I’m sitting on a sidewalk with the first 30 people who’ve been waiting in line since yesterday (PlayStation 3’s go on sale at midnight). There are about 700 people in line at San Francisco’s Metreon.
They are closing four streets for a concert in front of the Metreon at 6 p.m. tonight. They aren’t releasing the names of the bands, but it’s pretty clear this won’t be a high school band playing.
From the AP (and more at Techdirt):
Nine months pregnant, Julie Mosley said she tried to ignore her contractions for the chance to score machines for her family, her daughter’s father and her younger brother.
“I’m going to hold out as long as I can,” Mosley said Thursday as she sat on a cooler in the 19th spot outside a Circuit City in Mount Laurel, N.J., joking about giving birth on the sidewalk.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world’s largest retailer for help obtaining a hot new Sony Playstation 3 for Edwards’ family.
I don’t understand! I’m all for participating in a pop culture social moment, heck I was in line for the advance showings for all three Lord of the Rings films (and accept full mockery for such activities, but at least I wasn’t in costumes). But I don’t see how this applies to buying a new game console. Especially not a $600+ PS3 or a Wii with a magic wavey wand (okay, that’s not fair, it does seem pretty cool). But what’s the rush to buy it the day it launches? How long does that moment last?
I did find the debates on the price/value proposition of the PlayStation 3 pretty interesting. My quick guide to getting the most coherent insight is as follows: start on Gizmodo, continue at Good Morning Silicon Valley, hit the Utility Belt, then finish up with Davis Freeberg.
I just wish the PS3 wasn’t so darn smudgariffic. Not that I’d be getting one anyway. I’m much more hot and bothered about the potential $100 Xbox 360 over on Amazon!