2. Next weekend I’m going to PAX Prime, the ginormous gamer festival that’s the brain child of the guys who make the webcomic Penny Arcade. When I say ginormous, I mean ginormous – over 60,000 people have attended in the past. I’m a huge video game geek and haven’t been to any sort of geeky convention since ACen in high school, so I’m looking forward to it. The tournaments haven’t been announced yet, but I’m hoping at least something I’m good at will pop up. Mario Kart plz? Or if we’re going esoteric, Pokemon Puzzle League? Hopefully I’ll walk away with some new knowledge about gaming and will feel good about having attended. I like to think of myself as a pretty in-depth gamer, and that there’s nothing that anyone can teach me, but realistically I know that’s not true. I may know a lot about Minecraft, for example, but I may not know everything about essentialsx permissions installation for servers to enhance the game. For those of you confused by that statement…exactly! I also realize that I haven’t even played half the games out there, and someone will know things about certain games that I’m not as knowledgable about. Regardless, I’m ready for this convention!
And unlike the poor shmucks who are flying in and have to deal with hotel, transportation, and food confusion, I can just hop on my same ol’ bus to downtown! Huzzah!
3. I became overly excited when I found out that there’s an unofficial Pokemon League taking place during PAX. Yeeessssss! Time to tweak my party in Pokemon White, charge my DS, and prepare to get my ass kicked. Seriously, I’m great at in-game battles, but I’ve never played competitively. People get pretty hardcore about Pokemon. IV breeding and EV training lolwut? I just have fun on my Pokemon white 2 rom on my phone and my Pokemon White game on my 3DS and don’t worry about that.
If you’re going and can hunt me down in the crowd of 60,000, feel free to challenge me to a battle (or say hello, if you’re not a Pokemon geek like I am). I’m sure I’ll be tweeting the whole time, making con-stalking even easier. I should be pretty easy to find in amongst all the superheroes (click here to see the top-rated Marvel and DC characters) and stormtroopers anyway – I’ll stick out like a sore thumb!
4. Speaking of Pokemon… I’m currently constructing my cosplay as Hilda from Pokemon White:Don’t judge.
I have to give a shout out to my mom, who’s dealing with my geekery. I made her hunt through my old bedroom for my Burger King Pokeballs (which apparently suffocated small children) and mail them to me to complete the costume. Now I’m just trying to hunt down some cheap boots and a hat that I can alter with pink paint. May have to give up on a pink purse. EDIT: Boots and purse acquired at thrift store! Now just for the hat, shoelaces, and wrist band thingies. I AM GOING TO BE SO COOL.
5. And if that’s not enough, I just bought my ticket to Geek Girl Con in October.
I am in geek heaven.