Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/20/canadians_smash_ps3/

Man buys PS3, smashes it with sledgehammer

Console craziness continues

By Tony Smith

Posted in Bootnotes, 20th November 2006 14:43 GMT

Updated with video Two Canadians last week won their 15 minutes of fame by standing in line for two days to splash out CAD550 on a 20GB PS3s - only to take the machine straight out of the store and destroy it with a sledgehammer.

"I did it for the thrill and to see people's expression," Victor Moukhortov, a 17-year-old part-time student, told the Ottawa Sun. "It was like a social experiment to see people's reaction.

"[The PS3] held up pretty well. It took about 15 hits to break it," he added.

Moukhortov did the deed with chum Ben Lovatt. They also bought a 60GB PS3 which they hope to sell for a high enough price to cover the cost of the 20GB model.

The pair told the newspaper they were planning to do the same with a Nintendo Wii on its 19 November release. It's not known whether they made good on their pledge. ®