This whole business of new console launches has long since lost any novelty it may have had.
I am sick of the lines, of the greed, of the sheer lack of humanity that's taken place in the past few weeks. We've become somehow less than human, hurting one another, and behaving like asses all in the name of getting the new, hot toy.
This personal account of one woman's attempt to buy a Wii for her boyfriend is just the latest straw piled on the camel's back. Although the link to the story suggests this is a funny Wii-tale, it most definitely isn't. Humor doesn't factor into the equation, you see, when a woman has to be given a police escort after buying a video game console.
I have my Wii, and I now have a new PlayStation 3 to replace the one that was stolen from my apartment in November. I need these to do my job. But if I didn't need one, I would stick my middle finger up at both Sony and Nintendo for making console launches a competition to see who can create the most tension among buyers. I'd tell them exactly how many walnuts to cram in which specific orifice for making it so people feel scared, or get hurt, or are violated in the process of buying something that should have absolutely none of those things attributed to it.
Seriously. Happy holidays Nintendo and Sony. Congratulations on making video games one of the least fun propositions this year.