Camping Out for the PS3
Washington-area lines for the PlayStation 3 have begun. In Rockville, about 100 people have already staked their places in line to take the Rockville Pike Circuit City store's inventory of the new game consoles.
Bethesda residents Michael and Valerie Torres joined the line Tuesday afternoon, grabbing positions 78 and 79 outside the store and next to their tent--where they intend to wait until the console goes on sale Thursday night at midnight. Sony is shipping a limited number of consoles at launch, making it likely they will sell out quickly.
Michael is a video game fan, but he seems about as interested in the console's Blu-Ray DVD player as he is in any of the games that will be available at the new PlayStation's launch. "It's supposed to be really good," he said.
The two will probably buy two of the consoles, if they can: They might keep one and sell the other, to make the wait a little more worth their while. On eBay, the $600 version of the console is selling for a couple thousand dollars. The two have flexible work schedules and will be covering for each other over the next couple of days.
The line is a friendly place, but it's also sometimes a tense place. The Torres's are friendly with the neighbors for about four tents in both directions. People in their neighborhood of the line are worried that those at the front are going to squeeze in extra folks.
Like a few others in line, Michael said he likes being part of the PS3 launch. "We're enjoying the experience," he said. "If we don't get one, whatever."
The number one position in line is held by Douglas Shelton, Sr., an Oxon Hill, Md. construction worker who has been waiting with his wife and son since Monday night. "It's a special cause for my family," he said, "to inspire them to do the same thing for their kids."
His 12-year-old son, Douglas Jr, standing nearby, said he wants the new console mainly for the new Madden game. Douglas makes good grades in school. But if he doesn't keep them up as a result of playing video games, the new console will go "straight in the closet," his mother warned.
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