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Hundreds Wait in the Cold for Kinect Launch in NY

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We're still waiting to hear official numbers on just how many were there, but we can assure you, there were plenty of people eager to get their hands on Kinect.

We checked out the Kinect line at about noon on Wednesday afternoon. There were between 80 and 100 people in line at that point, and though none of them looked bored, tired or fed up, they didn't exactly look overjoyed to be sitting in the cold either. Really, we can't blame them. First in line was Peter, a New Yorker who had been waiting since 7pm on Monday evening. If I'd spent two days loitering outside the Toys R Us in Times Square, you better believe I'd be more than a little ticked off at the weather, the tourists and the constant stream of people asking me why I was there. Peter was a little subdued, but more than happy to talk all the same.

Still, fast-forward 10 hours and it was a completely different story. Everyone was standing up, cheering and clapping. The line was now snaking around the corner and stretching back about a block and a half. Microsoft had handed out Kinect t-shirts and hats and everyone was having a grand old time begging the promo guys and girls for more swag. We walked the length of the line and talked to the last guy, who had arrived at about 10 minutes before we found him. His name was Eddy and he was in line to get Kinect for his 3-year-old son, who is celebrating his fourth birthday this Friday. 

"He's really excited. He's gonna be great at it too!" said Eddy proudly. The Rutherford resident said his son had played the Wii but that Kinect "will be so much better." However, he also said that he didn't think the peripheral would sell well because of its price.

"I think Kinect is going to trump the Wii but I think it will put people off that it's so expensive–" Eddy breaks off to join in a wave, jumping up to throw his arms in the air and yell with the rest of the crowd, before picking up where he left off. "So, yeah, I think it's going to be the hardcore gamers who get it first. I think other people will be put off by the price – it's expensive, but I think the hardcore gamers will get it and then other people will come after that."

We also spoke to a family from Deptford, New Jersey, that had arrived at 8: 30 p.m. Stelios, 11, and Loren, 13 were excited about finally getting to play with Kinect and, considering the boys are off school for the week, their dad Steve was more than happy to wait in line with them. With no Wii or PlayStation in the house, the guys are loyal Xbox fans and the boys started playing at a young age.

"[Stelios] started playing the Xbox when he was four," said Steve, smiling.

Stelios spoke up, gesturing to his older brother who was sitting next to him reading a Halo book, and stated, "I started playing Halo when I was four; I taught him everything he knows."

Gill and Jessica, also from New Jersey, showed up at 5 p.m. and were about halfway down the queue. Cheerful and chatty, when we asked if they were cold, they laughed and answered a resounding yes. They knew it would be a long wait but were more than willing to hold out for the free copy of Joy Ride and Kinect Sports that Microsoft is giving to the first 3,000 customers.

The wait seemed to drag on forever, but finally, the one minute countdown began. When the big "countdown-to-Kinect" clock hit zero, the crowd erupted and any flagging moods were instantly revitalized. It didn't last long, though. Microsoft reps came out tapping their phones and informed the waiting crowd, "There's still two more minutes!" 

The clock is a lie.The clock is a lie.

A couple of minutes later, to chants of "Let us in! Let us in!" Microsoft and the Toys R Us crew opened the doors and let the first group of customers in. Ten minutes later Peter, our friend from earlier in the day, emerged from a side door carrying his Kinect accessory. Walking down the street he held it aloft for the cameras. Two days in line has got to be tiring, but don't forget, Peter still has that after-party to go to!

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    tulx , November 4, 2010 6:57 AM
    Why do people still do this? You can order everything from internet retailers much more conveniently and for a lower price these days. Or is it possible just in Europe?
    Anyway - to each his own, I suppose.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 11:56 AM
    You can alll say that's stupid , but these people wanted to stay in line for then selves, they wanted to be the first ones to have it. Just like the guys that adds 4 Nvdias cards in their desktops, it dosen't make any difference, but they wanted to do it.

    Everybody its a critic .
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    dogman_1234 , November 4, 2010 6:19 AM
    Really? I think it is stupid. Waiting fro something that is not even revolutionary and waste money on something you don't really need in an economy like this. Guys, go build computers for Pete sakes!
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 6:25 AM
    After trying the Kinetc at an Electronics Expo in europe... I must say that it is the biggest FAIL ever! 0.5-1.0s of lag... I mean... COMMON!
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    AMW1011 , November 4, 2010 6:41 AM
    If Kinect works as advertised I think it will be really cool. That said, I still can't see it even tempting me to dust off my 360 (literally).

    Maybe when something similar hits the PC, and it is more refined, I will look into it.

    Either way, I hope all those waiting aren't disappointed.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 6:57 AM
    it is awesome i love my kinect kiss wii goodbye and ps3 move too i got to walmart at 1130 not one person showed up but me i hope people will buy it it is so awesome
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    tulx , November 4, 2010 6:57 AM
    Why do people still do this? You can order everything from internet retailers much more conveniently and for a lower price these days. Or is it possible just in Europe?
    Anyway - to each his own, I suppose.
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    the associate , November 4, 2010 7:46 AM
    Waiting in line for this trash? Well not entirely trash, but still wtf? Losers...
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    HappyBB , November 4, 2010 8:17 AM
    I am skeptical about Kinect. I'll wait and see.
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    Griffolion , November 4, 2010 8:21 AM
    I'm waiting for Kinect like tech to come out for the PC.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 4, 2010 8:35 AM
    Quote:
    "So, yeah, I think it's going to be the hardcore gamers who get it first. I think other people will be put off by the price – it's expensive, but I think the hardcore gamers will get it and then other people will come after that."


    Yeah Right, hardcore gamers?? Any gamer who buys this does not deserve the tag, Hardcore!
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    cronik93 , November 4, 2010 9:33 AM
    People are doing this for a little exercise toy?
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    back_by_demand , November 4, 2010 9:33 AM
    Jesus H Christ, the depths of human stupidity know no bounds
    ...
    Just wait for a day or so and buy one off the shelf in Walmart or something and totally avoid the issue of being labelled an ass-clown. Don't these people have jobs?
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    pandemonium_ctp , November 4, 2010 9:39 AM
    /point
    /laugh

    Buying a Xbox = too much. Seeing a Xbox 360 and buying that too = too much +1. Standing in line in the cold for hours for a Kinect = priceless.

    For everyone that wanted a gyroscopic controller for their system because they were butthurt it didn't have it first and the company was losing massive sales to the competitor, there's Xbox's Kinect. For everyone else, there's real outdoor activity.
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 10:11 AM
    Xbox's kinect will be a hit.
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    reprotected , November 4, 2010 10:53 AM
    The first person in line is planning to abuse the Kinectimals.
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    awood28211 , November 4, 2010 11:00 AM
    Wow, hate much?

    My family got it... 2 in fact. I was very impressed how well it picked up the person and responded even when the person was setting down on their legs or in an awkward position.

    We'll see more tonight. Playing at 2am didn't leave much time for sleep before work. And I was first at my store FTW...which was Walmart...

    Anyone else purchase at Walmart? This store kept telling the cashier the serial # was invalid... the manager came and told us that we'd have to come back at 7am and they could guarantee nothing...not even holding them for those who were already in line. They had a grand total of 8 (more bundled)...finally they "decided" to override the serial #.. and just sell them. I waited 2 hours but only because i had to be at the store at 10pm anyway...and then another 30 mins to get the serial # issue straightened out.
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    adamboy64 , November 4, 2010 11:14 AM
    Did we need two articles on this...

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to Kinect coming out over here in Aus. But am pretty worried from everything I've heard so far.
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    rhino13 , November 4, 2010 11:28 AM
    The games look weak in comparison to what the Wii and the Move are offering, but I aint gonna hate; these guys are hardcore. I hope the games live up to their high hopes!
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    tayb , November 4, 2010 11:42 AM
    dogman_1234Really? I think it is stupid. Waiting fro something that is not even revolutionary and waste money on something you don't really need in an economy like this. Guys, go build computers for Pete sakes!


    Yea! Don't waste your money on a $200 Xbox 360! Spend $1000 on a gaming PC! Yea!

    The logic of prepubescent fanboys never seems to amaze me.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 11:53 AM
    I got one last night..It's worth the wait.....It's really cool...Amazing stuff!
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2010 11:56 AM
    You can alll say that's stupid , but these people wanted to stay in line for then selves, they wanted to be the first ones to have it. Just like the guys that adds 4 Nvdias cards in their desktops, it dosen't make any difference, but they wanted to do it.

    Everybody its a critic .
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