More Updates, Additions, and Store Closures (Oh, my!)

Whoa. Two updates within three months. If I keep this up, my wife is going to say I’ve got too much free time on my hands and give me more chores around the house.

Updates/Additions to EVENTS & VENUES:

– Event dates edited current to 2012-13.

– Deletions:
WIZARD WORLD ATLANTA was a one-time event that won’t likely return.

INVADERCON was promoted as a one-time event for Atlanta, so it’s been deleted since INVADERCON II: DOOMCON is scheduled for Los Angeles, CA in July 2012.

– Additions:
ANACHROCON
ATLANTA GAME FEST
ATLANTA MOVIE TOURS
ATLANTA ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
CARDBOARD*CON (March 3, 2012!)
COLUMBUS COMIC BOOK SHOW
CON*tourage
EYECON (March 2-4, 2012!)
HORIZON THEATER/AVENUE Q (show running through April 1, 2012!)
INFESTATION (zombie 5K obstacle course March 31, 2012!)
JOELANTA (March 18, 2012!)
KAMPINGKON (March 3, 2012!)
MOMOCON (March 16-18, 2012!)
NETHERWORLD
RELAPSE COMEDY THEATER/CINEPROV
SAFETY WOLF RECREATION OUTPOST
SAVCON
SECRETS FACTORY
SOUTHERN ORDER OF STORYTELLERS
STUDIO MOVIE GRILL

Updates/Additions to the SHOPPING guide:

– Deletions:
AFG reader Mark reports that the Athens PLAY N TRADE store closed in late 2011, and it appears that their stores in Peachtree Corners and Snellville have closed as well since they are no longer listed on playntrade.com’s store listings.

The VIDEO WAREHOUSE store in Winder, GA closed in December 2011. In February 2012, they announced they would be closing locations in Columbus and Cairo, GA.

The RERUN VIDEO store in Braselton, GA closed Summer 2011, but may still have a booth space at the Pendergrass Flea Market.

The TOWER GAME CENTER has relocated from Lawrenceville to Suwanee, GA.

– Additions:
A TOUCH OF MAGIC: Costumes by Creatively Tink
BILLY’S TOYS AND COMICS
PSI / PUBLISHER SERVICES, INC.

Updates/Additions to FAN CLUBS & MEETUP GROUPS:

– Deletion: Jer Alford, founder of ATLANIME.NET, informed me that he decided to discontinue his ATLANTA FANDOM site on ning.com last year in order to focus on his anime club and other projects.

– Additions:
ATLANTA SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY
GEORGIA G.I. JOE FANS
SOUTHERN ORDER OF STORYTELLERS

Upcoming projects on the to-do list:

Upgrade blog design template to something less drab and crappy
Launch AFG Facebook and Twitter pages
ATL Guide to Geek Good Eats
Shopping Guide store reviews
Events Calendar
Listings for Atlanta-based genre professionals
Favorite Geek Links
Launch secret spin-off project
Laundry
Organize sock drawer
Procrastinate

Store Closings: Play N Trade – Dacula and Buford, GA

The Play N Trade video game store in Dacula, GA (next to Stars & Strikes) has unfortunately closed without notice. I visited this location on 5.24.2010 and found the store locked with all the product still inside. A brief note posted on the door stated that due to the poor economy the store had to close abruptly, and thanks all their regulars for their business.

On a related note, the Buford Play N Trade store near the Mall of Georgia appears to have closed recently as well.

I must say it’s very disappointing to see these two stores closing almost in the same month, and not just because I was a regular at both stores. It means that the retail industry in Atlanta is continuing to decline and that Play N Trade stores are unable to remain profitable and competitive with the monster corporate juggernaut of GameStop.

Play N Trade’s stores are very gamer-friendly and the staff have always proven helpful for me, and they are among very few retailers outside of independents who still buy/sell/trade vintage games, consoles and accessories.

There are still 8 7 6 5 Play N Trade locations open in the Atlanta area, and I encourage all Atlanta-area gamers to support them:

Athens – closed late 2011
Atlanta
Snellville – closed Summer 2011
Canton
Gainesville
Peachtree Corners – closed in 2010
Tucker
Woodstock

Visit PlayNTrade.com to find the location nearest you.

For you nostalgic types and former regulars at the Atlanta-area PNT stores that closed, I found some videos/TV commercials from those stores:

– Athens, GA

– Buford, GA

– Peachtree Corners, GA