It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...
derspatchel

AH, COMMERCE. Boston forces Best Buy to cancel midnight sales of the Playstation 3, because nothing makes the hype machine churn more than artificial shortages and scenes of disappointed gamers who spent days waiting in line only to come up empty-handed.
[Best Buy] expressed regret that it had so few PlayStation 3 machines to offer customers. "We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic anticipation of the new gaming system," the statement said.
Yeah, the PS3 demand sure caught us all by surprise, didn't it? We've never ever experienced any previous occurrences where a new video game console comes out to great demand and sell out quicker than Andy Williams tickets in Branson. We've never ever seen folks go absolutely ape-poop over short-stocked video game consoles and wait in long lines and get put on waiting lists and get scammed by eBay artists selling "The XBox Box; the box the XBox came in" or anything like that. Nope, nope, nope. Didn't happen with the XBox, didn't happen with the XBox 360, certainly didn't happen with the Playstation 2. Which is why Sony figured "oh, hey, nobody's gonna want the PS3, especially since we slapped such a big ol' price tag on it" so they only released 400,000 units in the United States. And how many units did they release in Japan? According to the Glob article, 100,000.

One hundred thousand console units on launch day in Japan, which sold out almost immediately. There are more people in Tokyo who use the street crossing outside the famous Shibuya Station in a single day than there were Playstation 3s available for sale in all of Japan.

Nope, never did remotely entertain the idea that shortages equal news stories equal publicity that you just can't buy.

SPEAKING of things you just can't buy, I had a great idea in the shower today. I often get ideas in the shower, probably because A. having just woken up, I'm still in the throes of receding REM sleep and B. I haven't had my morning drugs yet. Sometimes shower ideas are good and I can end up using them or turning them into something really good. Other times the ideas were a good idea when I was covered in soap or shampoo, but by the time I commit them to paper or electronic means, they're not so hot.

Today I decided that if I had the money to do so, I'd commission a work from an artist such as Brandon Bird, who gave us the immortal Law & Order coloring book as well as a painting for Lowtax of Something Awful, depicting The Last Supper as attended by twelve James Woods. The apostle John1, however, is depicted as Robocop.

The painting I decided I would like, while in the shower, would be a dogs-playing-poker masterpiece, only instead of poker, the dogs would be playing some good oldschool tabletop D&D. I can see a Collie behind the DM screen checking tables, while a Terrier exults in making his saving roll. The Pug desperately tries to min-max his traits and abilities while denying all accusations of rampant munchkinism from the Scottie next to him, and a bulldog in a bowler hat and riverboat gambler's shirt, slouching at the end of the table with an ace peeking out of his puffy sleeve, realizes that he is definitely in the wrong painting. (I figured it'd be difficult to depict the Chihuahua and the Saint Bernard arguing over THAC0, so I left them out of the final design.)

You're just lucky I don't have such financial means to support a painting of this high caliber. But don't ever accuse me of never havin' no regard for fine art cause I've gone and tried my best, damn you.

1. Or Mary Magdalene, depending on which revisionist philosophy you choose to believe.
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