Fangirl confirmed

Recently I had the amazing fortune to go to the Blizzard Entertainment convention, BlizzCon with four dear friends. Tickets to the two-day event sell out in approximately 3 seconds every year.  BlizzCon is held at the Anaheim Convention Center in a cavernous, dimly-lit hall with various stages for talks and shows, huge banks of computers running various games including a demo of the next World of Warcraft expansion,  and booths with things to buy and things to do.

My friends and I joined the 27,000 other convention-goers wandering the hall and areas outside, soaking up the amazing costumes, nodding to thumping game soundtrack music, and basking in the feeling of being surrounded exclusively by gamers of all types.

For the Horde!

We all got ourselves some sexeh Horde temporary tattoos, I had my face painted with undead face markings, and about half-way through the first day I put on the (somewhat unrelated) costume I had brought. (I was steampunk at a fantasy game con, but hey. It was fun.)

The weekend was probably one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The people, the energy, doing a voice-over for a game scene, the parties (dancing with Felicia Day and chatting with Robin Thorsen!!)… party

Suffice it to say that we’re hooked, and definitely going back next year.
The purpose of going was actually, believe it or not, work. We started a little pre-recruiting for the quest we’re using for our study of social interaction in World of Warcraft. We created an Add On that folks will download from Curse and then will be able to play through the quest in small groups. We talked to players about the quest and the study, got some ideas about what folks wanted to know in order to play, and passed out some info.

But in the process, we got quite converted into fans. Oh, we arrived loving the game, don’t get me wrong. But something happened as we were milling around with 26,995 other players. Somehow we went from players to Players, from fans to Fans, and… well.

Suffice it to say I’m considering a real tattoo next time.

For the Horde!

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