A few weeks ago my friend Jim’s wife was telling someone about Jim’s favorite activities. She said his two favorite pastimes were to talk about senseless stuff with his friend Dave (me) and to play video games. When she told us that, we pretty much agreed. Jim has just about every video game system ever made, and a whole bunch of games. So, when the X-Box 360 was about to be released, you know he had to get it.
So, on Monday the 21st of November, 2005, I was planning to hang out with Jim and was on my way over to his house when he called and said that people were already starting to line up at stores across the city to try to get one of the few 360s that were being released the next morning. He said that he would probably have to get in line pretty soon, and this was around 5:45 that afternoon!
So, I finally arrived at Jim’s house and I went in and saw Jim’s wife, Jolie, before I saw him. She said that her husband was crazy, and I agreed with her. He was in their bedroom calling all the different stores trying to figure out how many units each place would be selling and how many people were already lined up. It seemed like the lines were almost full everywhere except Circuit City, so he decided to go get in line there, and I decided to stay with him. So, we grabbed some quick dinner and headed over to get in line.
When we arrived there was no one in line yet, so we went in to talk to the employees about how they were going to handle the release. They claimed to know almost nothing. All they could tell us is that they would be giving out vouchers to those who were in line, and that they would be selling an unspecified majority of the systems as bundles with unspecified games or accessories for unspecified prices. This seemed pretty annoying and unfair, but they said that they would sell a few at the standard price with just the standalone system: the “core” system for $299.99 and the “premium” for $399.99, which included a removable hard drive, a wireless controller and a few other goodies. So, Jim got in line to be sure to be the first, and I went to my house to get the camping gear.