch at 9:00 am and the line starts anytime.
    the bathroom rules are that u have a half hour but that doesn’t matter because u have bracelets if u wait in line. I plan to go at 6:00 am on saturday, good luck to all of u.

  246. 248 captainsquanto
    November 10, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    I talked to a Best Buy manager today, who said he has no idea how many units they’re expecting. He did say though, that usually with big launches he’ll go out in line and give vouchers to the first few people so they’re guaranteed a unit. He says they’re opening early – 8 am, and the earliest the line can form is at close the day before. So is it safe to assume, in anyone’s opinion, that the lines at closing time will instantly start, or no? I guess the only way to truly find out is to be there.

  247. 249 e. a. Omega
    November 10, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks alot man. I’ll really need this guide. I’m gonna print it out right now. Thanks alot!!

  248. 250 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 11:10 pm

    any reports of how the lines and camp outs went in japan?
    Still hoping to get reports of the quality of the Blu-Ray player in PS3.

  249. 251 Shrek
    November 10, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    Wow this is a great site with some awesome info. I was fortunate enough to be # 1 in line at the preoder at the local E/B games. I am the second to get one behind the manager. I did not know about the tips stated here but did use to one degree or another do a lot of what is posted. These are very exciting times and the wait goes faster than you think. Now that I think about it the 14 hours I spent in line is actually good compared to what others will have to do to secure a system. I wish all you gamers luck in getting one :)

  250. 252 blueberry
    November 10, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    i found a blu-ray review on http://www.ign.com….sorta. They don’t have any comparisons or anything. They said it “looks incredible” or something, I guess I should be stoked but I want some real comparisons with hd-dvd and other blu-ray. Is that too much to ask? They confirmed that it doesn’t upscale dvd’s, that’s a huge bummer.

  251. 253 Mookie
    November 11, 2006 at 12:32 am

    Does anybody know about how the games you want to buy for the Wii will be set up? Will all the games that have release dates of the 19th be available?

  252. 254 Enigmay84
    November 11, 2006 at 3:00 am

    Okay, I used to work at BB when the 360 came out. We knew how many units we’d get 2 weeks before-hand, but were informed that if we told anyone we’d be fired instantly (no joke, a few people did get fired for leaking out the information). So, you can’t go with them saying they don’t know.

    As for the line officially starting the closing of the night beforehand, that’s bull-hockey (I felt that that word didn’t get used in a long time) Cause that’s another thing we were supposed to tell people “or else”. Also, the local BB here is not openning early, they never have for any release.

    So there is my “tips from an ex-BB Media guy” and I hope that it helps you realize that when they say they don’t know, they do. The only thing is that Nintendo is in charge of the shipping (the major companies always are for the big releases) and so they can’t say they’ll have it when they don’t have it in they’re hands yet and thus the secrecy. They also don’t know when they will get the next shipment in cause they’re search system just says how many are ordered and how many are in stock. Both numbers basically stay the same for the first 5-6 months after a release (until the mad dash to buy goes down).

  253. 255 Enigmay84
    November 11, 2006 at 3:01 am

    Oh, and some games have already had a change in the release date to be later. FOr instance, Elebits (which promises to be as trippy as Katamari Damacy) has been pushed back to Dec 12… Darn.

  254. 256 gorgeousplanet
    November 11, 2006 at 5:45 am

    well, since everyone on here knows im currently working at best buy, if anyone read my first few posts, i already explained that even when we do find out (which we didnt for the ps3 until about 2 days ago), its easier to say to the customer “we dont know” than to say “we arent allowed to give out that kind of information.” that makes you sound like a jerk when you say it like that.

    another hint, our ad will let you know on sunday what our minimum amount of systems will be, so get on the site and look up the weekly ad that day.

    also, best buy doesnt have restrictions for how early you can start camping or what you can bring (tents, projectors.. lol)

    oh, and definitely ONE system per person

    it will be first come first serve in the line, no raffles.

  255. 257 blueberry
    November 11, 2006 at 10:10 am

    the ad is at bestbuy.com? It will say the minimum that the smallest locations will have? do I understand correctly? more detail please gorgeousplanet.

  256. 258 blueberry
    November 11, 2006 at 10:12 am

    no info about japan release huh? I thought this may give us some insight on what the demand will be like and how long lines will be.

  257. 259 Melina
    November 11, 2006 at 11:32 am

    Thanks a bunch for the guide.
    Is anyone around Evanston, IL?
    Or Skokie? I’m camping out with my brother and my neighbor at the best buy in skokie. I’m so excited for Wii!
    (and girl gamers ftw)

  258. November 11, 2006 at 3:52 pm

    Hay, ive heard from my brother that he has heard that there is a possability that the release amount of 400,000 of the ps3 has ben dropped to about 200,000 to 250,000 units.

    Has anyone heard of this?

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  259. 261 Andres
    November 11, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Hey guys, I dont know yet if im going to camp out, but i wanted to know how much longer would i have to wait to get a system if i didnt? any ideas for either the wii or ps3

  260. November 11, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Say ill be glad to say i have officially ordered a PLAYSTION 3 AT PLAY-ASIA.COM!!! I JUST HAPPENED TO STUMBLE ON THE WEBSITE AND IT WAS RIGHT THERE. IT SAID 60G HDD PLAYSTATION 3 IN STOCK, USUALLY SHIPS IN 24HRS. SO WHAT I DID WAS PLACED THE ORDER AND GOT OVERNIGHT SHIPPING!!! NOW HERES THE CATCH THE PRICE WAS $999.00 PLUS $275.OO FOR THE SHIPPING…AND THE 20GIG IS $899.00. THIS NO BULLSHIT IM SO EXCITED!!! JUST GO TO http://WWW.PLAY-ASIA.COM. YOU’LL SEE FOR YOURSELF!!!!

  261. 263 Alex
    November 11, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    melina, ill be in palatine illinois for my wii!

  262. 264 Melina
    November 11, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    haha, right on, that’s like 40 minutes away, yeah?

  263. 266 NICK
    November 11, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    How do lines form at stores for the PS3 launch? How and should I start a line? When do people start camping out at Walmart usually for a system this popular? SHould I get there like early on Thursday?

  264. 267 cellofellow
    November 12, 2006 at 12:58 am

    alex, what store in palatine? i live there, only one i know of is the target on dundee… is there somewhere else youre going?

  265. 268 POLO KING
    November 12, 2006 at 1:25 am

    Does anyone plan on camping out in Birmingham Alabama? I am hoping to get two 60 GBs PS3. I also wanted to know has anyone been able to order there PS3 on game stop.com? They have yet to take pre orders!

  266. 269 MachoMan
    November 12, 2006 at 2:07 am

    Assuming this isn’t a desperate Photoshop, it’s semi-official…

    http://www.afkay.com/viewtopic.php?p=1126#1126

    All Best Buys are getting a MINIMUM OF 20 PREMIUMS AND 6 CORES PER STORE.

    Higher then what I expected.. yay! =) I’m considering camping out for one, but none of my friends are crazy enough to go with me =/.

  267. 270 MachoMan
    November 12, 2006 at 2:09 am

    Hate to double post, but at a closer look, it also says they’ll start handing out tickets at 11 PM Thursday. One per customer per PS3.

  268. November 12, 2006 at 2:15 am

    Hey – did you guys see the madness that happened in Japan? I posted a story about it. They carried it over on Kotaku. Check the front page for the story.

    And if your REALLY wanna laugh, read the story about how they sent those Burbank Best Buy folks (the ones who started lining up on Nov 7th)….HOME! They sent em home after they already had been waiting FOUR DAYS!!!! How mad would you be if that happened? :-)

  269. 272 MachoMan
    November 12, 2006 at 2:25 am

    That’s horrible! Why on earth would they send people who waited four days straight HOME?! They have no souls! Boycott Best Buy’s cruel treatment towards gamers! (jk =))

  270. November 12, 2006 at 2:30 am

    This looks official to me, MachoMan. (And BestBuy would have to have already printed these up if they’re gonna tell folks in time for Friday.) Thanks for sharing the info.

  271. 274 gorgeousplanet
    November 12, 2006 at 4:33 am

    i just want to clarify that that best buy ad is for the butterfield store, and they’ll be handing out tickets at 11pm because they have a midnight opening. there are only like 5 stores that will be.

    and i just gotta laugh at the fact that an employee leaked that.. like these numbers are really gonna matter: get in line early or be sorry, haha.

  272. 275 Enigmay84
    November 12, 2006 at 5:00 am

    Not only did an employee leak it, it had to be either a manager or a security guard (or “Loss Prevention” annoyance dude). Otherwise they shouldn’t have had access to it. heheh

  273. 276 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    go to http://www.bestbuy.com
    click on weekly ad…sure enough…it says minimum 20 per store for 60gb unit.
    That’s the info i’ve been looking for.
    Now to prep for camp out.

    It would be nice to get some exact numbers for wal-mart and CC.

  274. 277 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    the bestbuy.com ad is identical to the “leaked” ad reported above.

  275. 278 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    I hope our lines don’t get filled with homless people being payed to stand there.

  276. 279 Derek
    November 12, 2006 at 3:43 pm

    No one answered this before, but I am planning on going to a Costco (you gotta be a member to buy a PS3, but I haven’t heard any news on Costco or Sam’s Club…I’m starting to doubt these stores are getting any) or a Circuit City. I gonna get there like at around early morning (4 to 8 am) on Thurs. the 16th.
    My Circuit City isn’t really popular and there are hardly anybody ever there. I’m wondering how to start a line if there isn’t a line started at Circuit City and where I should start a line there?

  277. 280 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    gotta call and ask the manager what the details are before you waste your time.

  278. 281 Rob
    November 12, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    This is a pretty good article. I fondly remember camping out for Xbox 360 last year in front of a CircuitCity where there was a Hippie claiming the shortage was intentional by Microsoft, a Columbia MBA debating him, an avowed drug dealer showing everybody the $2000 cash he had on him, and 4 guys running shifts for one system among other crazy things. The later part is noteworthy because some mom showed up 2 hours before the store opened and assumed the guys talking shifts were cutting in line … so she called the cops around 8AM and then a news crew showed up … ah memories …

    From my firsthand knowledge there are a few simple rules (note these are mostly similar to what is in the article):

    1) FIND OUT HOW MANY UNITS THE STORE HAS AND ASK SEVERAL EMPLOYEES — Ask the manager but *also* ask 2 employees at least 1 day before. Sometimes the “manager” is not really the manager. It’s good to ask “gamer” looking employees because chances are they are aware and know what you are talking about AND multiple sources will help verify the number of units. For example if the manager says they have 20 but the employees all say they have 17, then the store has 17. This works better than getting their name because in a dispute: it is your word against theirs, they can say things like “I *think* we have …”, and finally the retailers usually prep their employees about these sorts of things.

    2) DO NUMBER 1 BEFORE YOU GET IN LINE — It does not usually make sense to be the 25th person when there are 20 units and twenty people in line already; especially because of Number 3 below. Also do not count on people leaving the line or trying to force them out by yelling at them. For the Xbox360 launch the store had 24 units total and yet even though we told people after about the 26th person how many the store had, the line was still 40 people long and people waited 10 hours in the freezing rain for nothing. Try to plan so you are in line before the cusp of people in line vs. systems the store has.

    3) AT LEAST GET TO KNOW THE PERSON IN FRONT OF YOU AND THE PERSON BEHIND YOU AS WELL AS THEIR NUMBERS IN LINE — You basically want as many people in front of you to vouch for you since they have been waiting the longest. Talking to the guy behind you is also important if you are not on the cusp and want stretch your legs, etc. Try to be the helpful guy with the info when you enter the line “I talked to 3 employees and they said they have 15 Premium and 9 Core units so there are 24 total. You are number 7, I am number 8, and whoever shows up next is 9 …” Sure these strangers could cut your nuts off if you go to sleep but if you can be nice and convince (not guarantee) the three of you are all getting systems, chances are they won’t.

    4) BE PREPARED — Waiting in line usually sucks. Like the article says it is winter *and* you will likely be waiting through the night when it gets *colder* so bundle up. People brought folding chairs, tents, a portable TV and gamecube, umbrellas, etc. to both stay warm AND pass the time. Cell phones are great in case of trouble (MAKE SURE THEY ARE CHARGED) and allow people to find out rumors like how some people at a Walmart in WV had reached the promised land at Midnight or that the BestBuy in DC ended up *requiring* people to buy bundles!

    Last year at my CircuitCity in Maryland, around 3 people starting lining up around 8PM the day before, and like the article notes I drove by around 11PM just to check by and ended up getting in line (number 8) without winter type clothes. Since it was just me, I barely slept and just sat in the freezing rain. I vouched for the people behind me and they eventually loaned me a blanket as they pulled their car up to the curb and slept. In the morning they had to move it and got in line with no issues. The store then opened at 10AM and handed out numbered sheets which could be used to purchase systems at 11AM when the store reopened. One guy was number 13 in line and even though we told him he was going to get a system he left around 3AM to go to a BestBuy in DC; so the original 25th person in line was half-lucky as they got to buy a Core system when they would have been SOL.

    One final note, Nintendo and Sony are trying to crack down on it but I really wish I had sold my Premium Xbox 360 for $1000 on ebay. Especially after I had a coupon that did *not* contain an Xbox 360 exception and used my cashback credit card so the Premium system only cost me 359.99 after tax — the CircuitCity was also one of the stores that did *not* accept preorders. I love my Xbox360 but at that price, waiting in line yields a good hourly wage.

    **Some of these rules are also relevant to camping out for baseketball tickets.**

  279. 282 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    I’m glad it’s so warm where I live. It better not rain.
    I plan on finally watching “24” on dvd while I wait. That should help pass the time.
    I got people scheduled to bring me food too.
    Will I get kicked out of line if I have alcohol in an ice chest. I noticed the photo above has a wino.

  280. 283 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    can we trust the weekly ad at http://www.bestbuy.com which says there will be a minimum of 20 premium and 6 core ps3’s.
    How safe would you feel sitting #20 in line.

  281. 284 Derek
    November 12, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    My Circuit City is in Maryland also. Rob are you in Frederick?
    Has anyone ever seen any kids camping out with their parents?

    I’m gonna camp out for a PS3. Is mid-afternoon on 11/16 too late?

  282. 285 Wolf
    November 12, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    The best buy ad here said 3 of each PS3, 6 in all.
    No 20 PS3 systems in Roanoke, Virginia.
    -Wolf

  283. 286 blueberry
    November 12, 2006 at 10:23 pm

    If you go to http://www.bestbuy.com then click on weekly ad, you can type in your zip code.
    The ad described above showed up for me. Does that same ad come up for your Zip Code Wolf?
    If so, we know the ad can’t be trusted.

  284. 287 Wolf
    November 12, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Same ad I got from the paper today showed up. 3 20 GB, and 3 60GB.
    Zip is 24012, 3rd page. It’s for the Roanoke, Virginia area as I said.
    Well i’m going for a wii anyways, just thought I would let all know it’s not 20 per store.
    -Wolf

  285. 288 MH
    November 12, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    How early do you think I’d need to get in front of a Target in Virginia, MN to get the Wii?

  286. 289 MachoMan
    November 12, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    I looked up the Roanoke, VA ad and it still says at least 20 premium and 6 core. Maybe you Wolf only saw the core picture and saw “minimum 6 per store” and thought it meant for core and premium combined? It says the same thing on the front page, too.

  287. 290 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 12:38 am

    yeah, i typed in your zip (24012) at bestbuy.com, weekly ad. It said 20 prem 6 core. So it’s not the same ad as you got in the paper (unless you read it wrong as machoman said).
    Did you check or what?

  288. 291 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 12:39 am

    can you take a photo or scan of your paper ad?

  289. 292 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 12:40 am

    is wii really gonna be hard to get?

  290. 293 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 12:50 am

    So, I’ve haven’t been saying so, but is anyone gonna start a line at best buy on the morning of the 15th besides me?
    I’m hoping i’m crazy so i’ll get one but I don’t know. I haven’t said I’m gonna start that early until now because I don’t want to encourage others but I kinda want to know where I stand considering none of you live where I live (most likely).

  291. 294 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 1:28 am

    I just went to BB here and they are only getting 6 units total (it says it in the ad online for my area too). It’s different in each area based on sales for every area.

  292. 295 gorgeousplanet
    November 13, 2006 at 2:44 am

    just a heads up!

    i found out for sure today best buy will not allow people to line up in front of the store MORE THAN A DAY BEFORE RELEASE!

    safety and fiscal reasons.

    so, just letting everyone know, dont bother to line up on tues or weds.

    also, yeah, it varies store to store, but if our ad says MINIMUM, we HAVE to have the minimum.

  293. 296 gorgeousplanet
    November 13, 2006 at 2:46 am

    sorry, meant to say the numbers vary store to store.

    that link that was posted earlier about typing in your zipcode to find out how much each city will be getting for each store is inaccurate by the way. I checked the numbers for the best buy store where i work and it wasw wrong!

  294. 297 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 3:08 am

    Yeah, I checked that too. Basically the site says that there’s gonna be 96 units at my store, but there’s only supposed to be 75 (although the guy also said that the word around work was that they’d probably get a bunch more than that…)

    Isn’t it fun trying to get the right information for your part of the country without misleading other parts?

  295. 298 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 3:11 am

    Oh, as for the drinking question someone asked earlier. The people in line might not care (or they might really care) but the store itself definitely wouldn’t appreciate it. Also there’s the while thing of public intoxication being illegal in most parts… The guy with the wine openner could be openning something else, like that fake champagne you get for the kids at Thanksgiving or something like that. Or any number of random things in a bottle with a cork.

    It’s probably in your best interest to go without drinking that night as a precaution. Y’know, better safe than sorry…

  296. 299 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 3:12 am

    okay, looked at the pic again, yeah, he’s got wine… but still, I stand by the statement of it being better to be safe than sorry, and without a system.

  297. 300 WiiWii1233
    November 13, 2006 at 4:07 am

    hey WiiWii
    i am in melbourne fl maybe we can campout together.
    email me
    jpatz18@aol.com

  298. 301 sirius
    November 13, 2006 at 4:14 am

    i’ll be waiting in line for a wii at the Times Square Toys R Us launch in NYC. I’ve got a preorder already for my Wii and copy of the Twilight Princess, but I’m going to try to get there a bit early to take photos of the whole thing. It would be amazing if I could be the first person on line and have Reggie sell it to me, but I dont think i’ll get there THAT early because it’s not really necessary. I’m wondering, how many people do you guys think will be there and when they’ll start lining up? (i know it would just be a guess) I know a lot of people preordered theirs at gamestop or the nintendo world store before toys r us even started selling them. Just curious about what to expect.

  299. 302 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 9:47 am

    what is best buy gonna do when several people show up right when the line is allowed to start?
    can we line up in the morning on 16th?
    my best buy still isn’t giving much info. They’re setting themselves up for major problems if the online ad has false information about available units.

  300. 303 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 9:49 am

    As for drinking…I guess we’ll have to mix some pre-made drinks so others don’t use it as an excuse to boot me outta line. I’m not talking about getting faded…just a little something to keep me warm and pass the time.

  301. 304 topdawg
    November 13, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    does anyone know if all stores ps3s come with talledage nights on blue ray? OR is it only best buy and circuit city? thanks

  302. 305 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    based on first shipped not store.

  303. 306 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Some stores say there is an official line-starting time, but they really can’t control when it starts, and since they don’t want to lose your business (especially places like BB) they aren’t going to do anything about you starting a line as long as you aren’t causing people to not go into the store or are just being a pest to persons. You’re able to line up as long as you are civil with everyone. Otherwise the store might try to make you leave.

  304. November 13, 2006 at 2:56 pm

    Hi guys.. I love to play video games. Do you love to play video games? I think it will be fun to play this new Playstation. Do you think it will be fun to play this new playstation?

  305. November 13, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    Dale.. You sound like a real winner…

  306. November 13, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Hey John… Leave my Dale alone! Also, what time did you want me to come over and watch Taylor so you guys can get in line for the “Nerd Outing”.. hahahahaha..

  307. 310 Enigmay84
    November 13, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    So, how many people are going on a Wii adventure this year? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist…)

  308. November 13, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    Is it permissible to put fruit in beer? nah, but I just wanted to let anyone know that if they are in the Greenville, SC area for the PS3 launch, we will be outside of the Circuit City grillin! Come and flash for some burgers!

  309. November 13, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Sounds good to me… I love flashing my pregnant belly! woohoo…

  310. 313 Wolf
    November 13, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Nope it says 3 of each, I can read just fine thank you.
    And I would scan it but my scanner is being screwy and I got some work to do.
    6 more days for all us after the Wii
    4 more for all you PS3 people.
    -Wolf

  311. 314 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    just went by bb. Most the employees confirmed that our bb should get 20 premium and 6 core. No line started yet. Things are looking good for me to start the line on the 15th…everyone in the store was talking about lining up early on the 16th. Everyone said there is no limit when the line can start at my location. They had a demo ps3 running motorstorm too. First time i’ve seen the system in person and I wasn’t dissapointed.

  312. 315 Destin
    November 13, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    hey im going down to my walmart tonight so i can make sure if any one is in line yet for the ps3. It is very unlikely that there will be but if there is just one person there then i will start waiting tonight! if not then i will go back tomorow night and do the same thing and i might even wait there even if i am the first but i will wait the next day for sure. (and yes im not that crazy i have 2 brothers that are going to take shifts as well.)Anyways good luck to everyone on getting a ps3 or wii.

  313. 316 Raj
    November 13, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Umm…i’m gonna be camping out for the PS3, but from like Tuesday morning. And I’m probably not gonna have my car, is there gonna be some problem here?

  314. 317 tubby
    November 13, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    hey, im goin to the best buy in maryland. Im planning on goin at like 1 PM on the saturday before the launch of the Wii. Will that be enough you think, or get there earlier?

  315. 318 Destin
    November 13, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    I just got back from walmart and there is no line yet but a guy that works there told me rumors of people that will start lining up tomorow night and he has the next couple days off and dosnt have to come in on friday so he said he is probly going to get in line tomorow night too. The good thing about waiting in line at walmart is that it is open 24 hours so they have the line set up inside. That means no rain and no freezing wheather! One more thing, Im not sure this is for every walmart but the one i just went to had just gotten thier systems in tonight and they will only have 10 for sale so i am hoping to be in line so i dont get stuck with a 20gb ps3 instead of a 60gb ps3 and even though it dosnt matter much i will get to pick what colour i want cause i think there will be black, white, and silver ones.
    Good Luck to all!

  316. 319 tubby
    November 13, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    hey, this is my first time camping for a system. I plan to go to the BestBuy in Maryland around 1 PM the saturday before the launch of the Wii on sunday. Will that be enough time, or what should I do?

  317. 320 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    our bb just updated their phone system to say that the line could start “up to 24 hrs before the launch”, not before I’m assuming. I called another location and they didn’t have this rule yet. It must vary store to store. I wonder how many tiimes they’ll kick me out before they let me stay. We’ll see.
    Employees said the line was over 50 for 360 last year and with the buzz they’re hearing about ps3, they think there may be more demand for this launch. Only 26 ps3’s to go around…yikes.

  318. 321 blueberry
    November 13, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    anybody here from california?

  319. 322 Jonathan
    November 14, 2006 at 12:41 am

    Hey all, I’m going to the Tampa, Fl Walmart on Bruce B. Downs on Thursday the 16th, around noon. The store will have some at a midnight opening. After that, I will go to wait outside the nearby target store that opens at 8 am and see if I can get another for my cousin who is recovering from cancer. If anyone wants to meet up or something so that we don’t get screwed over, jut reply.

  320. 323 Seamana1
    November 14, 2006 at 1:07 am

    Im from Lansing, MI, and my boyfriend said Best Buy is getting a minimum of 27 PS3s. I work at Target and they have no clue (the got 18 360’s so I am guessing 10-15 PS3s. Me and my boyfriend are each getting one from Target. We’re going to drive past every hour starting Wednesday morning, with our car packed, so if there are people, we can just stop and set up camp!

  321. 324 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 1:32 am

    just ordered the stand for my new 1080p 50″ SXRD SONY GRAND WEGA. I’m all set, now I better get that PS3.

    Does anybody know if BB, Wal-Mart, or CC has wifi access. It’d be nice to be able to get online while waiting in line.

  322. 325 enigmay84
    November 14, 2006 at 3:32 am

    Some BB stores have wifi built into their stores, but it’s only the big ones and you sometimes need to have a password (which the management might give you since you’re waiting to spend so much at their store)… I’d check at the store you’re going to wait at and see if you can get online.

  323. November 14, 2006 at 4:38 am

    Did anybody notice the guy who said his wal-mart had gotten 10 ps3s. well at the very end he says hes at least gonna chose what color hes gonna get black, white, or silver. somebody has miss informed this guy on playstation 3 since everybody nows its coming in black. and the 60 gig has some silver triming to it. oh and just to let yall know you can remove the hard drive and add a bigger one to it. as long as its a sata hard drive, ive already ordered a 400gig hard drive from seagate. ill be getting my playstation 3 today from japan. i ordered my from http://www.play-asia.com the day it came out in japan and i happen to go to the website and they had both versions of the ps3 instock so i ordered it. my account has been charged and i checked the tracking service and it has shipped and is scheduled to arrive today nov. 14th, 2006 between 3pm-6pm. so my playstation 3 gaming will start few days before a lot of americans. i live in herlong, ca. 50 miles north of reno, nv.

  324. 327 enigmay84
    November 14, 2006 at 6:56 am

    Okay, Kublai Khan is obviously just trying to get people to buy from play-asia… Both the posts made by the SN have mentioned how they “Just got there system” in a pre-order deal.

    PLay-Asia just backed out of a lot of their pre-orders in Europe, here’s one of the online articles talking about this.http://www.joystiq.com/2006/10/30/play-asia-quietly-cancels-ps3-pre-orders-to-europe/

    Also, he mentions in the first post (that I saw) that he got it for a bit extra (I think it was around $800) but that it was worth it. I don’t think I’d want to give money to a company that backed out of a whole bunch of pre-order deals they made in order to make more money off of other people. Taking a pre-order is a promise, and a form of contract, don’t screw over the people you make that contract/deal with.

    Sorry, It’s just that both times I saw that post I just was annoyed, and it kinda makes me think it’s someone who works for the company…

    As a side note, yes, I’m a sexist bastard because I used the term “he” to discuss Kublai Khan. Sorry, I just wanted to be faster in my little rant than saying the name over and over. Of course, you know what happens when you assume…

    Back on topic, anyone think it’d be wise to bring a fryer if there is an outlet in front of the BB you’re camping at? I just got one and can make lots of good food throughout the night if I brought it, but wondered what others though.

  325. 329 enigmay84
    November 14, 2006 at 7:01 am

    Hope this works, just trying to link to the previously mentioned site in a link for everyone.

    On another note, I mentioned to the local Taco Del Mar (A burrito place in my part of the country) that I’d be camping out with my Gf for the Wii. They told us that if we took the menus they’d provide us with and get orders from enough people in the line, they’d give us our food for free. It’s a good incentive deal to try to get more cash for the restaurant and give free food to ourselves. You might want to try making a deal like that at a local non-delivery restaurant near where you’re camping out. Makes you look good to the other waiting persons (maybe move up in the line?), and gets you some free food (who can say no to that?).

  326. 330 h0stile
    November 14, 2006 at 9:06 am

    What are these horror stories I keep reading about from past experiences? Not only is it a gruesome battle to buy either system but to really worry about getting it home is a whole other story. What do you people bring for protection if any? Im bringing mace and brass knuckles and a friend as well. Really interested in hearing these so-called horror stories.

  327. 331 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Big city may need protection…i’m not worried where i live.
    Kublai Khan…aren’t you worried about region coding?
    Also, replacing the hard drive may void the warranty…be sure to check on that.

  328. 332 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I’m guessing bringing fryers and bbq’s are the sort of thing that will get you kicked out until 24 hrs before but i’m not sure. I guess it depends on if it bothers anyone…timing would be key.

  329. 333 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Let take a poll for those camping out for PS3:
    1) Camping out starting Tuesday
    2) Camping out starting Wednesday
    3) Camping out starting Thursday
    4) You guys are crazy, i’m not camping out
    5) I’m camping out for a Wii

  330. 334 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Poll 2 (where):
    1) Best Buy
    2) Circuit City
    3) Wal-Mart
    4) other

  331. 335 7short
    November 14, 2006 at 10:28 am

    It sucks, according to the meijer that is near me (greenville michigan) they are only getting 1 or 2. W/e, ill just drive to grand rapids.

  332. 336 SofaKing
    November 14, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Regarding FOOD in LINE – I wouldn’t recommend bringing a grill or fryer! The property owners will not want an open flame or any sort of fire hazard in their parking lots. It might even be a violation of the “City Fire Code”. Bring picnic food or order pizza delivery. It is not worth losing your spot in line.

    Poll 1 – 2
    Poll 2 – 3

    *Be kind in line.

  333. 337 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 11:29 am

    poll1 – 2
    poll2 – 1

  334. 338 MH
    November 14, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    poll 1=5
    poll 2=4

  335. 340 warwick dude
    November 14, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    good luck eveeryone
    tell you how it is on sunday morning

  336. 341 Eric Carr
    November 14, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Poll

    3
    4 (Target)

  337. 342 Mike Kok
    November 14, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Poll

    Poll#1- 6
    Poll#2- True

  338. 343 Destin
    November 14, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Hey kublai khan said that you cant pick a color which is true i just thought that you might because they show pics of white and silver ones still on the ps3 myspace

    poll
    #1-1 or 2
    #2-3

  339. 344 gorgeousplanet
    November 14, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    i just wanted to let everyone know:

    camping has started in front of best buy in salem oregon!

    so far they look pretty settled in, but i have the day off so im not sure if we’re going to ask them to leave. probably not!

    i’m taking my bf lunch today so i’ll ask a manager then and let everyone know.

  340. 345 MachoMan
    November 14, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    How many? I plan on going to Walmart early Thursday morning (around 5ish). I called in today, and they said they won’t allow anyone in line until 6 AM Thursday. I know there will be people waiting long before that, but my question is how will Walmart go about doing this? It’s open 24 hours, so the “official” line will most likely be indoors. They said there will be a big “rush” of people coming in and fighting for a spot in line. But what’s to stop one from waiting right where the line starts and just stepping in at 6 o’clock? This really is a bit ridiculous, since the people who arrive at 6 AM promptly are just as likely to grab the #1 spot in line as the people who have been waiting all night/day. Do I understand this correctly? My friend is going there right now and will give me a call tonight or tomorrow with more info. I’ll post what he finds out whether someone clarifies this or not. But, any info/advice is greatly appreciated.

  341. 346 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I just went down to bb again to try to start the line. They said I couldn’t be there till 8am thursay (24 hrs before release). I asked “what happens if I stay?” They said “we ask you to leave, if you don’t we call the cops”. Damn.
    I said what if I come back after you close on wed 15. They said they’ll have security gaurds who’ll call cops if you start a line before 8am 16th. This is gonna be crazy. I’m comin in with elbows flyin’ at 8. Parents, keep you kids at home…or better yet make them go to school.

  342. 347 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    you can’t park your car in the lot either.

  343. 348 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    the employee I talked to admitted people are basically gonna have to shove it out for their place in line considering a mob will be waiting just outside the parking lot. It’s gonna be like a bull run…sorry if I stomp on you : P

  344. 349 MachoMan
    November 14, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Sounds like fun =P. Provided that we do get our consoles, of course.

  345. 350 POLO KING
    November 14, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    I went to Walmart this morning and asked the electronic manager how they will go about doing it. She said ” You better call in sick for two days and sit in the lay away room.” Do what Im going to do, hire a bum for a bottle of liquor and 25 bucks while you sit at home watching everyone push and shove. And believe me that bum wont wink unless u tell him to.

  346. 351 Dave
    November 14, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    dang.. cnet said that gamestop won’t be able to fill all their pre-orders

  347. November 14, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Wow. Im Ready. Ill be camping (in the actual wilderness) on friday till saturday around 2 P.M. Immediatly once i get back im hitting up Best Buy in Texas and jumping in line. Im expecting around 50 Wii’s (im camping for Wii) and if im not close to 40 in line then ill probably hop in the car and run around until i find a better choice.

    Do you think that Best Buy is the best choice for Wii? Will i get to Wal-Mart and find out they only have 10? I guess ill talk to some managers, and If i get nothing out of them ill wing it. Give me some advice guys, Ive been waiting for this system for 2 years, and im ready for it on LAUNCH DAY!

  348. 353 Laura
    November 14, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Guys okay so Im a newbie just doing this for my BF cause he really wants it for xmas and would never expect it. Anyways im gonna stay at circuit city they advertised that they will have 100 units and are giving them away at midnight. The guy in the store said you cant line up til 9 am on thursday though which is good. My friend and I were gonna get there at 7 on thursday and just check out whats going on because I honestly think people will be there before that. Any advice I mean is it honestly gonna get ugly when the line does form. Cnat I just drive my car up to the door and throw my friend out of it lol? Any help wouold really be great I have never done this. Thanks guys!!!!

  349. 354 POLO KING
    November 14, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    Laura you have to pay attention to who is going to get them. The big cities such as LA, NY, Chi Town etc are getting a 100. Not everyone. Your best bet is to go to a Wal mart where most of the population are old people and the wal mart isn’t in a twenty mile radius of a college or high school. I have always went to the country wal marts and had no problem obtaining a system. All younger audiences first attempt is going to be CC or BB. Don’t get me wrong, going for those places are cool but thats where the hard core gamers show up. I saw on CNN that they are already camping out in front of BB with tents and things. Also, if you can, get you a BUM. Bums don’t have anything to do and there bodies are quite accustomed to the harsh weather. So scabble up an extra 30 bucks and a small bottle of MD 20/20 and watch how you get your system!

  350. November 14, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    Little update for suburban washington dc region:

    CircuitCity in Rockville (which was alloted 100 units) has aprox. 50 people already waiting. God knows how many that’s gonna get to.

    I’m going to make rounds in BB’s to try and confirm is Bluebery’s intel (only 24 hours before) is valid. If it is, I’m bringing my nasty face to the store thurs. morning. I’m personally available from wed. night, but I don’t want to do that unless I absolutely have to. Thurs. morning is ideal…a bottle of jack is necessary.

  351. 356 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Ask your store. It may depend on the store manager but mine was very clear that security and police will keep the lot clear until 8am thursday. The cops in my town don’t have anything better to do so I beleive it.

  352. November 14, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    yea, I’m making rounds tomorrow afternoon to get the info on local options. All I know is that if it is 8am, and there are like 30 people waiting for those 20 spots, I will be throwing elbows left and right. Women and children be ware hahah

  353. 358 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    the same manager said they didn’t get a line-up for 360 until about 4pm the day before but he’s getting a lot more people asking about this one. Hopefully it won’t be choas like we’re expecting but it sure looks like it.
    what were the lines like for 360 last year in your areas?

  354. 359 marko
    November 14, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    is anybody here from south texas?..near Mcallen..

  355. 360 Laura
    November 14, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    The citcuit city 100 give away is for two of the stores in New Jersey where I live. I know best buy and Circuit city will be the busiet but target said they are only gonna get 6 or fewer units same for walmart. Also the walmarts around here are so trashy i wouldnt wanna go there. So do you think going at 7 am is a good idea since he said we cant line up to 9 am….what should i do drive up and drop my friend off…what do you think others are gonna do…

  356. November 14, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    re Laura:

    I’m scoping out the stores and talking to their employees/managers on wed. If they are adamant about a 24 hour max, I will be there around 7am. If there is a crowd, it will get nasty, but I feel very determined and I’m not as physically meek as many afficianados…

    I hope it doesn’t come to a melee, because the enthusiasts shouldn’t have to duke it out. A better form of organization would be appreciated, but you gotta do what you gotta do…

  357. 362 blueberry
    November 14, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    I agree with you on the stores laura. If you’re getting one between you and your friend that plan may work well. If you each want one, don’t expect that she’ll be able to hold your spot while you park your car. Just get there early and feel it out. If the police are there i’m sure they’ll inform you.
    It looks like the aggressive and persistant are gonna win this one…not to add to the craziness.

  358. 363 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:01 am

    Im a 24 year old girl though lol i wont get aggrezive i would run ….as it is we are both worried about walking out to our cars at midnight with the systems. So if we both run into line then can we go back to our cars later and get our stuff…and what happens if we have to go potty can one leave and go potty…can you tell ive never done this before lol

  359. 364 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:12 am

    you’re lucky your store’s getting 100 units.
    you could probably hold eachother’s spots one at a time once your place in line has been established. I’ve been told that bb is pretty good at using employees to help you document places in line and cordinate bathroom breaks.

  360. 365 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:16 am

    Yeah actually 2 of the CC in neighboring towns are in the flyer stating there getting 100 units. I am gonna go to the town I think less people will go towards. I think right now my biggestconcern is exactly what to do thursday morning as far as getting in the line like I just dont know what to expect you know!!!

  361. 366 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:16 am

    be careful cause i don’t think your boyfriend want’s a beat up girlfriend ; ) Watch our for Hurst and his flying elbows : P

  362. 367 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:18 am

    Do you really think its gonna be that bad? Do you have any tips or pointers for me?

  363. 368 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:22 am

    I hope not but ya never know. If you’re at one of the spots where they’re giving 100 away i’m sure they’ll have security and/or employees and/or police to keep things calm at the start. Especially if a crowd forms. Plan on having a different friend bring you your stuff in line or drop you two off if possible.

  364. 369 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Go early and try to be friendly if security or the cops ask you to leave. Bulls**t with them awhile and make them like you. Maybe they’ll give you some secrets.

  365. November 15, 2006 at 12:25 am

    The CC in my area is already blown up. Radio promotions have drawn a freak crowd. I think their allocation is already in line. In some ways, the 24 hour bestbuy rule is good. It means I don’t have to wait for days on end, but it also creates a possible indecisive mobish moment when they do open up the line…

    The only tip I could give is that I am trying to scope non-big market BBs (ones in less affluent/buyer conscious locales). It was a tip that a 360er gave me from last year, and I think it should be helpful…

  366. 372 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:26 am

    that wont work its just gonna be the two of us….i guess ill just put the stuff in the back of the car and grab it…but once in line cant one of us go to the car during the day to get stuff…i mean if we have to go to the bathroom we will have to leave the line

  367. 373 POLO KING
    November 15, 2006 at 12:26 am

    Buy a 25 buck BUM!!!I am not joking. They thrive on this type of stuff.

  368. 374 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:28 am

    yep, a very short trip to the car durig a bathroom break should be fine.

  369. 375 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:29 am

    I’m gonna laugh when the bum dissapears with your money…and your mad dog

  370. 376 BIGRED1
    November 15, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Hi All,

    PS3 LUNCH here in Buffalo NY and everywhere else…It will A BITCH HERE WAITING IN LINE…Where talking 3 days of rain mixed with snow etc..

    Went to Circut City last year for the x-box 360 ..Was secound in line..Started at 2 pm the day before…Found the best luck at C.C. for camping out…Made new gamer friends… Did this on camp out deal for about 6 times in my life…I found bring a chair set it down… and if your first wait till th next person comes..ask Him or her like a buddy..Example I was able to take off for 3 hours and then he or she be next..But make shure you dont start doing this until all of the people are in line for how many units are per store…So that people don’t cry I did not see him all night etc.. One guy was trying to save 5 spots..Thease people never waited not even 4 of the first five hours..He said they have to work you know..I said I took off of work to be here…

    Point is Watch out for Circut City..They try that Bundle Bull shit at the last Min..And its not advertized… Some Dude was 50.00 short…I said Ill give you the 50.00..But give me the game of my choice…

    The PS3 HAS more hype than the xbox 360 … SO I plan on starting my camp out at 4 am Thrusday…

    So good luck everyone….

  371. 377 POLO KING
    November 15, 2006 at 12:33 am

    lol he doesn’t get the money until i get the ps3. come on! im smarter than that….. i think

  372. 378 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:34 am

    See the only good thing about this whole not being able to line up before 9 am on thursday cause of loitering helps cause now everyone has to line up at the same time i just think its gonna be ridiculous people running into line at 9…i mean can we jutst run at nine or are they gonna have it roped off like where the hell am i gonnna no where the line is

  373. 379 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:35 am

    that leaving for hours crap’s not gonna fly on this launch.

    oh you make me love where i live…sunny california…i’ll be wearing a t-shir and shorts : P

  374. 380 Laura
    November 15, 2006 at 12:36 am

    Lol blueberry you suck its supposed to be cold and rainy…sounds like i fun day./…haha i have a tent think that would fly lol

  375. 381 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:37 am

    you gotta talk to your store about the details
    everywhere’s gonna be a little different…you got all day tomorrow to harrass employees for info. Heck, you may want to call the local police dept. for info.

  376. 382 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:40 am

    tents may be ok. other people posted about using them. ask the store.

    I’ll be asking if it’s ok to take my shirt off and get a tan : )

  377. 383 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I’m tradin’ the chair for a bean bag.

  378. November 15, 2006 at 12:44 am

    The shitty weather will make me relish it that much more.

    I love a challenge

  379. 385 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:46 am

    flying elbows aren’t enough of a challenge?

  380. 386 MachoMan
    November 15, 2006 at 12:47 am

    When I’m rich and famous, I’m moving to California. Original, eh? =). I’m going to Walmart at 4 AM Thursday morning for a PS3. They’ll set out a chair (in the layaway section) for each PS3 they have, and at 6 AM there’s going to be a mad rush for the chairs. If you get a chair, 18 hours later (at midnight) you’ll be walking out of Walmart with a PS3. Then you’ll get mugged in the parking lot and the 18 hours of sitting in a chair in Walmart are all for nothing! lol. I’m going to have someone waiting for us right at the entrance in a van so we can hop in and get the hell outta’ there. Any suggestions as to what to bring while sitting in a chair for 18 hours straight? PSP, GBA SP, DS, maaaybe a laptop (I won’t leave my bag, so it’s not like someone’ll steal it), food, deck of cards, more food, and some comfy pajamas. What else? Oh yeah, Walmart will order us a pizza on them, so that’ll be nice =).

  381. 387 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:54 am

    Find a season of a show you like. Sopranos, 24, family guy…i don’t know. It’s like waiting in an airport. I find watching dvd’s passes the time quickest…oh and alcohol doesn’t hurt…just like in the airport.

  382. November 15, 2006 at 12:56 am

    hey deston those pics youre lookin are from this years and last years e3. ive a gaming enthusiasts and have studied xbox 360, ps3, and the wii. ive been a gamer since 1985 so i pretty much know my shit. i build computers with my friend, we’ve also takin apart a lot of home consoles and created mods for them. BLACK is the only color its coming out in. Theres plenty of articles on the web and in magazines out there that have confirmed this. and one thing im tryin to let people know about play-asia.com not trying to get people to buy from them. i just wanna let gamers know you can buy one from them and not worry about region encoding. you can play usa and japanese games on the japanese version of the ps3. and it has language selection which includes english. the only thing you can’t do is watch blu-ray movies from america. but hell you can import them from japan and still watch them in the entirety. trust me play-asia.com has a few consoles left. and as far as the hard disk drive goes it is replaceable theres an article i was reading yesterday from a website on the net. and it they have a copy of the manual and they had highlighted in the manual where you could replace the hdd. the hdd is on the bottom of the ps3, just open the slot that has hdd on it and slide the ps3 hard drive out take it out of its case get your new hard drive put it in the case and put it back in the hdd slot. don’t forget to format it. the warranty will not void since it clearly states in the manual you can do this. beware though not all hard drives will work.

  383. 389 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 12:57 am

    by the way, we’re all rich and famous movie stars out here in california

  384. 390 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:02 am

    might as well wait to see if you get on on launch, if not one on ebay may not cost much more than play-asia. Besides, blu-ray is half the reason i’m getting this thing. Do you want to have to get your movies from japan?

  385. 391 spun>jo
    November 15, 2006 at 1:06 am

    well here in toronto best buy/futureshop and suprisingly wal mart are really the only options.. if u dont have a pre-order and its gunna be a balmy 11 degrees and rain on thursday.. but nonetheless im getting there either weds nite when i scout out my bestbuy.. or thursday morning if theres no line yet..

    Gl all

  386. 392 7short
    November 15, 2006 at 1:23 am

    360 lines in my area were’nt too bad. I got to my costco at 11, nobody was there so i waited in the car till three. The store confirmed 24, all premium, and i actually wouldnt have had to get in line till around 6. The store opened at 9. I was gonna do the same this year, but my costco is getting jack squat.

  387. 393 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:36 am

    i havn’t heard about really bad 360 lines. Maybe this launch is getting blown outta proportion. We’ll see.

  388. 394 Destin
    November 15, 2006 at 2:43 am

    Hey I got in line about 7:00 pm (11/14) earlier at walmart and i was fourth in line and its a good thing i got there when i did causes now the line is full with 10 people and its been for for about 4 or 5 hours. Anyways my brothers there right now taking the night shift and ill be back there tomorow morning haha its going to be worth it though!

  389. November 15, 2006 at 3:41 am

    Great guide. I am co-owner of a WordPress.com video game blog and I will be linking to this for visitors of my blog who plan to camp out. If you have any issues with this, or would like to be added to our Blogroll, let us know.

  390. 396 Mathias
    November 15, 2006 at 4:24 am

    Im 16 and im going with my little brother for a ps3. I live in a small town so i should be able to wait at wal-mart from thursday 5 pm to friday 7 am (doors open) and get one. This will be my first camp for a console thingy and i hope it will be something great that i remember =]

  391. 397 Mathias
    November 15, 2006 at 4:26 am

    Ohhh and forgot to say. Loved the guide and i do plan to use the tips in it. thanks!!!

  392. 398 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 9:03 am

    I’m kinda glad that bb has the 24 hour rule here after all. I could be sitting in line outside.
    Assuming I get mine friday…this is better.

  393. 399 Jonathan
    November 15, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Hey all,

    After re-reading the guide, I decided to go back to my hometown which is actually well-known as like the 2nd or 3rd largest retirement city in the US. I hope this works well to my advantage. I called the electronics manager and after speaking on the phone for a couple minutes and being nice (he was gay), I remembered his face and he also told me if I was in line at Wednesday at 10pm, they were handing out vouchers! Living in Tampa, I had to work it out with my classes and my family so my little sister and mom will be saving two spots in line (one for me n for my recovering cancer-survivor cousin). I am really glad that I made that call because up here in Tampa, the Walmart I had planned to go to already had 10 people in line Tuesday morning. The Best Buy in our town guaranteed 20 PS3 and a midnight launch, and sure enough, come Tuesday morning, 20 people were already in line. Things looked pretty bleak and I was getting a lil depressed.

    Oh yea, I’ll be waiting in shorts and a t-shirt in the south Florida weather.

  394. November 15, 2006 at 9:50 am

    Hey:

    I wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has spent any amount of time on this post or on the site over the past few months. I completely realize that this is the story that folks come for, but seeing the traffic really brightened up my day. My job was outsourced to India and as a gamer, this was something that I did to try and get my mind away from my situation. It has exceeded even my expectations, but only because of the folks who come and share their thoughts.

    As mentioned in my post, this is by no means a “good bye”, but I totally understand that folks visit the site for this story. So, if you’ll be around after, great. But if not, I just wanted to reach out and thank everyone who spent time here. THANK YOU!!!!

    -Devron

    Oh – one more thing… if you only visit here once again, please make it sometime after the launch to tell me that you had a SAFE launch day experience and whether you were able to get the system that you wanted or not. OK?? Great!

  395. 401 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 9:52 am

    I love florida…can’t wait to visit again. Good luck.
    Is that bb you’re talking about?

  396. 402 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 9:56 am

    it’s gonna be hard to pull myself away from my ps3 (hopefully), but i’ll try. This has been a great forum for killing time while waiting for launch. I’ve gotten the best info about getting a console at this post.

  397. 403 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 9:58 am

    damn that oursourcing to india. Best of luck getting a new job…and eventually a ps3

  398. 404 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:03 am

    74 degrees here today…oohwee!

  399. 405 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:19 am

    not much traffic this morning. Everybody must already be in line huh?

  400. 406 Mike
    November 15, 2006 at 10:37 am

    People started to line up yesterday at around 830 pm, i got there around 930 and was 5th in line. i wasnt even that serious about stayin, i just wanted to see what was goin on. the store manager said he only had 2 and “hopefully 8 more on their way” i was 5th in line and by 1 am there were 10. the 11th person really wanted one so i sold my spot in line for $280. Insane….

  401. 407 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:46 am

    where was this?

  402. 409 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:50 am

    what store

  403. 410 Mike
    November 15, 2006 at 10:53 am

    lol walmart on hwy 50 UCF area… craziest kids around, when i was there we were all drinkin and playin monopoly… that was last night before i left. i got a test soon but i plan on visiting them some time today and tommrow…

  404. 411 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:56 am

    crazy…congrats on the profitable night. If you’re still interested in possibly getting a ps3, or selling your spot in line again, you could look for a best buy that is limiting line up to 24 hrs in advance.

  405. 412 Mike
    November 15, 2006 at 10:58 am

    yea, know of any around orlando? i know the one closest to UCF already has a line with a velvet rope…. and every other place around was full as of last night.

  406. 413 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:02 am

    sorry. wish i could help. you’d most likely have to call a nearby small town and take a drive so maybe not worth it for you.

  407. 414 pissed!!!
    November 15, 2006 at 11:26 am

    I AM SO PISSED!!! The cicuit city in my area said you can not line up more then 24 hours in advance and I called today and they said they have over 100 people in line already!!! wtf!!! Thats such crap i would have been out there last night if they didnt tell me that I would get arrested if i was!!!

  408. 415 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:35 am

    thats terrible news. I better go check my bb. thanks for the post

  409. 416 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:36 am

    has the store opened? maybe they’ll kick them out when it does.

  410. 417 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:37 am

    what city are you in

  411. 418 pissed!!!
    November 15, 2006 at 11:39 am

    Yeah the store already opened it was the CC in Mount Laurel NJ not only was the girl a bitch on the phone but im pissed!!!

  412. 419 pissed!!!
    November 15, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Cause I called this morning to see how many units they got and they said they got 95 and the girl was like buttheres already over 100 people in line and i said when i called yseterdaty they said if you line up before 9 am tommorow you will get arrested she was like yea well thats changed the cops arnt doing anything.,…WTF I dont know where to get one now…

  413. 420 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:41 am

    I would be too. my bb is at least 20 mins away so I can’t decide if i want to go check or wait to call them when they open in 2hrs20mins.

  414. 421 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:43 am

    I better go check. I knew I should have made a line and made the cops tell me to leave…if that even would happen. Like I said earlier, the cops in my town don’t have much to do so hopefully they’re on it.

  415. 422 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:44 am

    I’ll report back in an hour our so if i’m not in line.

  416. 423 pissed!!!
    November 15, 2006 at 11:45 am

    I dont know where to go now though…the BB is gonna be packed to its right by the CC and the targets in my area are saying there not really gonna get many…what should I do damnit!!!!!!

  417. 424 Roscoe
    November 15, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Im going to Target in ohio to wait for the wii prolly friday, i cant wait!

  418. 425 I'm in line at Best Buy
    November 15, 2006 at 11:58 am

    If anyone is out there who wants a PS3 and is not already in line, GO GET IN LINE! I showed up less than 30 minutes after the first person arrived at our Best Buy in North Dallas yesterday, and I was already the 10th person in line. Fortunately our store is getting 20-something units, so I should be good.

    The first person arrived at 4:30pm last night, and there were 25 people there before I went to sleep. I’m sure there are going to be more when I head back there today (I have someone waiting in my spot).

    The PS3s are going to be much more difficult to acquire compared to other systems. The Best Buy manager at the store where I’m camped said they will have “several hundred” Nintendo Wii’s to give out.

    Good luck everyone! If you don’t show up today, I doubt you’ll get one on Friday.

  419. 426 I'm in line at Best Buy
    November 15, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Oh, and by the way, this site has helped me prepare for my “camping” adventure tremendously. Lots of great information here which is much appreciated!

  420. November 15, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    I need advice. I live in texas and am camping at Best Buy for the Wii. Tomorrow im will talk to the managers of BB, Target, and Walmart to see who is getting the most systems. I am lining up at around 4 P.M. the day before. will that be good enough?

  421. 428 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    I just checked my bb. No line yet, as the manager said there wouldn’t. There were empty cars in the lot so parking close and jumping in line doesn’t look like it will be a problem for me early tomorrow morning.

    As a bonus, I just drove by my wal-mart and they said they have about 15. They said I could start the line anytime. No line yet so I’m packing up my gear and heading out to be the first in about an hour. Hopefully things haven’t changed by then but I still have bb as a back up.

    How am I so lucky…small town I guess.

  422. 429 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:15 pm

    wal-mart said they’d hand out tickets tomorrow morning and then let the first 30 (even though there’s only 15 units) stay in layaway. We can stay back there tomorrow and tomorrow night with ticket number already in hand so that sounds like the best place for me right now.
    Hey, maybe they’ll let us go home with them at mid-night since we’ll be in the store anyway?
    Anybody know how that works?

  423. 430 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    its not a 24 hr wal-mart

  424. 431 Dave
    November 15, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    FYI… from wikipedia

    Sony recently announced to retailers like Gamestop that for the American release, stores would only get between 200,000 – 250,000 units rather than the 400,000 they promised would ship for launch day. Gamestop/EB and other retailers have responded by placing embargoes on employee pre-ordered purchases, trying to free up as many units as possible to avoid irate pre-order customers angry at not receiving promised goods.

    Called a walmart in a suburb of chicago- they’re only getting in 2 and giving out 8 rainchecks.. another said they’ll have a max of 10. 6 60 gig and 4 20 gig.

    dooohhhhhh…

  425. 432 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    my town sure sounds like it’s getting good numbers considering it’s relatively small.

  426. November 15, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Wait a minute, Mike — you sold your spot in line for $250??!!!! Goodness. This is getting out of hand. But good for you, man! I would love to do a survey and ask these people what is so compelling about the system? Do they just want to have the next PlayStation because it’s hard to get? Perhaps they just want to sell it. I love me some games and even I’m having a hard time figuring this one out.

  427. 434 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:45 pm

    I agree that sounds excessive but not everyone’s on a budget. Luckily there are plenty of people out there willing to spend the money because that’s what’s gonna drive technology forward.

  428. 435 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    ok. i’ll post one more to let you know how it went on Friday if all goes well at Wal-Mart.
    I’m goin’ camping : )

  429. 436 joe
    November 15, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    so much for gettin a ps3 guys….. i drove by my local CC and BB at 10AM today…. circuit city had about 10 ppl with tents and BB had just over 20. sux bein a student n havin to go to classes. i only wish i had the free time these people seem to have.

  430. 437 Dave
    November 15, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    DAMNIT… i just called target & bestbuy in chicago downtown locations… they got people camped out already… DAMNIT… oh well…and this whole $250 for a spot in line voids me hiring someone to stand in line for me till he gets a better deal

  431. 438 hewtash
    November 15, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    I would like to apologize to everyone for the heckling I was doing.

    I am now going to go out and camp out to get a PS3.

    My boyfriend and I will be out front of the Walmart together.

    It’ll be rough not working out for a couple days after I get my PS3, but hopefully my BF will keep me busy!!!

  432. 439 Dave
    November 15, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    g/l hewtash…and i’m sorry for the things i said to u too… I think I’m giving up my search… i thought i’d have enough time to go after work tomorrow, but f-it i can’t take off for 2 days w/ a deliverable due by Mon. I called my AMEX platinum concierge service to see if they could try and get one for me… but i highly doubt it..

  433. 440 laura
    November 15, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Hey so CC is a bust there is already and huge line and theres a huge line a BB to…I hate living in a populated area. The one target already has people another target said we can line up whenever and one isnt allowing people to line up til tommorow at 5pm but i see how much that held up with CC. So i am gonna go out at 7 am tommorow but if im not 1st or 2nd in line then im not gonna wait. I jsut wish the stores would tell us how many units they were gonna get. do you guys think 7 am would be a waste will i even get one now!?!?

  434. 441 laura
    November 15, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    blueberry where do you live???

  435. November 15, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    It’s almost go-time…

    weather forcast: miserable with a 100% chance of rain

    I love it

  436. 443 Seyi
    November 15, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Im reporting live from walmart in Knoxville, TN i am no. 6 in this line but nothing is guaranteed as of now.

  437. 444 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    i just got booted from wal-mart. The management is trying to keep a line from starting and even went as far as to say they’ll only have rainchecks when I just had an employee confirm they’d have at least 6, which is down from the 15 they told me earlier today. What the hell? Is management trying to keep them for themselves?

    I called bb again. they said no line yet either. I’m gonna try to start one there as soon as they close at 10pm even though they say we can’t line up till 7am.

    I feel like my chances are getting slimmer again. I’ll head out in about 5 hours for my last chance.

    I live in Pismo Beach, California.

  438. 445 Jay
    November 15, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    Well, I’m in chicago, looking foward to camping out at the SEARS in the loop, I talked to the manager, and thus far no one has talked to him about camping out, hopefully thats a good sign.
    I’ll be scouting out the location all of friday up tosaterday afternoon, I plan on camping out early in the morning 4:30 perhaps, hopefully I can procure some alchohol to make the time pass (i.e pass out).

  439. 446 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Wal-mart didn’t threaten to call the police or anything. They were being real assholes though and did everything but tell me I’m not gonna get one if I wait there and cause problems.
    I hope it’s chaos for them considering they’re purposely telling me false info and not letting me help them set up an organized line. The head manager told me “I havn’t had time to think about it yet, guy”. I wanted to tell him what an idiot he is if that’s true but I felt I had wasted enough time at that point.

  440. 447 Matt
    November 15, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    Well speaking about the geniuses at Walmart, they told me that they wouldn’t let people start lining up until 8pm tomorrow (Thursday), for a 12:01am launch (only 4 hours later). Does that seem like a bad idea to anyone else???

  441. 448 Matt
    November 15, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, and even better, Meijer says that they won’t tell people where the line starts in their store until 12:00am (Friday), for a 12:01am launch. Awesome.

  442. 449 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    These managers must have been dropped on there head.

    BB seems like the only one halfway organized here…but i’m sure they’ll prove they’re incompetent before this things over too.

  443. 450 laura
    November 15, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    Blueberry doesnt this suck the outlook seemed so hopeful to receive one now its not good. Me and my friend are gonna drive around tommorow 6 am cause its bs these stores say no line til a certain time but then allow people to line up WTF….im so mad i dont think were gonna get one now…

  444. 451 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    yeah, i’m bumbed. I have a bad feeling about this one. I’ll probably head to best buy tonight around 9 (less than 3 hours). Then i’ll sit in my car until I think I can start the line or I see someone else do it. There were plenty of cars in the lot last night and the employee I last talked to today said it’s up to the city to kick us out tonight….as far as he knows.
    It’s gonna be a long night…good thing I have my lost energy drink.

  445. 452 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:18 pm

    i saw a post on ign.com saying that launch numbers could be as low as 150,000 now. This sucks. Maybe i’ll at least get a raincheck to get one before x-mas…if more come in.

  446. 453 Anomie
    November 15, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, thanks alot for the guide!
    Im a hardcore gamer, but I have been lucky with buying systems. There arent that many hardcore gamers around here, so I havent had to camp-out. But…im looking forward to Wii so much that I might actually do it to be safe (I thought about PS3 and decided that there is no chance of me getting my hands on it this year).

    I don’t know if you would be able to answer this, but…do you think there is really a need for me to camp-out for wii? I heard that there will be plenty of systems for each store. Either way, thank you for preparing me for the Wii launch!

  447. November 15, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    This is funny i told a few people in my hood about all this.
    And how there is going to be a bunch of kids and nerds in the area camping out for a PS3
    with lots of $$$ money in their pockets.

    A few of them have been planing a launch day raid robbing and jacking peoples PS3’s
    Hope none are you.

  448. 455 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    good luck. you’ll probably get a bunch of credit cards. They might be suprised when not everyone in line’s a nerd. Many people are bringing protection. Police are likely nearby as well, not to mention store security cameras. Good plan though.

  449. 456 blueberry
    November 15, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    this forum is pretty gangster…glad you’re keepin’ up

  450. 457 Sboyd9008
    November 15, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    well thats wonderful. Im not getting a ps3 but a lot of stores are freaking out. I got a walmart paper today that said there should be a minimum of 10 per store but the store that my mom works at only has 6, 2 20g and 4 60g. Im waiting on the wii though, Im most likely going to go saturday at noonish to get in line for mine, at the store im going to, im not expecting many people to arrive early. for the 360 launch, the first person showed up at noon and the 360 had a lot more hype. Good luck to all of yall that are already in line and to those lining up in the next couple of days.

  451. 458 hey enutz
    November 15, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    hey nutz blueberry is right no ones gonna have cash just credit cards or check books….

  452. 459 Scarface
    November 15, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    anyone out in Gwinnett GA? check out if the line is long yet? the line here in Henry cty is 20 deep already

  453. November 15, 2006 at 11:25 pm

    well i was gonna camp out tomoro at like noonish at my job which is target because i know we are getting 8 units. Now, i want to get a nintendo wii for my brothers cuz they r younger than me but im not sure when to camp out, any suggestions, i was thinking on saturday around noonish because it is not as big as the ps3

  454. November 15, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Well just a heads up even if you dont carry cash im sure these crack heads and hoods
    in my hood will be happy jacking your PS3.

    Its sick the things they plan on doing like carjacks or follwing people home and doing
    home invastions.

    Either way i know they are serious the one crack head did time in jail for shooting someone for
    a pair of shoes back in the day so this will be a upgrade for him.

    be safe

  455. 462 hey nutz
    November 15, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    Where do you live so i know where to stay away from what state and city???

  456. November 15, 2006 at 11:52 pm

    I dont think cmapin out for the wii will really be neccesary in the us due to the fact tht each storrwe will be getting almost at least 40 wiis, so i figure if i get up early enough ill be abler to get my hands on one of those lil’ guy. ;)

  457. 464 blueberry
    November 16, 2006 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for the heads up i guess. If they’re up to doing home invasions, why do they need the ps3 to make it happen? Why not jack people buying hdtv’s or something?
    Oh well, watch out in the big cities…

  458. 465 blueberry
    November 16, 2006 at 12:17 am

    or jack rich people…not kids or families who might not have much more than a ps3…just doesn’t make sense

  459. 466 Buddah
    November 16, 2006 at 12:44 am

    KARMA’S A BITCH. REMEMBER THAT SHIT.

  460. November 16, 2006 at 1:08 am

    I will get a PS3 no matter what i have do for it i would like to thank you all for standing in line for me but i will be taking yours.

  461. November 16, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Let’s all remember the steps in the guide:

    Bring another bag to put your PS3 bag in for cloaking.
    Ask the store management to make sure your trip in the parking lot is secure.

    Add to that, in case Nutz is not…well…nuts: if someone bumps your car, try to flag them to follow you to the safest possible location to address the fender bender. This isn’t a homicide…it doesn’t need to be handled at the scene of the crime and there won’t be a forensics crew coming out to check for evidence. This can be especially important for those of you buying from Wal-Mart at 12:01am…it will be ridiculously dark and there will be much easier for someone to attempt Nutz’s hypothetical situations. Try to go somewhere well lit at the least and some place with a security camera (ATM/etc) or security/police presence at the best.

  462. 469 P Bot
    November 16, 2006 at 1:52 am

    If you’re not already in line forget about getting either the Sony3 or Wii. Every BestBuy already has a line up and everyone there is staying to buy the Wii as well. No one will get robbed with so many people around. The time energy and not to mention money put into being the first is line is only the type of dedication a real Gamer has and the type of person who really deserves to lock themselves away from anything important for some time with their new a PS. Anyone thinking about making money off this garbage hardware better have a crappy paying job to make waiting in line for 48 hours worth it. Get Laid!

  463. 470 Buddah
    November 16, 2006 at 2:04 am

    Buddah will get laid with the $400 profit he makes off of it.

  464. 471 EK
    November 16, 2006 at 2:08 am

    Any reports on the line at CC in NYC?

  465. 472 Destin
    November 16, 2006 at 2:28 am

    Hey im still fourth in line at my walmart and the manegers have been getting mad at us earlier. Some of us tried to lay down and get some sleep on the benches and they would walk by and kick the benches and tell us if we fall asleep we have to leave and they wont let us plug anything into the outlets on the walls. At around 4:00 they took everyone in line and told us we couldnt wait in layaway any more so we have to wait outside now. There are about 17 people waiting now and they said they are only getting 10 so some are just taking a chance saying that they heard that walmarts are getting 20. Anyways since we have been outside they dont care if we sleep but im just glad i got in line on the 14th at 7:00pm cause the line filled up fast! im garenteed a system now even if they dont get enough in i still get a rain check for when they do but they said they are pretty confedent on getting at least 4 so i should be good.

    P.S. I am at the walmart in Apopka Fl. (Orlando basicaly) if anyone wants to know and there are no one in line for the wii yet.

  466. November 16, 2006 at 2:46 am

    It has started check out the link!

    Four People Shot While Waiting for PlayStation 3 Console, Including 27 NEWSFIRST Reporter

    http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/4661551.html

  467. 474 Dave
    November 16, 2006 at 3:37 am

    So can you write a check out to Best Buy, Circuit City etc?

  468. 475 Victor
    November 16, 2006 at 3:48 am

    I just want to say GOOD LUCK to everyone. I hope you all get the system(s) you’re camping for.
    As for me, I will be camping with a friend on Friday around 3pm for the Wii. Is this too early?

  469. November 16, 2006 at 4:28 am

    Is it just me or does it seem impossible for Destin to be 4th in line if he is still able to post to this thread after having been waiting at Wal-Mart since 7pm on the 14th when they wouldn’t let him plug anything into the outlets (i.e. no charging of the laptop battery)???

  470. 477 PK
    November 16, 2006 at 5:07 am

    I’m planning on waiting at Best Buy(Manchester, CT) with my girlfriend on Saturday afternoon, 3pm for a 10am opening. My buddy told me they have 90 units. Should I be worried?

  471. 478 Dave
    November 16, 2006 at 10:57 am

    PK… i wouldn’t say worried… but rather more..umm.. naive… =o) good luck though!

  472. November 16, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    The line just started here in MOntreal, 4 ppl already in line at walmart. I was scouting out the region like devron said to. I plan on getting in line at 6pm, hopefully there will still be some space.

  473. 480 Seyi
    November 16, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    Well i’ve been in line now for over 20hrs and i have about 13more to go. walmart just got their shipment in and they’ve got 8 60gigs and 4 20gigs.. i’m no. 6 in line so i will be getting a 60Gig.. this has been tough but worth it. i hope it goes well for everyone else.

  474. 481 Herm
    November 16, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    As of 5 min ago; In State College, PA, Best Buy will have 15 PS3s and there are 35 people in line and its is pouring outside. A nearby Walmart has 12 people in line but they have only 6 PS3s. I got this info from employees and talking to the dedicated gamers(or Ebayers) in line. Most of the people plan on selling their units on Ebay. I offered $1000 for a 60GB PS3 if they get one and they all turned me down as they expect to get $2000 for the system on Ebay.

  475. November 16, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    My buddy and I had a plan to get ours, there are two wal-marts here, a circuit city, and a target, we live in a town of about 60,000 so not that big. As of 8 AM YESTERDAY (wednesday) there were already 6 people at each wal-mart and 5 people at circuit city (which is how many ps3’s each store is getting) and there all being paid by one guy to buy them all.

    The only store without people there is Target, we’ve even scouted other towns wal-marts and there’s 12 people in the next town over already waiting but that store is only getting 3 units. Craziness

  476. November 16, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    oh yeah our plan was to go today at noon, since we heard the lines at the wal-marts started at 8 the night before last year.

    Just got off the phone with my buddy and three other wal-marts from surrounding towns are already camped out with more people than ps3’s the wal-marts are getting.

  477. November 16, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, does anyone think i can get a wii without standing in line? I plan to get up very early, and i think that will be enough. I asked a person at bestbuy the toher day how many ps3’s they were gettiong and he said 50. Keep in mind i plan on getting a wii. Do u guys think i will need to camp in order to get the wii. I figure theyll be getting 60-70 of them per store…

  478. 485 Shin
    November 16, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Does anyone know if http://www.ps3seeker.com/wii is a reliable source? it says most target stores in my area are getting between 80-120 wiis, with that many wiis around is it really necessary to camp out more that 1 day max to get one?

  479. November 16, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    Shin

    Looks to me that they are about 1/2 right on the ones in my area, so i don’t know.

  480. 487 Dave
    November 16, 2006 at 2:45 pm

    I honestly think the people ebaying it are in for a surprise, not to say they won’t make a profit, but that they won’t make as big of a profit as they thought once the release happens… if ebay gets flooded w/ ps3s.. it just adds to the supply, the demand’s still there, but it’ll inevitably drive the premium pricing down that it’s been going for prior to launch.. just a hunch though..my prediction – you’ll start seeing an ave. price of $1100 within a week, not $2000+, still not a bad take… but not enough for me to stand for 48 hrs in the cold, wind & rain…

  481. 488 Dave
    November 16, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    oh yeah.. i stopped by my local target yesterday w/ 7 out of 8 people in line… all who were college students who said while they wanted to keep the PS3, they would rather sell it on ebay… but that’s just a sample size of 8.. i’d be curious to see how many people standing in line plan to sell on ebay..

  482. November 16, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    This is the third time im posting because no noe has really responded. In a tecent article iv’e read, it stated that each large bestbuy will have around 75-85 nintendo wii’s. Now ast this number, (if true) do you really think it is neccesary to camp out. Do u think i will gwet one if i just show up to bestbuy early in the morning?

  483. 491 Enigmay84
    November 16, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    You might be able to get one early in the morning if you show up like 4 hours prior to openning… But I’m gonna make sure I get one by camping out for it. I’d suggest getting in line at closing time the night before at the latest.

  484. 492 Jack
    November 16, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome, In response to your question about Wii. You may not get one without waiting overnite for it. For the Xbox 360 where BB had about 60 units, these people waited for 12 hours or more. However, the Wii, will be readily available after launch.

    Sony PS3 claimed 400K units for USA, delivering only 200K units, and promises(unlikely) 600K more units by the end of the year.

    The Wii promises to ship 4 million units by the end of the year, and have delivered the 600K units to stores as promised. So unless you have to have it on launch day, I would think the Wii would recieve several shipments to stores before christmas.

  485. 493 Dave
    November 16, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    You and your g/f give up on camping also Enig?

  486. 494 SpazzyMcGee
    November 16, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    I live on the Northwest Oregon coast, (near Tillamook, Seaside, ect.). Fred Meyer’s here is having a midnight launch, from 12:01am – 1:00am, as their sign states. Also, there is NOBODY in line for the PS3, or even the Wii for that matter. I went there for lunch today however, and did see some teens (I’m in my early 20’s) walking around..more thank likly “staking” the place out during their lunch break (or just skipping school).

    So if anyone from the Portland are wants a PS3 BADLY, then drive yourself out here to Tillamook. Look up the Fred Meyer address on the internet and map quest it. There is NO ONE in line, and if you leave here soon you are guaranteed to get one. I believe Fred Meyer is also selling the PS3 at midnight (tonight), so in case the lines start forming you may want to pack some things quickly and get over here. I’m only sharing this information to help. I for one am not purchasing a PS3, but will be getting a Wii on saturday night (midnight).

    Good luck and have fun!

  487. 495 SpazzyMcGee
    November 16, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    UPDATE:

    Ohh, I should also note thet Fred Meyer here in Tillamook, OR does has empty PS3 boxes all over the electronic department to advertise. I believe they are getting around 8-10 PS3’s, but I could be wrong.

  488. 496 Wolf
    November 16, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Roanoke, Virginia
    There are 30 some people outside Best Buy already.
    Target says no camping, and I didn’t see anyone outside walmart camping.
    For all you PS3 people just a number of hours left.
    Wii people we have 3 more days… I’m skiping school tomorrow so I can sleep, and get stuff together.
    -Wolf

  489. 497 Enigmay84
    November 16, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Nah, I’m not giving up Dave. In fact, due to a screw up by BB I bought a Nunchuk and Twilight Princess Yesterday! I was gonna get the Controller today, but they had received a memo by this morning saying to not sell anything until Sunday. ^_^ I have so many friends ticked at me right now.

    I’m gonna head to the BB by me on Saturday morning.

    Also, The PS3 people screwed themselves over cause about 100 people made a rush to make a line and hopefully get within the first 26 places for the system, and ended up with a fight breaking out. The police broke it up and aren’t letting anyone line up until tomorrow when the store opens! Everyone who was in line is now at a different location and waiting for that BB to open tomorrow!

    Also, the 2nd location I mentioned has the first person in line waiting in an RV! I would not let him back in line after doing that. He went to bed yesterday at 10pm and at 12:00n he was still in the RV and had not made an appearance to the line. Talk about BS. You should camp in the cold with everyone else, am I right?

  490. 498 MachoMan
    November 16, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    I went to Walmart at 5 this morning, and go over to the layaway section where they said there would be a dash for the chairs. A sign was posted that lines would start at 6 outside the store. WTF?! So I waited outside the store, and by 6 AM there’s over 50 people out there. There was no real line, just a crowd of people, since Walmart said they would kick out the people who waited there before 6. At 6, a guy came out and asked who the first people there were, and some people said they were, so they got the 6 rainchecks that they had, and everyone leaved. I hate Walmart! They give the ONLY PS3s that they have to the people who broke the 6 AM rule in the first place! And only a couple of them were actually waiting there longer than everybody else, the rest just lied. There was a kid standing in line at midnight the night before and he walked away with nothing. Screw you, Walmart!

  491. 499 Enigmay84
    November 16, 2006 at 9:04 pm

    ***UPDATE***

    The BB that had the police run everyone off last night now has a line for it that is going strong.

  492. 500 Autobus Prime
    November 16, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    I thought this would be wicked fun to wait and meet fellow geeks. but this thing scared me, about the possible stealing. but i guess its better that i know its a possibility, then to go unprepared.

  493. November 16, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    yo anyone here in florida? im going to wait tomorow in line at circuit city. anyone got some tips cause i dont have camping gear. just my nintendo ds

  494. 502 Geta
    November 16, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    The circuit city that I work at is getting 8, and all 8 say they are going to ebay it. Way to go Sony, the only reason anyone wants your system is the resell value. :P

  495. 503 Kyle H
    November 16, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    Hey guys just giving a shout from Oakville, Ontario. I was thinking about camping out for the Wii with a few friends. Does anyone think this is too early/too late? Also, what’s a good way to pass the time?

  496. 504 Edwin
    November 17, 2006 at 12:27 am

    Does anybody know the input power supply of this PS3 is? Is it 110V or 100v-240v. Thanks.

  497. 505 joe
    November 17, 2006 at 3:05 am

    well…… so far out of supposed 200,000 Playstation 3’s 3389 of them are on ebay. and every time i refresh the search another 30 more pop up lmao…. i will die laughing if these dont sellf or half of what people expect… funny the ones going for the most are the preorder auctions that are ending just now hahaha

  498. 506 Destin
    November 17, 2006 at 3:22 am

    Kevin Huxford I was 4th in line but taking shifts with my brother. I was at my house while he was in line when i wrote that. But i did get a 60 gb ps3 and i have been playing resistence for a little over an hour now. It is a great game! Some guy offered me $800 for my place in line today but i said no and i am glad i did. And another good thing is that unlike my xbox 360 i got on launch, my ps3 is not defective!!!!

  499. 507 Seyi
    November 17, 2006 at 10:57 am

    i got a 60Gig and a 20Gig. I AM HAPPY!

  500. November 17, 2006 at 11:48 am

    I got 1 60 GB & 2 20 GB, Im also happy 8-)

  501. 509 joe
    November 17, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    wow…. 10000 ps3’s on ebay. and theyre still breaking well over the $1000 mark…. people really have no patience

  502. 510 Dude
    November 17, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    I read that you cannot sell your PS3 on ebay unless you have a feedback of 50! Is this true? Does anyone know a person who could automatically give you a 50 feedback for a price?

  503. 511 Josh
    November 17, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    It’s not feedback of 50. It’s feedback of 98% or higher with a history of 50 or more items sold. Wonder how many people stood in line without knowing that. but right now there’s about 10,500 on there and the ones ending now are goin for $2000-$2500. will that persist…?

  504. 512 blueberry
    November 17, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    go my ps3! camped out at best buy. I was number 28 out of 34 at my location.
    Thanks for the guide…I won’t be posting again…I be playing my ps3!

  505. 513 joe
    November 17, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    im honestly shocked at how much the ps3s are going for with 10000 of them listed to end within a day or two

  506. 514 Mathias
    November 17, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    wow. I went and waited in line…i ended up being number 15. There were 14 units…-_-. Right behind the last person to get one….wonderful. AND not only that. All the people in front of me, literially, are selling theres online. Not one of them is keeping it to play. jeeze

  507. 515 Mathias
    November 17, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    I did get guitar hero II though, to keep me occupied while i wait for a ps3 ^_^

  508. 516 SpazzyMcGee
    November 17, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    UPDATE:

    I just found out (like 5min. ago), that the Fred Meyer here in Tillamook, OR is getting 75 Nintendo Wii systems!! If you are worried about not being able to get a Wii, come out here to the coast! I can almost guarantee you will get one with such a large amount, and the town being so small. My self, brother, and a friend are going to be there at 5pm (pst) to see if anyone is lining up. See you all there!

  509. 517 joe
    November 17, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    Mathias why do u think there are 15000 on ebay now…. lmao

  510. 518 warwick dude
    November 17, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    i gave up on getting one when i found out that it came out friday(i have school) but im camping out for A Wii tomorrow. Wish me luck.

  511. 519 warwick dude
    November 17, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    I’ll get one after christmas when the price drops, besides i’m gettin Guitar hero 2 soon to help pass the time

  512. 520 axboi
    November 17, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    i drove around 10pm on wed night to 8 walmarts and 7 were already full. There is one left close to my house but wont allow people to camp till 7am. We waited in the car until 6am and people start a crowd next to the line, i was like wtf! These people got kicked out twice and finally the manager gave up and let them in. I was lucky for being number 12 and my friend was 13. This lucky ex-marine guy came at 7:15am and asked if he was too late, lucky guy because walmart is giving out 12 consoles and 2 vouchers haha. I better get something out of this for being cold outside for 25 hours, any suggestion about the price for 20gb?

  513. 521 PK
    November 17, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    There is no line at my local Best Buy or my local Target. I’m thinking I might not need to camp at all for the Wii.

  514. November 17, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    Well, i didnt get one of the 60’s or the 20’s at my Wal-Mart. But i did get a rain check for the next 8 60’s that come out in the next 3 weeks or so. What surprised me was that when i went into my Wal-Mart there where already 7 prople in it waiting. #7 came in at 2am, an hour before i got in and the first 6 people where in there at 6pm the night before. But what realy tears it for me is is that the first 3 units (2-60’s and 1-20) where all going up for auction on Ebay. They all joined together to sell theres instead of bein a traditional gamer and keeping it and playing it. It makes me mad that people would rather earn a buck by selling it than being a TRUE gammer and kepping it and enjoying it. It never used to be like this before. It reminded me of an episode of Survivor, it came down to the last hour and people where making deals and planning and estimating their profit, makes me sick!!

    Other than that, i had a great time with the camp out. Made some good friends, although i dont know their names. Watched alot of my movies and played alot of Jenga. I had a blast and would do it again if i was interested in the Wii.

    Cant wait to get my 60 gig in a couple of weeks and i hope everyone had fun with their camping. Enjoy your PS3’s everyone!!!!

    GHOST OF THE MIDWEST

  515. 523 sboyd9008
    November 17, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    So im really kind of mad now. I still plan on sitting in line for half a day for a Wii but instead of letting us stay in layaway for that time, the douche bag manager (im usually not this brutal but my mom works for him) is making us wait freaking outside. So im thinking about instead of noon, i might go about 2 or 3ish depending on when the line starts. I think i have a pretty good chance considering the area and they have 29 wiis. Now the sucky part is that im going to wait in line but since im only 16 my mom is buying it as a christmas present that up until 2 days ago i thought i was getting early. But NO, shes holding on to it until the big 12/25. Well all i can say is yes i am extremely mad about that little detail but theres something comforting in the fact that i will definately have 1. Oh yeah, the area that im going to, i dont expect much of a line considering that there wasnt much of a line for the ps3s and more people want them in the area. I guess well see.

  516. 524 warwick dude
    November 17, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    anyone here from warwick
    Rode Island I want to know how the lines are doing at the target in Route 2. i might just have to check tomorrow morning O well.

  517. 525 PK
    November 17, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Most everybody has to wait outside. Why should stores bend over backwards to accomodate people who want to buy a product that is going to sell out anyway?

  518. 526 Krestan the 360 activist
    November 18, 2006 at 12:49 am

    Wii’s lauch is this sat. on the 18th.

  519. 527 P Bot
    November 18, 2006 at 12:49 am

    My boy just got car jacked, robbed this morning. They took his 17 G5 PowerBook, PS3, Jacket and wallet. I can’t believe that everyone is so caught up in this bull++++! WII

  520. 528 Alex
    November 18, 2006 at 1:15 am

    yea im going to the one in palatine, on dundee!!

  521. 529 joe
    November 18, 2006 at 1:20 am

    wow…. and i thought it was crazy before… i go to work… and 5 hours later the ps3’s on ebay doubled. 31000…… WOW

  522. 530 Josh
    November 18, 2006 at 1:22 am

    yep… but now they’re only goin for $1500-$2000, down from $2500-$3000 this afternoon. something tells me that’s not the end, either.

    who knew?

  523. 531 joe
    November 18, 2006 at 4:41 am

    hmmmm if it keeps up like this mayb i wont be waiting so long to get a ps3 after all hahaha….
    i mean cmon 35000 ps3s… the price can only stay over retail for so long lol god damn the lucky bastards who got theirs for 2 or 3000+ yesterday and today

  524. 532 Josh
    November 18, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    hahahahaha… there’s about 20 auctions ending per minute now and they’re barely averaging $1000… there are ps3s starting at $1200 that are ending without a single bid cuz there’s a hundred others going for less… i’m guessing $800 by the end of the night.

    Thank you God for letting me hear about the crazy lines on Wednesday so I cancelled my plans to get one of these to make some money…

    this is supply and demand at its finest, folks. you couldn’t script something like this.

  525. 533 cello fellow
    November 19, 2006 at 2:00 am

    alex- a bunch of friends and i are going to the one in schaumburg, the numbers say theyre going to have quite a bit more than dundee… were going about 4am and waiting until they open… too bad im too excited for zelda to sleep…

  526. 534 PK
    November 19, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    I went last night at 7pm and was 25th in line for 84 units. Excite Truck and Zelda are awesome.

  527. 535 Wolf
    November 19, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Line started at 3:30 here… I was number 3, got my wii ^_^
    All and all it was fun, and everyone was good about it. I did start a list of names, and in the end (when some guy in the back said he was the 1st there

  528. 536 Wolf
    November 19, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    Post got screwed up, continued:
    when some guy in the back said he was the 1st there

  529. 537 Wolf
    November 19, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    ugg…. I give up :(

  530. 538 warwick dude
    November 19, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Pk were u campin at Best Buy in Warwick. I got there at 1:45 on the 18th and was 13th in line for a Wii (which is awesome). The guy in first got a Wii poster and Wii clock plus hat. We kept goin in to best buy to play Guitar Hero 2. It got really cold but we toughed it out. However there were a whole bunch of jerks drivin buy and shoutin insults or sayin the Ps3 or 360 was better. The Bathroom sitch was good until 3 am when the store was closed and i had to hitch a ride to a gas station. 6 hours later we had our tickets and were ready to get our Wii. People from Target kept drivin buy snubbing us by showing us their Wiis (Target opened an hour earlier than Best Buy) All in all it was awesome tho. After some sleep i managed to put together my Wii. It rocks Wii sports is very fun (my dad is addicted) and Zelda rocks. This will not be my last post as i plan to continue talk about the Wii or Ps3. hanks a lot Devron for your awesome guide.

  531. 539 warwick dude
    November 19, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    By the way i haven’t got the classic controller yet because Best Buy sold out. I’ll get one next week in the next shipment.

  532. 540 SEMAK
    November 19, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    HELLO GET A PLAYSTATION 3 FOR 500USD AND NINTENDO WII FOR 150USD

  533. 541 mm
    November 19, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    I had gone to a walmart near me to get my WII and found out they had only 20 about 1 hour after i got there and i was 30th in line. Then i went to Toys R Us, i got there at around 10pm and was 176 in line but i got a wii cause they had 200, it still took like 4hours after they gave out the tickets tough because of all the people that were infront of me and the pre order people and stuff. While i was in line i called my dad to come so he could buy another one and were planning to sell the other one on ebay

  534. 542 warwick dude
    November 19, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    Semak first of all Wii costs 267 dollars plus tax. Second of all the Ps3 is impossible to get at this time even if you get it for 500 dollars(the worse 20 gig version). Also those have glitches anyway. My Wii on the other hand does not have any problems and Zelda is sooooooooooooo worth it let me tell you. Also,the 360 has more games readily available rather than a Ps3. I will get a Ps3 when the price drops.

  535. 543 IM AWESOME
    November 20, 2006 at 1:20 am

    Heres my story in case u guys wanna here. I got up at about 7 today (launch day) hoping to pop into line at walmart and get a wii. Didnt wrk out tht way. Everyone had vouchers and only people with them got wiis. So i headed to bestbuy to hopefuklly do the same thnig. Unfortunately, they had vouchers too. So, i had to wait in the “no voucher” line. Then, after only about ten minutes of waiting, a man coomes out of the store, and asks if anyone wants his voucher. I almost broke his hand reaching for tht puppy! (not really but you get the point)After all, i got the wii on launch without campin out.
    So HAH to all you non believers! IT’s Possible! We’ll just thought id share my story!

  536. 544 joe c
    November 20, 2006 at 3:01 am

    i camped out at the local mall’s best buy, getting there at 5pm on saturday. i can’t afford a wii and didn’t intend to buy one, but i immediately started keeping a list of who came and when, removing the names of people who left for more than two hours. there were 102 units and 130 campers. everyone trusted my list because they’d seen me keep it and maintain it, but the best buy managers weren’t going to honor it because they hadn’t made it themselves. however, two employees in the line took it and talked the managers into honoring it- the main support being that i had nothing to gain, since i wasn’t buying one. i stood outside the store for awhile afterward, and almost everyone that walked out with a wii thanked me for making the list and keeping the line hoppers from taking one of the coveted consoles home.

    let this be a lesson to ye!

  537. 545 SlyckDood
    November 20, 2006 at 3:19 am

    I’m from Baltimore Maryland but I go to college on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which is where I camped out to get my Wii because I thought it’d be easier than in a metropolitan area. I got to Target around 5am on Sunday morning, three hours before the store opened and was number 23 in line. The store got 33 units in, and I bet it would have been harder to get one in Baltimore because there’s more people….

  538. 546 Dave
    November 20, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    God i’m awesome being right lol j/k…who called on this post 1st that the price couldn’t sustain itself on ebay… then again.. i was an econ major.. =oP…glad i didn’t bother to camp out on wed. in the freezing rain. the smart ebayers would do wise to hold on to their ps3’s for like 2 weeks.. when christmas shopping is heavier…

  539. 547 Scott
    November 20, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    I camped out at my local best buy starting at 2pm b/c the girl there told my mom at 1pm a line had started. When me and my friend got there, there were only 2 people in line!! So we waited in my car until about 6pm then got in line, numbers 4 and 5 and they were getting 45 units. At 8am the manager came out and handed out tickets, but told us that there was bad news, that one of the trucks didn’t show up last night and there was only 30 units!! Also, it had half there shipment of Zelda games!! There were only 6 copies of Zelda and i was lucky enough to get one!!

  540. 548 Dave
    November 20, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    wow… the ps3 just got owned by the ny times

  541. November 21, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    Thing is, you guys got it very lucky –

    I’m from the Bahamas, and here? We are lucky to even HEAR about the Wii. I gotta hope to get a day off from work to fly over to florida to pick one up this friday – if they ain’t sold out yet. Having said that – are they? And when is restock?

  542. 550 warwick dude
    November 24, 2006 at 12:00 am

    By the way, do u need the sd memory card for the wii to store all ur memory? So far i haven’t but will i? Also do u think it is worth it to get controller skins? I know without sayin tho that im gettin a Zelda wall skin. Red Steel i will get at christmas along with Budokai Tenkaichi 2. Can’t wait.
    By the way for those who harassed us in line at best buy with drive by insults i give a big
    *&^% you. Srry, had to get that off my chest. Enjoy ur Wii’s and Ps3’s. Iam.

  543. 551 >u
    November 26, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    Sooo this one time there was this guy in line for a Wii and this other guy was like DAMN!!! i was a Wii.. but im not inline… so he walked up 2 the other guy and was all like DROWN IN BOULDERS!!!! and the other guy was all like O’RLY!?!?!? and he was all like YA’RLY!?!??!? and then ther was a MAGNET FIHGT!!!!!! moral of the story… don’t drink and Wii… or somthing like that

  544. 552 warwick dude
    November 29, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    lol funny

  545. 553 warwick dude
    November 30, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    dudes check out this sweet chair. At ULTIMATEGAMECHAIR.COM. Or google it
    It rocks.

  546. 554 gamepunk
    December 4, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    since Wal-Mart will be restocking Wiis on wednesday… what time should I get there? The one by me opens at 7am. I was thinking 3:30-4ish… Could that be too late? (I live in a major metropolitan area)

  547. 555 pinecone
    December 9, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    I went to a local Game Crazy in Redmond WA at around 9A.M. Only one guy was camping out and about four other people were waiting outside. Even though the place was packed at midnight, but there were plenty of wiis to go around. I am strongly regretting my desision of not getting one, because now I have to be a mooch to all my friends that did get one, but there were plenty of geeks to talk to and the store was right next to a QFC. The overall experience was worth the 16-18 hour wait, but it would have been so much more gratifying if I had bought a wii…*bangs head on coffee table*

  548. 556 Cristiaan
    December 29, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you! Thank you!

    your gude is awesome and I had a great day on launch day I’m playing Wii right now as we speak keep up the good work I’ll be looking for your guide again on yet another awesome launch day!

  549. January 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    A few questions from a blog idiot

    How do you keep the spammers from eating you alive? i\’ve seen blogs with nothing but spam postings.

    How do you keep some left wing extremist from posting racist or defamatory rhetoric? and if you cant stop them, what are you legally liabel when they do?

    can viruses be posted to blogs?

  550. 558 SpazzyMcGee
    January 23, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Hey Devron, just wanted to say thank you for writing this up. Well done, provided useful information. I didn’t purchase a PS3 (not planning to), but I did get in line and purchase a Wii. I live in a small coastal community, so I did not have to start waiting in line until the 18th at around 5:30pm PST. My brother and I waited in line, and then a couple hours later two of my brother’s co-workers showed up. All together the local Fred Meyer (also known as Kroger) received 75 Wii’s. My bro and I were # 5 and 6 in line, and my bro’s co-workers were #15 and 16 in line. The store actually didn’t even sell out of Wii’s until the next morning, but ever since then the same day the shipment of Wii’s come in, they go out in less than an hour. A few weeks ago they had another 30 and they all sold in about 45min. according to the store manager.

    Any way, just wanted to share a little of my “waiting in line” story. All in all it went very well, and had a good time.

  551. January 31, 2007 at 7:17 am

    i’m willing to compile all these in one page..

  552. March 6, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Great post as us in the UK get ready for the PS3 launch in a few weeks time.
    I may use your preparation list for ideas in our guide to the launch and PS3 preorder guide at http://www.pre-orderps3.co.uk

    Happy days!

  553. 561 SofaKing
    March 10, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    What up all! I have a PS3 60GB game console that I got from the Nov 17th launch. I was #2 in line at a Dallas, Texas Wal-Mart. It was for my son who instead wants the Wii. I am trying to recover my investment in the PS3. It has never been opened. I also have an extra controller and Resistance Fall of Man game.

    Let me know….

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    when you say it’s ove. Anandi Hristina.

  557. October 21, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    that’s why it will never wor. Joey Hadassah.

  558. 568 anonymous
    September 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    there are no more wii systems left in any store…my family and i have tried everything like target, sears, maybe toys r us, ummmm, lets see, wal-mart, circuit city, best buy, and a whole bunch of other stores but what do they say?…”Oh I’m sorry there are no more left”…or something like…”try again next week”…or even something like…”we don’t sell any wii systems”…i mean this is silly. we went to fred meyer, one day the were gonna have about 5 of them 50% off the next week, we went and they were already gone. now im just like whatever..well just gonna have to wait and see what happens next, i guess…18r

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