Akiba-kei is still on a PS3 high

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Akihabara, the bastion of Japanese electronics and otaku culture, is still being raided by otakus who are still lined up to get their own PS3s. Usual residents of what is commonly known as Akiba, the Akiba-keis, are lined up hoping to get their own PS3s. It seems that there were three stores in Akiba that opened simultaneously, all of which have been packed with long lines.

The first sales of PS3 were sold at Yodobashi Akiba where the lines started as early as November 10. The console was sold at 7 a.m. and the store even held a countdown to commemorate the grand sale of the PS3. The same happened to the two other big stores in Akiba which sold their PS3 goods at the usual 10 a.m. opening time. The sale of the PS3 was no fuss as well. The lines were outside the store and stretched even to the basement levels of the parking lot of the buildings.

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment as well as other higher ups in the company were in different gaming stores, handing out PS3s to their loyal fans. At the end of the table was a cash register ready to empty out buyers’ wallets.

The 60GB PS3 sold more than the 20GB. I guess the issue of price was not a problem at all with the gaming otakus in Akiba. Rain came in sometime during the day, but that didn’t stop people from lining up. They were still there until the stores ran out of stock by 6 p.m. Although the stores have closed their doors for the day, there were still people falling in line outside, ready to buy their PS3s the next day.

As of current, the PS3s haven’t been entirely sold out yet. So, if you’re up for a short trip to Japan to get first dibs on the PS3, you might still catch some PS3 action. However, don’t expect the 60GB to be easily available. Then again, you could try upgrading it.

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Akihabara, the bastion of Japanese electronics and otaku culture, is still being raided by otakus who are still lined up to get their own PS3s. Usual residents of what is commonly known as Akiba, the Akiba-keis, are lined up hoping to get their own PS3s. It seems that there were three stores in Akiba that opened simultaneously, all of which have been packed with long lines.

The first sales of PS3 were sold at Yodobashi Akiba where the lines started as early as November 10. The console was sold at 7 a.m. and the store even held a countdown to commemorate the grand sale of the PS3. The same happened to the two other big stores in Akiba which sold their PS3 goods at the usual 10 a.m. opening time. The sale of the PS3 was no fuss as well. The lines were outside the store and stretched even to the basement levels of the parking lot of the buildings.

The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment as well as other higher ups in the company were in different gaming stores, handing out PS3s to their loyal fans. At the end of the table was a cash register ready to empty out buyers’ wallets.

The 60GB PS3 sold more than the 20GB. I guess the issue of price was not a problem at all with the gaming otakus in Akiba. Rain came in sometime during the day, but that didn’t stop people from lining up. They were still there until the stores ran out of stock by 6 p.m. Although the stores have closed their doors for the day, there were still people falling in line outside, ready to buy their PS3s the next day.

As of current, the PS3s haven’t been entirely sold out yet. So, if you’re up for a short trip to Japan to get first dibs on the PS3, you might still catch some PS3 action. However, don’t expect the 60GB to be easily available. Then again, you could try upgrading it.

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