PAX 09 has come and gone, and the staff at Pink Gorilla was happy to see so many familiar faces - some from as far away as New York and even Europe - visit us again. While our booth was packed with the same amount of awesomeness as in years past, many of you astutely noticed one minor difference - the name. Your favorite import and retro gaming shop is now called Pink Gorilla. But don't worry, other than changing a "dz" into an "r," we are exactly the same.
As can be expected, visitors to PAX had lots of questions for us regarding the name change. To answer the most common questions and a few obscure, we present to you the Pink Gorilla FAQ.
Question: Why did you change the name to Pink Gorilla?
Answer: It wasn't so much a willful name change but a natural evolution. Just as Pichu might evolve into a Pikachu when the conditions are right, so too does a Pink Godzilla change into a Pink Gorilla. That is just the natural order of things. But while Pichu might evolve through friendship, for Pink Godzilla it took getting split in half by a plasma sword. Yeah, didn't see that one coming.
Question: So does that mean the pink dinosaur/dragon thingy is gone?
Answer: No not gone, just evolved. Although he was split in half releasing his tapioca pearl inards, like Obi-Won Kenobi, the Pink One cannot be destroyed but now has become more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined.
Question: So what is the pink dinosaur/dragon thingy's name now?
Answer: His full name is Pink Gojima, named after the Island of Go from which the Pink One originates. Some people call him Pinky G, Pinky or just damn cute!
Question: What is up with the whale? Are you going to open up a second store called Pink Kujira?
Answer: While we are opening up a second store, the name of the new store will still be Pink Gorilla. The whale's name is Pink Kujira, derived from the Japanese word for whale, and we have all sorts of fun things planned for her. Rumor has it that Pink Kujira is a robot and can transform into a submarine when she senses danger.
Question: Why did Pink Gorilla kill Alien Hominid with the golden scissors in the Pax Exhibitor Hall?
Answer: To set the record straight, Pink Gorilla did not murder Alien Hominid...but we know who did. It was Star Bear, and we have video evidence to prove it! We will release it soon to clear our names. Poor Alien Hominid. Pink Gorilla sheds a tear for you in mourning.
Question: Was that Razor Ramon HG aka Hard Gay at PAX?
Answer: Er...yes it was. We hear that he was trying to send Nintendo a not-so-subtle message that they should release Freshly Picked Tingle's Rose Colored Rupee Land in the USA. We hear that he is a little bitter that Nintendo did not localize the game, which he has a cameo in, for America.
Question: Was that Star Bear dancing with the Orange Princess from Castle Crashers on a go-go platform at the Pink Gorilla booth on Sunday?
Answer: Yep. What's the matter, you've never seen a Star Bear dance? Rumor has it that the ORange Princess was somehow involved in the plot to kill Alien Hominid.
Question: How was the panel?
Answer: What panel? We know of no such panel.
Question: Seriously, how was the panel?
Answer: Seriously, what panel?
Question: Damn it!
Answer: Was that a question? In all seriousness, we did the same panel as last year to give those people who waited in line only to be turned away at the door a chance to see it. That was a mistake (we promise, the panel went very smoothly last year without so much as a hiccup). While the intro was pretty legendary with Hard Gay making a special guest appearance, the technical difficulties that ensued were too numerous and too frustrating to overcome for the panelists. Between mics not working and the tech guy inexplicably making our Power Point presentations inoperable and the videos non-functional, it became what is now known within Pink Gorilla as the Saturday night massacre. We apologize to all who stayed past the first ten minutes.
Special thanks to Dell for the nice picture of the plushy tower.