The PS3 launch line riots on video

Various PS3 riots in America were caught on camera yesterday, including people trampling eachother to be the first to get a short-in-supply PS3 to sell on eBay, plus an interview with the mayor of Boston about the theft and shootout surrounding the launch of Sony’s new console. ABC’s the Boston Channel reports in this over eight minute newsitem.

While reports suggest Sony only had 200,000 PS3’s at launch yesterday. Nintendo, on the other hand, made sure there’ll be over one million Wii’s at their launch later tonight!

November 28 update: A 20-year-old Woodstock man was arrested early Tuesday in the shooting of the Webster, Mass., man who was wounded in a robbery while he waited in line to buy a PlayStation 3 game console in Putnam. State police arrested William J. Robertson shortly before 4AM Tuesday on several charges including attempted murder and robbery. He was being held on $1 million bond pending arraignment in Danielson Superior Court.

An arrest warrant has been prepared for a second suspect, 17-year-old Andrew Patnaude, whose last known address was in Putnam, state police said. State police had searched an area in Putnam early Tuesday looking for Patnaude. The search by state police, Putnam police and police dogs turned up nothing.

Meanwhile the victim, Michael Penkala, is still recovering from his injuries. Penkala said in an interview: “For some reason I wasn’t thinking about my wound, I was all about those PlayStations.” He wasn’t a gamer looking for new thrills from the PS3. No, the 21-year-old was looking to resell the consoles on eBay for a profit. “Lucky” for him after eight days in the hospital, he ended up with four, including one given as a gift by Wal-Mart.