My re-cap of SGC 2009, from before I worked at ScrewAttack
Given that we are trying to launch a third SGC, I figured I should maybe share my experiences from the first SGC. This was a little recap I wrote once upon a time. Two important things to note: First, everything below the green section is republished from a personal blog I had back in 2009. It was not edited, so the grammar is horrible. Shameful even. Second, I knew very little about ScrewAttack in 2009 outside of a few videos here and there. Think of this post as an outsider’s look at SGC 2009. Don’t forget to contribute to the SGC 3 Kickstarter here. Enjoy!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention in Dallas, TX. I had attended conventions like Akon or AllCon in the past, but this was to be a first for me and video game conventions. I was stoked. Getting there was easy, since it was only about 30 minutes from my house and I already knew the hotel since I attended a beer festival there last year. First thing I did once I got there was walk straight into the 7,000 square foot gaming room and played some Capcom Vs. SNK 2. It was perfect.Too bad I couldn't get a pic inside the room, my iPhone does not respond well to the dark. Anyway, scanning the room there were about 40 or so consoles out and most were rocking a cornucopia of fighting games, competitive FPS’, retro games and even some Beatmania (think Japanese DJ game). I was fairly impressed, but in retrospect, I had wished for too much.
I was a little disappointed not to see more rare games; maybe a review copy of KOF12 or the FF13 demo. But there is probably a bunch of red tape for something like that. Although… they did have some Blaz Blue, which was nice. Also, spent a fair amount of time in the Gameworks sponsored arcade room. Gameworks has been on my shit list for years, having pulled almost every "classic" (featuring a joystick and buttons) arcade game out, and replacing it with generic racing games and rail shooters. But ScrewAttack did bring some nostalgia to the convention with a Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 cabinet, X-men the arcade game, Killer Instinct and even a Rainbow Edition of Street Fighter 2 just to name a few. Of course conventions aren't all about playing games; they are a celebration of all things gaming. There were panels and discussions all throughout the weekend and I personally enjoyed the one hosted by Matthew White on “How to Get a job in Gaming, Without Being a Developer”.
You should check out previous posts regarding the Jack Thompson Debate as well. Don’t forget a movie room showing all sorts of gaming in films, including some episodes of the old Mario Brothers TV show!! Man I loved that show... Then you had the Dealer’s Room, which was a bit of a disappointment, with only three major dealers, the ECA and some Japanese foodstuffs. I would have liked more venders to have come from the local gaming community, maybe some developers showing off what they are doing, selling some t-shirts, etc. There was a lot of Table Top gaming and many tournaments like the Iron Man of Gaming and numerous speedruns. All of which I am not competent enough in to be competitive. >_< OH! And let’s not forget those crazy cosplay kids, which really bring a lot of personality to conventions such as these. Here are just a few pics of the many cosplayers that attended. All in all, weekend well spent! I really want to give huge praise to ScrewAttack and everyone that made this convention a success. Best wishes to all for a repeat next year, and with Austin GDC coming up in September, expect much more in the vein of conventions coming to TwoCanPlay blog.
Worth reading...makes me want to go to SGC3 even more now...
I really liked this write up. I think you are sellin' yourself to short. I liked reading this, cause it gave me an idea of what it was like back then. Nice job.
I wonder if I played you in CvS2 then, I went straight to that too and was on it for a while because people wouldn't let me leave because I kept winning.
I approve of this
I uploaded all of them onto Facebook and tagged as many people as I could. SO GOOD
wow that really put it in perspective for me. from the other videos about SGC it looked more like a business meeting atmosphere in a convention hall but this sounds pretty sweet. I have my fingers crossed...
twas a good read
You and me both Hybrid... I sure hope we can make it to the $100K goal so I can see you and all the other g1s in 2013!!!
oooohhhh SGC... I got so many photos from '09 and '10... I think I should upload load them again and share it with the community.