Archive for February, 2009

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Misadventures in Funcoland: The Dream(cast) Van

February 24, 2009

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Store: Ann Arbor
Notable Gaming Release: Dreamcast System

So since Sega did the memorable thing of releasing the Dreamcast on September 9th, 1999 (9.9.99), I can tell you that this story takes place on September 8th, leading into September 9th.  I don’t think this will be as long and drawn out as the other stories I’ve posted, but hey, those were supposed to be short quick stories too.

So it’s the day before the Dreamcast launch.  We’ve had a demo system in the store for about a month now which was really cool of Sega to do.  Come to think of it, I can’t think of any other system launch that has put a demo system in stores before the system actually launched… but I digress.  We started receiving all the games and accessories for the system about a week ahead of the launch and had them all ‘splayed out on the wall with the rest of the new gaming stuff.

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It’s Bacon Time!

February 21, 2009

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I once read that to easily create a successful product, all you needed to do was take something that people like, and just add a clock to it.  Here’s my idea, I wonder if it will take off?

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How I’m… fuck it… STREET FIGHTER IV Bitches!

February 18, 2009

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It’s been a long time coming, and it’s finally here.  The one game that instantly made me feel like I was 13 all over again, and that is Street Fighter IV.  I don’t just mean playing the game, I mean everything leading up to it.  The last few days have been spent calling various stores, trying to get it as early as possible.  When a game is coming out that I’m really looking forward to, I always put money down at Gamestop just to be sure I get one, but 9 times out of 10, I can get it early through several spots I frequent that don’t have issues with breaking street dates.  But seriously… someone fucked this release up… big time.

Between my friend Chris and I, we musta annoyed the shit out of just about every video game store employee in NYC over the past 4 days.  Constantly calling, “Do you have it yet?  Do you think you’ll get it early?  When are you getting it?  Can I put my name down for one?  How about one for my friend?”  I haven’t gone this nuts for a game since the SNES days.  Calling around, trying to secure a location.  Come Monday, the hope was gone.  There was no weekend SF4 to be had.  So we moved on to the next possible solution, midnight release parties.  At this point, I’m really thinking it’s a good thing I got my reservation.

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106 Mother Fucker!

February 16, 2009

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106 days without a smoke!  (Pic unrelated)

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Forward Thinking

February 16, 2009

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Lots of great pics from the World’s Fair’s up on Google.  And to think I usually just ignore anything below the search button.

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Milestones?

February 16, 2009

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So today (the 15th, when I started writing this) is my 30th birthday. A milestone for sure. And in 2 days… Street Fighter IV will be released. Excited does not begin to describe it.

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Misadventures in Funcoland: The Long Haul

February 13, 2009

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Location: Sterling Heights, MI.
Notable Gaming Release: Quest 64 for the N64

It was the summer before I went off to college at Eastern Michigan University and I was working at the Sterling Heights (SH) store, almost completely alone.  Mon – Saturday, open to close, just me.  On sundays, ManagerPart2 would come in and take care of the paper work that I wasn’t able to do.  I mean, after all, I was only 19 and running the store pretty much by myself, can’t expect me to know how to balance the books on my own can ya?  If there is any one thing about the Sterling Heights store that you should know, it is that it was one of the slowest stores in the entire company.  I think on a good day I would sell $50 worth of shit unless someone bought a system.  So as you can see, this store was really really really slow.  I spent maybe 1 hour every morning straightening up and dusting after a couple weeks of organising the place.  The rest of the time… playing video games!

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