The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite part of MMO gaming conventions?

    
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The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite part of MMO gaming conventions?

The last of the pre-Stormblood fan festivals for Final Fantasy XIV has come to a close, and as with the prior two fan festivals, the bulk of my interest was satisfied after the keynote. There were a lot of other things happening, of course, lots of cool cosplay contests and interviews with the developers about what leads to creating the world… but the reality is that I’m mostly just interested in the actual information about the game. You could say that it’s because of my job, but it’s been the case as long as I can recall; once we’re done with the information, my interest goes down, despite my respect for cosplayers and the developers.

I know some of you are the same way, doing your best Joe Friday impression and asking for just the facts. But I also know that’s not universal; there are people for whom seeing cosplay contests or developer interviews are the main draw. Heck, there are people who mostly go for social interactions, and that’s just as valid. So where do you stand, dear readers? What interests you about conventions for MMOs? Is it information about upcoming patches and expansions? Celebrating your fandom? Finding out what went into making the game? Something else altogether?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Andy McAdams
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Andy McAdams

I’ve never been to a convention, alas. BUT I love looking at the cosplay pieces coming out them. What people manage to do is bloody amazing. It’s like watching a themed Face/Off , with even more nerd :-D

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dixa

my favorite part of them is how i don’t go to them.

i used to go to e3 before it was opened to the public. went to it a couple times after. it was a far more professional affair before they opened it up to the public.

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Rottenrotny

I’m gonna go with the afterparties. I barely remember Blizzcon last year so I’m assuming that means I had a good time!

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starbuck1771

Well I am a guy so I have to say the Cosplay girls & checking out what games are coming soon.

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Bannex

Be extra careful, saying you’re a male and that you’re sexually attracted to women around here might get you in trouble

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starbuck1771

and whats wrong with being a straight male?

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Bannex

Nothing from my point of view but others take exception for some reason

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Esoteric Coyote

Not going? But you know, I’m not fond of people… or crowds… or noise.

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Bryan Correll

I’ve never been to one. Anything interesting and/or controversial that happens I’ll get to read about here saving me the trouble of being around crowds in meatspace.

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Utakata

It should be conventional that every game should have robust character creators, interesting and immersive story lines, fantastical environments, a well tuned graphics engine, large pigtail optio…

“I don’t think they’re talking about that kind of ‘convention’, Uta!”

…oh. :(

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FreecczLaw

For once I actually agree with something you say Eliot. The info dumps is all I care about.

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Jack Pipsam

Never been to a MMO convention, don’t think there are any in Australia.

But if it’s anything like the other geek/gaming conventions I have been too, then I expect just the general good-feel excited vibe is what I would enjoy the most.

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Jack Pipsam

Aha, although that would require me caring about EVE :P

Still that is pretty neat to see regardless.

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camren_rooke

Conventions have that certain…

… is that patchouli and…Mountain Dew?

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srmalloy

I’m reminded of this Liberty Meadows strip.