Euro PS4 Launch Insanity Doesn't Reflect Well On Gamers
Things like this worry me.
We all know how excited people can get for new console launches. Avid gamers are a passionate bunch, so it's sort of to be expected.
However, it appears that the PlayStation 4 launch in Europe was a bit more chaotic than it was here in the US. I don't recall seeing videos or hearing reports involving situations that might call for riot shields, do you? Enthusiasm, not mob lunacy.
But in Europe, at select locations at least, there appeared to be little or no organization concerning the launch festivities. As seen at NeoGAF and further summarized at PixelEnemy, stores in France, Germany and Austria saw some wild scenes. Here's one written example from an Austrian consumer:
"They let them in front of the store at 5 am, crowd very calm and waiting in a nice line. When store opened at 9 am, security guards just moved aside and over 120 people rushed into the store...rushing mass overtuned several shelves, throwing goods (laptops, PS3s..) on the floor...fights erupted when they grabbed all consoles and security guards had to step in."
It's not the lack of security or organization that disturbs me; not all retailers in all parts of the world are equipped for such an event, nor are they all as strictly regimented as GameStop is in this country. What worries me is the general reaction. Excitement is one thing; risking injury - or purposely hurting someone else - to get a purely luxury item is more than a little disconcerting. There were times in human history when people acted that way for food because they were starving.
I'm a gamer, too, but if your top priority in life is to get a new game console (or a new iPhone or TV or whatever), and you're willing to act like that to do it, I have questions. Questions that involve your life's direction or perhaps its lack thereof. And by the way, all those people who say video games are addictive, who say they can cause violent behavior, who say games should be treated differently than other forms of entertainment? Incidents such as these represent more ammunition for such people.
And they don't need more ammunition, unfortunately.
11/29/2013 11:21:22 AM Ben Dutka