I attended GenCon 2018, did not go in 2017, but saw that there was no computer gaming area like there was in GenCon 2016.
I mostly come to GenCon for things outside of the computer gaming area, but it was really nice to sometimes take a break from everything else to just sit and play some video games for a while. I'm wondering what happened with this in 2018 and if there's a possibility for this to come back in 2019?
We did have computer gaming, but you're correct that we didn't have the large lan gaming space we had last year. We had classic gaming consoles, and classic arcade cabinets, in that area instead. We would like to have more modern lan gaming again in the future, however, something on the scale of what we had previously is honestly, very expensive to put on, and not a lot of groups can manage it; the previous group had other obligations last year that prevented it from coming back this past year. So, I would say we're definitely open to it returning, but at the moment, we have no firm plans to be able to do so.
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it would be great to see again - although obviously not the main Gen Con draw, my son and friends like the Halo tournaments!
The cabinet arcade game room for 2018 was extremely underwhelming. The selection wasn't great, but more importantly many of the controls were malfunctioning or completely broken. So half of the games you couldn't even play. :(
I hope that can be addressed this year with a better selection and maintained machines.
It's almost as if GenCon is INTENTIONALLY trying not to be E3 or CES! ;-)
I don't have enough time in the 4 days to sit down and play video games. Maybe 10 minutes to check it out but that's it.
I don't know why anyone would pay 120 dollars for a 4 day badge, plus hundreds or possibly thousands in hotel fees, spend exorbitant time, and money, and effort to get to Indy, to go sit down at a computer or do whatever they would just normally do at home.
The computer gaming area held a lot more than just current games. There were a number of classic consoles & arcade games, which many of us do have some nostalgia for. In 4 days, there is plenty of time to try a bit of everything, sometimes even going back to our (relative) youth.
There's plenty of time to do everything, sometimes people just want to stop walking around from place to place to just sit and relax somewhere.
We can say the same about playing D&D or whatever, why pay $120 and hotel and travel just to come and play a game we can play at home? Because of the experience!
It is different, or at least it was. Last year was a huge let down, so if you are saying why pay for last year's experience, then I agree with you. I wish they could get the old event organizer back as that was a fun filled dark room of gaming mayhem...
Yeah I do not really begrudge anyone's choices of what to do at Gen-Con; I mean some people come despite their anxiety or crowd-phobias or other things largely keeping them from what some of us think of as the whole point of the convention, but if they are having fun then HECK YEAH
My catchphrase is always "Gen-Con is too short for gaming," personally; the things available here that are available nowhere else are so great in number that I stopped signing up for games years ago since I would almost always want to skip them for something else anyway!
How was this event?