Sunday, November 19, 2006

Hurry up and wait

For those who are into video gaming, last night was a big night.

At midnight, the infamous Nintendo Wii went on sale at stores all over the world. For some people, such as my son Brandon, this was a VERY big deal. So big, in fact, that he was willing to go sit outside of Wal*Mart at 9:00 a.m. in 29 degree temperature, to claim one of only 20 units that wouldn't be available until midnight.

That's 15 hours!

That's insane.

the geek squad


Brandon came in at chair number 4. Although all 20 "spots" were taken by noon, for some reason another 6 people decided to hang out at the end of the line, even though the rest of the folks made it very clear there would be no Wiis waiting for them at the end of the day. I suppose they were banking on the fact that someone wasn't going to make it. They were wrong.

I guess my question is - if all 20 games were accounted for at noon, why didn't Wal*Mart give them their vouchers then, instead of making them sit in the freezing cold for another 12 hours?

Eventually, at midnight, a guy in a tie named Dave came out and handed the first 20 people
their vouchers. Then, like lemmings, the entire line of frozen geeks marched through the store in perfect order, straight back to the layaway department where their wonderful Wiis were waiting.

Finally, faster than he could even remove his jacket, Brandon had his prized possession unpacked, plugged in and ready to play!

I have to tell you, this thing is pretty sweet. Using wireless controllers that are motion sensitive, all you have to do is swing your arms like a tennis racquet or throw punches like a boxer and you're playing the game. I never was much good at the traditional video controllers where you have to press combinations of A, B, X and Z to make your moves, but this technology makes it easy for even an old-school guy like me to get in on the action! In fact, after only a few short minutes of practice, I was already boxing my way to the Golden Gloves.

Here I am at 3-0 (all by KO thank you) getting ready to beat up my next opponent.

Ok, so maybe it was a little extreme for Brandon to wait 15 hours in the freezing cold for a video game. But he actually had a good time bonding with all the other folks who were sharing the same pain. He worked hard to save that money and earned his reward.

The only problem I'm going to have is trying to tell him to turn it off and do his homework...



Dave2 said...

Yeah, I'm totally jealous here.

Hopefully after the initial rush, there will be more units out for sale because ME WANTS ME PRECIOUS WII!!

Anonymous said...

Dude. You look hot in boxing gloves.

Anonymous said...

There was an article in our paper , Friday, about kids waiting in line for TWO days, to buy the playstation 3 that sells for $500 TO $600!!! I'm sure glad Brandon didn't have to be out there that long!!!! I sure do give him credit for doing the l5 hours!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Congrats on getting one.

I hope my kids don't start asking for that stuff for a long time!!!!

Anonymous said...

You're right, that's insane! And I thought the people who camped out for 15 hours outside the local preschool for places for their 3 & $ year-olds were nuts.

Thankfully the Tween, age 11 and PS2 addict, has no interest in the Wii. His friend next door is getting one for Christmas, so he can go use that one. But he doesn't want to give up all his PS2 games for something new, knowing I won't buy him all new games to go with it. The PS3, however, is another matter.

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Waya said...

Good for Brandon for getting a hold of one. This was more peaceful than the PS3 wait, there were a few shootings around the country! Can you believe it?! I mean, I don't get it!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

dave - I'm guessing that before Christmas there'll be plenty avaiable for everyone. I can't imagine that they're dumb enough to miss out on all those sales!

jenny - I actually was hot in those boxing gloves. After swinging my virtual arms around in my livingroom for an hour like an idiot, I had to stop and take off my sweater!

mom - You're right, that DID show some patience and dedication. Now if I could just get him to show the same passion for his homework. Yeah, right.

heather - Ha! You're days are numbered my friend.

mooselet - Good luck with that one! Wiis are expensive, but PS3s are REALLY expensive!

anon - Exactly, they really ARE fun!

waya - No problems with his line of people, although after about 12 hours or so they seemed to have lost their senses of humor. No surprise though - about every other car that drove by had some kind of smart-ass comment to throw at them.

Anonymous said...

I bet he has a different feeling about people that are living on the street. At least he was prepared for the cold and he had a nice warm home to return to. These are things we all take for granted.

Bugwit said...

Yeah, that's nuts. But, I did camp outside for three days to get Todd Rundgren tickets. In highschool during the summer. I got front row center! THat was before Ticket Scalper, er Ticketmaster, started buying up the first twenty rows before the general public even gets a crack.

Oh well

Box your heart out, Jeff! Let your son have a turn!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

dad - Good thought, but I doubt homeless people were on his mind during all of this.

Bug - At least this is answering that question I had in a previous post about whether or not I could beat someone in a fight. Apparently the answer is HELL YEAH!

Anonymous said...

Ummm... In that third picture it sort of looks like the geeks didn't want to leave the line for the porta-potty....

And I think the Wii and the PS3 are sort of like the Ginger/Maryann or Beatles/Beach Boys of today.

There are some folks who cross over, but there's a definite cultural divide, maybe explaining all the ruckus over one release and the relative calm of another?

Anonymous said...

My husband wants to know if he can come over and play too!

By the way, I sent a meme your way...if you're interested that is.

Mom Thumb said...

Kudos to Brandon for sticking it out, that's one tough kid. And a nice reward at the end!