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[quote="joe"]I don't own any of these game systems as I purchase my games for a pc. Don't feel like buying games for two different systems. Anyways, I think it is funny that the PS3 was just around the corner in 2003 and it's just now coming out.[/quote]
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Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:24 am
Two people fall into that category:
Parents who spoil their kids rotten
The gamer that plays to win. There is one person out there who lists 'pro gamer' on his taxes. He rakes in, from video game tournaments, about 60K a year, but the endorsements he gets are upwards of 500,000 a year.
There are about a million others trying to be just like him.
It is rather funny. If you have ever been in a national Halo tournament, guess who you lost to. I don't know his name, but the #1 Halo players in the world is just 7 yers old. Of ourse, if a kid can do it, then why can't the rest of us?
Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:01 am
It is AMAZING to see supply and demand at work. if anyone is interested, try doing a PS3 search on eBay. There are almost 25,000 ps3 consoles listed on eBay and they are ending minute by minute with consistant ending bids upwards to $2,200.00 not a bad profit for a $600.00 investment. it is both amazing and puzzling as to why any one would pay that kind of markup to be the "first one on the block".
God Bless America!
Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:49 am
The rumor is that Nintendo would have 2 million units available for launch. Nobody knows if the exact number.
I was in Target this morning to buy a stand and some controller grips for the Wii and was talking to the people in the electronic section. They have not received any Wii's yet, so I was telling them about Excitetruck.
A middle-aged man came in and asked about obtaining a Wii. The response was that the line is marked and the doors open 8 a.m. Sunday (they do not have a permit to open at midnight, well, at least that particular Target).
The sad truth is that, unless you pre-ordered a system, you probably won't get one in time for Christmas. I can say that you have a much better chance of getting a Wii by Christmas as opposed to the PS3.
And, whilst in Target, I did notice that they did have a PS3 up and running, but the controller is only about a 1 1/2 off the ground (for kids).
The other topic in the news today, which I'm sure you've all heard, is the resulting riots, robberies, stabbings, shootings, and all-around nastiness that took place wherever a line for the PS3 formed. This is turning out to be a war cry for city hall in Boston. They are not happy about the situation that unfolded at Best Buy in the Landmark Center (note to stores...it helps that, if you're going to say you'll be open at midnight, you make sure you have the proper permits to do so). It took two dozen officers to disperse the crowd that was waiting, and the crowd was anything but happy about it.
That, however, was mild compared to some of the other stories in the nation. Someone was shot for refusing to hand over his wallet to a pair of thieves that held up a line. Someone else was stabbed in a separate incident. People were mugged after walking out of the store with the PS3.
A tip from someone who waited in line to pre-order a system:
If at all possible, avoid making an actual line and use a sign-up sheet. Bring a clipboard, 2 pieces of paper, and a pen. Ask the manager of the store, beforehand, exactly how many units he's getting. Number that many spots. As people show up, they sign the sheet. When it does come time to form the line (about 30 minutes before the store opens), everyone on that sheet will agree and abide by it, and there won't be any arguements amongst the people in line. Also, for the people screaming that didn't get there in time, you have something to hold up to them and prove you are where you are supposed to be.
David R Gold
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:14 pm
My kids want the Nintendo Wii for Christmas. They are bugging me to get ready to buy one. I keep explaining supply and demand to them. I am usually able to get the "next best thing" before Christmas in the past. However, this year may be problematic. I did get good deals by Dec. on E-Bay for game consoles off E-Bay in time for Christmas. This year may be different.
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 5:09 am
Sorry for the double post. I didn't think of this until after I posted my thoughts on playing a Wii game yesterday.
Have any of you seen the PS3 set up in a store to play? I was at a Gamestop yesterday and they had a 360 and a Wii set up to use in the store.
The Wii doesn't officially come out until Saturday night. The PS3 comes out in 24 hours. I find it odd that no stores seem to have it on display.
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:41 am
Do not buy them off of ebay! Not only are you paying 3 - 4 times more than what it's worth, you're not even getting a package deal!
Their are two versions of the PS3 coming to market. There's a $399 and $599 package. The difference between the two is simple:
one doesn't have the DVD drive and only 256MB of memory.
I have to do some comparing to the Xbox 360 to put this in perspective. The 360 also came out in two versions. You got a much better deal if you bought the $399 version as it came with about $100 worth of equipment for free.
However, if you did buy just the base 360, you could, at your leisure, buy each and every item available for that system as time went on. This is because Microsoft, very smartly in my opinion, designed all of their equipment to be attached to the 360.
So, if you didn't buy the memory unit for it on day 1, you could come back later and purchase it as it attaches to the top of the system.
The PS3 does not have this option (nor does the Wii for that matter). The memory and HD drive are built in, so if you buy the cheap version, you will not be able to upgrade it later.
Also, PS3 will not work on anything less than an HDTV. It does have the best graphics and best technology, but as a result, you can only play it on an HDTV. If you want to spend the money on one just to play the PS3, that's up to you, but personally, I am not planning on spending an extra $800 on a television just to play a video game.
Also, as I'm sure you've all heard on the news, it has become apparent that that the initial version of the system will not be able to play some old games. No one, however, is saying which games you won't be able to play.
If you are planning on buying the PS3, pay the money and get the $599 version. Also allow extra for memory cards, controllers, and the games for the PS3 are said to be going for $70 - $90.
Personally, I think the PS3 is going to fail miserably within the next year or so, all thanks to the DVD player. We just don't know who's going to win that war. Sony is banking heavily on the fact that, if you have their new system, you don't need to go out and buy the DVD player. If the HD DVD format wins, though, then Sony's PS3 is nothing more than a video game system, which, sadly, is not enough to sell the system these days.
Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:06 am
Just came from Target where there are a handfull of people who have pitched tents awaiting the store to open in the morning to get their hands on one of Eight systems in the store. Next door at Circuit City was the same thing. Circuit City only had Six of the 60gig units and none of the 20gig units. I have to laugh at someone who has enough time on their hands to camp out in front of a store to pay full retail for something like that. to make it worse, a good number of the units sold the first day will end up on eBay at upwards of $2000.00. That is even more pathetic. Why is it that these people can't wait a few months and simply walk into the store and pull one off the shelf and pay retail just like you can now with the Xbox 360 that was going for $1200.00 or more on ebay just a few short months ago.
Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:34 pm
Man how time flies.
Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:57 pm
I don't own any of these game systems as I purchase my games for a pc. Don't feel like buying games for two different systems.
Anyways, I think it is funny that the PS3 was just around the corner in 2003 and it's just now coming out.
Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2003 3:04 am
We have a PS2 and my daughter likes it. It has dropped considerably in price these days too.
X-Box was getting a lot of hype and maybe superior to the PS2, but Microsoft and hardware doesn't make me comfortable (ask me about my
Game Qube, while less expensive is getting good reviews too. The games are different than for the PS2 and the X-Box.
I'd go with the PS2.
Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:55 am
Any hint of cost? Sounds like it's gonna have a killer price too.
Any suggestions for a game system now. My daughters birthday is next month and she's been hinting that's what she wants.
Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2003 5:13 pm
Nope, not a mod there, Z.
Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2003 5:05 pm
Hey net, you aren't a moderater on that ps3 message board are you? Just curious..
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 2:45 pm
That's what they're saying, MP -- a PVR-type function. Killer
Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2003 2:38 pm
I noticed the Diskdrive. I wonder if it will also have TiVo functionality?
The X-Box is supposed to be replacing UltimateTV at some point in the future.
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