Ya know, it's nice to have a job that you enjoy and where you can have fun. I'm one of those lucky people who actually has that and this weekend is one of the times where I just can't forget it. For those of you who don't know (or didn't read the title before clicking in here), the MMORPG.com team is in New York City for Comic Con.
This was my first, so I wasn`t sure what to expect. After experiencing my first day at one and getting a good night`s sleep, I have to say that I`m impressed. I think it`s the carnival-like atmosphere that impresses me. I`m not knocking industry conventions like GDC, but any time you throw fans into the mix, be they comic fans, MMO fans, or overall ``nerds``, you`re going to have a good time.
In the interest of time, I`m going to give a little rundown of some of the more interesting parts of yesterday so as not to bore you with my few total geek-outs. I`m also going to throw a few pictures up here (more to come when I get back to the office).
Man, when people head to Comic Con, some of them go all out. I saw: A Witch Hunter, Jesus, Jedi, numerous Starfleet goons, Princess Leia, SG team members, a surprising number of really cool Storm Trooper costumes, Superman, Spiderman, Princess Leia, Commandos, Hazmat workers, Princess Leia, Imperia Soldiers, Princess Leia...
Ok, if you noticed that I said Princess Leia a bunch of times, please don`t email me or comment to point it out. I know, and it was intentional. There were lots and lots of Princess Leias. I`m not complaining mind you, I`m just saying...
It wasn`t the variety of costumes that amused me so much as the pairings. I have a couple of really great pictures of Superman posing with one of the Princess Leias (there are many copies and they have a plan), an SG member posing with a Jedi a hasmat person using a metal detector on Bobba Fett... To me, this is hilarious.
CCP - Mwhahaha
EVE Online has a booth over on the show floor. While our interview wasn`t today, we did end up poking around the booth a little bit. While we were there, we got a demo of one of CCP North America`s board games called Mwhahahaha. Yup. That`s really the name of the game. In it, you play an amusingly named super-villain who is trying to take over the world at the same time as four other super-villains with amusing names are trying to take over the world. This game is hilarious. I have never laughed so hard while playing a board game. If you ever have the chance to pick up a copy, please do so.
I`m one of those people who genuinely thinks that board games are underrated. I loved them as a kid and as a ``grown up``, I think I enjoy them even more. They`re a lost art that people are abandoning in favor of games of the video variety. It`s a shamer really.
X-Files - I Want To Believe
Chris Carter, the creator of X-Files, and Frank Spotnitz held a trailer screening for the upcoming film. I`d like to tell you that they answered a lot of questions about the movie but really what I saw was two men artfully dodging questions for half an hour. Now, I`m not criticizing that. They really were hilarious and they were very up front about the fact that a) they were there promoting the movie and b) they were going to be keeping everything about the movie to themselves lest one of us blog-type people run home and blow the mystery of the movie. Still though, some people insist on either going up to the question area and saying either, ``I don`t have a question, but I really liked the show`` or they would ask specific questions about the movie after they were told that they wouldn`t be answered. In the case of the fawning fan, I can`t stand when people do that. It embarasses us all. Nobody cares that you liked the show. We all liked the show. That`s why we`re there. In the case of the second question, seriously, if they say they can`t talk about it, they can`t talk about it. It`s not like they`re going to say, ``Well, there`s a carefully planned marketing campaign that hinges on people being surprised at the movie, but since someone I don`t know asked me at Comic Con, I`ll just blow the whole thing.``
I`d love to chat more, but day two is starting.