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GH58: Octopath Traveler & Gaming at SDCC 2018

GH58: Octopath Traveler & Gaming at SDCC 2018
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Amazon makes changes to video game pre-orders, we bring SirynRae on to talk about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch, Derreck discusses his latest experiences with Horizon Zero Dawn, and then Jon breaks down his gaming experience at San Diego Comic Con 2018 which included an exclusive play through of the new Resident Evil 2 remake, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and more!

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GH58: Octopath Traveler & Gaming at SDCC 2018

SDCC 2018 Recap

It’s our SDCC 2018 recap episode! This episode will be longer and cross-posted to our Redshirts & Runabouts feed since we cover so many topics! What do we discuss? Well, tons from DC Entertainment including DC Universe’s Titans, Young Justice, and Swamp Thing, plus Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam! But that’s not all, we cover Star Trek Discovery and Short Treks, Star Wars’ bringing back Clone Wars, Disenchantment, Buffy, Good Omens, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and on a serious note, James Gunn and the Disney situation over on the Marvel side. So buckle up. It was a big SDCC this year!

What did you think of SDCC 2018? Which trailer was your favorite? What are you most excited for? We want to know!

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SDCC 2018: Resident Evil 2 Demo

Hey, everyone! It’s Jon of the Gamer Heroes podcast! I just got back from an incredible weekend at San Diego Comic Con. One thing I wanted to share with you was my experience playing the brand new Resident Evil 2 remastered demo at the convention! I recorded a little clip with my initial thoughts and will probably talk more about it on next week’s episode of Gamer Heroes, so don’t miss that!

First up, I want to share my thoughts on the demo but make sure to check out below for some photos from the set they put together. They basically built a little Raccoon City at SDCC, pretty crazy.

Next up are the photos I talked about. I hope you enjoy them!

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Finally, check out my big cosplay! It’s black suit Superman!

My Black Suit Superman at the DC Universe booth!

If you like the suit, please check out BusterProps.com for more of my work!

Alright, we’ll talk more about Resident Evil 2 on Gamer Heroes next week! See you then.

SDCC 2018: Resident Evil 2 Demo

SH S4E03: SDCC 2017 Recap

SDCC, the biggest comic con of the year, is over and we’re here to talk about our favorite moments, trailers, and announcements. We’ll be covering major franchises like Marvel and Infinity War, DC Comics and Justice League, plus Netflix’s Stranger Things, and even more.

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SH S2E6: SDCC 2016 Wrap-Up

San Diego Comic-Con, also known as SDCC is over for the 2016 year. The countries biggest comic con always brings in the big news from comic book films to TV shows and beyond. If you’re one of the lucky ones able to grab a pass you have access to exclusive merchandise including action figures, posters, cloths, and more. On top of that, you get first dibs at the biggest panels of the year, specifically in the famous Hall H. This year, DC Entertainment and Star Trek had the two biggest showings with Marvel still not disappointing.

This week, we sat down for a special episode with our returning guest Ian of Haus of Turner Cosplay as we talk about the biggest SDCC news from DC, Marvel, Star Trek, and more!

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The End of Conventions as We Know It

Recently, popular convention chain Wizard World announced their 2015 profits, revealing millions of lost revenue for the year.  Attendance was down, overall spending was down, yet, the quest to make conventions bigger and bigger still got the better of them. The effects were so devastating that the Wizard World CEO stepped down. Now, why in the world would one of the few incorporated convention chains be suffering such high financial loss when nerd culture is at its highest peak ever? Clearly, you can’t be a huge failure if you’re getting currently working celebrities to appear at your cons. Well, there are many reasons why this could be.

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Market Saturation

Conventions used to be a once, maybe twice, a year event for most major cities. You’d spend all year making your costumes, or working on your comic checklist, or saving up for the insane amount of stuff you’re going to buy.  However, now, if your city is anything like mine, there’s a convention every week between the months of April through October with more and more popping up every year.  It’s not difficult to throw a convention anymore. Small time con goers have figured out the proper formula of how to put on one of their own, so they do. While I applaud their efforts, ultimately the small cons hurt the big cons in the end.  I know that sounds ridiculous considering in most other fields the opposite is most likely the truth.  However, imagine going to a convention every week for 6 months straight. Most of them are just one or two days out of your schedule. Not a big deal, right? Well, if you spend a minimum of $20 at each of these cons, you’re spending a minimum of $480 at the conventions, without food and travel factored in.  Your con budget gets stretched thinner and thinner each year and you spend less and less at each convention, making the overall convention less successful. It would actually be more beneficial to each convention to have a lower attendance rate if it meant a higher spending budget for each attendee.

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Misnomers

Another issue with this? Conventions are incorrectly labeled as “Comic Cons” more often than not. When I say, “I’m going to Comic Con,” it comes with a certain stigma that might deter others from attending. San Diego no longer has the comic presence it did in the past, so why not call it a media convention? Well, it’s because San Diego believes they invented the comic convention. They even tried to trademark the words ‘Comic Con’ a few years back.  They have the name recognition to attempt something so crazy, even if they were legally unable to.  So while SDCC can’t change their name now, there’s honestly no reason the smaller conventions that popped up within the last year can’t be more creative. Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2, describes the convention more accurately and appeals to a wider audience based on name alone.

Nerd Saturation

Aside from conventions popping up, nerds of all kinds have begun turning their passions into businesses, that involves using conventions as large ways to sell your product.  Conventions as we know it, are large money-makers for businesses of all kinds, not just of nerd fandom.  When your attendees start becoming your attractions, or your staff, you lose out on a chunk of your business. It’s the Syndrome from The Incredibles predicament: when everyone is special, no one is. While the internet has room for everyone to emerge from their cocoons and become beautiful butterflies, not every convention can accommodate every artist, cosplayer, celebrity, business. Now, you can’t tell people with genuine talent and product that they’re not welcome at your show, but there has to be some sort of exclusivity. If you have local guest A and local podcast B this year, switch it out next year. This helps with the bigger issue of losing the most loyal clientele without waiting years for a new generation of attendees to pop up.

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The Con Business Model

What once was a chance for people of like mind and interest to come together is now a full blown incorporated business. Once people realized they could make quite a bit off of con attendees, they took advantage of it.  Autographs run from $40 (cheapest I’ve ever seen) to $130 (Stan Lee’s current going rate). They have to be purchased ahead of time now, weeks before the con, instead of there. San Diego Comic Con, or SDCC, is arguably the biggest convention every year and they make their money by what can only be described as taking advantage of the attendees.  If you don’t know the process, then let me inform you: First, previous attendees are given priority over people who have never attended before. They are offered pre-sale tickets well in advance to the general population. When general admission goes on sale to everyone, tickets for the four day convention sell out within 10 minutes, never failing.  Their policy of “click click click until you get in,” is largely biased. While it is THE con to attend every year, there are many fans who are dying to spend their money there but will never be able to.

Then there are all the accessories to the con experience on top of your ticket price, organized by the convention. You can pay extra for early admittance (usually 1/2 hour to 1 full hour before doors open) or you can pay more to have dinner with a famous guest (always wanted to see that extra from Dr. Who eat spaghetti). You can upgrade for a swag bag or special con exclusive action figures that no one else will ever have unless they check eBay in ten minutes. You can pay for a special fast pass to skip ahead of all those terrible lines and get front row seating at that Firefly reunion panel! All of this factors in to what exactly fans enjoy about each show and con professionals know it. If they have a complaint, they’ll solve it, but they’ll charge you an arm for it.  My point is simply: conventions are much more about the money they produce than the people they please.

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So What Happens Now?

That’s a damn good question. I wish I knew. I want conventions to continue. I want to be apart of them. The first time I was working at one was a dream come true.  I like attending them, working them, and traveling to them.  I imagine that Wizard World scaling down is incredibly telling of convention profits as a whole. In the next five years, the same conventions won’t be around. The small ones have a life of about 3-5 years before people get bored with seeing the same Star Wars extra every year. But new ones will pop up and take their place. The medium sized cons with regional popularity may, unfortunately, die off if they can’t make the numbers to become one of the few giant cons. There will be some cons that are able to adapt and change with the times, but the con bubble will burst. The fad will fade and the convention world will be forever changed.

The End of Conventions as We Know It