How sad that this kind of situation has only gotten much worse. Last Friday's release of the new PlayStation 3 brought out the worst in people all over America. As riots broke out at stores because of the limited supply and overwhelming demand for the product, I can't help but wonder how this event was not anticipated by retailers and the manufacturer. They shoud be held at least partially accountable. After hyping the product for a year and knowing that they would not be able to produce enough units for sale by the release date, Sony should have made the product available only through mail order and the internet. This would have prevented the horrors we witnessed on Friday.
Nintendo was much better prepared for the release of their Wii on Sunday. With many times more units produced, they avoided the marketing disaster of their competition. Still, perhaps the guilty gamers should be penalized for their unsportsmanlike conduct.