Picture is unrelated. Just... why would you make a Pikachu themed fighting stick? Worst cross-over ever... or is it? COMING SOON: CAPCOM VS. POKEMON!!!
Just a few days left for me to prepare for my second time the Baltimore/DC NARP host. I'm making a list, and checking it twice. There's systems to set up, food to be purchased, and quite a bit of cleaning to do ;)
Hosting a NARP is something I consider a privilege; a way to give back to a community that gives me so much. I'm involved (at various levels) with a number of websites, but I don't even go this far for my own
website. There's something different about Destructoid. I don't know precisely what it is, and I can put it into words for you, but if you're on here reading this, I think you probably know what I'm talking about.
In a few days, people will be coming to my home expecting to have a great time. It's the kind of thing where, if that happens, it's because of each and every person that attended. But if it doesn't happen, I take it as a personal failure. That's why I will be doing my utmost to ensure that everything goes smoothly, that people can play all of the games that they'd like to play, and that everyone has enough to eat and drink.
I live by myself at the moment. I have over six consoles, and two PCs capable of emulating many more of them. But I can only play them one at a time. When I think about a NARP, I think about every single one of my gaming devices in use simultaneously. And that's a great feeling, to be able to share that with everyone.
At no time will there ever be a moment when I think to myself, "Man, there's so many people, I hope no one else shows up." I want as many people there as I can pack in to my humble abode. At no time will I ever say to myself, "Man, this has been going on for so long, when are they going home??" Frankly, I never want it to end, and it's only because of the realities of real life and needing to wake up for work on Monday that I think anyone ever leaves.
So if you're in the area, (and by that, I mean a reasonable 3 hour drive), you should consider coming. The Baltimore is home to many of Destructoid's key members, and they will be there. It will be impossible for you to have a bad time. Hope you can make it. See the original announcement
for more details. You won't see that joystick at the NARP, but I do plan on having quite a few relics that I have lying around up and running.
P.S. Extra breakfast pancakes for you if you bring a pretty single lady for me to meet!