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November 22nd, 2005


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11:39 am - Denied
I thought I had the inside track on picking up an Xbox 360 this morning. I get off work at 8:00, the new Super Target in Roseville opens about then. I took off from work a little early, got there right before they were going to open and saw a dozen or so folks in line. I thought I was in store for some next-generation console gaming excitement this up-coming weekend.

Oh, no, it was not meant to be. The Target folks had shown up just half an hour before and handed tickets to the people in line, turning away the 20 or so folks in line that exceeded the number of systems they had in stock. They only had 32 systems total. So much for "Super."

After that I tried over at the Best Buy. Here there was a longer line and the store hadn't started handing out numbers or turning folks away so I waited in the cold with my fellow geeks (or their moms/dads) for a while. The store manager reported they may have as many as 70 systems here! Well, it turned out they only had 53 and ran out before they got back to my position in line.

By this time, it was late enough that everyplace else I might go was also sold out. So there is no Xbox joy for me at this time. I'll have to wait for the re-stocks and see what I can scrape up.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Current Music: Gene Hackman--The Hoodoo Gurus--Ampology (Disc 2)
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From:von_krag
Date:November 23rd, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
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I've never played on any game sys, what advantages does one have over playing on a comp?
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From:jbru
Date:November 23rd, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
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Basically it's about the dedicated hardware. Greater processing power yields a more vivid environment. One could likely get equivalent performance from a high end PC, but you'd end up with extras you don't need because the system is designed to be useful in other ways.

Or so my thinking goes. :)

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