Yes you read that right. The U.S. of A. has blocked any hopes I had of saying “Hi” to so many great people that will gather in the lovely city of Seattle.
I am Mexican and am currently living in Mexico. My family owns a business that has allowed me travel a lot and the most frequent destination has been to U.S.A.
I had a Visa to travel whenever I wanted pretty much and have never had any problems with the law. After my sister graduated from FIDM in Los Angeles I decided to take a shot at it and pursue a career in Video Games. I graduated and got myself a work permit that let me work for a year as long as it was Video Game related. Of course I went a looked and got a lot of interviews but I was only hired once for a temp job that lasted for about four months. The most notable places I went to were Blizzard and Riot Games since they are located very close to Los Angeles. After getting turned down by those two I decided to go back home and make my own games independently but work once again in the family business so that I could have an income.
My sister decided to stay and has been there for about five years or more I lost count.
Last year on December 27th (my birthday) I was called to the US consulate alongside my Mom and my brother to answer some questions. We had no idea what this is all about. Turns out they are kinda pissed that my sister has overstayed her visa for so long. We all had our visas revoked. I was shocked. Of course I had done nothing wrong but thats why you don’t mess around with these matters. You have to play by their rules or else.
A few weeks ago I tried to get my visa back but I was told to “wait a few years”. The US consulate doesn’t trust me because of my sister. Even when I have proof that I never overstayed. My sister remains to this day in the States and is determined to find a way to stay there despite my whole family telling her to just come home and having her visa revoked as well. I really can't blame them when it comes to a situation where a Mexican wants to any kind of document that will let them cross the border. We have made quite the reputation for ourselves. It sounds harsh and even racist but cmon lets keep it real. Illegal immigration is a thing.
There was some chick in one of the streams that Vinny and Alex made at the Beast where they talked about this whole visa business and I gotta say I am very familiar with that.
I am not mad at my sister at all. She has made her choice to stay there for quite a few reasons I won’t go into. The point is I’m sad that I won’t get to hang out with the GB staff and fellow duders. There aren’t any here where I live so when we do get together and talk about all the great things that make this site special its just awesome and magical. To hug @vinny and talk about a tortilla press, to talk to @patrickklepek about an old instructor of mine and ask @jeff if there is a chance for another 50 cent game are just a few of the memories that I will hold very dear to my heart. These are dudes that I admire a lot and whats so great is that they are really cool to just talk to for a few minutes.
Yes I we could just watch the stream or video. But it’s not the same. I’ve gone to E3 as well. Yes you get way more info and content but theres something about being there and feeling the atmosphere.
I loved waiting in line for the panel because you’ll hear all these really cool conversations going on about the site or just video games in general. It’s all so instant and raw and nothing will ever compare to that place. Forums are great and all but I want to talk to people face to face about Giant Bomb DOT com goddamnit.
There are also some good friends I can’t go see that are in LA as well. I will miss them a lot. My friends from Game Production school and others I made while being an extra for The Guild (the show).
My heart skipped a beat when I heard about PAX south because for a second I thought that meant Mexico or some other Latin American country. Fools hope I guess.
Will this be the end of my travels to PAX and/or E3? Who knows. I will keep on trying every year to get my visa back, I will never give up just to go see my bros from Giant Bomb. At the very least it would be awesome if when I do end up finishing this game I’ve been making for a while at least gets a mention on the site that would make it all worth it. Time to get to work then.