Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Next Year's Comic-Con Event

We’ve already been this year, but here’s why you should come along for 2015.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is nothing more than a memory, a flurry of ridiculously fun parties, wild events and panels loaded with more stars than you could shake a stick at. You’ve already seen the number of hands-on stories I posted over the weekend around the event, but if you’re still not convinced that Comic-Con is a place for you to get your gaming on, we’ve got some things that will prove otherwise. Five things, in fact.

Here are some reasons you don’t want to miss next year’s event…even if that means going wall to wall with hundreds of your fellow nerds.

The gaming lounges are ridiculously cool

That’s right, outside of the event, every year, a few companies go out and host special parties at devoted lounges. Nintendo, for example, has set up shop at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, where gamers of all ages can play its latest 3DS and Wii U releases. Microsoft has also been good about hosting devoted gaming spaces, as it did this year with its Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Hyatt. And Deep Silver and Square Enix teamed up for a special Gaming Lounge at the Whiskey Girl, which was nothing short of amazing. Get down there and enjoy some lounges.

The panels are a good time

A number of terrific panels highlighted this year’s San Diego Comic-Con event. The first, of which, is Lego Batman 3, which featured Troy Baker grabbing a selfie with the legendary Adam West while talking as the Dark Knight. Other panels, like Console Wars, the Bandai Namco panel, the wild Street Fighter panel, and the Halo panels were all not-miss material. Plus, like the Marvel panel every year, sometimes there’s exclusive stuff that isn’t shown anywhere else. Yes, we’ve seen the Master Chief Collection in action. Be jealous.

The activities are a blast

Outside of special lounges and stuff happening on the show floor, there are plenty of hosted activities that both attendees and casual folks can take part in around San Diego. The Assassin’s Creed Experience, for example, provided folks the chance to run an obstacle course and take a “leap of faith” into a blown-up mattress. Borderlands’ laser tag was also amazing, taking place on the nearby rooftop at Petco Park, and gave folks the chance to loosen their nerves in a good ol’ game of “shoot the other guy”.

Next year is likely to bring similar events, so you don’t want to miss out.

There are plenty of games

The far end of San Diego Comic-Con was devoted to gaming space, with Capcom, Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Nintendo, Sega and others hosting booths where gamers could stop by and play some of the newest releases around. Sure, there’s a wait in some areas (like there was this year with Alien Isolation, but sitting in the egg was worth it), but it’s just an hour at best, and then you’re playing a release before anyone else. If you can’t make it to the devoted game spaces, this is the next best thing.

The community

For every few geeks who aren’t quite your speed when it comes to being social, there are those who definitely are. We actually ended up getting in a late night chat session regarding Super Smash Bros. during the first night of the show, and it was good fun. Whether you prefer role-playing goodness, fighting games, or platformers, there was something for everyone else.

Of course, you’d know that if you’d just make the trip…

From The Chatty
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    July 28, 2014 10:00 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Five Reasons You Shouldn't Miss Next Year's Comic-Con Event.

    We’ve already been this year, but here’s why you should come along for 2015.

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      July 28, 2014 10:02 AM

      Thirty-seven reasons you bought the best console this generation!

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      July 28, 2014 10:19 AM

      Fifteen reasons why Yoshi is the best Nintendo character to crochet while at your cousins Bar Mitzvah!

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      July 28, 2014 10:33 AM

      1. Boob zoom
      2. Catching ebola each year from some unwashed troglodyte is fun
      3. Bleeding from your anus isn't that bad
      4. Waiting 6 days for a seat in a panel is totally normal
      5. Being set adrift in a sea of unwashed gamers who cannot get to their destination either is a freeing experience

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        July 28, 2014 10:33 AM

        (Source: Working 13 comicons and attending 7 more)

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      July 28, 2014 10:36 AM

      I can think of 1 reason to miss it, that it's insanely fucking hard to get full passes.

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        July 28, 2014 10:52 AM

        You'd be surprised what you can do without a pass. Nintendo, Deep Silver, and Square Enix had their playable games outside the Convention Center. In fact, I was hearing from reps that renting out space outside the main Comic Con area not only boosted their exposure, but was also a whole lot cheaper for them. I think the number of developers using outside locations for their Comic Con setups will go up in 2015.

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          July 28, 2014 11:41 AM

          Agreed. TONS to do.

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          July 28, 2014 12:29 PM

          Yeah, piggy backing is a viable option, but it's hit and miss. We considered it for GDC, but it's hard to get people to leave the convention center unless you are already a big draw.

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          July 28, 2014 1:10 PM

          That seems viable if you live nearby, but not worth traveling to.

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          July 28, 2014 4:41 PM

          The area behind PetCo Park is huge now. Before, it was sorta the SDCC leftovers, but now it's a full-fledged venue that even has signings (like for Sin City).

          Nintendo's room at the Marriott was insanely popular. I was surprised at how crowded it was.

          I didn't venture to the Hyatt where X-box was set up, but I imagine it was equally popular.

          Capcom held the finals of their Street Fighter tournament in the Omni.

          Until the convention center expansion is complete (supposedly starting next year), I think you'll see more and more big names moving out of the exhibit hall and into their own personal room.