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My Pre-Order Attempt |

Today is the day for getting PS3 (and Wii) pre-orders at EBGames in Canada. We found out about this several days ago, and actually had more warning than our American counterparts. Now, I know myself well enough to know that I can’t camp out overnight and then be at all productive that day. I’m just too old – I really need some sleep! So I decided to get up really early. After all, from all the accounts I’ve read of the American pre-order, that worked pretty well.

So I got up at 4am and drove over to my local EBGames in Barrhaven (a part of Ottawa, like the other locations about to be listed). There was already a lineup of 9 people for the 8 consoles to be made available. I guess that ninth person was hoping that one of the campers wouldn’t wake up! 🙂

So then I headed over to the EBGames in Kanata, which isn’t far from where I work. But they were full too.

So then I went to Carlingwood mall, where I was sixth in line for 8 PS3 consoles. Yay! But there was a line at another entrance to the mall. Boo! But they somehow got into the mall and got kicked out by the security guard! Yay! We thought that this would increase our chances, because we were playing nice. But no, when the next security guard came on duty, he let the other group in first. (Even knowing, because the other guard told him, what trouble-makers they were.) Boo!

Well, we got in, but it was too late. A group was already in front of us and I’d have been something like fourteenth in line for the eight PS3’s available. So I went home and crawled back into bed. So I had a regular morning with my family after all. My kids were so cute, it made up for my disappointment!

Just a sidenote: there were actually 9 of us waiting for the PS3 (one guy joined us later), and three guys came and left when they learned most of us were waiting for the PS3. Two guys in our line were waiting for a Wii. One guy waiting for a Wii came and left. Though I don’t know why he left – he would have been fine. Most EBGames locations were getting 15 Wii’s and only 8 PS3’s.

  • Aww man that sucks!!!

    You still have a pre-order with Toys r Us right?

    Will they honour it though…

  • I’m calling them today to find out more details. I think they took too many pre-orders, and I’m wrorried that I’ll have to camp out to get my pre-order!!!!

  • Tom

    Damn, sorry Henning… fingers crossed you will be able to grab one from somewhere else come November 17th though- EB/Gamestop will not have had it all to themselves, so all is not lost!

  • wow. yeah i slept in and didn’t even try, after all. it’s probably just as well!

  • I can’t believe people camp out. Its possibly the most depressing thing I’ve ever heard.

  • francois

    I passed in front of an EBGames on saturday (same area as Henning) and there was a camper already. So this morning I simply did not bother making the trip there and stayed in bed instead. After reading Henning’s comment, I am glad I did that!

    I live 5 minutes from a BestBuy, I think I will bet on this store. I will try to get one from this store as pre-order, if not as a day one purchase.

    If can’t get one, well… I will keep playing Oblivion on my PC and watching movie on that old technology they call DVD. 🙂

  • Martin Hansen

    I hope the people at PS3Blog will be doing a good review of the machine and the games for us people that live in europe, or those who can’t get one before christmas.

  • Yeah I agree with Martin Hansen!!!


  • Of course I’ll post all the impressions I can. Photos and everything!

    BTW, I just called Toys ‘R’ Us, and they said that if they don’t have enough consoles to go around for all their pre-orders, that they would give them out by date of pre-order! Yay! This is good news for me, because I was the first person to pre-order a PS3 there. I just hope I was the only one that day, to avoid confusion.

  • That’s exciting news. Fingers crossed!!

  • I’ve heard a rumor that Toys ‘R’ Us will start PS3 pre-orders Oct 29, 2006. For those stores that aren’t open sunday then it would be monday.

    This is a RUMOR! Nothing else. If I find out anything else I’ll let you know in the chat box.