Last month on the 17th I celebrated my 7th year officially selling controllers to more than just my friends, and it was a big reminder of how glad I am that I began Desktop Arcade back in 2004. It’s allowed me to meet so many great people, make several friends, and it’s also opened so many doors for me over the years. For one, it’s introduced me to the great anime convention scene in the Mid-Atlantic, and it’s even brought me all the way out to Chicago for Anime Central a few years ago, selling DA controllers at my friend Carlson Stevens of Mad-Gear.com’s dealers room setup! Doing DA representation at anime conventions allowed me to learn a lot of things about running top-notch game rooms, and DA has been a spring-board for me to begin running AnimeNEXT’s video game room. Since taking it over in 2008 myself and my great, hard-working staff have grown the department from a small board room in a hotel to taking over the meeting space and ballroom of an entire hotel on the convention campus in Somerset, NJ. Running their game room every year is a great experience, and it’s something that I never would have been brought to had I not begun this journey 7 years ago.
I want to thank every customer who has made the decision to buy a Desktop Arcade controller over the years, whether it’s directly from me or second hand from someone else. It’s because of all of you that I’ve had so many great experiences over the years, and I’m sure there are many more opportunities coming!