With 1 hour left before the store opening, officials decide to force the line into single file, rather than let the crowd stand in one large group. The combination of fatigue and hunger forced me from the middle to the near back of the line so it's game over for me and about 50 or so other people who waited for over 12 hours. But I still have my 2 friends in a hopeful place near the front of the line.
On the way back home, I walked by a game store with 2 guys playing chess outside. I find out that they are also waiting for the PS3 and had pre-ordered the unit weeks ago. Apparently, the store only has 2 units available which explained why there were only 2 guys waiting outside. Despite the chaos where I had waited, the scene of 2 people playing chess patiently reminded me that civility still exists.
Off to bed . .
Date: November 16th, 2006
Venue: Store on 56th Street and 5th Avenue, New York.
Purpose: Walking home with a Playstation 3
It's a hectic scene on 5th Avenue. The usual crowd of upscale shoppers have been replaced with scores of teenagers eagerly awaiting to get their hands on PS3's since 5pm. The estimated crowd of 200 push back and forth despite warnings from the 20 police officers patrolling the line. It's been raining since this afternoon, and the drenched crowd is growing dangerous by the hour.
By midnight, store representatives explain to the crowd of 200 that only 100 units will be available at a first-come-first serve basis. The crowd, which had been wet and aggravated for hours, are quickly turning into a violent mob. 1 person is pushed out for allegedly cutting the line and the rest are shoving and pushing to be at the front.
I think I'm at the very middle of the line and will attempt to update every now and then with my wireless laptop. I'm flanked by 2 other friends and we are forming a strategy to have 2 sleep and 1 stand on guard against a cheating mob. 7 more hours till I hopefully get my hands on a PS3 . . with no pre-order form =)