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Grandmother Saves Teenager’s PlayStation2 Dreams

Date Posted: 2000-03-10

On Monday, March 7th, Japanese television said the grandmother of a 15-year-old boy bought him a new Sony video game console after his 39,800 yen ($370) machine was snatched by two motor scooter-riding assailants on Saturday.

The schoolboy had braved long lines to be the among the first to buy the PlayStation2 when it hit store shelves in Japan. But shortly after he left the store in a Tokyo suburb, the scooter-riding, video game bandits grabbed the PlayStation2 and left him holding a paper handle torn from his shopping bag. According to a Sony spokesman, the electronics giant had offered to give the boy a free PlayStation2 after hearing about his tragedy, but was told he already had one.

Hundreds of thousands of people swept up in PlayStation2 fever mobbed electronics stores across Japan over the weekend as they tried to buy the first one million game consoles to hit the market. PlayStation2 offers state of the art animation, as well as allowing users to surf the Internet and play DVDs. The game console is due to be launched in the United States and Europe later this year.

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