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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2006, 07:49:18 AM »

Gamespot had an article about that, as well.  i have to agree with the Sony fanboys, though.  a few hundred games that aren't backwards compatible out of over 8,000 is not so bad.  then again, i'm sure that # will rise as more folks get their hands on the PS3...  

oh yeah, that's today!  hmm, might have to leave work for a minute just to drive by the local Best Buy.  there was a huge line when the 360 launched, i can only imagine what that line looks like right about now.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2006, 07:57:24 AM »

The Eastgate BB had people lined up last night.  At least 28 by the time we closed at 10:00.  The Dayton Mall had 4 tents already set up Tuesday night.  TUESDAY!

They're not telling us how many consoles that we're getting in.  The ad says a "minimum of 26 (or 20, I forget)," but I don't know if that's TOTAL, or of each option.  Oddly, the ad says "a minimum of 15" for the Wii, so it makes us look like we're getting less, but supposedly, we aren't.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2006, 03:12:55 PM »

i guess the launch is tomorrow?  i was corrected today by a co-worker.  shows how much attention i've been paying.  someone earlier this week told me he was going to "swing by" his local Wal-Mart on launch day and pick one up.  "What?!  I'll stop, at like, 7am!".  heh.
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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2006, 03:54:55 PM »

The launch is Friday, Wii is Sunday.

Some Meijer stores are opening at midnight tonight, but I don't know which ones.
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« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2006, 08:16:50 PM »

and the hits keep coming...

NYT not impressed with PS3

Sony's new console "just isn't that great" according to The New York Times; online service, emphasis of power over entertainment cited as flaws.

By Tim Surette, GameSpot
Posted Nov 20, 2006 12:26 pm PT

Hundreds of thousands of PlayStation 3s have now shipped out of Sony's warehouses and are now where they belong--in gamers' hands. Word of mouth is beginning to spread as first impressions are surfacing, and according to The New York Times, the final product does not quite match the hype.

The paper's Seth Schiesel opens his experience with the PS3 with this statement to Sony Corp.'s CEO: "Howard Stringer, you have a problem. Your company's new video game system just isn't that great."

Schiesel claims to have spent more than 30 hours with a retail PS3 and played more than a dozen games. After his marathon of gaming, he says that although the PS3 is "the world's most powerful game console," it is "surprisingly clunky to use and simply does not provide many basic functions that users have come to expect, especially online."

The high-profile newspaper goes on to point out several other problems with the console, including controllers that need to be synched up to each PS3 it is used with through a USB cable (versus Microsoft's truly universal Xbox 360 controller), lack of custom soundtracks, lack of a unified friends list, and no background downloading. In Sony's defense, the fact that the PS3 is a connected console means that system updates can be added later, like they have been with the Xbox 360.

There are a few positive notes, but the review is overwhelmingly negative. Schiesel, who lauded the Xbox 360's ease of use when that console launched, feels as though the PS3 is largely "unfinished" with some features that feel "tacked-on."

"Sony can't be happy with this review," Newsweek technology editor N'Gai Croal told GameSpot. "Fortunately, there's nothing like a Tickle Me Elmo-type shortage to keep potential customers salivating, regardless of what the Old Gray Lady has to say."

Only time will tell whether this and any other poor reviews of the PS3 will do anything to deter gamers from buying the much-hyped console, or possibly convince them to buy a machine from one of Sony's rivals.

One analyst thinks it's inevitable supply shortages will maximize the Xbox 360's chances this holiday season. In a memo sent to investors today, Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets said, "Retailers are likely to encourage consumers unable to find PS3 or Wii consoles to consider purchasing an Xbox 360."

Sony was unavailable for comment as of press time.
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« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2006, 08:31:18 PM »

Report: Sony dallying cost PS3 exclusives

Newsweek report says Ken Kutaragi's "slowness" allowed Assassin's Creed and GTA IV to go to the Xbox 360.

By Tor Thorsen, GameSpot
Posted Nov 20, 2006 12:55 pm PT

This past spring, Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed, a visually stunning PlayStation 3 stealth-action game that impressed members of the gaming press at E3.

While the French publisher did drop many story details about the game, which is set in medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, it danced around the question of whether the game would be exclusive to Sony's new console. Though early Assassin's Creed press releases only mentioned the PS3, the game was shown off at Microsoft's X05 event last fall. For their part, Ubi reps danced around the subject of whether or not the game would would be released on other consoles...until they finally fessed up the game would come to the Xbox 360 and PC.

At first, many chalked up the confusion to the dissembling that is all too common in game-publisher public relations. However, a recent Newsweek article says that, for a time, Assassin's Creed was indeed intended to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive. In his blog Level Up, correspondent N'Gai Croal reports that both the Ubisoft game and Grand Theft Auto IV were both slated to debut solely on the PS3--but slowness on the part of Sony cost the electronics giant both franchises.

"We've learned that Take-Two [Interactive] and Rockstar Games were interested in continuing their longtime relationship with Sony, in which they premiered their Grand Theft Auto games on PlayStation platforms exclusively for 6-12 months before bringing them to other systems," wrote Croal. "Also, Ubisoft was interested in making Assassin's Creed, due in stores next spring, exclusive to the PS3."

So what happened? According to Croal, "For the greater part of this year, PlayStation chief Ken Kutaragi hadn't finalized the business terms for independent publishers on the PS3," wrote Croal. "[But] PlayStation's Japanese headquarters was effectively radio silent, and without Kutaragi's signoff, the normally independent American and European branches had no authority to reach agreements on the exclusives they believed could be valuable to the PS3 cause."

According to Newsweek, while Sony played the waiting game, Microsoft contacted both Take-Two and Ubisoft and offered them very generous terms to bring Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto IV to the Xbox 360. Croal cites an unnamed source at one of the companies as saying, "I do have to give Microsoft a lot of credit for going after titles and doing whatever they can to generate third-party support. They've been magnificent in this generation."

Though Sony Computer Entertainment America had not returned GameSpot's requests for comment, its executive vice president, Jack Tretton, told Newsweek that the 360 GTA IV was all its publisher's idea. "There was interest on Take-Two's part to bring Grand Theft Auto onto Xbox platforms," said the executive. "We wouldn't encourage them to do that. The interest came from them."


Assassin's Creed Gameplay Movie 1.  mmm...
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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2006, 08:17:55 AM »

A friend of mine got 3 of these systems by just showing up one morning at the store.  No lines, no nothin'.  He turned around and sold them all for $800 more than what he paid.  So now he has enough money to buy the Wii and pad his bank account.  The moral to this story.....console gamers who need to be on the bleeding edge of technology are complete idiots.
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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2006, 09:24:16 AM »

Wow, that's awesome for your pal Doug.  At best buy, they were limiting it to one system per person.

OH.
And, BB is getting random small shipments in for the next few weeks.  The policy is to log them and just put them out on the floor, and whoever gets them gets them.  We even had 3 come in on Launch Day afternoon.

Employees are *not* allowed to purchase them until after the holidays, which SUCKS.
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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2006, 09:53:20 AM »

Yah, he just lucked into it.  He payed my way into Borat that night and drinks afterwards.  Lucky bastid.  If I knew there was a market flipping PS3s to dolts, I would have been all over it.
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2006, 02:54:54 PM »

put $$$ down on a preorder, folks.  if you preorder early enough, you walk in and pick your machine without any hassle.  if you preorder a little later, oh well, the store will call you when your Xbox1280FTW!!!! does eventually come in and you still don't have to stress about anything.  

Sony and MS get all of this free publicity over nothing.  ppl getting mugged and shot while waiting in line for days for a game console?!!!!  i would really like to see someone sue Best Buy, Sony Style, and other stores (and/or whoever owns the strip mall those stores call home) for allowing ppl to line up on their property for days at a time.  bullshit.  you tell ppl they can come in over one particular week (or longer), one registration per person or household, and drop those names in a lottery for the allotted units that store receives.  the store receives increased foot traffic from ppl coming in to register and then an asslod of folks show up on the day of the lottery.  ppl are in the store, they buy your widgets, no one gets shot, or egged, or freezes overnight, or goes hungry, or takes days off from work, or loses (much) sleep, the baby jeeebus doesn't cry, and everyone (hopefully) goes home without losing an eye.  something like that.  

at least a new console will last you 4-5 years (longer if you don't care about picking up the next iteration right away).
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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2006, 08:17:42 AM »

I agree.  BB technically has a policy of 24 hours as a maximum to wait in line, but they threw it out for this when people started showing up 48 hours + ahead of time.
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« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2006, 11:08:52 AM »

The Sony Style store in SF moved the line a few times and that caused ppl in the back to try to run to the front.  It did not sound pretty.  I think it's nuts to wait like that, but still, Sony should not have let ppl line up for days and then try to move them around a few times.  From what I read, they moved the line the first time to an alley next to the store (!!) and then back to where ppl had been lining up in the first place (and there was at least one more move after that).  stupid.

oh well, at least no one waiting for a PS3 was stuck in line with these two:

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« Reply #27 on: November 22, 2006, 11:47:44 AM »

Quote from: "pathogen"
you tell ppl they can come in over one particular week (or longer), one registration per person or household, and drop those names in a lottery for the allotted units that store receives.  the store receives increased foot traffic from ppl coming in to register and then an asslod of folks show up on the day of the lottery.  ppl are in the store, they buy your widgets, no one gets shot, or egged, or freezes overnight, or goes hungry, or takes days off from work, or loses (much) sleep, the baby jeeebus doesn't cry, and everyone (hopefully) goes home without losing an eye.  something like that.


 =D>

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« Reply #28 on: November 22, 2006, 12:06:04 PM »

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.... the baby jeeebus doesn't cry


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« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2006, 12:41:38 PM »

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.... the baby jeeebus doesn't cry


Are you taking the lord's name in vein?

yes, haywood banks told me to.
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