Well, the mystery band ended up being Angels & Airwaves and the throngs of people huddled up around the stage on a cold November night. The crowd stretched along Fourth Street and some people even watched along the open walls of the parking garage.
Archive for November, 2006
The PlayStation 3 made a grand entrance around 8 p.m. In a mock police show, they cleared the master of ceremonies off Fourth Street and brought in a handful of black SUVs, with passengers dressed up as G-men.
Things have picked up since 6 p.m. We’ve had lunch, the Sony folks passed out these swag bags and three lucky campers got a free 60 gig PlayStation 3, three games and an extra controller. The tickets were contained in these bags that were handed out randomly among the first people in line.
Mike Henriquez of Antioch, above, was one of the winners. “i’m ecstastic. Out of all the things that happened today that was last thing I’d ever expect,” Henriquez said. For them to be throwing free console, games and an extra controller.”
For the first four people in line, the media frenzy is increasing as news and web reporters are vying for their attention. I’ve seen dozesn of video cameras and flash photography. They also got an offer that may be to good to refuse. The folks from PC Gamer offered them a $7,500 custom built PC.
“It was top of the line everything,” Preston Lee said. “Huge monitor, custom paint job, some kind of coolant.”
Right now, they blocked off Fourth street and we’re right next to a stage they moved in from Minna. According to different sources, anyone from Green Day to Tenacious D to some former members of the Blink 182 could be performing. But the thing is no one knows for sure and we probably won’t find out until a band comes on stage.
Tired of getting phone calls about consumers inquiring about the PlayStation 3 launch festivities at the Metreon, the Sony folks are issuing this FAQ for those calling in to the Metreon.
Can you fall asleep in the middle of city traffic? What about when a disc jockey is blasting rock music from fifty yards away? Apparently, sleep is finding some folks who stayed up all night.
One of the many things we talked about online is the Wii. Although folks here are getting the PlayStation 3, some are more excited about the Wii, Nintendo’s next-generation system.
The biggest choice we’ll have to face today is what flavor of the PlayStation 3 we want. It comes in two sizes: 20 gigabytes and 60 gigabytes. They both have different advantages. One is price — the 20-gig PS3 is $499 and the 60-gig is $599. In addition, the 60-gig also has multiple card readers and Wi-Fi connectivity.
They started handing orange PlayStation 3 wristbands around 9 in the morning. This thin piece of plastic guarantees you and console and the Sony folks are passing them out among the line. Get one and you’re definitely buying a PS3.
After 8 a.m., the folks at Sony moved us from Minna Street onto the Metreon proper. The only thing was there was a little tiff going between the 505 folks and a group waiting out on the other corner.
The PlayStation 3 will likely be the hardest system to find this holiday season, and if you haven’t preordered or if you’re not camping for one this moment, it will be impossible for you to find.