(For those who follow the site, my apologies for the lapse in posting — particularly in light of the fact that I failed to alert folks in time for the PS3 Pre-Order this past Tuesday at EB Games/GameStop. My apologies. But you might want to thank me come November as I might have done you a favor. Anyhow, I had a few priorities to tend to. I should be back to a regular posting schedule.)
It’s hardly news now that EB Games/GameStop began their pre-order program for the Nintendo Wii today. I thought I’d give you the blow by blow….
7:23am – <YAWN….> “Gee, wasn’t I supposed to do something today? Oh yeah, that Nintendo pre-order thingy.
7:38am – <Showering> “I bet the line is probably all the way back to Waldenbooks by now….maybe I shouldn’t even bother waste my time. Aw, what the hell. What else is there to do.”
7:53am – <Driving> “Wow, there are lots of cars on the road today. Even though I’m miles away from the mall, I bet they’re all going to pre-order! I better driver faster!”
8:11am – “Hmm….seems like there are quite a few cars out. Perhaps I should try to sneak into the employees entrance like I did for the 360 launch. Just swing keys around your arm on lanyard and they’ll never stop you.”
8:17am <Walking though the empty mall> “Gee, I never quite realized that old people wake up every morning just to walk around an empty mall for a few hours. Is this where it all ends up? I might as well go end things now. Nah….still need to fulfill my dream of swinging the Wii-mote around a few times.”
8:19am <Walking up to EB Games> “Uh….this can’t be right. There’s nobody here. Perhaps nobody knew about the pre-order alert?
8:22am <Walking up to other first floor GameStop store> “Let me see….one, two, three, FOUR people? Wow. No love for Nintendo.”
8:26am – Not many geeklike conversations about what games we’re going to pre-order or who’ll win the next gen console race. I think I’ll start one.
9:22am – Geek conversation is in full swing thanks to me. Discussions are happening abound — sadly with tons of misinformation. Rumors of Sony having warehouses of 2 million PS3s are running rampant in front of the Green Acres Mall’s GameStop.
9:29am – As more people join the line, fifty-something lady (undoubtedly the mom of some spoiled brat) begins asking questions. “What am I lining up for? Do I have to pre-order the games too?”
9:34am – Smug GameStop employees open the gate to the store, look at us with disgust, and quickly pull the gate down behind them. Trust me, toots — if we had any other choice of store to buy this thing, we’d be there.
9:42am – Bad attitude GameStop girl peeks out of the store….counts the number of people waiting….and goes back inside.
9:43am – Bad attitude GameStop girl brings sheets of printed out launch title dates….. Smart idea. Sadly, the launch list looks pretty unexciting. I’ve decided upon Zelda (duh) and a Wiimote. Being able to connect up to four per system, I guarantee that they’ll be shortages.
9:49am – The gate opens…. GameStop employee takes first three folks online. I’ll be next. (Hopefully nobody I know will walk by now — seeing me on line first would be an automatic deduction of 10,000 cool points.
9:52am – Gate opens, I enter an empty GameStop. “What would you like to pre-order?” “Uh…Zelda, a Wii controller, and the system.”
9:53am – Receipt prints….I leave and wave goodbye to my gaming-loving friends. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Perhaps I’ll see them again come launch day.
9:55am – Even as I leave the store and head upstairs to get a shot of the geekish masses, there appear to only be seven people waiting to pre-order. Looks like the Wii hype machine needs to start kicking out more commercials and viral advertising.
So basically, it was an uneventful trip. I talked to a few folks who had been there for the PS3 pre-order on Tuesday and it was pretty much the same story — only a few folks online. I did have a few additional interesting conversations that confirmed some of my suspicions about the PS3 buying crowd, but more on those next post.