Almost a year ago, I was a simple a boy with a dream. My dream was to pack my store with Pokemon fans of all ages, for some good fun, competition, and socializing! On March 25th, 2011, my dream was absolutely destroyed, since zero people showed up to the first Pokemon Friday! But, like the dedicated Medipod, with dreams of one day being a horrible, disgusting Butterfree, I persevered!
This has truly been a great year for video games. With all the games that were released there was a game pretty much for everyone. For this reason I couldn’t play every game that I wanted. There were several games that surprised me on how much I got into them. From all these video games here is my top 10 list which was very difficult to make. So with that in mind let’s begin my top 10 of 2011.
Oh wow. You know what that’s all about? Mario Kart 7, out for less than a month, and we’re announcing our first GA Tourney for the game. Taking place at 3:00pm on Saturday, the 7th (clever, eh?) at Super GA on the West Side, we will begin registration at 2, unless you’d like to come earlier to solidify your place. Functioning in a manner not unlike our Wii Mario Kart Tournament of last month, we want to be able to get a good chunk of people down to the store, racing in groups of at least 4, but will be doing a double elimination style bracket as well, to maximize as much playtime as possible! Keep getting those coins so you can get the kart of your dreams, and play along with the GA Staff and other wonderful store patrons. Can’t make it down? If you let us know by Saturday morning that you have access to Wifi and want to participate online, we should be able to arrange such a thing. We haven’t tested the connection in full with many people, so there aren’t any guarantees, but Wifi will be, at the very least, an option to let you play with some of us if that’s what it comes down to. Stop on by the West Store today and let’s practice!
A lot of you who know me know this — I have a habit of constantly thanking people.
Why is that? Perhaps it’s something I don’t need to regularly do, but I’ve always been in the habit of being appreciative of situations, help, and support, and there’s something I do not even just at Thanksgiving, but fairly regularly in online musings, and to friends and family.
Today, I want to take an opportunity to thank a handful of people pertaining to my situation here at Gamers Anonymous. As the big boss, I want to humbly acknowledge that I wouldn’t be able to do this without a lot of wonderful people to help me out. I have a lot of wonderful employees, people who care about the best interest of the store, and who want to do nothing but help customers in the most appropriate ways they’re able to, and if I didn’t have such a wonderful crew, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I have absolutely wonderful friends and family, people who take the time to support me, talk to me, and even purchase things from the store just to help me out as a businessman. I can’t begin to express what that means.
However, there is a key demographic that supports the store the most, and that is my wonderful customer base. The thing is, there are many customers that are simply that — patrons of the business that help out with each purchase and trade, and then there are people who are in a whole different league. People who go above and beyond with their support, kindness, and willingness to spread the word about our store, or to contribute their time to help me out. Because of people like this, both stores are able to celebrate the community of gamers that thrive here in Albuquerque. Pokemon Friday and the Retro Gaming League were born of this support, and have not just become a place to come meet like minded gamers, but a place to meet friends.
We have seen countless new regular customers join our weekly events, people who bring food, post on our facebook wall, and leave good feedback so that we may improve ourselves as a business. Without you, the business would be meaningless. It is my job to serve your needs, to help you with the games and related interests, and your willingness to do what it is that a customer can do for GA, and I can’t even begin to express how simple your importance is.
To many new friends I’ve made over these many months of owning the store, I have to say that I am beyond thankful for what you’ve done for the store. Customers, to me, should have a relationship proper with the place they like to shop, because to me, it’s not simply business — we are gamers, we are a strong group, meant to have fun and help each other enjoy our experiences to the best of our ability, so let’s continue into 2012 with nothing but great things on the horizon.
Gamers Anonymous is Albuquerque’s one-stop-shop for all your retro gaming needs. We specialize in selling used classic and modern video games and systems. Gamers Anonymous carries a wide selection of games and accessories for all of the classic systems such as Atari, NES, Genesis, Playstation and much more. We also fix various consoles, controllers, and game issues, as well as host several gaming events throughout the year. If you can’t make it to the store, Gamers Anonymous also hosts an online community for gamers to read reviews and articles and interact with other players. Check out our shop located on the west side of Albuquerque, in the Las Tiendas shopping center next to Metalogic Computers. We encourage all gamers to join in our community, so stop by our stores and game with us!
Oh man, was this a fun one. Basically, we started off a round of Goldeneye with 10 kills in the Temple with automatics. During this time, 26 people managed to sign up for the tournament, and even with 13 initial rounds, it managed to be a pretty long time for matches, because most people ended up grabbing KLOBBS, and you know that those are less effective than throwing your hand at your opponent. After that, round two was filled with Power Weapons in the Facility, first to 5 kills. That sped things up until Round 3. Ever done 1-hit kills with slapping only? Probably, but likely not for a tournament. After that hot round, it came down to our semi finals, 1 hit kill pistols in the Complex, followed only by another 1 hit kill round for the finals, Knives in the Bunker. After much screaming, hooting, hollering, and a lot of sweaty thighs, Xenia Onatopp managed to topple Jaws, and Theo, local hero and construction worker (on websites), ended up the victor. A great reception to a classic game, and we couldn’t ask for much more. Great works, guys! Let’s get more going today!
Hot. Like icy hot, but in your butt crack. That’s what the Gradius tournament was. An NES classic, for certain, but only one winner could be found. Who was it? Check out this score sheet and see who rocked it. Each player was allowed two continues, and had to make the best of those few, precious lives. Theo and Derek walked away winners, but there were some OTHER very good scores. What is coming up next? Read more »
It’s hard work being a sucker, let me tell you. But thanks to eBay (of pigs), I was able to throw a bunch of money away working on collecting even more useless Mega Man stuffs. So, provided I can get these for a decent price, I’d love to order these for the store. Whoda thunk it?
Oh, oh. Here we go. It’s about time, hmm? Yeah, I thought so. We haven’t had a great chance to sit down and work on this site a whole lot, because it’s a lot of work running a store. And, for many of my employees, it’s a lot of work being employed by me. Time and perseverance will prevail, however, and we have got a lot of new stuff in store for you. Coming soon is a merchandise store that will link you to our Etsy and eBay accounts, and we are working on a new content flow. Every day, we have a set criteria of things we’ll be writing about. New game and retro reviews, editorials on current events and classic gaming occurances, as well as video content, weekly reviews in news, and a special day called “Badurday”, which we get to reserve for reviewing things we find to be extra…well, beastly.
I’ll be working on a staff page as well, but we wanted to begin to get content up and going as frequently as possible, giving comical insights to various industry discussion. Also of note is that we get new site areas for our Pokemon Friday that is run every Friday at our East Side store, and a section for the Retro Gaming League, an event we run every Saturday at the West Side store where we host tournaments for games across all generations of consoles.
But equally as importantly, we want to get your opinions, input, and participation in the site. This front G.A. tab you see up top there is where news pertinent to the store and other like events will be hosted. Keep checking back, spread the word on your facebooks and twitters, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of us in the future.
For us, for you, GA Retro is a place to enjoy games and share the love. Thank you.
I am tired, happy, confused, optimistic, and excited for what Gamers Anonymous is here to represent. A lot of you have been supporting the store for a very long time now, and I can’t even begin to express my appreciation to all of you who have helped. But only a handful of you know how the store came to be, when it started, and the way it transformed into what it is today. How my dream came to be.
This is gonna be a long one, so I hope you’re comfortable. Read more »