Hey folks, my name is Ben and I am currently a college student in NY. I live in NYC and I manage a storefront retailing in video games. We carry everything to everything, from imports, to old school games for game consoles like PS1 and even Snes games! Besides that, I’ve been running the store, along with my boss, and long time friend for 7 years now. Our store is called GamePAD inc, located in Brooklyn for you shoryuken’ers out there. We’ve got MvC2, A neo geo arcade for you KOF’ers out there.
To get to the point, I have been very active in the arcade scene for 10+ years now. I’m currently 21 years old, and I have seen alot of action on capcom fighting games. We have a couple of very good players in MvC due to many years of playing and practicing on the game.(I’m kickass with strider, but I still can’t pull off mags inf (argH!).
Anyways I have interested in designing my own arcade controllers and I have seen the work around here. To all the famous arcade makers(Big Pockets, Finkle, Byrdo, and all you people out there),I applaud you folks for inspiring me for designing my very own controller. After looking at numerous controllers here in the forums and joystick vault, I’ve decided to create my joysticks in plexiglass. Although plexi might not appear to be durable, I’ve managed to design a plexiglass case that will be durable and well stylish.
I’ve decided to start a business in making joysticks to pay off my debts from college(go figure) and also enjoy what I do. At the moment, I have designed these boxes myself. It’s my first time attempting to build a case and it does not seem to be perfect. I did not cut the plexi glass myself, I know a shop that does it and apparently the measurements were a bit short off. So far, I’ve built 2 cases so far, one is going to have a Bruce Lee background designed by me and a blank one, both a work in progress. Here are some pictures:
Instead of making a controller with wood, I’d wanted to try something new. I was wondering if you guys would be interested in purchasing these arcade controllers if I were to make more in the future. Although I am still a newbie in making controllers, I hope these pictures will impress.
Anyways I wanted to start this entrepreneur business just to keep survivng and paying rent in school. I’m usually back in NYC for the holidays and summertime and I work in the game store. Other than that, I’m usually down at Mott Street playing at the Chinatown fair. I’m going to be graduating with a Bachelor this year, and I have aspirations of working in the video game industry. Besides that, I manage the game store by myself. I’ve been working for 7 years now and I know how the pricing and margin profits work for wholesale/retails video game goods. It has alot of people crowded in the store daily, since there are computers to play on. I’ve been trying to find new ways to help the game business continue growing. I know how Gamestop has store policies that can sometimes screw customers over with game sales. Our prices in preowned games are alot less than what you expect in Gamestop. Normally gamestop would sell a preowned game that was recently newly released for 5 bucks less. Our preowned video game goods are usually 35-60% off from new retail prices, instead of getting shafted with the 5 bucks off of a used game,meanwhile you can purchase a new one for 5 bucks more.
Since reading this may annoy some of you readers because it’s too long, I just want to let everyone know about my video game business. Like I said, I will be making joysticks and listing them for sale, also offering a HUGE INVENTORY of video games and accessories. If anyone lives in the NYC area, feel free to stop by and hang around check the place out. The phone number is (718)837-6604, and is located at 6324 20th ave, Brooklyn NY 11204. I won’t be back working in the store until mid December. I can still take orders if anyone is interested in purchasing games. For all you local folks in the area, Just take the N train towards Coney Island at 20th avenue, you won’t be disappointed!
I’m glad to be a member of this forum and proud to reinforce Shoryuken to the fullest by providing the community with affordable games and offering services in making and designing arcade controllers.
-Ben aKa Networkingyuppy