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There are a number of ways you can measure the success of a video game title and even though I'm no developer or publisher I have to imagine if your game gets a convention named after it, that's a pretty good indicator there are people out there that like it. Games like Minecraft and Quake have conventions named after them. Then of course there are much larger conventions that unite (or at least bring together under the same roof) companies from all over the world - conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX). How many different PAX events are there? Well, let's see...there is PAX Prime, PAX East, PAX Dev, PAX Australia...and now, a PAX South.

Right now, as you probably know, the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is happening. It's going on until July 27th. It's not exclusive to video games, obviously, or it would be the San Diego Video Game Con. But there are plenty of video game companies there. And there are plenty of people going who are gamers.

This year's E3 seemed fairly mild. Everybody seemed to play nice and get along...but it didn't seem to have the energy of some of the previous years. I enjoyed it, but as I say that...I don't really have any stand out memories of it. I think the same is true of this year's San Diego Comic-Con. I almost didn't realize it was that time again because there wasn't a lot of chatter about it. Who are some of the big names and celebrities going this year? Sheesh, I don't even know.

The sentiment for many of the conventions seems to be mixed and a hard one to figure out.

First of all, it would appear gamers love going to conventions as most conventions are ridiculously hard to get tickets for...and they usually sell out in minutes. Tickets aren't really that cheap, especially considering some people also have to include travel and lodging expenses unless they happen to live in the area where the event is being hosted.

But are all gamers interested in conventions? Hah...well there is no way I can answer that. All I can do is look at the signs and make an assumption. Could be totally wrong...could be a little right. Could be somewhere in the middle. As far as the SDCC, I'd say most of the people I follow on Twitter aren't really talking about it. I don't think anybody has posted a blog on it (if they did - I don't remember it). Although, it does seem like I'm seeing more and more people talking about skipping this year's (insert event name here).

Are there too many conventions? Not enough conventions? Are they in the right or wrong locations? Are there games that deserve their own conventions that don't have one? Or is the industry saturated with these shows that cost a lot of time, energy and money when they're not really wanted or needed?

Since I'm asking you for your opinion it's probably only fair to share my own thoughts on it. Honestly, I've only been to a few events...and on both sides of the booth. I've worked them and I've attended them. It's definitely an experience. Something I think every gamer would enjoy at least once. My opinion is simple - if tickets sell and gamers come, hold the convention. Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts and whether you've been or would want to go to a convention.

Cheers.

 

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