by Robert Bell
11:30 a.m. Bentonville Doubletree Guest Suites. $20-$45.
Do you need approximately 56 to 72 hours of LARP, CCG, cosplay, steampunk, sci-fi, anime, video games and more?
Then you'd best get yourself and all your assorted gear up to Bentonville this weekend for GlitchCon 2012: The Last Con on Alderaan. This fan convention is a three-day celebration of all those aforementioned things (Alderaan is the planet that Princess Leia hails from, non-geeks).
In addition to all the gaming and the costume contest, there will be guest speakers. One of the guest speakers is Charles Martinet, an actor and public speaker who has also done voiceover work for numerous video games, including the voices of Mario, Wario, Luigi and Donkey Kong for the Nintendo 64. I would estimate that I've heard Martinet's voice saying, "Hey, it's me, Mario on Nintendo 64!" at least 40 hundred million times. It was during a brief, nearly life-ruining stint working the overnight shift at Toys 'R' Us. There was a Nintendo 64 display unit that repeated this phrase over and over at top volume all night as we restocked the shelves. Nobody could figure out how to turn the damn thing off or even how to lower the volume, and to this day, the haunting refrain echoes in my mind's ear. I can hear it even now ...
Anyways, other guests include HALO voice talent Steve Downes, sci-fi and YA authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta and many more. There'll be music from DJs Azrael and Infam0us and most importantly, plenty of chances for hot nerd-on-nerd action at the sure-to-be raging afterparties.