I inquired how many people had been there prior to me. He said that I was number 8 and that people had been camping out over night. We got very lucky and are now in possession of a golden ticket!
For fun, we headed to another EB to see what the deal was there (investigative reporting). There were about 10 people in front of us so we hopped in line to see if we had made the cut. The guy behind the counter said, "the lady in front of you is the last one." In this same mall there is a Babbages. We headed there and saw only 5 people in line. I hopped in line while Allison went to grab some coffee and a Cinnabon. Soon thereafter, an employee came out and handed numbers to us. I was number 6. We purchased this pre-order for my dad (who wants a PS3) using his information.
While in line at Babbages, I talked to a guy who had been to another EB earlier in the day. He said there were 40 people there, some with tents. Visions of a cold and early morning last November danced in my head.
What I found most interesting about our experience was the fact that among these early adopters there were a good percentage of middle-aged women. I assumed that these were really good moms who were standing in line to surprise their husband or well-behaved child, however, that assumption was blown out of the water when a yellow-slickered soccer mom went up to the counter and asked if there were any role playing games she could pre-order. Granted, it could have been for a relative who liked RPGs, but it seemed like she knew what she was doing.
Also of interest to me was the fact that the people I talked to in line were at least as, if not more, excited about getting a blu-ray player for $600. Currently, it's hard to find a stand-alone blu-ray player for under $1,000. Therefore, those videophiles out there who want ultra-crisp movies are also in line for the PS3, not for its gaming capabilities, but solely for the blu-ray.
Another good tidbit that we picked up from our adventure is that EBs and Gamestops are going to start pre-selling Wiis, "late this week or early next week." Granted, I'm sure that there will be more Wiis available per store, but I also think there will be more demand.
It's going to be an early morning, on what I'm guessing will be this Thursday or Friday. We'll update you if we hear anything.