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.
My son loved it when there were Smash Bros and Melee tournaments and League of Legend tournaments and such by the old company who used to sponsor and run the room.
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...