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I didn't see any other women in line and I didn't bother talking to the guys around me. All of them were way too serious about this; full of anxiety and tension. I had never felt so out of place in my life. It seemed like each one of their lives depended on whether or not they got this game system. Their eyes were fixed on the front of the line.
While paying at the register, the man handling the Wii's said very loudly to the line full of people still waiting, "Sorry folks, that's it. There's no more for today." Instantly I started hearing groans and seeing other disappointing gestures. It was then that I realized the position I was in...here I was in line with all these tense guys who didn't get a game system and I did. All at once, I felt their angry, jealous eyes shift focus to me. To them, I was an easy target.
This kind of behavior in lines for the new consoles is one of the reasons why I'm in no hurry to get one. And by "one" I mean "Wii". It looks like us gamers are intent on perpetuating some of the worse stereotypes in plain view of the public.
Or is this, perhaps, a general "crowd hunting for rare object" effect, rather than "gamers hunting for a rare console" effect ? Either way, I would expect your average gamer to be more civilized.
But then again, maybe those crowds aren't your average gamers. Every situation draws a certain kind of people. I just shudder to think of the mental state of adults who would say that they "NEED" a specific electronic toy, because this Christmas just wouldn't be the same without it.