3 hour car trip and we were there. Smack dab in the middle of what I guess could be called “Nerd Heaven”. My primary reason for being here was the screening of my film Dance Dance Revolution: The Warrior’s Path. That went as well as it could…
The second reason was to continue my coverage of the cons I go to. I did some C2E2 stuff a couple of months ago, and now I’m here for GenCon… and brought a few new writers along with me to share their take.
There wasn’t much going on Thursday except for my film. So we pretty much took the time to get settled in. We stayed at a Super 8 just outside the city. It was pretty nice, and there was a fuckin RALLY’S next to it.
Anyway, after getting settled in, we traveled back to the Con (About 10 minute drive) and found some badass 5 dollar parking (holla!). We actually spent all of our time in the game room brushing up on our fighting games.
In the game room however, we were greeted to a giant projector with Dance Central on it. That seemed to be the hit of the Con. It was interesting to watch that’s for sure. But I never want to here “Souja Boy” or “Teach Me How to Jerk”. Ever again… ever.
Friday: It was more of the same to be honest. I was rocking a camera and was taking pictures left and right. So much so that I didn’t really go to any panels. I was having so much fun just talking to people, but I’ll get into it more later.
Saturday: This is when I hit up a couple of the filmmaking panels. Got to meet David Nett (Gamers) and he had some kind words. Pretty badass dude, follow his ass on twitter @davidnett. I also went to a film financing panel that was literally no help to me. But I’m still glad I went. Got me some alone time.
Later that night was the Marvel 3 tournament which was going well until my guard randomly fell and I got hit by an Iron Man <___< yeah. That Iron Man wasn’t very good either. And fuck Marvel on PS3, seriously.
Sunday: Not much happened, we wrapped up and that’s about it. I bought some pretty cool shit (a hat and a potion bottle. Then we got back in the truck and drove all the way home. Aww-yeah.
THE BREAK DOWN
-Well, the tagline for the con is the “Best 4 Days of Gaming.” I expected there to be a lot more console gaming represented. I was wrong, either that… or it’s kinda misleading. Either way, I was surprised that there wasn’t a single DDR machine or something in there. Yes, I know there are three in Tilt, but I’m surprised there didn’t bring one over.
Barring a few people in the halls and those awesome folks in the press room… the staff is ass. Or at least it’s bring brought down to ass. There was so little communication between those running the actual events and those up front selling “Event Tickets”. One even almost overcharged me for the Marvel tournament too. And those are just my
-No cash money in fighting tournaments: That shit is dumb as hell. Yeah they give you a little trophy, but that’s not worth a 6 dollar entry, you feel me? Good ol’ Con pocketing that extra money. I see how it is.
-The People: I’ve never run into such a large concentration of genuinely nice people in a long time. They were all too willing to tell me about their favorite games. There was no age limit either, kids as young as 6 weeks old to people in their 80’s were all talking about gaming together. I’ve just never seen anything like it. I’m not really into tabletop stuff, but from what I observed, it’s pretty fun stuff. Maybe I’ll start playing some…
-The traveling game show guy. Nuff said.
-The ladies in the press room: They got us hooked up LIKE A BOSS.
Can’t wait to get the pictures up.
I think me and Stephen are going next year. If for any reason, just to body motherfuckers at fighting game tournaments.
Let’s see what my traveling companions have to say…