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...
The Vede stands outside the Metreon, giddy at the prospect of recruiting one devoted PS3 fan away from the dark side.
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.
The very front of the PS3 line. Some fans had been waiting for 40+ hours, forsaking good hygiene for the hyped console. Campers indeed...
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.
Some of these guys looked half dead from all the waiting.
A semi with a striking resemblance to Optimus Prime delivers several hundred PS3 systems, escorted by suited security guards and the SFPD...
but at this point, we've already pulled guys out of the line to inspect the PC gaming rig.
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.
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.
Vlad, a notary public present to witness the event, picks a name out of all the entries.
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.
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.
PC Gaming's newest accolyte and his incredible new machine!