I flew out to San Francisco last week expecting sunny, shiny, happy people in bathing suits, tanned, roller-blading, all in the midst of a very warm April in California.
As you can see, I've never been to SF or California.
I'm an Ohio-bred Nerd, when it comes down to it, and I felt a little like Jed Clampett when I got off the plane in SFO Airport Thursday morning. Only I wasn't so wide-eyed once I got into the heart of downtown San Francisco and stepped out of the cab to realize it was fifty degrees. Glad I brought my hoodie indeed. Still, the trip was fantastic. I didn't have too much time to explore the innards of the metropolis, but I got a good sense of the food and the people and realized that I would go mad from trolly dings if I lived where my hotel was stationed.
But the real highlight of the trip was the Trion Worlds event. No one really knew what to expect with the exception that we knew we were going to see two of the company's games in action. The news out of Trion has been relatively dark since last year, but Dr. Lars Buttler and crew didn't disappoint with all the info we gleaned from them that evening.
And there's something I feel I have to say about Trion. It may seem like sucking up, but after talking with the developers and businessmen alike, I get the feeling that nearly everyone at the company is in love with online gaming. They don't just think of it as a money-pinata (though obviously that's what they're hoping), but rather they all seem to approach MMOGs the same we we fans do... with feverish devotion. Dr. Lars himself may be "The Suit" of the operation but I hope I'm not too crass in saying that he seems every bit a dork as myself. Only Dr. Lars managed to secure a buttload of funding for a massive online entertainment company while I'm having trouble squaring funding for a trip to Niagra Falls in May.
I met a slew of people that evening, drank a lot of free IPA, ate a lot of good food, and watched the developers play a couple fantastic looking games. The only way the night would have been better was if I could have laid my greasy fingers on the keyboard myself. But for that, I just have another month and a half to wait as Trion's crew will be in full force at E3.
Maybe then it'll be warmer...