$25 Game Changers Gift Card – Ticket # 538310 (Vincent)
$50 Game Changers Gift Card – Ticket # 538367 (Xander)
Halo Reach Edition Xbox 360 Console w/ Halo Reach (If the winner is under the age of 17, a Forza game will be awarded instead of the Halo Reach game.) – Ticket # 538328 (Elizabeth)
Nintendo 3DS System w/ Mario & Luigi’s Dream Team – Ticket # 538357 (Jake)
Congratulations to all the winners!
Stop in today for free decals. Also, Dan made a 14 track album of original music done in retro video game style. He did an amazing job and brought in 50 copies of the album to be given away free. Dan even numbered them, so if he ever gets famous you could probably sell it and walk away with a nice bag of cash. Preferably a bag with a dollar sign on it, because style.
This last year has been incredible for Derek and I. And with edition of Dan, things are only getting better. I’ve been trying to think of my favorite moment during our second year and my mind keeps wandering back to what Derek said to me yesterday. Immediately when he walked in he told me that the new Pat The NES Punk podcast about the Sega Master System, used a picture of games from our store’s blog during the entire podcast.
There was no credit given to the store and that’s okay- that’s not what’s important and I couldn’t care less if our website was posted with the picture. The small surprises are what makes creating the store so amazing. Pat The NES Punk’s Golgo 13 video was the first gaming video to get me hooked on the online retro gaming community.
If after watching that video Derek said to me, “John, I know you’re better than me at Mario Kart, but we should open a video game store.”, I probably would’ve just laughed it off. (After agreeing with him that I am the superior Mario Kart player.)
It’s the little surprises that make this journey the best decision we’ve ever made. Little surprises like the Pat podcast, or when professional WWE wrestler Xavier Woods stopped by one morning and talked about how great the Sega Saturn is, and then he tweeted a picture on the WWE Twitter account of himself in front of the store while holding up the games he’d bought.
But even better are all the surprises from the local gaming community. GR8Bit Live was a major success and it’s growth potential is staggering to think about. The Grand Rapids gaming community is more than capable of greatness and the success of GR8Bit Live is only one of many examples of what we can all achieve.
Every story told to us by you, every treasure filled box brought in by you, especially the boxes filled with things I’d never even known of, is what gives me my only regret- that we didn’t believe in ourselves sooner.
This store is a journey. The destination isn’t perfection or money or the money bags with dollar signs that Dan’s chip tune music album will one day command. There is no destination, just the journey.
To paraphrase Phillip J. Fry, we’d prefer to be the world’s blankiest blank.
We look forward to everyone helping us fill in the blanks for many more years to come.