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PS3 camper gives up right to ever own PS3 for free $7500 PC from PC Gamer

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11/17/06 - One less Playstation 3 on the market, one more PC gamer joins the team

by Norm the Intern, proud PC gamer

I just got back from the Metreon, site of the San Francisco Playstation store and home of the official US launch for the Playstation 3. The gang and I were there to represent the PC gaming community and to carry out a mission to convert one diehard PS3 fan to PC gaming.

We'll post a full report and video podcast soon, but here are photos and notes from our adventure...

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The Vede stands outside the Metreon, giddy at the prospect of recruiting one devoted PS3 fan away from the dark side.

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The entire block was closed off, packed with a massive crowd watching the spectacle. Sony spent big bucks on the production, hiring the band Angels and Airwaves to play a show at around 9:00pm.

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The very front of the PS3 line. Some fans had been waiting for 40+ hours, forsaking good hygiene for the hyped console. Campers indeed...

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We speak to a couple guys in front, and get them interested in checking out the decked out Falcon Northwest system we had showcased inside.

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Some of these guys looked half dead from all the waiting.

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A semi with a striking resemblance to Optimus Prime delivers several hundred PS3 systems, escorted by suited security guards and the SFPD...

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but at this point, we've already pulled guys out of the line to inspect the PC gaming rig.

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A couple guys try out Oblivion, NFS: Carbon, and FEAR in 2560x1600 resolution! Greg showcases the guts of the system, which is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and Nvidia 8800 GTX video card.

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We explain the terms of the contract to willing participants. Some of the guys were ready to cut off their wristbands right there - good thing Kristen was ready with a pair of scissors.

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Vlad, a notary public present to witness the event, picks a name out of all the entries.

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Our winner steps forward! Neal from San Francisco now had to make the decision of giving up ever owning a PS3 in exchange for a kick-ass computer.

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Neal makes the right choice, and signs the contract. We'll be checking in on his several times a year to make sure he keeps his end of the deal.

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PC Gaming's newest accolyte and his incredible new machine!

source:http://www.pcgamer.com/archives/2006/11/111706_-_one_le.html
 

D2G

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someone should tell these guys that xbox is an actual threat to pc gaming whereas the ps3 is not so much
 

X26

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:lol Who wouldn't do this?

So, how on earth are they going to enforce this? Was a contract was involved?
 

Amir0x

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X26 said:
:lol Who wouldn't do this?

So, how on earth are they going to enforce this? Was a contract was involved?

They have a contract and a notary to confirm the validity of the binding contract.

I'd still break that shit, though
 

Kintaro

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X26 said:
:lol Who wouldn't do this?

So, how on earth are they going to enforce this? Was a contract was involved?

If you read this, you would see that yes, the dude signed a contract.
 

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If there's any sort of legalese involved, I'd give someone (i.e., my wife) a gift of $650 so she could buy herself a Playstation 3. And then I think I'd play it more than her.

Goofy little story this, but I suppose it's PR for PC Gamer (and the insecurities of PC gamers)
 

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Amir0x said:
how would they know, though? That's the thing... it's not like they have the funds to monitor my gaming purchases and habits

they said that they will check you from time to time,so you are screwed.
 

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You would have to be an idiot not to take the deal. Like some of you said, give someone else the money and have them buy the system and just play it
 

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PepsimanVsJoe said:
I see. Well guess you can't let trolling go unjustified right?

Precisely. All these months, I can't justify my PS3 trolling. So I must own a system, it is important. Worth getting sued!

Not that they'd actually ever sue me, though, they'd just be SOL because they'd never find out
 

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This article would be funnier if it was some Sony die-hard who refused the offer.

 

teiresias

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I'd really like to see PC Gamer try and sue this guy if he broke this contract, that would be the best PR for the magazine EVER!!

I wouldn't doubt there is some unintended loophole in the contract anyway.
 
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I'd take the deal and I'd give 500$ to a friend or relative to have a PS3 all for him/her. Except I'd play it all the time and they wouldn't.
 

jjasper

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Animal said:
I refused a 1000$ offer for my ps2 on launch day...I know...I'm a moron.

I did too actually. Well it was actually my dad who was with me that told the guy to leave us alone. Of course I was younger and in high school at the time and didn't really need the money.
 

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What if this guy lives at his parents' house and they 'own' the PS3?

lol
 

SickBoy

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teiresias said:
I'd really like to see PC Gamer try and sue this guy if he broke this contract, that would be the best PR for the magazine EVER!!

I wouldn't doubt there is some unintended loophole in the contract anyway.

I dunno... according to the original article, it's a "legally binding contract that they will NEVER buy a PlayStation 3!"

Sounds pretty ironclad to me ;)

http://www.pcgamer.com/archives/2006/11/111606_-_pc_gam.html
 

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Wow. PC gamers claim to be the most intelligent. But they really do seem insecure and terrified that their platform is dying.

But really, I know a $7500 PC is much more powerful that a $600 console machine, but do PC gamers honestly think that an argument for PCs is even valid at those rates?
 

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bengraven said:
Wow. PC gamers claim to be the most intelligent. But they really do seem insecure and terrified that their platform is dying.

But really, I know a $7500 PC is much more powerful that a $600 console machine, but do PC gamers honestly think that an argument for PCs is even valid at those rates?

What, this was just a publicity stunt by a PC gaming magazine
 

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lockii said:
This article would be funnier if it was some Sony die-hard who refused the offer.


whas crackin' ma wizzle...youse commin to jump some chumps at best buy for theys psfrees yo....if we stealz it they got no case....black powah 4 lyfe (the ps3 is black)
 

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This is so ****ing stupid. The guy could say his brother or parents own the system and thus he isn't breaking the contract.

PC Gamer mag looks just plain dumb from this.
 

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imagine him beatin up the pc giving away guys!

"how dare you to come here and sleep with the enemy? BURN IN HELL !!!" :lol
 

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PepsimanVsJoe said:

If given the choice between a PS3 or never a PS3, yet a new PC..I'd take the PlayStation 3.
Value (7500 versus 600) is not a deciding factor here...it's the games and the life span. I would miss too much when I couldn't have a PS3, and the PC will be outdated within 2 to 3 years anyway.
 

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they can sue for breach of contract.

Its a publicity stunt, they are not going to sue you. It'll cost them far more to sue you then the cost of the that $7.5k gaming rig. Its also impossible to prove and enforce; what are they going to do? Check your bank statements? Search your home in case you bought with cash? They got a bunch of hits on their website and an article for their magazine; they already got what they want.
 

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fortified_concept said:
Seriously if there was no loophole in the contract and I could never play a PS3, I'd take the PS3. The PC will cost 500$ after 3 years anyway and I hate PC gaming.

They're not going to sue anyone, as was said, it's a publicity stunt. Besides, the way things are going the magazine is going to need all the money they can get to buy their test rigs anyway, pretty soon it'll cost as much to buy a proper gaming PC as it would to mount a defense in a full-blown Supreme Court case.
 

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Not to mention if they did sue, the big winner would be Sony, not PC gamer. Imagine the PR spin on that
 

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fortified_concept said:
Seriously if there was no loophole in the contract and I could never play a PS3, I'd take the PS3. The PC will cost 500$ after 3 years anyway and I hate PC gaming.

Well, you could always sell the 30" lcd monitor and get 360 and Wii to accompany the PC. Seriously no one sane would decline such an offer even if there was no loophole.
 

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Dr_Cogent said:
This is so ****ing stupid. The guy could say his brother or parents own the system and thus he isn't breaking the contract.

Hell yeah that's what I'd do.

Surely you can't stop other members of your family/people you live with from purchasing what they want.
 

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I would have signed the contract. I would simply arrive home and give the money i had for my ps3 to my brother so he could go out and buy it. Since i was the one that signed the contract, they cant stop my brother from getting one :)