Yesterday, the star of Retro Game Master (a.k.a. GameCenter CX) went to a fan event at the Little Tokyo Galleria Shopping Center, located in Los Angeles, California. I'm pretty new to the series, but the event wasn't too far from home, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to explore a new place. The shopping center itself is pretty nice, but the actual arcade where the event was held was ridiculously stuffy. There was no air conditioning in there, and there was well over one hundred people aching to meet the Kacho.
There were some decent arcade machines there, but I didn't line up to play any of them. I did bring my 3DS though, and snagged about 20 Street Passes from the other fans present. Shinya Arino arrived, said a few words, and then the fans lined up for pictures and such. Some of the most hardcore even brought gifts for him, which was pretty cool. I saw one guy who was carrying some boxes of cookies to hand him, one young woman gave him a CD with a song she said she recorded for him.
Some swag was also available (business cards, stickers, etc). I think I accidentally got more than what I was supposed to, so that was pretty embarrassing. >.>
So, yeah. The event was okay. I might show up on camera on a future episode of Game Center CX, so that will be...interesting.