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People already lining up for Kinect in New York City

A group of six, presumably unemployed, men have secured their spot to be the first in the country to buy Kinect. They lined up at the Toys R Us in Times Square, New York at 6:00 PM yesterday. Remember, this is for a motion-sensing camera peripheral...

For these gamers, it's no doubt more for the experience than anything else. The huge four-story Toys R Us has been designated as the official launch spot for Kinect. Microsoft execs will be there, including Xbox poster boy Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. In addition, there will be giveaways for people waiting in line, and the first several hundred get to go to an exclusive after party.

Additionally, the first 3,000 people who nab a Kinect at the official event will receive a free year of Xbox Live Gold as well as copies of Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride - over a $150 value, for buying the $150 Kinect.

We certainly didn't hear any stories of gamers waiting 30 hours to buy a PlayStation Move, so in terms of launch hype, Microsoft has done its job. The real question is if this momentum will continue beyond core Xbox 360 gamers, and if they'll feel they're effort was worth it after a week of Kinecting. We have a feeling these guys are having the more fun right now than they likely will playing Kinect Joy Ride, but we could be wrong.

We'll be at tonight's launch event in Times Square and will have plenty of pictures of the entire spectacle tomorrow.

[Source: Aaron Greenberg (Twitter) and G4]

Nov 3, 2010

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16 comments

  • Sharkbot - November 4, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    @Abe504 Maybe they are super early for CoD?
  • drummond13 - November 4, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Wow, an exclusive party with a bunch of people who lined up to by the Kinect. That sounds like the awesomest party EVER.
  • MightyMorphinPoltergeist - November 4, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    "The real question is if this momentum will continue beyond core Xbox 360 gamers..." - lol no, even core xbox gamers aren't biting on this.
  • Abe504 - November 3, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    Umm COD launch is next week, they clearly must be confused
  • phoenix_wings - November 3, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    "Thank you, here's your receipt and have a nice day!" *opens up BB, iPhone, Android phone navigates browser to ebay, Kijiji, Craigslist* For sale.... 5 minutes later, e-mail reply "I just went and bought one at the store. They're not sold out...like anywhere."
  • AnonymouZ - November 3, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    hype ftw
  • CoryRX8 - November 3, 2010 7:48 p.m.

    @Felixthecat It's mostly because "teh hardcorz" are so blinded by cynicism that they can't possibly bear to give Kinect a chance. Remember, people were making the exact same comments about the people standing in line waiting for the Wii. The Wii may be a disappointment to traditional gamers, but I know plenty of people who are very happy with their purchases, and the same thing will probably happen with Kinect.
  • Felixthecat - November 3, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    I respect them, and I honestly hope that they enjoy their Kinects. I don't see why people are whining over them waiting in a line.
  • Sharkbot - November 3, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    In Cali we only line up for things that are totally worth it. Like our Wii's, oh wait...
  • SweatyCrease - November 3, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    Looks like tramps waiting for an empty doorway to me.
  • Japanaman - November 3, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    SO, these unemployed men are going to sell it on ebay for $300.00. Well, I don't blame them, but I'll just wait for a price drop.... like $5 like the EyeToy at GameStop.
  • Sy87 - November 3, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Really, really. I already hate it for the stupid update its thanks to you people for buying crap that keeps them coming. It works but someone already did it and those systems are gathering dust. I'm not lazy I workout for fun, but when it comes to games I like to sit and chill while playing. Oh and what is "teaching digais" darn recaptcha
  • kazimierz3000 - November 3, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Typo lol, "responsively"
  • kazimierz3000 - November 3, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    Good for them, but I'd rather stay at home and play games on my couch with a mouse/keyboard/gamepad, why, because I can play games more responsibly and quickly, for a longer period of time, and in complete comfort,
  • batmanboy11 - November 3, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    Fail. I refuse to buy a Kinect until there are at least two killer aps. Same thing for Move actually...
  • razorwiretensho - November 3, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    Wow, lining up for a fancy Eye Toy, microsoft style. You know, I bet they won't regret that money and time lost in, oh, say about a week when the "OMG IT's NEW" feeling wears off, you'll realize you spent 150$ on full body waggle XD

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