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Sooo-- You gotta have PlayStation3....

November 17, 2006

Undated  ---- Demand for the PS3 makes the Tickle-Me-Elmo Christmas frenzy of a few years ago look tame.  

Two armed thugs tried to rob a line of people waiting for the new PlayStation 3 game system to go on sale early this morning, and shot a man who refused to give up his money, authorities said.

All over the nation, hard-core gamers lined up to purchase one of the minuscule 400,000 PlayStation3's that SONY has made available in the USA.

About two dozen were in a line out side a Wal-Mart store in Putnam, Connecticut, presumably flush with cash to buy the $600 gizmo. Along come two guys with a gun and they are robbed of their dough. One person wouldn't give it up, and the crook shot him for his troubles, and then the hoodlums ran away.

Authorities shut down a Super Wal-Mart In Palmdale, California was temporarily closed when some shoppers became unruly late Wednesday.

The Wally-world in West Bend, Wisconsin decided they'd let people race for one of 10 spots to be able to buy a PS3, but one patron hurt himself when he ran into a pole racing with 50 others who wanted it as badly as he did. Presumably, they were more agile.    

PS3 buyers were lined up outside a Lexington, Kentucky Best Buy store to buy the game when somebody did a drive-by shooting-- with a BB gun, luckily. A WKYT-TV reporter interviewing buyers said she was hit with a BB.  

Things went smoother in Boston, where A Best Buy with only 140 of the consoles, gave out tickets to the first 140 people in line-- so everyone could go home until the store opened.

Reports of violence or crime in Albany have not come in, though demand is quite strong. In fact, a Wal-Mart employee tell us that they had people standing in line for two days to get the 14 PS3s the store was promised. But during their wait, the customers actually bonded, and held each other's place in line as bathroom breaks arose.

The store only got 12 units, so the 13th adn 14th people in line got rain checks.

The Circuit sity store only got eight PlayStation3s.


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