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360 Spawns Midnight Madness

Company: Microsoft
Product: Xbox 360

Best Buy:
One of the retailers which had anxious Xbox 360 purchasers waiting to get their hands on a system.
(Including a couple of our reviewers.)Gamers and adrenaline junkies alike converged on thousands of retail outlets to be among the first to purchase the Xbox 360. Droves of dedicated fans lined the streets as more than 4,500 retailers opened their doors at 12:01 a.m. to answer the demand for the Xbox 360 console and 18 launch games, including Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Kameo: Elements of Power, from Microsoft Game Studios.

Talk rolls around to... E3, yo!?The debut of Xbox 360 marks one of the biggest consumer launches in Microsoft?s history,? said Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft and chief Xbox officer. ?With its sheer power, portfolio of graphically stunning games, rich online capabilities, and features for enjoying music, movies and photos, Xbox 360 delivers integrated digital gaming and entertainment experiences that simply can?t be matched.?

More than 4,500 retailers held midnight madness events. Best Buy, Microsoft?s retail partner for Xbox 360 launch events, also opened all its U.S. stores at 9 a.m. on Nov. 22. ?Xbox 360 takes our customers? gaming experience to new levels,? said Jill Hamburger, vice president of games at Best Buy. ?Walk into any of our stores and you?ll feel the excitement ? it?s a complete entertainment solution.?

The excitement is already being felt around the globe. More than 3,500 gamers from around the world descended on an Xbox 360 oasis in California?s Mojave Desert last night to celebrate the arrival of Xbox 360 at an exclusive launch party called Xbox 360: Zero Hour. Attendees are now engaged in more than 24 hours of Xbox 360 gameplay and tonight will have a chance to buy the console, launch games and gaming peripherals on site from Best Buy.

Below are some additional pics from our local Best Buy of their Xbox 360 Midnight Madness event.

Gamers Camping out to be the first ones to get their hands on a 360 Gamers know how to rough it - nothing but tents, sleeping bags, some goldfish and soft drinks... oh, and a widescreen tv with some movies...

-Starscream, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ricky Tucker

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