Blizzcon is the only single party con I’ll attend. While it depends on what you’re into, this con is a must for me every year. If you’re not into Blizzard games then this might not be for you, since it’s a Blizzard-only convention. If you’re not into Blizzard, but love cosplay, this is a great convention. Unlike some other conventions, some of the cosplayers here work on their Blizzcon costumes for up to a year or two before bringing them to Blizzcon. This isn’t a reason to attend the convention from out of state, but if you want to see amazingness and live near by, drop by on Friday and you’ll be astonished by what you see outside.
2015 was the first year I attended the convention. I played Warcraft, before WoW and Diablo, but was not a diehard like the people who attend this con. Over the past year, I’ve spent countless hours–well they’re counted, i guess, in the 300+ hours I have on one character–playing Overwatch. I’m not a huge FPS person, but this game is by far one of my favorites of all time. There’s no story mode or missions, just multiplayer and lore. What makes this game different is the amount of lore and story that surrounds it without having a story mode. Michael and his team have done an amazing job on making the characters come to life in an FPS.
Blizzcon is a yearly coming together for the entire Blizzard community. There have been a couple of years that Blizzard skipped, but we won’t talk about those dark days. I love this con, because of Blizzard and their love of their players. Even though I was not a Blizzard player the first year I went, I felt just as welcomed as the people who’ve been playing nonstop for years. The gaming industry has made tons of amazing strides in the past couple of years when it comes to its players and community. But there are plenty of companies that can take a cue from Blizzard in how to keep your in touch with the people playing your games. This is the epitome of building a franchise and brand, I love it!
There was definitely one or two downsides to this year’s Blizzcon. First are the skyrocketing prices of hotels. While the year before I could easily get a hotel room at the Hilton for around $200 a night for a regular hotel room, in 2016 they were jacked up to over $400 a night for the same lackluster rooms. I’m not willing to pay that price for a hotel if it’s not a suite or in an expensive city like Boston or New York. With Blizzcon around the corner again, room rates are back to being really high due to Blizzard announcing the dates. Yet another year where I will stay a little further away to have a bigger room for less money and less elevator waiting.
The second complaint this year was the lack of after parties. In my first year, I noted the amount of amazing parties surrounding this con. This year we didn’t see a NewEgg, Curse or any other party really. The Hilton lobby was still the place to go at night, where you can run into your favorite cosplayer, Blizzard employee or streamer. I like the fun after parties, but even if they’re missing it doesn’t stop the people at Blizzcon from having a good time. So this wasn’t as much of a big deal as it would be at other conventions. The gaming industry knows how to party, from PAX to E3 (from what I hear), there’s no shortage of after parties. Every year I’m looking to attend more gaming-specific conventions if they work out for my schedule.
So you like cosplay? Well, Blizzcon is probably the best place to see some of the most amazing cosplays. They’re all centered around Blizzard games, but that doesn’t make them any less spectacular. There’s plenty of cons where I have no idea where a character comes from, but am amazed at the cosplay nonetheless. This year we were graced by Milynn’s Bunny Overwatch group on Saturday. Wait, did you just say Saturday? Yes, there was more than just a couple cosplays on Saturday, where the year before only had ten. The amount was more than the year before, but that doesn’t mean Friday was overshadowed.
The Bunny Overwatch group used Castle Corsetry corsets as the base of their cosplay. When I say bunny, we’re talking Playboy bunny not Easter. If you remember the old Playboy clubs or the bunnies, then you’ll get a good idea of how these looked. If you’re having a hard time imagining it, you can always check out Saffels Photography’s photos of these amazing girls. I love this convention for more than just being a con. It’s like Dragoncon, where it feels like a relaxed environment where you can meet so many other people whether it’s a cosplayer, voice actor, Blizzard employee or whatever. It’s definitely the way I like to end my year, where you can relax and hang out.
Being able to hang out with friends from across the country, some of whom you’ve only met online playing Blizzard games, is a chance you don’t always get. I’ll say that Blizzcon is one of the best cons of the year, since it’s a gaming company throwing a convention for their players and celebrating them, while giving them an inside look at new Blizzard releases. This year the big announcement was Sombra, who looked like a cool-as-hell addition to Overwatch. I’m not much of a Sombra fan in terms of gameplay, but Overwatch is one of the most inclusive games currently on the market. You can play so many different types of characters.
Now enough of me fanboying over Blizzcon. It’s time for you to get out there and go to a con. Find one you want to go to and make it happen. Meet amazing people and enjoy the experience, because we should striving to have great experiences in life just not spending time with material goods.