Connecticon Addendum!

A few things that I didn’t mention last night:

  • I actually managed to miss every other tournament I had wanted to enter (Either directly or indirectly) as a result of Rock Band. I missed the DDR and Guitar Hero pre-III tournaments because Rock Band was still going on, and also missed Guitar Hero III because I was eating. Sam, whom I mentioned in the last entry, was actually eating with us, and ran to the tournament as she realized it was time to start. I knew this, but elected to continue eating, with my logic being both “Food is good” and “This is a convention; there is no way the tournament is starting on-time.” Oops, owned.
  • In the bottom of the last entry, I probably made it sound like no one knew what the heck they were doing with regards to the tournament. I suppose this is true to an extent, but it’s not as bad as I made it sound–amongst other things, certain TVs being better for gaming than others is not exactly something intuitive; the only reason I know about it is because of my DDR enthusiasm. Darren absolutely did the best he could with what he was given (As he explained it, there’s essentially one “volunteer staff” for the entire convention. He’s the Director of Video Games, yes, but as basically has an equal chance of getting a volunteer who has never heard of a Nintendo Wii and thus makes jokes about its name that were old two years ago as he does of getting someone who actually knows games), and he should be commended for that. Plus, this was the first CTCon Rock Band tourney–truthfully, I like the first-of-a-Con type tournies the best, as they tend to be more laid back than later ones, because the tournies aren’t yet dominated by people who look down upon anything less than perfection on the hardest difficulties (I specifically remember playing on Medium in the Guitar Hero tourney back at MAGFest 4 for just this reason…I’m pretty sure my opponent and I both played GH for the first time at that same convention)–so naturally there would be kinks to work out. In any event, the point is that I had a lot of fun at the tournament, and despite all the adversity in terms of both participating in and running the tournament, I’d definitely do it again next year (And not just because I now have a title to defend).


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    • James on August 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    The more organized the tourney, the more obsessive compulsive types you get there. It sounds like most people went there to have actual fun, which is entirely different than the joyless ego fests I’ve seen in stuff out here. I can also relate it to people who take frisbee too seriously–at the end of the day, it’s a pretty goofy sport.

    Congrats again on the win :) Though I think you made a typo in your post–you made it seem like there were girls at a gaming convention :)

    • emptyeye on August 4, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    First, @ Favorite Aunt from last night: Yeah, I definitely had a lot of fun. I tend to at these conventions, though.

    @ James: There was a (big) gaming room, yes, but calling the convention a “gaming convention” is actually misleading–if I had to classify it as one type of con, I’d go with “Anime Con” first, “Comic Con” (Specifically focusing on webomics) second, and then “Gaming Con”. Although I will say I was surprised at the proportion of girls there.

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