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Metal Gear Solid 4 Japan Launch - Tokyo

Kotaku writes: "This morning, Metal Gear Solid 4 launched in Tokyo, Japan. According to Famitsu, there was a line of twenty or so in front of the Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku at 8:30 this morning. By 9:15am, the line grew to about 50 people, and swelled to around one 100 thirty minutes before the store opened.

The Yodobashi Shinjuku store manager pointed out that the rainy weather wasn't exactly ideal for the launch event, and that by sometime time today the store would probably sell out of the PS3 Metal Gear Solid 4 bundles.

Over in Tokyo's Ikebukuro, there were 20 or so people lined up in front of Bic Camera. By the time the store opened at 10am, the line had grown to 60 customers - mostly males in their 20s and 30s, couples too and ladies buying for their boyfriends."

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Silogon3833d ago

I love the spin Noobtaku always puts on things. I hate them and the worst is they try to be funny, mostly that Ashcroft guy and he's just not. Like this statment "So few you could count them on one hand, but maybe they were wearing stealh cammo"

That's not funny. Hey, Asscroft, don't quit your day job and take on stand up. It's not your calling.

TheHater3833d ago

The gamestop I was at had about 130 people in line. I was the third :)

ice_prophecy3833d ago

I had mine prepaid at EB... I just walked in, gave the dude my ticket, he passed me my copy and I walked out....

Alvadr3833d ago

Preordered mine at play.com. Received yesterday (a day early).

Never really understood why people wait in line, i suppose its part of the experiance but then I dont really care... Just want the game.

karlostomy3833d ago (Edited 3833d ago )

Only 100 in line (or less) in *Tokyo* for the release of MGSIV?

WTF?

I was expecting HEAPS more.

Jamaicangmr3833d ago

You forget alot are still shaken after the stabbing that took place earlier this week. So many might be cautious beause of that.

karlostomy3833d ago (Edited 3833d ago )

are you for real?

C'mon! This is MGSIV! Remember this crashed Amazon.com... (NOT!)

are we talking about the same game here?

juuken3833d ago

karlostomy...why are you such an insensitive prick?
Seriously, why are you? Does your intense hatred for Sony blind you from real life issues? You don't understand Japanese culture, do you? Japan recently experienced an all-time low in crime and for something like this to happen-it turned their country upside down. This is a big deal for them because people actually got hurt.

Please, cut the bull for once.

karlostomy3833d ago (Edited 3833d ago )

I understand Japanese culture better than most people, having studied the japanese language and traditions in high school.

As for being insensitive, hmmmmm.... yes. It is a terrible thing to have happened in japan. I apologise if I offended any Japanese people by my comments. That was not my intention.

The real issue, is that terrible things seem to happen all the time, like for example the 500,000 innocent iraqi civilians that have been killed over the last 4 years...

... or the hundreds of afghani women who have been stoned to death by their elder tribesmen for doing no crime except not wanting to marry their cousin...

... or the bombing of Dresden after the end of WWII by the allies, which was, by all legal accounts, a terrible warcrime....

... or ..oh the list goes on.

Do all of these issues affect us personally? NO!
Does that make us insensitive? NO!
If you don't believe me then read this: http://www.cracked.com/arti...
I know, the article is tongue-in-cheek, but it contains a whole lot of (not so) common sense and you would do well to read it...

See, there is terrible injustice happening all the time, at all places, all over the world. Just because we become personally aware of one particular case of this injustice (eg japan stabbing) that affects us personally does not mean this event has more (or less) significance than any other negative (or positive) event that has occurred, or will occur in the future, except for the fact that we are 'personally-emotionally involved'

Juuken, I can see you take some things very personally, so I do apologise for what may have seemed an insensitive comment about the Stabbings.

However, this is N4g, and the topic was the release of MGSIV (the most anticipated game on PS3 yet). My comments were directed at the release of the game... and not at the stabbing murder! Biiiig difference.

Please do not confuse or twist my words just to suit your own agenda as, unfortunately, that's what you did.

ok princess?

XBOX 3603833d ago

Could be a number of things. ..

1. Looks like it's raining balls outside ... I sure as hell wouldn't wait in a line while it rains.

2. If not respecting the dead, it's probably fear of being stabbed by a copycat killer - especially when the first stabbings took place in Akihabara (Gaming/Anime district) by a guy who named himself "XBOT NINJA" online.

juuken3833d ago (Edited 3833d ago )

I understand Japanese culture better than most people, having studied the japanese language and traditions in high school.

"And yet you can't spell Japanese with a capital letter. If you had a certain amount of respect, you would mind your j's and J's there."

As for being insensitive, hmmmmm.... yes. It is a terrible thing to have happened in japan. I apologise if I offended any Japanese people by my comments. That was not my intention.

"Then what was your intention really? It seemed as if you used that incident to take a cheapshot at Metal Gear Solid 4. It was so obvious in your comments there so don't try to hide it."

The real issue, is that terrible things seem to happen all the time, like for example the 500,000 innocent iraqi civilians that have been killed over the last 4 years...

"It's Iraqi, not iraqi. And yes, terrible things happen around the world. But in Japan, something like this shouldn't have happened, and it's a bit of a culture shock because crime is so low in that region. It's understandable that they would want to cancel an event in respect for the victims. And this is 2008. This is not "four years ago". So you're telling me that people die every single day and this doesn't matter? I'm sorry but you show insensitivity. Period."

... or the hundreds of afghani women who have been stoned to death by their elder tribesmen for doing no crime except not wanting to marry their cousin...

"And I agree this is a terrible thing to do. But once again you're avoiding the main issue."

... or the bombing of Dresden after the end of WWII by the allies, which was, by all legal accounts, a terrible warcrime....

"Avoiding the issue."

... or ..oh the list goes on.

"Still avoiding the issue."

Do all of these issues affect us personally? NO!

"That affects me personally because I am sick and tired of people DYING. I don't know about you but a little part of me cries when I hear about some madman chopping people down with knives or shooting random people. It also makes me wanna cry when a child dies every single day or gets abused by their selfish parents. I think about what if this happened to my family, and why this should happen to innocent people. Don't pair yourself with other people because I still sense insensitivity in your words."

Does that make us insensitive? NO!

"It makes YOU insensitive."

If you don't believe me then read this: http://www.cracked.com/arti...
I know, the article is tongue-in-cheek, but it contains a whole lot of (not so) common sense and you would do well to read it...

"I didn't ask you for an article. I asked why are you such an insensitive prick."

See, there is terrible injustice happening all the time, at all places, all over the world. Just because we become personally aware of one particular case of this injustice (eg japan stabbing) that affects us personally does not mean this event has more (or less) significance than any other negative (or positive) event that has occurred, or will occur in the future, except for the fact that we are 'personally-emotionally involved'

"Yes, this stuff does happen around the world and if you knew that, then why make stupid comments like that? You KNEW what happened so you should have kept your mouth shut. It doesn't excuse what you SAID."

Juuken, I can see you take some things very personally, so I do apologise for what may have seemed an insensitive comment about the Stabbings.

"That's much better. It's not that I take things personally. I just can't stand people who are insensitive. And your Hitler avatar doesn't change my opinion of you."

However, this is N4g, and the topic was the release of MGSIV (the most anticipated game on PS3 yet). My comments were directed at the release of the game... and not at the stabbing murder! Biiiig difference.

"It doesn't matter. You were taking a cheapshot that was unnecessary either way. You still don't see the error of your comments? IT WAS UNCALLED FOR."

Please do not confuse or twist my words just to suit your own agenda as, unfortunately, that's what you did.

"I did not *twist* your words as you so put it. I saw your comments as a way to attack the game cheaply and that's pathetic. Even 360 owners are praising this game for what it is-a masterpiece.

You know what I realized?

This fanboy war is pointless.

I would feel MUCH better if I go back to being a gamer-someone who enjoys games no matter which side it comes from. I will be getting a 360 for the *games* because gaming is what I do. Been playing games since I was younger. I don't come around bashing 360 games because most of those games DO look good. I give MS props for securing good games. But I also want to see Sony prosper as well. I find it pathetic that YOU would come here just to bash the game when there is a REASON why the event was canceled. I shouldn't bother with people like you anyway because you make me sick."

ok princess?

"I am not your princess and you are not exactly a prince. Get over yourself."

4D3833d ago

You dont even spell your damn username on this site with a captital letter. Yet now your the spelling and grammar teacher for N4G??? You twisted that guys words. He was making fun of MGS4, somebody else made mention of a stabbing, all he was implying was MGS4 was hyped to all hell. Then you go on some rant about being insensitive.

Maybe your the one's that too sensitive. I mean didn't you publicly announce you were ignoring me after I owned you in this article???

http://www.n4g.com/NewsCom-...

It's a f*cking videogame website. Not the nightly news a$$hole. Get over yourself you arrogant prick...

juuken3832d ago (Edited 3832d ago )

4D, how exactly did you *own* me? I responded *right back* didn't I? You actually cracked me up with that comment because it was a giant wall of crap. Stop trying to defend karlostomy. He can defend himself, right? Oh, I see. You 360 fanboys have to defend each other. That one person can't defend themselves at all.

And wasn't Halo hyped as well? Halo was HYPED TO KINGDOM COME. GTAIV was HYPED TO KINGDOM COME. The reason why MGS4 was hyped is because it's Kojima's last ride with the story of Solid Snake. Ya know, the bad ass agent that was in three bloody games? Why should he complain about the hype surrounding this game when he probably didn't complain about the hype surrounding Halo 3 and GTAIV? Oh, and wasn't there hype around Gears of War as well? And guess what? Hype is building for Gears of War II!

Oh please, get OVER yourself. Your rants bounce off of me harmlessly. While you're busy allowing your hatred of Sony to control your life, I'll be playing *games*.

And for the record, how about you sit down and stfu first. You probably didn't even read his comments and see that it was a cheapshot directed at MGS4. I don't see what was the big idea of making fun of MGS4 when there was an obvious reason as to why there weren't so many people at this event.

Also, if this is a gaming site, then why are you getting so angry? Why are you so hellbent on defending someone you don't even know? On top of that, you took a cheapshot at my own username. I preferred to write juuken that way. Japan and Japanese deserve capital letters. It's part of something called grammar.

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