SGC 2013 is over. What an AMAZING weekend!
Anytime you don't do something for three years, it's extremely hard to come back and do it the same way people remember. That's one of the huge obstacles we faced with the idea of bringing SGC back in 2013 and, to be honest, was probably my biggest fear heading into it. The community had set the bar so high for SGC that I didn't know if we could reach it. We've seen it so many times with game franchises that people remember from their childhood that eventually get rebooted and ultimately fall flat on their face because "it's just not the same." Huge pressure. Going into SGC 2013, I knew we really had to deliver in a big way. And I can honestly say after hearing the response from everyone who was there and everyone who tuned into the live stream - we did. Sure there were bumps in the road, but that's natural with something this size and scale of SGC. At the end of the day, after we crowned the 2013 Iron-Man of Gaming (after not one, but two RIDICULOUS mystery games), I personally was overcome by the amount of gratitude and love given to us by you for bringing SGC back. It was unbelievable. Shaking your hands, giving you hugs, crying on each other's shoulders is something that I'll never forget. It's something that only SGC can deliver. The amount of raw emotion felt because of the relationships, friendships, and crazy memories made is something that can only be felt if you are actually attending SGC. It's absolutely unbelievable.
I want to say a big thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and effort to help make SGC happen. We obviously couldn't do it without you guys. Thank you! A few people behind the scenes that played BIG roles in making SGC happen that deserve a huge amount of gratitude and respect are Mr. Greg Ruuska and his amazing production team for putting up with our hijinx and going WAY over time and into the wee hours of the morning. Without them, SGC wouldn't had looked anywhere near as good for those watching on the stream. Brian Goodrow from PSAV: I'm gonna buy you a delicious damn steak. That guy saved our asses behind the scenes so many times this weekend.
I get goosebumps just thinking about the reaction of the reveal of our two mystery games. A big shout out to our friends at Capcom for allowing us to blow people's mind by including Duck Tales Remastered as the first mystery game of the Iron-Man of Gaming. We may have set a record for largest Duck Tales sing-a-long. What a moment. Also, huge thanks to our boys at Double Helix for taking a chance by bringing Killer Instinct for the second mystery game of IMoG. You could literally feel the electricity in the room. I think it says a lot that we were able to pull everything logistically together in less than two weeks after KI was announced at E3. Double Helix is serious about KI and the gaming community - that's for damn sure. Also, thanks to our stellar line up of guests. Every single guest was outstanding and really brought something unique to the table. Finally, thanks to everyone who helped Kickstart the event and bring SGC back in the first place. We hope you feel good about your investment in bringing back the most unique con experience in the world.
A day later it's all over and I'm exhausted. I know the ScrewAttack crew is exhausted and I certainly know that Sean - the man who pour his heart and soul into planning SGC - is exhausted. We've had an insane month of June starting with a weekend at A-Kon, then a full week at E3 in LA, an appearance at Too Many Games in Philly and then capped off by throwing the best party in gaming. To be short, we need a break. The amount of energy put forth to bring you guys everything we did in June is something that is pretty remarkable for a team the size of ScrewAttack's. My team, OUR team, is the best in the business - end of story. We're taking Monday off to rest our legs, coming back Tuesday to unload the SGC truck and getting the ravaged ScrewAttack HQ back into somewhat working order. Then I'm giving the crew a week off (Wednesday to Wednesday). Simply put, they deserve it.
Over the next week we'll be updating ScrewAttack with all the archived, stellar programming that was on SGC's "Main Stage 1" this past weekend so everyone who wasn't there can experience everything. We're going to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming so you won't be seeing SideScrollers, Hard News, The Clip, etc till we get back. We appreciate you guys understanding. With that said, we will be promoting your blogs and videos so please keep posting! Also, if you were at SGC PLEASE upload your photos and videos to share. Big props to Michael Berg from Designzillas for the pics in this post.
Thanks so much for such an incredible weekend. So many great memories (including us taking on MEGA64, The Iron-Man finals, and my 5 hour battle with Mike Tyson just to name a few) and so many great experiences. Here's to SGC 2014! I hope to see you there.
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I just read through every damn comment. It's late and I really should be sleeping, but this was just so nice to read, I couldn't help myself. I didn't watch any coverage (though I might watch some archived stuff), but this comment section alone is enough to make me give a huge thanks to everyone, panelist, crew member, guest, donator, EVERYONE, involved with SGC. Seeing that something like this exists makes me immeasurably happy.
To sum up:
SGC was the best convention I've ever been to. A-kon to SGC made this was the longest most awesomest month in history! I hope SGC stays in the month of June, because 4th of July weekend never really worked out logistically due to family gatherings. Not to mention, SGC just makes June a better month in general.
The only thing that would have made the event 1000x better would have been if the Mystery Game 2 had its announcer make a statement: "Coming to IMOG only at SGC!"
What you didn't get on the recording/stream was the madcap dancing and screaming in the audience after the "ULTRA COMBOOOOOOOO!"
Just want to say thank you to the ScrewAttack staff for an amazing weekend and allowing me to help out. I laughed, I cried, I got a workout in, and partied all weekend with a great group of folks. Honestly the best thing about SGC was the feeling of community. You literally could walk up to anyone there and strike up a conversation and feel like you've known each other for years.
Can't wait for SGC 2014!
Here you go :)
I am sorry I missed SGC. It looked amazing. I would like to offer a hardy thank you to everyone who made it possible. Does anybody know where I can find the mario party game online?
Yes, I know. Doesn't mean I have to enjoy the wait ;)
Due to stuff I couldn't even follow the livestream here and SGC was never an option for me...yet. But to read this wonderful heartfelt article and the awesome reactions following it....Damn that's awesome!
I haven't had that much fun in a while. Everyone was nice, the panels were entertaining, and everyone that seemed so far out of reach when you watched them on the Internet were immensely friendly and easy-going in person. Everyone from the ScrewAttack crew, AVGN, Jim Sterling, Adam Sessler...definitely a memorable experience.
I'm glad to have backed the Kickstarter for this event, and although I regret not being able to fly out from California to attend it in person, I watched every minute of the live stream, and I got just as into it as the people who were actually there, so thank you guys for that too! Between the intense battle with Mega64 (with the greatest sudden-death idea ever, might I add!), the Mike Tyson trials (which I watched all 5 hours of), Mario Party After Dark, and the Iron Man of Gaming, it was definitely a convention for the record books! Hopefully I can save up enough money from my new job to actually attend the event next year. ScrewAttack rules, and SGC demonstrated that in spades.
I just made it back from SGC, it was amazing beyond words. It's also really cool to see myself make the front page (kirby hat FTW) I had hoped that would've happened with one of my blog entries but hey, I'll take them where I can get them. I'll try and get some of my stuff up here soon.
Your Godbamn right you guys deserve a week off if not more! SGC was was freakin awesome from Opening Cerimonies to Closing it down after IMoG Finale. There were so many panels i wanted go to but couldn't attend them cause of attending one while another Panel was going on, or I was getting my ass kicked in Soul Calibur 2 and enjoying every minute of it. The Game Room was amazing and you dont truly realize how awful DBZ Kinect is until you see someone play it in person. Even though i was pretty much broke during the weekend after wreck that totaled my truck a month prior to SGC, I still had an awesome time whether it was getting some helpful tips from panel about streaming on a budget from Tom the Iron Man Shelby and Caiden, go to the Game Theorist Panel and being apart of Team Tittie, finding out how much work goes into a Death Battle episode, or just seeing the amount of detail some people put into a cosplay outfit and gaining alot of respect for the people who do cosplay at cons. Enjoy the time off SA.
that 5 hour battle was insane. I left for maybe 2 hours to chill out in the game room, only to return to more screaming and awesome for the Mike Tyson fight.
Even though I'm watched it through livestream, I want to thank you guys for the wonderful experience. From Screwattack vs Mega 64 to Craig fighting Mike Tyson (but lost) and not giving up for 5 hours to Mario Party After Dark to reveling DuckTales Remastered and Killer Instinct in IMoG. If the Kickstarter wasn't successful then there would be no SGC 2013. Thank you Craig and Sean. Now go rest Screwattack crew and hopefully I'll be there someday.
I have to go someday. I miss the US
I was a bit worry about going to the convention not having ever meet any g1 in person before. But honestly I couldn't believe how great it went and how many new friends I meet and the experiences I had. Easily the best weekend I've ever had before and more than lived up to the hype that is a SGC gaming convention. And just went I thought the fun ended because the convention had, I was caught off guard and had even more fun with some g1s after the convention was over till 5AM Monday morning. And all I can say is......I am Spartacus!
Three days worth of material takes time to organize man.
Still don't have my full voice back yet after all the screaming that we did. It was such a blast, I'll keep going every year you guys host it. Once I get done with my editing, I'll post my pics/vids. My favorite part had to be the panels reaction when I said that I was the one who paid for Craigs slap. I had people high fiving me as I went back to my seat.
Also on a side note, for the third straight time; Tallest guy at SGC. WHOOOO!
This is the only bad part of SGC. It's the content drought aftermath. You gotta have the sweet with the salty.