For those of you just joining us, read this – and then pick up with the conversation here.
For everyone else, I took the time this morning to read the flood of replies from yesterday. I will give BotCon’s supporters some credit; they are VERY passionate about their event… which usually means that there must be some merit to the success of the show. The problem, though, is that the BotCon Joey Snackpants and I attended in Orlando, Florida didn’t seem to live up what people keep presenting the event as. Early on (when these discussions started) I kept deflecting comments about how great the other BotCon years were by pointing out that we had reviewed 2010 and, as a result, we began seeing comments that others also felt that 2010 was (in fact) weak.
Regarding the last post, though…
- You made the strongest point in the discussion regarding the BotCon opinions… how many people posting replies and “fighting the fight” were NOT staff and/or only paid for a General Admission package?
- While I don’t agree with all of your counterpoints – you did address them in an effective way. I replied back to your comment and welcome your replies… and I am genuinely curious to see you explain some of what I have presented.
- Your comment “FACT: BotCon is a convention that caters to both the hardcore collectors, diehard fans and the casual fan” is your opinion and could never qualify as a fact. I, Joey Snackpants and a number of my friends that were at BotCon 2010 all fit into the categories of casual fans and diehard fans… and the show did not cater to us.
- I assume you are also the person commenting on the You Bent My Wookie article. I have replied to you there this morning, too.
- Pete, if you are truly an employee and/or staff for Fun Publications and/or BotCon – then I would question how you are presenting yourself in the midst of the OMGDRAMAZ of the Internet. A solid debate is one thing (refer to Trent’s statements) but some of what I’ve read in yesterdays thread comes off as unprofessional for someone representing a company.
- Here’s the most interesting comment you posted… “Also, it bears noting that a number of these panels REPEATED the very next day, just in case you missed them the first time.” THANK YOU. You have helped prove how much MORE limited the entertainment BotCon provided was! So if a DID stay for two days, then my second day’s already limited entertainment would have been minimized even more by reruns.
- You made the comment “The first four facts aren’t really in dispute. However, I will say that there used to be other rooms at some of the earlier BotCons such as video rooms and con suites but these have proven much less popular in recent years.” This draws back to something I have been stating for a while… we reviewed BotCon 2010. BotCon 2010 had a limited amount of entertainment. As a first year attendee of BotCon, I felt I wasn’t offered as much as I should have been at a “convention” – but the programming was adequate for a “trade show.”
- Regarding your rebuttal to my fifth point, I can see your point and addressed it in my reply to Trent.
- I’ll accept all of your labels except the “immature” one. I reply to individuals based on how they speak – and some of the comments I have read in all of this have merited some less than eloquent replies. Keep that in mind when addressing my writing style. 🙂
- Hey word-nazi – the grammar-nazi in me would like to point out that you forgot the letter ‘s’ in your comment “(Word-nazi pick: it consecutive not concurrent. Consecutive is one after the other. Concurrent is at the same time.)”
- Also, I am guessing you wrote your reply in Notepad before posting it… I know that because I do the same. Turn off “word wrap” before you copypasta and you won’t get those odd formatting issues.
- Other than that, your key disagreement with me is #5 – which I addressed in my reply to Trent.
- Thank you for commenting. We almost made it through the whole argument without the stereotypical douchebaggery that phrases like “BITCHPANTSES” and “GEEWUNNERS” bring to the table. Epic. Now go back to your mom’s basement and kindly STFU. 🙂
- As you are busy doing your best trying not to look down your nose at me, can I ask you one simple question? Did you pay for the General Admission OR were you a Registered Attendee at BotCon 2010? I need your help to reinforce the “elitism” stereotype that the BotCon hardcore attendees have been working to perpetuate for me. Thanks 🙂
That all said, I’d like to clarify a comment I made in my reply to the last post…
I challenge you and your team to do better in 2012.
I said 2012 because 2011 will be in California riding the coat tails of the TF3 movie release. I’m interested to see how a BotCon convention strives to improve in 2012 pending the event isn’t near the “home base” in Texas or back in Southern California with Hasbro able to pull from Hollywood’s resources and staggering local population for the show.