(CNN) Lines, anger, police ... A Wii story

http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/16/news...

Some select quotes:

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.

(grabbing follows)

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.

After the tale of the Barbie Digital Camera in one of the other holiday threads, I think it's clear that it's just a human stupidity thing, not a gamer stupidity thing.

A buddy of mine who works at Target told me that a woman broke into tears yesterday morning when he told them that they were out.

[quote: CNN]While I was walking toward the exit, unsatisfied customers began to grab at my bag. Just like that! They were acting as if I was just going to give it to them. There was no way anyone was taking this away from me. I was caught off guard in a game of tug-a-war when a security guard intervened and rescued me from the chaos. He took me outside. And the crowd followed. The security guard flagged a police car. I thankfully jumped in. And it was a police escort for me and my Wii back to work.[/quote]

Scumbags, castrations for all. Gamer cards revoked. It's not like any of the "men" were going to put it on eBay and make money from it, of course not!

This is a shame. There's no way she deserved that Wii. She probably didn't even know how to play it.

Just kidding. Humanity scares me sometimes.

That's impressively ridiculous. I totally would have taken up the 3x$ offer, though; if my wife had had a similar opportunity, I'd rather get a free Wii later and $300 than a Wii now. (That definitely moves her into 'Super Awesome Girlfriend Supreme', though.)

Guys, you need to put this in perspective. She's a woman. Most of the gamers probably got confused and thought she was some sort of display.

Slow down. From everyone else's comments, it seems this doesn't happen to them everytime they shop. How very bizarre.

I'm sorry, I don't buy it. A security guard flagged down a police car to safely rescue her from the mob of non-female gamer stereotypes that were grabbing at her Wii bag? The only part of this story I believe is that she bought one, and others were visibly upset that they weren't able to secure one. The rest *really* reads like it's fabricated bs.

I'm thinking... this is like Lord of the Ring... but instead of One Ring we have a Wii!

Nei wrote:

I'm thinking... this is like Lord of the Ring... but instead of One Ring we have a Wii!

Yeah, but one Wii to rule them all sounds like a prison story.

I said it in another thread, and I'll say it here...

This is why I have things shipped to me.

I got my girlfriend her ("our") Wii yesterday though, in the afternoon, and not a single person did anything other than look jealous or sigh; especially the 5 people trading in their PS3's. though I am sure some of the people returning them had only bought them to try and sell them, or maybe was returning a 20 gig because they got a 60 gig.

This sounds like reporter phooey "engineered perception" to be honest. or it might be because she was in New York.

One Wii to rule them all, if you can find them,
One Wii to bring them all and in the aisles blind them,
In the land of Wal-Mart where the shadows lie..

As for the story, I smell bullsh*t.. You think a crowd would follow a woman with a security escort out to the parking lot? That's a tad too "Lord of the Flies" sensationalistic for me to believe.

Johnvanjim wrote:

As for the story, I smell bullsh*t.. You think a crowd would follow a woman with a security escort out to the parking lot? That's a tad too "Lord of the Flies" sensationalistic for me to believe.

KILL THE PIG. CUT HER THROAT. TAKE HER WII.

Johnvanjim wrote:

One Wii to rule them all, if you can find them,
One Wii to bring them all and in the aisles blind them,
In the land of Wal-Mart where the managers lie...

Just a minor fix there for ya, buddy.

I'm thinking that she found a line somewhere for a Wii that did not include overanxious middle-aged moms? Little spurious.

Meh, is this really all that different from the rampaging mobs that go bezerk looking for Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? At least no one got trampled in this story.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Meh, is this really all that different from the rampaging mobs that go bezerk looking for Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? At least no one got trampled in this story.

Or slammed into a pole, mugged, or shot.

PyromanFO wrote:

I'm thinking that she found a line somewhere for a Wii that did not include overanxious middle-aged moms? Little spurious.

Well, the story's set in New York. It said she works for CNN. I'm quick to assume New York City. I can't picture overanxious middle-aged moms doing their Christmas shopping in the city. Instead it's easier for me to imagine a polyethnic conglomerate of Wii-hungry gangsters.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Meh, is this really all that different from the rampaging mobs that go bezerk looking for Cabbage Patch Kids or Tickle Me Elmo? At least no one got trampled in this story.

I guess the only new thing here is that it's about the Wii, whereas all the other horror stories we've been hearing were about the PS3.

Fanatka wrote:

I'm sorry, I don't buy it. A security guard flagged down a police car to safely rescue her from the mob of non-female gamer stereotypes that were grabbing at her Wii bag? The only part of this story I believe is that she bought one, and others were visibly upset that they weren't able to secure one. The rest *really* reads like it's fabricated bs.

Crap, JohnnyMojo was right. The media does have an agenda.

Maybe it was during Opie and Anthony's Homeless Shopping Spree? Which Toys R Us location did that happen? I know the spree was at Short Hills Mall... hmmm....

Nah, at this point this isn't "gamers". These are the same "Cabbage Patch Kid" people who have to make sure that little Johnny gets the "official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle" (with the compass in the grip) or they're bad parents.

I stood in line on launch day to get my Wii and the only near frustration/anger/flash riot part came when someone got the last Zelda game off the rack. At which point we were immediately calmed by the Best Buy peoples who told us that there were more in the back and they were going to get them.

Yoyoson wrote:

It said she works for CNN. I'm quick to assume New York City. I can't picture overanxious middle-aged moms doing their Christmas shopping in the city. Instead it's easier for me to imagine a polyethnic conglomerate of Wii-hungry gangsters.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. ...Says the proud Chicagoan.

Okay, here ya go... see... "gamers" aren't THAT bad...

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/16264689.htm

A promotion for the latest line of Michael Jordan basketball shoes at a Foot Locker store in downtown Louisville got rowdy, leading police to use pepper balls to disperse a crowd of several hundred people.
polypusher wrote:

After the tale of the Barbie Digital Camera in one of the other holiday threads, I think it's clear that it's just a human stupidity thing, not a gamer stupidity thing.

It's also a holiday thing. I've said it before, I'll say it again. I f-ing hate Christmas. And THIS is precisely why. People are driving around like crazy right now, wrecklessly endangering the lives of their fellow man... fa la la... all so they can get their "gifts" purchased.

I hate it. I'm glad it's almost over.

I'm counting down the days until it's over and some semblence of sanity returns. My wife and I have a running joke. Whenever we're in a long 30 minute line at some restaurant or store, where normally we could go in an out one of us will ask the other one "what day is today?" and the answer is always "Thursday" or whatever day it is. In other words, to us it's Thursday. To these creatures whom live and breathe Giftmas, it's X amount of shopping days left.

Yesterday the power station that feeds our home exploded. Literally. Sent a ball of fire 100 feet in the air and was on fire for over a day. We lost power for over 24 hours. I sleep with a CPap because I have Sleep Apnea. This means that if the power is out there isn't a continuous flow of oxygen going into my throat making sure i can breathe at night. When I can't breathe at night I sleep terribly at best and at worst I'm in a position to experience severe hypertension or other things of that nature. So Saturday night we had now power. I shivered in 30 degree whether with no heat, 3 layers of clothes, 3 blankets and no oxygen keeping my throat open. I woke up at 4am and thought for sure I was having a heart attack. I don't think I was, because I lived. But needless to say I didn't have a pleasant time sleeping.

The next day we were still without power. Somewhere around 11 my in-laws start asking about Christmas presents. My wife tries to explain that we hadn't gotten the chance to mail them yet. Mother in law starts to ask why not and "doesn't my wife understand" that if the presents aren't mailed today they won't get there in time......

Yeah. I f-ing hate Christmas. I'm sitting in the car, wondering where/if I'm going to sleep last night and my wife is getting an earful about Christmas presents. I'm hoping that we just get a hotel so I can get *some* sleep before my work week begins and so I don't worry about dying again in my sleep and I'm hearing a conversation about presents.

I hate Christmas.

Did I mention that I hate Christmas?

Doesn't this sort of behavior happen every day in New Your City?

polypusher wrote:

Yesterday the power station that feeds our home exploded. Literally. Sent a ball of fire 100 feet in the air and was on fire for over a day.

That once happened to my neighbor's car. Did I mention I lived in a bad neighborhood? Sure was a pretty explosion, though.

I shivered in 30 degree whether with no heat, 3 layers of clothes, 3 blankets and no oxygen keeping my throat open.

...Electric heat?

wordsmythe wrote:
polypusher wrote:

Yesterday the power station that feeds our home exploded. Literally. Sent a ball of fire 100 feet in the air and was on fire for over a day.

That once happened to my neighbor's car. Did I mention I lived in a bad neighborhood? Sure was a pretty explosion, though.

I shivered in 30 degree whether with no heat, 3 layers of clothes, 3 blankets and no oxygen keeping my throat open.

...Electric heat?

That's pretty common in the Pacific NW.

DSGamer wrote:

That's pretty common in the Pacific NW.

Living in the south side of Chicago? Oh yeah, the heat. That makes more sense.

Aww, come on guys, don't be so harsh on the moms crying for the Wii.

Most likely, their kid really wanted one, and they felt sad that they couldn't provide their kid with one.

I'm not saying it's right to cry over some silly games, but we single dudes should be more understanding of parents, I think. To us it's just a console, to them it may be what makes or breaks the christmas morning.

shihonage wrote:

Or is this, perhaps, a general "crowd hunting for rare object" effect, rather than "gamers hunting for a rare console" effect ?

Beanie Babies. Tickle-Me-Elmo. Nothing new to see here.

Either way, I would expect your average gamer to be more civilized.

Now that's funny. Been spending too much time here, I think.