Angel Parades was the first person to buy the Playstation 3 at the Sony Store in Midtown (apparently Charlie Murphy was on the scene!) while Sergio Rodriguez bought the first one at the Union Square Circuit City. Rodriquez said, "This is the best game ever. It's so worth the wait. Some people may call me crazy, but I really love to play."

We found 1010WINS' description of who was waiting: "die-hard gamers and entrepreneurs stood in lines for days." Also, this tale of capitalism was touching:

Saby Madrigal, an 18-year-old college student who worked for a month at a liquor store to save up for a PS3, stood in line outside the Union Square Circuit City for 24 hours to no avail. Still, she vowed to keep looking.

"For the work we had to do to get all the money to get the stupid system, I'm going to search every single store in town,'' she said. "I don't care, I'm going to get it.''

One woman on line in Midtown said, "I need this and I need it now. My kids won't sleep at night because they keep thinking about it. I can't go home empty-handed." That's some good parent - and we hope those kids don't demand a Christmas present!

Some people have used the days on line to actually make money: By buying a PS3 and then putting it for sale on eBay. Here are the eBay listings for PS3. Since there are supposed to be a million PS3 available by year end, we still think paying thousands for a $600 console is a ripoff. Anyway, now we wait for reports of forthcoming insanity at Toys R Us stores selling the $249 Wii.

Photograph of Sergio Rodriguez super-excited about his PS3 purchase at the Union Square Circuit City by Jason DeCrow/AP