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PS4 Midnight Launch: Are You Going?

I haven't made up my mind yet.

For the most part, I'm no fan of midnight launches. They can really bring out the worst in people, and that always depresses me. I've never even been to one, primarily because I'm never that impatient to get a new game or even a new system. I suppose if they ever made a true Final Fantasy VII remake, I'd line up at midnight for that.

And I'm not as amped up about the PlayStation 4 as I've been for previous system launches. At the same time, it'd be kinda nice to get the console, all the games I have pre-ordered for it, the new controller, and the charging station that night. That way, you don't have to worry about braving the crowds during the day on Friday. Then again, will there be more people at the midnight launch...? I have a feeling there might be, 'cuz that's when all the die-hard gamers will be there.

It is technically a weeknight so perhaps there won't be quite as many people. No matter how hardcore you are, you do have to work, yes? Not everyone has the same schedule, and I understand that, but standing in line at midnight doesn't really appeal to everyone, either. Back in the day, there was no midnight launch for customers...just for employees. When working at EB for the PS2 launch, we all gathered at the store that night to grab our systems the minute it was legal to do so. I believe my receipt said I got mine at 12:07 a.m. I was proud of that.

That was pretty cool but these days...I dunno. I'm trying to summon the requisite motivation.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 launch, ps4 launch event

11/7/2013 10:15:44 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (56 posts)

Temjin001
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:31:31 PM
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For the last gen, all I know is in the places I've lived, the length of lines far outweighed my patience. For the PS2 I waited about 3 and half hours in line, and that was fine. The Xbox 360 would've had me in line for no less than 12 hours while being in freezing weather. Just not worth it. From that moment on I ruled myself out of console launch lines.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:25:11 AM

Wait...three and a half hours DOESN'T outweigh your patience?

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Temjin001
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 1:23:04 AM

nope. I can handle that. When I have to start worrying about food and drink and going pee and stuff and not freezing, then yah, patience runs out pretty fast.

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daus26
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 3:01:39 AM

I remember going over 6 hours for a TV at Best Buy. Thinking back, I don't know how I went through it, but it was for my parents (I owe them), so I guess I was motivated or something. Anyway, there are definitely some harsh people, as well as pathetic cutters. The cold and bathroom breaks are definitely the two most annoying factors affecting my patience. I'm a really patient guy, but I will never line up ever again.

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Temjin001
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 10:40:09 AM

yah, I'm done too. When I was in my early twenties and valued my free time less I could burn a few hours doing nothing, but not anymore.

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telly
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:22:42 AM

I pre-ordered my PS4 at least six months ago on Amazon. It should be waiting for me when I get home from work next Friday -- perfect timing for the weekend. I have no qualms at all waiting that long. To quote a great Calvin and Hobbes poem: "Tomorrow's what I'm waiting for. But I can wait a little more."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:45:57 AM

I can't go 3 1/2 hours without peeing.

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Temjin001
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:04:38 PM

you have to plan it. like start drinking less several hours before getting into line.

it was close for me PS2 night. We had to stop at like a Denny's on the way home to run in and use their restroom.

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Oh, and stay off of a lot sugar earlier in the day. The sugar increases glycogen levels in your body that causes higher water retention. So when the glycogen levels drop the body lets go of the water, making you have to pee more.

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JROD0823
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 1:39:34 AM

I have an iron bladder, and if tasked to do so, I can hold my urine for 12+ hours.

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Ashdude
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:41:40 PM
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I don't have to. As soon as Sony started taking reserves, I grabbed one. Mine will be waiting for me at my favorite Gamestop.

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Draguss
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:42:46 PM
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Had I decided to get it at launch, I would've just ordered it from amazon. I can't stand midnight launches.

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:47:38 PM
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I had pre-ordered it from the big A but then lost interest and decided to cancel. But I am thinking about going to the midnight launch to see if I can get one. Here's hoping I can get one.

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Oxvial
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:07:45 PM
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Sucks that it doesn't have a game I'm interested.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:12:14 PM

yeeeeaaaahh that kinda makes it hard to be as excited about the new hardware.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:11:43 PM
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I'm too old to stay up that late :)

With no pre-order there's no way I'd risk going home empty handed. It'd be kind of interesting to have a look at the crowd though.

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Huey
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 6:18:08 AM

I ordered mine from Amazon, will be here on the 15th. They shipped the extra controller I ordered to me last week! Charged it up, haven't tried it on any games. I do like the new DS4. It also works with the DS3 charging cable.

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Underdog15
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 7:19:31 AM

My buddies made fun of me last night when I decided to go to bed at 11:00. haha

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 10:13:50 AM

lol, I like going to bed early! I can pop up at 7 and get tons of stuff done, then I'm free to game later on.

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LividFiction
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 9:35:23 AM

The DualShock 4 is not compatible with the DualShock 3's cable. DualShock 4 uses USB micro-B, whereas DualShock 3 uses USB mini-B. The micro connector is thinner than the mini one, and so is the micro-B jack.

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Delsin Rowe
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:23:07 PM
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Hell yes I'm going to the midnight launch. I've only been to a few in the past, maybe 3, but everything has always been really civil and calm. I remember the last one I went to, we were all sharing PSNs so we could meet up online when we got home.

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Cesar_ser_4
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:25:01 PM
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Hey, uh guys... I'm not one to post images or links for that matter but...

http://imgur.com/gallery/b61ZUmE

yeah...

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Teddie9
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:31:30 PM
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I'm probably not going to get the system until well into the new year. Decent backlog to jump into, still some ps3 games coming out, and I don't mind playing some of the ps3 versions of those cross-gens.

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 11:56:52 PM
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There are usually more people on midnight launches. But Ben, if you have the time, just do it.

I'd like to say though, that at my GameStop for the GTA V midnight launch, there was easily 200-250 people there. I was the very last person out because I waited in my car. It was like almost 3 am of I'm not mistaken.

I was surprised because there was other locations including a Walmart where people could of easily bought the game from.

I'm still deciding if I should go for the ps4 midnight launch. It's TBD. Because there will be so many people.

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Feryx
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:15:19 AM
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I live in a small town, so I think I am going.

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Jed
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:15:43 AM
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Im going. I was really excited just to pay it all off the other day and get my controller and Killzone. At least it won't be like waiting outside best buy for two days like I did for the ps3.

They usually open the doors up at 10 and let people come into my local gamestop to get in line too. Hopefully there won't be too many people there.

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Jed
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 2:41:59 PM

Well I just found out that my Gamestop will not be having a midnight release. Blasphemy!

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Brighat
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:31:59 AM
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Future Shop isn't having a midnight launch for the PS4. All stores will open at 8 A.M. on the 15th. I'd rather go at daylight anyway. I already have a PS4 reserved. EB is having a midnight launch, though.

Interestingly, Future Shop will have the Xbone available at midnight the following week. I might go over and check out the lines, weather permitting.

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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 8:46:19 AM

I wonder if MS has asked/paid for stores to open for the midnight release, so that media will report on such line-up (free publicity). For the PS4 Best Buy (Canada) and Future Shop have announced that each store will be receiving at least 25 (non-reserved) consoles that will be available to the general public. They haven't said yet how many non-reserved units of the X1 they'll be receiving for the following week.

I haven't seen any other information regarding EB Games or other retailers. I could ask my preferred gaming store, Microplay, how many extra they ordered in. I know they had to have their launch day orders for hardware into Sony for October 10/11th.

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Brighat
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 9:35:58 AM

Wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft would do such a thing.

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Kryten1029a
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:12:08 AM

If they had enough units ordered to justify it then they'd open. There wouldn't be any need to pay them. Based on the interest in the PS4, I would say that they'll open for that.

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Brighat
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 1:37:49 PM

Still, I wasn't going to line-up in the cold night next week. I can wait for the cold morning.

I did line up on Boxing Day at FS for the PS3 160 GB Slim and 24' Sony 3D T.V. in 2012 at 6 A.M. That was a good deal for $300. I was the first person to checkout. In and out for me. If they have the new NSMBU Wii U bundle for $200 or less on Boxing Day, I'll get up for 6 again regardless of the conditions.

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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 3:28:41 PM

I remember that deal! Contemplated the 3D tv too, but went in the day after Boxing Day to get the $200 PS3 (to replaced my launch phatty). The only reason I'd line up (early/late) in the cold are for deals. Not going to line-up just to get a game I pre-ordered a few hours early.

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DxJeckel
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:35:09 AM
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I would love to go to the midnight launch, but I might be one that waits until the next day. I don't want to be there until 3 am.

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DIsmael85
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 1:19:20 AM
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I'm going to be at my local Gamestop for their midnight. Had my system reserved the day they announced the price. Killzone and BF4 are my first two titles and will most definitely check out Contrast and Warframe. Weekend is locked tight for all the PS4 goodness.

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FatherSun
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 7:20:21 AM

Pre Order Warframe before the 12th for bonuses.

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ethird1
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 1:57:06 AM
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Yes I will. Im trying to talk my local gamestop into giving me my ps4 when the store closes. I spend a lot of money there. :)

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___________
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 2:56:57 AM
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oh god no!
ques would be out the door and around the block, and once i finally did get the thing id be too tempted to stay up and play it instead of going to bed.
no thanks i can wait till i finish work and not have to worry about massive ques, and shrieking around every 2 seconds when i hear footsteps.
we all remember all the assaults that happened at the ps3s launch.........

speaking of launch though i was at a friends house yesterday and EB rang him asking if he wanted to move his preorder to the bundle.
seriously!?
$ony announces the bundle for the rest of the world, than months later, and only 3 weeks till launch, they FINALLY decide to announce it for us?
typical!
surprisingly its not going to be available on launch either estimate is just before chrissy.
WTF!?
all the contents are going to be available on launch, so why not just use those for the bundle?
why do you have to wait till chrissy if you want the bundle?
especially that this is not extra stock its taken out of the launch day preorders taken before june 6.
so why force people to wait till chrissy if they want the bundle, when they could buy each item separately a month earlier?
looks like $ony is taking advantage of the impatient ones, forcing them to buy each item individually if they want it at launch.
why am i not surprised?


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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 8:56:46 AM

What bundle? I haven't heard of any bundles. The only bundles I think I've heard about have been in the Europe. Did any of these bundles result in any actual savings? If not, then what is the point!?

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___________
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 9:02:10 AM

the KZ bundle same one everyone else is getting, the game, camera and extra DS4.
dunno the price dident ask, though dick smith electronics has it available for preorder last i checked.

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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 9:41:49 AM

I'll check out the link once it gets displayed. I'd be interested in bundling (if it were available to me), if there is some ACTUAL price savings, but if not, what's bloody the point?!

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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:22:24 AM

Ah, now I understand why you had to get moderator approval. I'd probably would have considered that bundle as I'm getting Killzone and an extra DS4 anyway. Camera...meh. But if the bundle saved $20-$30, I might have considered it. But alas, bundle was never made available/offered in Canada.

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berserk
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 3:21:28 AM
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Just a waste of time when you can now pre order stuff .I might actually go pick it up the day after release just not to wait in line .

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 4:02:45 AM
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yeah some how i don't think the store i'm going to will be open at mightnight but i won't have anything to go to on the day so i'll trudly down to the shop some time between 9am and noon so i get my system and put it away till after my semster is finished

happy gaming =)

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 6:18:59 AM
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Not at all... I have no intention in buying a PS4 for a long time yet. I think the earliest I could buy it is if there is a special edition of Metal Gear Solid V that combines Ground Zeroes & The Phantom Pain. If that doesn't happen... at Final Fantasy XV's release in 2017?... XD

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FatherSun
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 7:33:18 AM
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I am not a midnight line up type but a couple of people at work are going to so we were going to make a night out of it. I have a Pre-Order at Best Buy in Midtown Manhattan and they do not. I went in to ask about the specifics and found out that they will be doing the midnight event at the Best Buy Theater a few blocks away and that is only for non pre-orders. WTF! They said that I must wait till the next morning for my system. How about that? I would think that those who pre-order would be given priority. I took that Friday off and now I must go into Manhattan just to pick up my system. I'm going to try to find a way to obtain it the night of somehow. Any suggestions?

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Simcoe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 9:01:23 AM

I'd try and talk to the manager ahead of time and ask why you cannot pick-up your pre-order at the midnight launch. If you rationally tell him that you live out of town and would prefer to stay in Manhattan that night rather than have to commute back the next morning for the sole purpose of picking up your order. I'd like to think a decent person would allow you to do this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:46:42 AM

Try not to get murdered!

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slugga_status
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 7:50:19 AM
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I go to midnight launches of games that I know will interest me. But for consoles I pass. I know a friend who got his PS3 snatched after walking out of best buy. If you want the PS4 that bad then people should've pre-ordered it and pick it up later that day unless you buy online. If you didn't and don't stand in line, you basically risk not getting a console as I'm sure they'll be sold out

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 11:48:02 AM
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The PS2 was the first console I tried to get day one. I picked rocks all summer and did whatever work there was to save up the 250$ for that PS2. I was young and you can make a few dollars doing that sort of thing where I live. The point is, the mother went to walmart in the afternoon and the clerk said that the PS2s were gone before daylight! This was the first time I realized the culture of the die hard day one purchases. I might par take in the PS4 event next week!
I need revenge for that sad day back in... the year 2000.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 5:31:05 PM

PS2s were $300, yes?

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Solid Fantasy
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 8:23:17 PM

In retro spec, yeah they probably were. Memory is getting blurred in the old age.

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 3:08:26 PM
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The first AND last launnch I went to was for MGS4 in NYC and that's only because Hideo Kojima was there signing the game otherwise I would have never attended.

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MrAnonymity
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 10:52:41 PM
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Two reasons:

1) I didn't pre-order.
2) I cannot afford it at launch.

With a probable move ahead of my family, Christmas, AND two birthdays... yeah, the PS4 is a pretty low priority. Oh... and...

3) Bonus reason: The launch line-up just isn't that compelling to me.

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JROD0823
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 1:47:25 AM
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I'm going.

My GameStop will have about 100 or so people there.

That's nothing compared to the roughly 500 or more that were there for the Modern Warfare 2 midnight launch in '09.

Talk about a madhouse. (shudders) :)

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MadPowerBomber
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 2:45:26 AM
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Unfortunately, no. I cancelled my pre-orders for both new consoles 'cause of my backlog. Not going next gen until I finish everything I own already.

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Harerazer
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 1:53:15 PM
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I waited 3 hours for the Wii at Walmart (where they had seats and served us coffee, tea, and hot chocolate and even took orders for us at the in-store McDonald's) so it was way more fun than it should have been...plus I had my DS. Funny thing is that I didn't even go to get the Wii. When I got there I saw they had about 20 chairs set up and only 8 people so I figured "What the hell?" LOL

Two things stop me from going to the launch for the PS4: 1) I will be working and 2) I have it preordered so I'll just pick it up at 8am when I get off work and everyone else is sleeping. In and out, no muss, no fuss.

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