Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Got 360?

Well, for anyone who's interested, which I suspect is noone, since even I am fairly indifferent: the XBox 360 launched yesterday to engineered mayhem due to possibly intentional shortages causing demand to exceed supply all over the continent. The next generation of gaming has begun. Its launch lineup is generally agreed to be middling at best, and personally there's not a single game in it I even want to so much as play, but I've seen one up and running at the EB a couple of times recently and I've got to say-- it looks very nice. Only time will tell if I'm able to resist the urge to buy one (it's a weak urge presently, fueled only by promises of Bioware games to come, but it's there).

Anyway, there are lots of horror stories floating around about the launch, including grossly inflated resales and an armed robbery, but my favorite is this one:

"On Tuesday, GameSpot staffers witnessed even more chaotic scenes at the local Target in Colma, on the peninsula south of San Francisco. There, a lone security guard spent most of the night shooing an increasingly unruly crowd away from the parking lot. The situation nearly spun out of control around 7 a.m., when the guard left his post for five minutes, prompting a mass influx of would-be customers eager to receive vouchers good for a 360. When he returned, the security guard's attempts to get the 100-plus-person crowd to form a line were rebuffed until the arrival of police and a California National Guardsman around 8 a.m. A trio of veteran GameSpotters witnessed the Guardsman quickly take control of the situation and move to the head of the line--where he promptly turned around and asked for a 360 voucher himself. The Guardsman then promptly fled the scene, voucher in hand, leaving police, Target employees, and a visibly agitated crowd to fend for themselves."

I love people.


Anonymous Aiden Green said...

Doing a 360 means going in a circle. Is the Xbox 360 circular in shape? Or is it just the old xbox with a new look. Hrm...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 2:12:00 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Far be it for me to defend the Microsoft hype machine, but:

Actually, doing a 360 means spinning in place. To do a circle you actually have to move in a direction as well. 360 often refers to paying attention to all directions, and I think Microsoft means to imply that they're addressing all dimensions of gaming. As for design, while the system itself is not circular, they did aim for a circular motif with all of their prototype designs, and the final once does have several prominent circles.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 3:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Aiden Green said...

I just wanted an Okama Gamesphere...
Don't forget to bring a towel.
You're the worse character ever Towelie.
I know.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous NOS said...

Actually, I'm betting the 360 signifies a "Revolution". Nintendo just decided to be a little more straightforward about it.

As for intentional shortages/crazy resales, I thought this happened with the PS2 as well?

The coolest thing about the 360 is their indie gaming market thing that you can access via Live. A very, very good idea. Might not succeed, but it definitely is a perk for live users.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 9:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

Actually, I'm betting the 360 signifies a "Revolution".

Hrm. That's the first time I've heard that one. It's clever, if so.

I thought this happened with the PS2 as well?

Hrm. My memory, as always, is spotty as best, but now that you mention it I do remember quite a bit of craziness at the mall. I and John were outside bright and early to be the 2nd & 3rd people in line at Toys 'R' Us, and once they let us inside the store it turned out that they were short on controllers and on games, and it was a first-come, first-serve basis, so stuff got picked clean quickly. And there were no memory cards to be had anywhere, but we ran all over the mall and found the last two (one each) at the Sony Store, where most people didn't think to look since they weren't actually carrying the system yet.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, there were shortages with the PS2 as far as I can remember. I know that when I was working at Toys R US, they just got enough systems in for the presales only.

As Jordan stated, the accessories were not sent out to cover all the presales and what not.
I was happy to be in a mall that had like 4 places to buy stuff at because we went from store to store and got everything we needed. It may have taken longer, but we got it all.

Friday, November 25, 2005 9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous johng said...

For those that didn't know.. that anonymous post was mine.

Friday, November 25, 2005 9:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Aiden Green said...

You mean for those who might care.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:03:00 AM  

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