In the winter 2008 and after months of bargaining with my wife, I finally convinced her that we should upgrade from the Playstation 2 to the PS3. This negotiating was easily on par with any high stake litigation or Washington DC backroom deal, littered with promises ranging from cleaning out the garage to play times as she runs a daycare from the home. Despite the fact that she logged a fraction of the playtime that I have since we've been together, I was stunned to find that the linch pin to the deal turned out to be backwards compatibility. She wanted to be able to play PS1 and PS2 games while I was at work. At that time, I would have been amazed if she had played a single game within the past year.
After coming to this agreement, I was confident that I would be playing games in beautiful HD in a matter of hours. Since we live in a very rural area of Northern California, I started making phone calls to various stores so that I wouldn't waste my time driving from store to store searching. I quickly learned however that at that point in the year, the PS3 had become such a popular item that my simple query was beginning to resemble the Iliad and the Odyssey. My phone calls had started at stores that were roughly a 30 min drive away, but were quickly expanding beyond my expectations. After hours of searching, I began to look at online retailers. At the time, the 80GB backwards compatible PS3 was listed at $499, yet I wasn't able to find an unopened unit for anything less than $900 on ebay. It turns out that they were sold out everywhere including across the internet. Returning to the phone, my search area had expanded from 30 min to 7 hours and a trip across state lines into rural Nevada, but I had finally located one single unit. After pleading my case to a Wal-Mart store manager, he agreed to take the unit off the shelf and hold it for me provided that I arrived within the next 24 hours and was able to show him my ID proving how far I was willing to drive. Feeling a bit hopeless and not looking forward to driving over the Sierra mountains in the winter back and forth, I agreed and began trying to figure out how to explain this to my wife without her questioning my sanity or filing for divorce while I was gone. After explaining to her my impending journey and somehow convincing her that I wasn't crazy I packed my car with extra clothes and began to set my alarm for a departure time that bordered on criminal. I decided that a string of last minute calls to closer stores wouldn't hurt.
Almost fit of a Hollywood script, I spoke to a sales clerk at a Target store about 90 minutes away who suprisingly told me that they had received 5 units a couple of hours prior, but 4 of the units had already been purchased. Knowing that I only had 2 hours before the store closed I convinced the clerk that I not only would be at his register before closing time, but I would provide his store manager with a compliment filled letter that could only help him get a raise. The clerk agreed and I ran out of the house with my wife left clueless in the bathroom. Driving with complete disregard of most speeding laws, I was able to trim a 90 min drive down to about 70 min and without law enforcement intervention. When I met the clerk and introduced myself, he nearly fell over laughing because of how fast I had gotten there and a lingering thought that nobody would travel that far at that hour for a game system. After leaving the store I doubled my effort and beat the 90 min mark returning home without ever losing the smile on my face. I spent the next few days playing the entire charge time on my controller and holding up my end of the negotiaions with my wife.
Oh hey, a nice little Halloween themed post for ya if you don't mind me postin'. Thanks for the contest and good luck to everyone.
Hello, I want to share the memories I had when my brothers and I first got the original Playstation and the game it came with; Crash Bandicoot. Thank you!