And remember, Cosplay Is Not Consent, and that includes taking photos (although I assume that being in the costume parade implies consent for videos)
Here is more
Gen Con's Ethics, Conduct, and No Harassment policy extends to photos, recordings, and act of recording taken by attendees at Gen Con. Attendees acknowledge that their photos and recordings must comply with Gen Con's Ethics, Conduct, and No Harassment policy, and that a failure to do so may result in expulsion without refund from the convention. This policy is enforced
No where does it say you must ask for permission and the part where it says co.ply with federal laws it is illegal to say some people can be photographed without permission and others you must have permission
Ps. Look and read the back of your badge. Around the 3rd paragraph
It would be exponentially better, though, if they could just word it this way: “...Ad infinitum for cassettes, video tapes, bubble chips, and all other methods of recording, known and unknown. Sign here. Use my back...”
Years ago it was stated in plain English but I guess someone thought they had to have lawyers rewrite it
Years ago my then-girlfriend used to do cosplays and we would walk around the convention center and attendees would take her picture. Most people would ask, some wouldn't, but only the square root of the number of pictures taken would say anything other than asking. For example, if 49 people took pictures, only 7 would actually compliment the costume or say anything at all besides "can I have a picture." I tracked this over multiple days and years and the square-root formula was a surprisingly good fit.
There's probably a sociology paper in there somewhere for an enterprising researcher.
I appreciate that we have polymorphed a thread on the cost of badge shipping into a thread regarding photo consent and GC terms and conditions
I prefer "Keep your hands to yourself weirdo"
It's much less 'nice'.
Back on target please.
I personally am fine with paying 10 bucks for shipping. It’s not like it’s some secret surcharge...you know up front the cost and what you’re getting for it. Either pay it and get your stuff mailed or don’t and wait in line for it. I mean, it’s Gen Con. I’ve paid more than that shipping cost to pretend my toy spaceships are shooting other toy spaceships for an hour and a half. You’re going to spend money on things you don’t necessarily need that you know you’re paying more than they’re worth to do or get...
In fact either last year or the year before I saw it go down the length of the convention center out the door on the west end by Victory Field and down the sidewalk along Missouri Street until it reached almost to Lucas Oil Stadium. That was long...
Anyway, yes even 20 minutes of my time when I have games starting at 8:00 AM on Thursday and running straight through until around 2:00 PM on Sunday is too long and worth $10.00, but that is me and I realize that others may disagree.
As the WoW Goblins say, "Time is Money, friend!"
It's up to each person how much of their time they want to give up to save the $10. If you can get there late Wed, you will probably not spend much time in line. Other times, especially Thurs morning, expect to spend 1-2 hours. After that, it calms down a bit, but I remember Sunday morning last year also was ridiculous, with all the Sunday-only people picking up their stuff.
I have never, even at the worst of times, had to wait an hour for my badge at will call. They are usually VERY quick and cutting through those lines.
The cost isn't their fault. The shipping companies set the prices. I mean, a flat rate USPS priority mail envelope costs $7.
Will Call line is hardly understaffed. At peak times they have pretty much the maximum number of humans they can fit into that amount of space. They could increase this, but to what purpose? Outside of a pretty specific window, the demand is too small to justify that.
I think it's really weird that after paying hundreds and hundreds of dollars for badges, event tickets, travel, lodging, and food, it's a $10 shipping charge that breaks you.