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11/22/05 - Lufkin

X-Box Craze

by Jessica Cervantez

Some East Texans waited for several hours just to make sure they were able to purchase the new X-Box 360 model.

Enrique Fernandez said he waited since 11:00 p.m. Monday night.

"There were about seven people in front of me," Fernandez said.

They were outside waiting in the cold.

Esmeralda Tamez, a seven-year-old, said, "I'm holding my babysitter's blanket on top of me."

Many say it is well worth the wait. Tammy Willis, a dedicated mother, said she had been waiting since 6:00 a.m. to get an X-Box.

Willis said, "I can get the core one. The premium, those people got those because they were up here since midnight, I wasn't that desperate, it was too cold."

Finally all of their numbers were called out. The premium X-Box sold for $399, the core for $299.

Time Goens, a media specialist for Best Buy, said, "The premium is $400. It comes with a 360, a hard drive, a head set, a free month of X-Box Live."

Even employees had to wait in the cold, Tim waited since 11:30 p.m. Monday night. So, what is all the hype about?

Goens said, "You can get online and play anybody, it's one of the biggest things about it."

So, parents be prepared, if your kids are into video games, they might be putting the X-Box on their Christmas list, you will just have to make sure your lucky enough to get your hands on one.

Best Buy received 32 X-Box models. They only had five left when their doors opened and they expected those to be sold out. Managers are hoping to get more in sometime soon.

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