My finalized Wii launch day list

Here’s my finalized list of Wii launch day purchases. I’ll be doing some reviews, so look forward to them on AMN soon.

  • Nintendo Wii console
  • Extra Controller
  • Extra Nunchuck
  • Classic Controller
  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Elebits
  • Excite Truck
  • Red Steel
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Super Swing Golf
  • Various VC titles

It should be a fun launch. Hopefully there’s enough systems to go around for everybody. There’s no reason to believe that anybody should have a hard time getting their hands on a system. Less than a week to go!

Happy Halloween!

I’ll update this post later with my Halloween pictures, but I wanted to make sure I got it in early. I’m dressed up as Pac Man today (waka waka waka waka) and I’ve got a Super Mario pumpkin out on my porch.

Today’s a great day to throw in a good survival horror game and crank up that 5.1 stereo. Have a good and safe Halloween!

Update: Here are the pics. I was Pac Man and I carved a Mario pumpkin.
DSC01543.JPG

DSC01520.JPG

DSC01522.JPG

I Caught a Glimpse of PS3/Wii Camping

Yesterday I took a 10 minute ride in the back of a truck making sure things didn’t slide around while helping my parents move. It was in the mid-40’s, so it got pretty cold with the wind even though I was wearing a heavy coat in anticipation of it all. Well, I figured with the wind chill that I was experiencing, it was probably a pretty good estimate of how it’s going to feel a month from now when dedicated gamers are out camping for a PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii. The worst part about it all was that it was only 10 minutes…and I plan on camping for like 10 hours (possibly more).

So while I was sitting back there with my hand bracing a refrigerator, I came up with the idea to write an Official Stupid Gamer Console Campout Guide. It’s not finished yet, but it’s going to be awesome. I’ll try and address all the obvious stuff but make sure to include tips that made waiting for things in the past much more enjoyable. So, keep checking back and it should be showing up soon on the site. If you have any tips of your own, please leave a comment here and I’ll see if I can fit it into the final guide. If you give me an idea I hadn’t thought of, I’ll make sure you get credit for the submission.

I must confess, I preordered a Wii…

Oh how weak I am. I didn’t plan on preordering a Wii at Gamestop. If fact, I was stomping around all day on Thursday claiming that nothing could make me do so. Well, by Friday morning I found myself standing out front of my nearest Gamestop with a co-worker and my mom (she went to go get one for my brother). So why did I do it? Am I simply a weak-willed fool, or did I have valid reasons for dealing with the devil (of gaming)? Well, before getting into that, I’ll detail everything I ended up preordering.

The list:

  • Nintendo Wii console
  • Wii Remote
  • Nunchuck attachment
  • Classic controller
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Red Steel
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Metal Slug Anthology
  • Excite Truck
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz


Still to preorder or pick up in a non-gaming store:

  • 2GB SD card
  • Elebits
  • Madden NFL 2007
  • Wii carrying case of some sorts (I plan on moving it around often)

So, what’s my list of excuses for going to Gamestop and comprimising my stand against the retailer? Well, here’s another bulleted list.

  • My co-worker and mom were already heading over there and begging for the company
  • My Amazon.com preorder may not arrive before I head out of town for the holidays (2 days after launch) and I’m taking my Wii with me
  • I’ll be camping out for the PS3 two nights earlier and I’d rather not be out there again in the Utah winter (sub-freezing temps)
  • Once I have my console and preorder games I can ignore them for the rest of the generation. I’m done with used games (buy or sell) at Gamestop/EB
  • Peace of mind. I like to know that a month before launch I have my console purchase secured.

It’s a pretty weak argument for why I ended up heading over to Gamestop just after ranting against them for a couple of days, but I think I’ll be able to live with myself for now. Check out my preorder story below (copied and pasted from a forum response I made on Friday):

HOLY CRAP! That was insane.

I showed up at 8:20 and was #22 out of 27. My co-worker (who rode over there with me) was #26; that’s how quickly people were showing up. My mom had gotten there a few minutes ahead of me and was #20. The crazy thing is that the line got to over 100 on the sign up list. It wasn’t until the manager stepped out and said that he only had 27 to go around that everybody left. People kept showing up for a long time afterwards and were turned away. All in all I’d say it was around 150 people that showed up by the time I got out of there (11:20).

Parents showing up late were throwing fits too. I felt bad for them, but they didn’t have a chance when people’s names were on the list as early as 5:00pm yesterday (7 before midnight).

Anyway, I got my preorder (but I wouldn’t have if I was 30 seconds later) and I’m happy. I still hate Gamestop though.

wii-box.jpg

Come November 19, it will be mine.

PS3 Preorder Whine/Rant #2: I Hate Gamestop

I don’t know how many of these I’ll end up posting before I can consider myself emotionally stable again, but here goes number 2. It’s therapeutic…really, it is!

I hate Gamestop.

I called and whined to Gamestop customer service about getting hosed out of preorder this morning (the manager let 4 go to the same family) even though I pretty much knew it wasn’t going to change a thing. It only took them about ten seconds to launch into their “I understand but…” script and I knew they just plain didn’t care. I was irked that managers can basically break rules however they want, but what I’m really more mad about is that out of the 8 systems the store is receiving, 2 are going to employees.

Yes, 2 out of 8 systems going to employees that were at home in bed while people spent hours (3 camped overnight) in front of their store. I told them that I was done buying their $20/year card, placing preorders with them, and buying anything at all at Gamestop. I have enough opportunities to spend money on games elsewhere and I don’t need to support a store that sticks two of their employees in front of a preorder line where people have lined up for hours in 35 degree weather.

I said that they really dropped the ball last time around with the 360 launch and that throwing two employees on every prerorder list for the PS3 isn’t going to win back customers who were pissed off last holiday season. In fact, it’s probably going to push more away from them. What really burns me though, what really ticks me off, is that they had the balls to push a PS3 games preorder sheet in my face after being told that I wasn’t going to get a PS3. Oh yeah, I can’t get the system, but I’d love to put down money on a ton of games.

I really wouldn’t mind if all 8 systems had gone to employees if they had just lined up and waited like everybody else. It’s just this “let’s take care of ourselves first” attitude that has me sick and tired of the Gamestop run around. I don’t mind if all of them were going to eBay either, just make the playing field level.

End of whiny rant #2!

I’ll be the first to whine about the PS3 launch/preorder situation

Well, I ended up being #7 is a line that was only handing out preorders to 6 people. Dang.

I’ve said it before, but I still firmly believe that the PlayStation 3 launch is one giant sham. It seems to me that the real launch of the system is in March 2007. I think we’re getting a measly 400,000 units this holiday just so Sony can say, “we launched for holiday 2006.” If you look at the release dates of the software, the most important titles aren’t coming until March anyway. Launching with such small numbers also helps to fuel that insane amount of hype for an impossibly small amount of systems.

Sony is banking on this hype/shortage panic to drive people’s buying impulse beyond the launch window so that they can overlook the $500/$600 price tag; and I actually think it will work for a while. People who are mildly interested in the PS3 will be picking one up as soon as they see it on the shelf. They’ll have to. They would be an idiot not to, right? The hype and panic compells them to do so.

So where does that leave the fans? Well it leaves us battling eBay scalpers, impulse buyers, and fellow hardcore gamers that simply want to play the PlayStation 3 this year. I know that by launching this holiday that plenty of hardcore gamers and fans will be able to experience the system and enjoy it sooner, but the majority of us are left in the cold waiting for replenished store shelves…something that will most likely not happen until a couple of months into 2007. Instead of being excited for March 2007, I’ll probably be a jealous whiny jerk until I get my PS3. I can’t help it.

So, as a warning to all of the people who happen to read things around here, please forgive my rants and ravings that might pop up each time I’m unsuccessful at scoring a PS3. I’ll get over it one day…

Activision was great, but…

Due to NDAs that I had to sign I can’t post any information about what I experienced at Activision until tomorrow for the first stuff. Other bits of info are embargoed all the way until the 25th of this month, so stuff will be trickling in all month long. Starting tomorrow, however, I’ll be posting some information over at Advanced Media Network and we’ll get some new media up as well. Make sure to keep you sights set on AMN as I don’t have an exact time that we’ll be posting anything yet.

I can say that I was pretty impressed with how much fun the Wii was, how great the PS3 games looked, and how fun some of the 360 games are going to be online. Beyond that, I’ll just have to wait to say more.

The overall experience was great and I’d like to thank Activision for inviting me.

I’m heading to Activision tomorrow…

activision.jpgTomorrow (or probably today by the time you read this), I’ll be in Los Angeles spending time with Activision and their upcoming lineups for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, DS, and PSP. I’m headed there to cover the games and speak with developers for a series of articles for Advanced Media Network, so make sure to check out AMN over the next few days to read up on my impressions. I’ll be covering titles such as Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Call of Duty 3, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, Tony Hawk’s Project 8, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, Activision Hits Remixed, and Over the Hedge: Hammy’s Revenge. I’ll also get some one-on-one time with developers to ask questions about specific games and how they feel about developing for next-generation platforms.
Here’s hoping to a good time!