Blizzard Enterprises, aka King of all Things Gaming, puts on their annual BlizzCon to gather people, game creators, and different communities that love and support the Blizzard Enterprise. 2016 is a big year, as it marks a decade of BlizzCon events and 25 years of the company. Blizzard games is responsible for the phenomenon that is World of Warcraft (aka the most addicting game of all time), Overwatch, Starcraft, Diablo, and a variety of other RP games. If you don’t recognize any of these names or games, you’ve been living a hole like Gollum for the past 25 years – welcome to 2016.
BlizzCon is not only exciting because it provides a platform for the massive gaming community, but it also highlights new releases, additions, and theories that have been previously unshared with the community at large. Gamers also get to engage with their favorite game developers who will be present on a variety of panels. They can also play a variety of the new games that are being released – before the public even gets to see them! Gamers also get to live out the games in real time, with tons of Live Action Role Playing to be had at the convention. The cosplay contest alone is worth seeing – some people just go all out!
BlizzCon attendees are often very big in the gaming community, so if you go, you might just see your favorite gamer or blogger. You may also hear a lot of gamers complaining about the cost of the convention – a whopping $200 for a 2 day extravaganza. While that is definitely on the higher end as far as conventions go, previous attendees have mentioned how much they got out of it, and how much fun they had. So don’t let the cost dissuade you from attending – save up and go! It’s November 4 and 5th this year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Cali.
One neat aspect of BlizzCon is that people can now buy Virtual Tickets (so you can stay home and play World of Warcraft, you loser). Attendees also can pitch panel ideas, and win contests to display their art, movies, or even their own games. This is a hugely supportive community, so people that win these contents tend to get a lot of exposure. What’s better than seeing what likeminded people think of what you have to present?
Gamers will get to see first hand the newest additions to the WoW franchise, which is probably the biggest selling point for hardcore fans.
Other than that, BlizzCon tends to be a fairly small event (given the price and relatively specific community). It’s a great place to go if you’re an avid gamer, assuming you can step away from your computer and stop playing World of Warcraft for a few hours. However, keep in mind that you also have to travel to Anaheim, and pay for a hotel, which makes this a rather pricey weekend getaway. If you’re a truly committed Blizzard Enterprises fan, though, we’re sure you’ll make it work. See you there!