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SPLI Proposal at the Pokemon X&Y Launch Event!

(This blog entry originally appeared on the Glux Blog, written by SPLI Co-Founder Debbie G.)

Friday, October 11, 2013 was a night I will NEVER forget!  It was the night of the Pokemon X&Y Launch Party in NYC, and also the day before the “Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!” panel at New York Comic Con.

The Pokemon X&Y Launch Event was looking to be like an out of control party.  People had been lining up for days in front of the Nintendo World Store to attend the event and be some of the first people to buy the newest generation of Pokemon games.  Unfortunately, I had arrived late with JDubz and a group of friends, and we were placed wayyyyy back in the line, which was by that time wrapped around 49th Street towards 5th Ave.  (Nintendo World Store is on 48th Street – the line was literally wrapping around the entire block!)  I was feeling upset because I wasn’t sure if we were ever going to get into the Event, which was set up with a large stage, a DJ booth, demo stations, inflatable Pokemon Starters, and so much more.

Eventually, JDubz and I heard word that since we were panelists for the upcoming Nintendo panel the following day, that we would be given VIP bracelets and would finally be able to get into the event!  Hooray!  We made it into the staging area and started collecting the cool swag they were giving out, such as paper hats for the different starters, a Pokeball cartridge holder, art cards from the games, as well as posters.  (I heard that other people got X&Y Dog Tags and pins… no idea where those were being given out lol!)

After a few minutes checking out the pandemonium of the event – there were hundreds of people in the area! – I was approached by a Pokemon staff member, asking if I wanted to join a costume contest.  Since I was in my Pikachu cosplay outfit, I figured why not and headed backstage.  The staff members kept adding more cosplayers, but made me stand at the end of the line for some reason.  I didn’t read too much into it.

When it was my turn to go up and show off my costume, the hostess was acting kind of weird and so was the Pikachu mascot.  We were dancing around and suddenly the hostess declared that Pikachu had something to say and that she needed a translator.  Of course, I tried to volunteer, since I too was Pikachu that day, but they ignored me.  Suddenly, JDubz appeared on the opposite side of the stage, offering to translate.  Pushing past Pikachu, JDubz said, “Debbie [Gluxbox] I choose you!”  Then he dropped to one knee, and produced a custom-made Pokeball with a diamond ring inside, and said, “Will you marry me?”

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It was an incredible moment.  Hundreds of people were cheering and screaming.  I pulled JDubz up and gave him a big kiss.  And then I grabbed the mic from the hostess to confirm, “Yes!  I SAY YES!!!”  JDubz began whispering in my ear that he had been working with Nintendo of America and The Pokemon Company for the past nine months to orchestrate this proposal.  There are no words to properly express how I was feeling.  Flabbergasted?  Overwhelmed with joy?  Incredible???  A combination of those and every other emotion.  I was crying tears of joy and feeling on top of the world.  This was such a romantic, sweet and unique proposal and I never saw it coming!

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If all of this wasn’t cool enough, we were amazed when we started seeing people sharing articles on Facebook and Twitter posts about JDubz’s proposal before we’d even announced it to our families.  Websites like Kotaku and Nintendo Enthusiast were covering the story, and we even got a personal “Congratulations” from Nintendo of America’s Twitter page!  There are several videos of the proposal on both Vine and YouTube, so I’ll post a few links here in the blog.  If you see any photos or videos that I haven’t shared here in this blog, then that means I haven’t seen it yet!  Please send me any photos/videos from JDubz’s proposal to gluxbox@yahoo.com!  Thanks to everyone who sent their well-wishes to us, we couldn’t be happier!

I promise I will write another blog about NYCC and the StreetPass Panel very soon.  Just let me enjoy Cloud Nine for a few more days please!  😀

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StreetPass Panel Info!

New York Comic Con is less than one week away, and here at StreetPass Long Island we are so excited!  Co-Founders Debbie and Jeff are going to be panelists at the first-ever StreetPass Panel to be held at New York Comic Con, backed by Nintendo of America and The Pokemon Company International.  We hope that all fans of the Nintendo 3DS and Pokemon X&Y will come to this panel, exclusively at New York Comic Con!

FLYERNINTENDO COMMUNITIES: STREETPASS, POKEMON AND BEYOND!

Date: Saturday, October 12
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: New York Comic Con, Javits Center Room 1A10

Speakers: Debbie Lee Gluzband, Geoffrey Kappenberg, Jeff Weinstein, Jordan White, Keith C. Smithsen, Matthew Rodriguez

Description:
The Nintendo 3DS is more than a portable video game system. With revolutionary concepts such as StreetPass and the Nintendo Network, it has sparked more local and global social interaction among gamers than any other portable video game device before it. With the release of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y on October 12, 2013, join some of these social groups such as StreetPass NYC, StreetPass Long Island, Pokemon DS NYC and the Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League as they show how the newest entry in the Pokemon phenomenon will bring Nintendo fans closer together around the world!

SPLI Joins New York Comic Con Panel — “Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!”

 
Aug. 20, 2013 – NEW YORK — The largest grassroots Nintendo fan communities in the NY Metro Region: StreetPass NYC, StreetPass Long Island, Pokemon DS NYC and the Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League; invite all Nintendo and Pokemon Fans to attend their panel “Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!” on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in Room 1A10 at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center.
Title: Nintendo Communities: StreetPass, Pokemon and Beyond!
 
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013
 
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
 
Location: 1A10
 
Speakers: Jordan White, Geoffrey Kappenberg, Jeff Weinstein, Debbie Lee Gluzband, Matthew Rodriguez, Keith C. Smithsen
 
Description: The Nintendo 3DS is more than a portable video game system. With revolutionary concepts such as StreetPass and the Nintendo Network, it has sparked more local and global social interaction among gamers than any other portable video game device before it. With the release of Pokemon X & Pokemon Y on October 12th 2013; join some of these social groups such as StreetPass NYC, StreetPass Long Island, Pokemon DS NYC and the Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League as they show how the newest entry in the Pokemon phenomenon will bring Nintendo fans closer together around the world!
“As someone who has attended New York Comic Con since it’s inception in 2006, speaking at one of the biggest enthusiast trade and community shows for subculture entertainment has been a dream of mine forever and now I have a chance to do it with not only a topic I am passionate about but with amazing talented people such as Geoffrey Kappenberg (StreetPass NYC), Jeff Weinstein (StreetPass Long Island), Debbie Lee Gluzband (StreetPass Long Island), Matthew Rodriguez (Pokemon DS NYC) and Keith C. (Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League)”, said Jordan White, Founder and Event Organizer of StreetPass NYC. “We are going to use this golden opportunity to cover a wide range of topics in the Nintendo community such as StreetPass groups, Pokemon X & Y, and upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games. We are also going to have a large Q&A so Nintendo fans can ask their questions about the StreetPass Network and Pokemon groups. You also might even be able to win some of the goodies we will be raffling off!”
Details for the raffle giveaway during the panel as well as other Nintendo fan community-run activities at New York Comic Con will be posted at a later date.
StreetPass NYC and StreetPass Long Island are a subset of the much larger, global-wide grassroots StreetPass Network of meetings popping up all over the globe from Americas to Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.streetpassnetwork.com
Pokemon DS Meetup NYC is an network of Pokemon fans from the New York region who are dedicated to the community of Pokémon video game fans, enthusiasts, and competitors. For more information, please visit http://www.meetup.com/pokemondsnyc/
The Official NYC Pokemon Castelia League is the Pokemon Company Sponsored Trainer League in New York City and are a fun way to get involved in playing Pokémon games with other Pokémon fans. For more information, please visit https://www.pokemon.com/us/account/play-pokemon-leagues/6150/
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our Show Floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give Fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. For more information, please visit http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com