Today, I spent about 4 hours in a room that smelled like my 9th grade boyfriend. But instead of a heart full of broken promises, I had a glass half full of whiskey and a room full of friends braving the smell. Joystick in hand, I took a trip down memory lane where I played an old Commodore 64, thought about crushing my 1st grade crush Jake Jones at balloon man, and joined a modern day Dr. Mario slaughter-fest on an old-school Nintendo. Yes, friends. Today was Day 2 in the Louisville Arcade Expo 2011.
(photo above taken by friend Tricia)
My husband and Why Louisville printed the lovely Arcade Expo t-shirts seen below with surprise weekend guests Poprocks (left) and Beth (right).
Friends Beth, Imogen, and myself spent a lot of time in front of this old computer:
We had to re-learn joystick techniques…
And eventually we took over the original Nintendo with our Mario skills. Andrea Newberry - I want a Dr. Mario match! I killed it today! Sadly, I think teaching has turned me insensitive to whining. A pimple-faced teenager whimpered that he was having to wait a long time for the Nintendo after our first game on - I turned a deaf ear and he eventually went away…
It was that kind of day for everyone, and Game Karma hit me hard because I never got to play Dr. Who Pinball. A father and his 2 daughters played while I waited for an hour…but it was actually ok. Watching other people play was pretty fun too. But if David Tennant had been on the screen, I would have been really sad.
(Photo Below stolen from friend Tricia)
If you’re thinking about going to the Louisville Arcade Expo, do it, and buy a t-shirt! It’s $12 for a wristband, all the free games you want, and while the pinball lines are daunting, it’s pretty easy to get to a Commodore 64 or an old Nintendo, and those are the best anyway! Also - skip the bar unless you’re buying beer or just drinking on the rocks. Trust me on this one. The bartenders are nice, but mixing drinks it scary for them.
Friday, March 4: 1PM to midnight
Saturday, March 5: 10 AM to midnight
Sunday, March 6: 10 AM to 3 PMWhere:
Holiday Inn Hurstbourne1325 S Hurstbourne PkwyLouisville, KY 40222Cost:
Pre-registration is now closed!AT THE DOOR: $12 PER DAY OR $30 FOR A WEEKEND PASS
Children 6 and under are free with adult admission.
FUNNIEST MOMENT EVER today was when someone accidentally pulled the plug from a wall full of games. The guys went CRAZY! It inspired Beth and I to write “the day my spectacles broke - the saddest moment at the Arcade Expo” - soon to be a number one hit.