Those of us who followed the Segway phenomenon back when it was known as "Ginger" and was touted as the biggest technological innovation since the Internet sometimes ask--what if? What could be done to this thoroughly dorky mode of transportation to make it really catch on? A ways back we wrote about a fratboy prototype called the "Kegway," which would make it a whole lot easier to booze on the go but also a whole lot easier to score yourself a DUI. Plus, there's the whole "laws of physics" thing that would probably … Read more
We all know that everything at Costco is big: vats of mayonnaise, crates of detergent, shampoo six-packs. So why should game gear be any different?
The warehouse giant may be one of the few chains with enough space to carry the "Home Pro Racing Simulator," a full-size driver's seat with all the bells, whistles and sirens required for complete gaming immersion.
What separates this game chair from other models is the sound. Red Ferret says its 1,000-watt digital audio system has a 10-inch subwoofer behind the Hunsaker seat, three speakers in front and a "multiple&… Read more
LOS ANGELES--The crowd counted down the seconds to midnight, "Five, four, three, two, one," and then they went wild.
Inside the EB Games store at Universal CityWalk here, a phalanx of reporters awaited the midnight arrival of Jonathan Mann, the first person in line to buy one of Nintendo's new video game console, the Wii.
Seconds after midnight, as an explosion of streamers coated the ground outside, Mann came inside the store, walked up to the counter, and got some bad news from Nintendo senior vice president of marketing and communications George Harrison, who was standing behind … Read more
NEW YORK--Well, it's out. With all the proper Times Square fanfare, New Yorkers picked the shelves clean at Toys 'R' Us, filling their arms with controllers, games, accessories, carrying cases--and of course the Nintendo Wii consoles themselves. Stay tuned for more Wii coverage from both the East and West Coasts throughout the rest of the morning.
While the previous few days have been filled with headlines trumpeting the thousands of dollars some people have seemingly been willing to pay for PlayStation 3s on eBay, the same mania doesn't seem to be extending to the Nintendo Wii.
The Wii--which retails for $250--launches tonight across North America. And on eBay, one can buy the rights to one of the pre-ordered consoles for roughly $500.
Now, that's double the retail cost. Which, extrapolated to the PS3's top-end $600 price tag equates to $1,200. And in fact, PS3s are now selling on eBay for just a … Read more
NEW YORK--Times Square is one of those places that's always a mad scene all the time. Add in the crazy pre-holiday shopping (did I miss the memo that Black Friday came a week early this year?) and it's even more packed. Then add in the official launch party for a highly anticipated next-generation video game console, and the last few cubic inches of breathing room disappear entirely.
NEW YORK--Let me tell you, it's a very different scene from the PlayStation 3 launch on Thursday night. The official Nintendo Wii launch site, at the Toys 'R' Us store in Times Square (yeah, the one with a fully ride-able Ferris wheel inside) has only had a line in front of it for about 24 hours. When I told a few of the kids in line that I'd covered the PS3 launch and talked to fans who'd waited about 80 hours for Sony's console, one of them rolled his eyes and said, "We're not … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Sony is fond of saying that each new generation of video game consoles doesn't really begin until it launches its entry.
If that's so--and Microsoft would certainly have some quibbles with the notion--then the next-generation console era is most definitely on.
At just before midnight Jack Tretton, Sony Computer Entertainment of America vice president and co-COO, handed over the first PlayStation 3 bought on the West Coast. The lucky recipient? Chris Toribio of San Francisco, who, along with a group of friends, had been waiting in line since 8 a.m. Wednesday.
It was a scene straight … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--There are about 1,000 people waiting in line at the Metreon here, all of whom have their eyes on the prize: Being one of the very first people to be able to buy a PlayStation 3.
Sony tells me that everyone in line will get that chance, but only some people have been given wristbands guaranteeing that right.
So it seems as though there may be a perception, among those at the end of the line, that they won't be able to get one.
And that may explain why, at around 7:30 p.m., a gentleman … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--When the doors to the truck opened and it was possible to see all the boxes inside, each containing the ultimate prize, PlayStation 3s, it looked like there were many, many hundreds.
And that was good, since there have to be around 1,000 people waiting in line here at the Metreon for the official West Coast PS3 launch.
Sony told me that everyone in line would get the opportunity to buy a PS3, so that means that they expected to have at least 1,000 available.