Microsoft's controller-free add-on for the Xbox 360 officially launches on November 4, but some clearly passionate Kinect fans are already lining up in New York City for the device's midnight launch. Crazy? Not really and here's why.
They are still crazy. I really would never wait two days in line for 150 bucks. 200 bucks maybe, but not 150. It would just drive me insane and make me look like a weirdo...
Maybe their just passionate gamers....or just people that want to make a killing on Ebay lol. "I disagree Kotaku. Even for 2 Kinect games and a year of Live, spending more than 24hrs in line for a product which does not have a single review yet available for it IS crazy. Just my opinion though, I hope they don't get sickly." Parapraxis, casual gamers don't care about reviews remember? The people who watch Oprah and Ellen don't know what a Kotaku is, nor have they ever visited Gamespot or IGN. So no matter how shitty the reviews are, it'll still sell because casual gamers don't expect too much from their games...just fun. Its kinda why Greenburg released this statement: http://gamer.blorge.com/201... It seems like damage control on Greenburg's part, but it really isn't. Casuals aren't highly critical of games like we are...so to them, reviews won't matter.
No, its just so they dont have to pay for it or so they can sell it on ebay for a high price. It has nothing to do with being a passionate gamer.
Shackdaddy836, they still have to pay for Kinect, but as they will be part of the first 3000 people they get 2 games and 1 yr of Live free.
People lined up for Halo 3 as well.... they also lined up for a bunch of other stuff as well.
Like food stamps, firing squads, conga lines. Yup, it would seem people will line up for just about anything.
"I've lined up for groceries before." Government cheese?
http://n4g.com/news/607794/... Except it looks like Kinect may have a larger following already.
@gamingdroid Ya, I know. I think those people are pretty crazy too. I would never wait that long for any product. 24 hours I can see. But 48 hours? Come on..... But then again, I'm pretty patient when it comes to buying things. I usually wait about a week after things are released. @artsaber I actually never thought of that. They would have to have a pretty [email protected] job to do this...
Wouldn't they be better off working instead? Or do they have such crappy jobs that those extras are worth more than 2 days pay? On the other hand if they happen to be unemployed then they have the time, but then what are they doing wasting $150 on Kinect?
What are you trying to prove? That most PS3 owners have jobs and lives? Who (with a job nowadays) can afford to wait for 2 days straight sleeping outside, etc? I didn't think stores allowed customers to do this anymore due to legal liabilities, etc. I'd hate to be the dumb bastard in this line who called out sick, just to be stuck on a local news camera.
I should stop by tomorrow and "give" out some eggs. lol
Your statement holds no value or truth. I waited in line for my 360 and PS3 overnight. Actually my friend and I both did. He's an electrical engineer and I'm a graphic designer/production manager at a music venue. Stereotyping is bad buddy, especially when you're dead wrong. They're probably just gamers in general. Why do you assume that they only own 360's?
haha suddenly lining up for a product is a bad thing in gaming?? Oh man, this is funny. I never thought Kudo to be such a wise man but I think he is right gamers are hate hate hate.. Playa Haters Ball on a daily basis. People line up for movies, Ipads, Wii's and any other desirable product. Apple fans wait days, Star Wars fans wait weeks.. As much as you want to spin this as a negative, if people are camping out it is a good sign for the device.
People hate what they're most scared of, and in this case it's the realization that Kinect just might be successful.
kinda funny. it aint worth it for 150 bucks if you ask me
I read all the post, above and below. No one asked you. Sorry.
I understand you, I do, but Kinect is NO CONSOLE. It is an accessory, one that costs as much as the console too. No one can shake the fact that it is moronic to miss work for a $150 accessory. You can't reason that away. I understand the passion behind getting the console... there are usually YEARS between console launches, accessories can sit on shelves, and not be used with every game. The console is used on EVERY game. I'm sorry but Move NOR Kinect is not THAT serious. It is not serious to the level of these man-children in this picture. For instance, my PSEye sat in my closet for months before Move/Eyepet came out... Move, Eyepet, nor the PSEye, or all combined was worth sitting out in the cold/rain/pissing/shitting on yourself for these items... lol. Kinect is no different in this regard. Just saying. Have you checked the forecast for NY? Here: http://www.weather.com/weat... It will be like 34 degrees tonight. One of these idiots may wind up with Pneumonia after the rain comes. No thanks.
Wait Wait? Nov 4 is 2 DAYS away. Some people are willing to waste 48+hours of their lives for this. I guess I'll agree thats not crazy, but idiotic.
well there could be many reason why they line up: 1. Monkey see, monkey do (it is just a thing to do when you got nothing better to do.) People thinks it is cool to camp outside for movies, games, console, heck they might just want to camp out for no particular reason. 2. Sell it on ebay (my god, I'm having a hard time trying to find one especially on line). 3. Because Oprah said so 4. Maybe they really want to be on that show "so you think you can dance" by practicing with that dance central game and post it on youtube. 5. Maybe for their little kids cause they saw it on TV, cherios boxes, man you name it, it is like in YO FACE kinda advertisement.
You seem okay with it but I disagree with the notion that because it's aimed at casuals who cares if they end up buying a piece of junk because Oprah and Ellen promoted it. I hope for everyone's sake due to the current state of things folks do a little more research before buying expensive tech and not just give in to hype. Just one of the Microsoft's practices I despise. I shake my head when so many people jump to defend them.
@baodeus You forgot option #6 MS paid these people to line up two days before launch to spark the passers-by curiosity and hype the product. No one is questionning the fact that this is happening in Time Square ? really ?
@Moonboots Yup, people line for all kinds of products, and in almost every case it's idiotic. If I want something that bad I pre-order it online and it magically appears at my front door, usually on launch day.
wow, its insane to be waiting for kinect, these people are gonna get it, take it home and hate it, but they'll lie their a$$ off at how awesome it is. This is just so they can try to convince themselves it was worth the 2 days waiting, yet their piers managed to buy it the next day at walmart I work a full time job, my 2 days off is my time, i would not spend it waiting for any product, let alone these people, what are the chances of their days off being the launch day, let alone why would you book a day off or 2 for kinect. I used to preorder stuff all the time from EB/GS, I stopped buying into the "If you don't preorder, you won't get the game on launch", yes you are right sir, I won't get the game, from you, yet across the street, oh look, they got lots and cheaper too.
I'm guessing these people are thinking they'll make four times what they'll end up paying selling the stuff on e-Bay.
erhhm, I'll pray for them, and there wallet :P
Even if Aaron Greenberg suck D i will never lineup for Kentucky
hmm 500 million + marketing budget = likely a stunt to attract attention. Anyone remember EA's Dante's inferno "protesters" stunt? You can pre-order Kinect still yet from many places. Who lines up for something thats readily available?
Longest I've lined up for something was 6 hours for Kojima's signature. If we're talking days, I better be getting more than $150.
people are dedicated or just plain stupid.
Give me my free stuff…
is giving 150$ to the first 3,000 people who line up and buy Kinect. zhat iz buzinezz (O.o)
We will see if it is worth it for them.
"People Already Lining Up For Kinect, But They're Not Crazy" I disagree Kotaku. Even for 2 Kinect games and a year of Live, spending more than 24hrs in line for a product which does not have a single review yet available for it IS crazy. Just my opinion though, I hope they don't get sickly.
I get you didn't call them crazy. This is basically a new system. As much as the Wii was from the gamecube anyway. Old hardware, new controller. I won't wait in line for it... these guys can have it ; )
"I get you didn't call them crazy. " I was enjoying my PS2 still then, did not follow gaming media at all. But if I had, yes I would have said they were f**king nuts, waiting in line for about 36hrs for ANYTHING is crazy. I'm not an early adopter, and for GOOD reason. (I wonder if you can think of those reasons yourself) So yeah, these men-children ARE crazy. Especially when you take into consideration the offer of free stuff is for the first 3000 consumers who BUY Kinect. And MS thinking that they will get 3000 units sold for the whole day is pretty crazy in the first place IMO, launch party or not. Crazy is as crazy does? These fellas look like they got the first tickets aboard the hype train. So dirthurts, how IS the scenery?
Some people really like this stuff. I'm not buying the kinect myself. I have never stood in line for anything. So your hype train comment doesn't really hold. I'm just saying, they're not nuts. Obsessed yes. But some people just have a very strong passion for this stuff.
to a peripheral... don't...it's stupid
Even if I was hired by Microsoft, I wouldn't stand in line for Kinect. Not for 1 hour, not for 24 hours, and definitely not for 2 days. You can tell these guys have no jobs.
With serious jobs who do this type of thing. They use vacation time and everything. Some people are just dedicated. Not me...I'm too lazy.
whats it to you if these guys have no jobs
Look @ how old they are....
Ill stand in line tomorrow, as for today... No.
they dont look causal to me ha ha ha ...as I thought its not the the soccer moms that is buying this thing but the hardcore 360 fans wow go figure
Extremely dedicated Minority Report fans? But seriously, MS paying people 150$ (in free stuff) to stand in line for a product they were already going to buy seems like a pretty good way to help "build hype". Does anybody else suspect these guys are hired (aside from the 150$) or maybe interns? lol
Why would MS do that? Sony should do that, as move is almost nonexistent.
Ah yes, Killzone avatar man telling me about how they are all paid off, conspiracy, blah blah blah. Does anybody else suspect these guys are hired Sony salesmen?? Maybe interns??
I have kinect pre ordered through Amazon right now and keep thnking about canceling my order un till I see some reviews. Then I get scared that I wont find one in time for christmas for my daughter that wants a kinectamil. However I don't want to buy something whith out seeing some review what should I do?
I mean, you could go ahead and buy it. Then you have the option to sell it on Ebay or craigslist(be careful, don't get jacked)if reviews don't shake out, or some reputable friends tell you it sucks, or let you try theirs out. In the meantime, you'll have the security of having one for your daughter if needed, but with the option to sell if it sucks. That is the safer way to go if you already allocated the cash for it. But thats just my opinion. Lackluster reviews will not tarnish sales for Kinect, simply because most consumers are idiots who research NOTHING. They want, and they buy, that is it. You'll be fine this holiday buying if you want. @Below, check their return policy online. Make sure you don't open it to try it out if you are dead set on returning it to them. The other possibility is that if there is a brief shortage around Christmas time, you could stand to make a slight profit on Ebay, but my guess is that it will be flooded with them, since everyone will have the same bright idea.
I'm hoping Amazon has a good return policy
you wave your hands, jump around and pet animals what more do you want to know, if all else fails you can use it to pause your dvd
They're crazy. Black Ops is next Tuesday, which most of us will be spent time playing: on our gamepad.
Are you sure they're in line for Kinect? Maybe they thought it was the line to audition for the next Making the Band.
Do you guys remember the move midnight launch no one was there lol GUYS ITS JUST A JOKE I JUST REMEMBERED THIS ARTICLE FROM WHEN MOVE LAUNCHED
More than likely, anyone who wanted Move was either in college, and had class in the morning, or actually had a job. Doesn't look like these bums have either.
In all fairness I'm getting Black ops at midnight and I have a job and family but then I guess its understandable for a game but yeah this should not get midnight treatment
People without jobs or too much time off. But the deal is good I guess. One year free of Live is pretty good. Wouldn't care about the games, can't wait to see "Smash my Kinect.com!"
If they look old to you, how old are you then? 5?
i took 3 days vacation for kinect but amazon is shipping mine no lines for me :p
Yeah but isn't that a huge launch event being held by Microsoft at Times Square? Where they give you free shit? The people there may want Kinect, but they mostly want free shit and to be part of a BIG event. One that's going to get worldwide coverage. I don't expect people lining up for Kinect at our local Best Buy. Microsoft, we bribe our consumers!
That must be it. It can't be that they actually want the device. Your image of humanity might be shattered. It just has to be bribe! (my tin foil hat is all itchy)
I said the people there may want Kinect, but I don't think they're excited enough to wait in line for it. If I lived in NY city. I'd be there too and I hate motion control. I want free stuff just as much as the next guy. Apparently Dancing games and Kinect Adventure just doesn't excite me as much as it excites you. Are you all warm and giddy over Kinect? You're Micosoft's wet dream!
I understand people like free stuff but they are in line for Kinect. Prove to me that they are there for anything else other than that. The burden of proof is on you and the rest of the conspiracy theorists here. Out of all the things gamers line up for suddenly now they are lining up just to get the free stuff and not out of excitement for what they are actually in line for. And this goes to the disagrees above as well.
You also have the burden of provin that they didnt here about a live broadcast party with free gifts, and got in line. You don't think Oprah had more people than usual on days where she's have a "special surprise" show? Yall need to stop thinkin people don't want to be bribed. This is why Microsoft throws around money lol. People WANT you to bribe them.
Kotaku new add.. they invent, hype, like desperated. and do the opposite whith ps3 (remeber the ridiculous shots of stores in japan, to prove the ps3 doesn't sell) they are almost as dumbs than xfatboyz from n4g (because i hope they are paid for their lies) : "Why would MS do that? Sony should do that, as move is almost nonexistent" why would ms do that ? because they allways buy hype, media, review, because competitors are better. (and move is sold out, and the best motion controler : just read the review, if you can read) "Do you guys remember the move midnight launch no one was there lol " perhaps because they are not dumb as xfanboyz ? you can buy the best motion controler in store, the launch day.
lol man that river raft sure has them going.... lol pathetic
you people are so funny, packing up for the line already, ill be there in 4 hours with coffee and drinks and food for the fellow gamers online. But keep on making fun of people since most of oyu are good at it, im gonna go have some fun waiting in the cold knowing ill get to try kinect plus free games plus the after party, there is only 50 people there so im set, first 400 goto the party and more gifts, they are giving away alot more then what you guys think. have a great day guys.
It looks pretty good.....
lol,there are just 6 people,kotaku surely knows how to bend over to micrsoft
i love video game lines.. i always walk past them and just go get the game off the shelf. then walk out and wave it in front of them.. then they start clammering inside going wtf wtf wtf wtf..