Probotecting the Unprobotected

It’s nearing the end of October, and I find it hard to believe that there aren’t Wii and PS3 demo stands in stores nationwide. This is some real war-front evidence in regards to what is an astonishingly different era of TV-gaming.

I couldn’t imagine there not having been N64 stands set up next to Saturn Nights demos in an effort to wow people into what was, at the time, a bursting new potential (half-step) generation. The New Message has been sent through Space Sheriff-quality orbital signals and relayed endlessly like a Princess Leia plea.

It seems game companies can now largely survive the first wave on hype alone. Hell, it works on me to some extent. Why send out demo set-ups if you have guaranteed first shipment sellouts? But even more disconcerting to me is the fact that Sony’s machine is still a ghost to the majority of the public as far as tangible truths go, and it doesn’t stop people from spending thousands of dollars on preordered slips on eBay.

I guess the long and short of it is that I’d like to play me some of them new TV games in a store. I want to stand in line and wait to try out a new Mario game; grimacing over the shoulder of some kid that’s actually the right age to be playing it, waiting for the right timing to chop his collar-bone and cut in line.

Also of import is this self-control reminder that the rest of you can ignore: I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe, I will not buy Phantasy Star Universe.

Get back to work.

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