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8-26-2009 @ 12:28PM
Not sure what they can really do about it. It's simply a consequence of having such a tightly focused show and a population increase of 10000. Everything becomes a huge line because there's nowhere else to focus 26000 people's attention like at another con where you would have different games, or genres or something else entirely to draw everyone away. If you're at blizzcon, chances are you're very interested in anything blizzard related, so you try and do it all, which just means lines all day for everything. i've been all 4 times and my friends and I have had to really alter our game plan each year to account for the increase in size, people attending and one thing i think a lot of people dont think about (thank god!) is that the panels are exhaustively covered online these days, so with the exception of a panel where you want to really hear people speak (like the SC2 voice talent panel) you're better off watching it on one of the big screens while you do something else or turning to wow.com's liveblogging or whatever later that day. We focused on playing the games a lot more than ever before, no matter what was being presented. It turned out to be the right decision, especially factoring in the innane Q&A part of each panel. Sometimes people ask good questions, but lets be honest, most of the time its a mouth breathing dude who's so tightly focused on their individual scenario that its hardly worth anyone else's time to hear the question. When you read it online however, it at least can be phrases coherently or marginalized entirely.
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