Minecon 2011 - I survived

Posted by devosion (112 posts) -

I have just successfully attended, and survived, Minecon 2011 in what is known as 'Fabulous!' Las Vegas. And despite various issues on the part of myself, and on the part of how Minecon and it's subsequent after party were organized, it was an awesome time and a success on the part of everyone who put it together. You will probably hear otherwise by others though, but I will address those qualms as best I can after just waking up from my recovery sleep. Anyways, on to the good stuff!

Because of personal issues I was unable to attend all of Minecon, but I spent much time in the main exhibit hall, popped in and out of a few panels, and missed the costume party. What I did see though was amazing and fun. I arrived at the convention around 10:30, bypassing the large line that was awaiting to get inside, and managed to find large lines leading to everything in the area. The first thing that struck me was that for the amount of people there the amount of content was a bit on the low side, and the main hall was a bit small. Nevertheless I spent a large amount of time heading back and forth between IGN, Curse, Razer, and any other booths I could find my way into. It didn't seem like long, but soon the mass exodus from the main hall gave way to the opening ceremony in one of the ball rooms. I feel that this was one of the high points of the convention to be able to see the official release of 1.0 in all its glory. Notch was exasperated, as was everyone else on stage, and the event was amazing. It really helped solidify the community as a whole and showed the Mojang staff how committed we were to the success of Minecraft, Cobalt, and Scrolls. Around mid-day I left with my brother-in-law to grab some food before coming back in. By that point we had already missed out on getting a sweet limited edition creeper that ran about $40. I was somewhat disappointed, but at the same time I hadn't planned on buying alot at the convention, and I more than made up with it by picking up tons of free shwag. We didn't return to Minecon until after the costume party was over, but in a stroke of amazing luck we were among the last to get autograph's from the entire development team. We had the chance to ask a few questions and praise them for their work before shaking hands and letting these star struck folk get ready for another day of excitement. And so ended the first day at Minecon.

The following day I missed a large part of Minecon due to my family, who had come to see me, leaving that day. So I ended up spending most of the day with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew before they had to leave. It wouldnt be until 1 in the afternoon that I would finally get the chance to switch to my second hotel, and get my ass back to Minecon. By this point it was nearly 2:30 and I had just missed the yogscast panel, and was about to find a second disappointment waiting for me. I am a huge fan of the Yogscast, and I had originally planned to attend the panel and get their autographs. Since I missed the panel it was onto the autographs, but as I was about to realize things weren't so simple. A large line had gathered for autographs, but soon after an announcer stated that if you had no autograph ticket you would not be getting an autograph. How and where was I supposed to obtain this ticket? It turns out that the tickets were handed out to folks in the main exhibit hall, while those in the ballroom attending the panel were not distributed tickets. It seemed like a really piss poor decision to hand tickets to those who weren't attending the packed panel, and instead give them to people in the exhibit hall who may or may not cared to get the autographs. I ended missing out on getting autographs, and attended the closing ceremony somewhat bothered by my sad state of events. In any case the ending ceremony was a blast as a packed hall attempted to get the wave going before Notch and crew hit the stage, and the donations to the Make a Wish foundation and the individual who got to attend Minecon because of the foundation nearly brought a tear to my eye. The development team gave us their heart felt thanks, and the lure of a potential Minecon 2012 hung in the air. And with that my second day at Minecon was at an end.

And so it was to the after party. I've read a bit about the after party in the wake of Minecon and most of it seems to be in the negative. Minecon attendee's were supposed to have been the only one's attending the after party, but the allure of deadmau5 brought a wide variety of regular club-goers to the XS. I've also heard that the after party wasn't the ideal scene for the general Minecon populace, and that the show was so packed that it was impossible to get around and just as hard to get a drink at the bar. I can state that all these problems were indeed there. Deadmau5 attracted such a large group that I could barely get in, and at one point I thought the main room would have to be evacuated due to the large amount of attendee's. It was a bit of a disappointment to see the Minecon crowd lumped in with regular club-goers, but as the party wore on I realized that it was mostly the regular's that were dancing and having a good time. I attended as long as I could, until 3 in the morning, and had a blast the entire time, but I guess im a party-goer, or maybe I just know how to have a good time. In any case I can understand the qualms that the general Minecon group could have with the after party. It didn't cater exclusively to us, and im sure many felt it was a disappointment. I on the other hand had a blast and am already planning on seeing deadmau5 live again. On top of this the showing of Minecraft videos and the decorations were spot on, and deadmau5 even put a creeper head on for awhile. There was even some remixes of C418's more well known in-game songs that really made the after party feel that it was intended for Minecon attendees. For all intents and purposes the after party was for us, but deadmau5 really is that amazing and brought everyone in.

Minecon 2011 was a success, no doubt about it in my mind. Alot of people thought Las Vegas was a poor place to have the convention, but Las Vegas is host to conventions year round, and even despite the general mood of Las Vegas, the convention was for all ages. There was plenty to see and do, actually there was too much to see and do. I missed out on so much because of the large amounts of people, the way the panels were structured, and just personal issues as well, but I wouldn't have changed a thing. If I were to pick one thing that stuck out in my head that bothered me the most, it would be not having attending the Yogscast panel or getting their autographs. But this is a small blemish in the scope of a convention that gave Minecraft fans just about everything they could possibly want. And I hope that Mojang decides to have Minecraft 2012 in Las Vegas again because it's in my neck of the woods and I do like having my car when in Las Vegas, it makes transportation so much easier, and cheaper. Thank you Mojang and all the people who put together such an awesome two days.

#1 Posted by devosion (112 posts) -

I have just successfully attended, and survived, Minecon 2011 in what is known as 'Fabulous!' Las Vegas. And despite various issues on the part of myself, and on the part of how Minecon and it's subsequent after party were organized, it was an awesome time and a success on the part of everyone who put it together. You will probably hear otherwise by others though, but I will address those qualms as best I can after just waking up from my recovery sleep. Anyways, on to the good stuff!

Because of personal issues I was unable to attend all of Minecon, but I spent much time in the main exhibit hall, popped in and out of a few panels, and missed the costume party. What I did see though was amazing and fun. I arrived at the convention around 10:30, bypassing the large line that was awaiting to get inside, and managed to find large lines leading to everything in the area. The first thing that struck me was that for the amount of people there the amount of content was a bit on the low side, and the main hall was a bit small. Nevertheless I spent a large amount of time heading back and forth between IGN, Curse, Razer, and any other booths I could find my way into. It didn't seem like long, but soon the mass exodus from the main hall gave way to the opening ceremony in one of the ball rooms. I feel that this was one of the high points of the convention to be able to see the official release of 1.0 in all its glory. Notch was exasperated, as was everyone else on stage, and the event was amazing. It really helped solidify the community as a whole and showed the Mojang staff how committed we were to the success of Minecraft, Cobalt, and Scrolls. Around mid-day I left with my brother-in-law to grab some food before coming back in. By that point we had already missed out on getting a sweet limited edition creeper that ran about $40. I was somewhat disappointed, but at the same time I hadn't planned on buying alot at the convention, and I more than made up with it by picking up tons of free shwag. We didn't return to Minecon until after the costume party was over, but in a stroke of amazing luck we were among the last to get autograph's from the entire development team. We had the chance to ask a few questions and praise them for their work before shaking hands and letting these star struck folk get ready for another day of excitement. And so ended the first day at Minecon.

The following day I missed a large part of Minecon due to my family, who had come to see me, leaving that day. So I ended up spending most of the day with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew before they had to leave. It wouldnt be until 1 in the afternoon that I would finally get the chance to switch to my second hotel, and get my ass back to Minecon. By this point it was nearly 2:30 and I had just missed the yogscast panel, and was about to find a second disappointment waiting for me. I am a huge fan of the Yogscast, and I had originally planned to attend the panel and get their autographs. Since I missed the panel it was onto the autographs, but as I was about to realize things weren't so simple. A large line had gathered for autographs, but soon after an announcer stated that if you had no autograph ticket you would not be getting an autograph. How and where was I supposed to obtain this ticket? It turns out that the tickets were handed out to folks in the main exhibit hall, while those in the ballroom attending the panel were not distributed tickets. It seemed like a really piss poor decision to hand tickets to those who weren't attending the packed panel, and instead give them to people in the exhibit hall who may or may not cared to get the autographs. I ended missing out on getting autographs, and attended the closing ceremony somewhat bothered by my sad state of events. In any case the ending ceremony was a blast as a packed hall attempted to get the wave going before Notch and crew hit the stage, and the donations to the Make a Wish foundation and the individual who got to attend Minecon because of the foundation nearly brought a tear to my eye. The development team gave us their heart felt thanks, and the lure of a potential Minecon 2012 hung in the air. And with that my second day at Minecon was at an end.

And so it was to the after party. I've read a bit about the after party in the wake of Minecon and most of it seems to be in the negative. Minecon attendee's were supposed to have been the only one's attending the after party, but the allure of deadmau5 brought a wide variety of regular club-goers to the XS. I've also heard that the after party wasn't the ideal scene for the general Minecon populace, and that the show was so packed that it was impossible to get around and just as hard to get a drink at the bar. I can state that all these problems were indeed there. Deadmau5 attracted such a large group that I could barely get in, and at one point I thought the main room would have to be evacuated due to the large amount of attendee's. It was a bit of a disappointment to see the Minecon crowd lumped in with regular club-goers, but as the party wore on I realized that it was mostly the regular's that were dancing and having a good time. I attended as long as I could, until 3 in the morning, and had a blast the entire time, but I guess im a party-goer, or maybe I just know how to have a good time. In any case I can understand the qualms that the general Minecon group could have with the after party. It didn't cater exclusively to us, and im sure many felt it was a disappointment. I on the other hand had a blast and am already planning on seeing deadmau5 live again. On top of this the showing of Minecraft videos and the decorations were spot on, and deadmau5 even put a creeper head on for awhile. There was even some remixes of C418's more well known in-game songs that really made the after party feel that it was intended for Minecon attendees. For all intents and purposes the after party was for us, but deadmau5 really is that amazing and brought everyone in.

Minecon 2011 was a success, no doubt about it in my mind. Alot of people thought Las Vegas was a poor place to have the convention, but Las Vegas is host to conventions year round, and even despite the general mood of Las Vegas, the convention was for all ages. There was plenty to see and do, actually there was too much to see and do. I missed out on so much because of the large amounts of people, the way the panels were structured, and just personal issues as well, but I wouldn't have changed a thing. If I were to pick one thing that stuck out in my head that bothered me the most, it would be not having attending the Yogscast panel or getting their autographs. But this is a small blemish in the scope of a convention that gave Minecraft fans just about everything they could possibly want. And I hope that Mojang decides to have Minecraft 2012 in Las Vegas again because it's in my neck of the woods and I do like having my car when in Las Vegas, it makes transportation so much easier, and cheaper. Thank you Mojang and all the people who put together such an awesome two days.

#2 Posted by gunstar (243 posts) -

At the XS, 20 dollars for 2 miller lites, 10 dollars for a pack of cigarettes, and 1 dollar for a kind gentleman in the bathroom to wash my hands for me after I took a dump. I was thinking during that whole club thing, "is this real life?" Mostly when the two sexy dancers by the stage were dancing to the C418 music.

#3 Posted by devosion (112 posts) -

@gunstar: You should have hunted me down for the cigarettes. I bought a pack just for drinking socially and later gave it away to a girl in a tiny dress.

#4 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast? 

#5 Posted by MikkaQ (10224 posts) -

@gunstar said:

At the XS, 20 dollars for 2 miller lites

Pre-loading is a glorious thing.

#6 Posted by august (3811 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

Wait... what?

#7 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
#8 Posted by Deusx (1879 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@august said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

Wait... what?

Some massive shit went down.


Check it

http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/mkew4/my_experience_with_the_yogscast_team_at_minecon/

At first I thought Notch was a fuckin' hypocrite. If you saw the interview with the Yogscast you may find out why I thought that way. But after reading this I don't know what to think. It's a shame. I respected both Notch and the Yogscast for everything they have done with that little curious game.

#9 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Deusx said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@august said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

Wait... what?

Some massive shit went down.


Check it

http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/mkew4/my_experience_with_the_yogscast_team_at_minecon/

At first I thought Notch was a fuckin' hypocrite. If you saw the interview with the Yogscast you may find out why I thought that way. But after reading this I don't know what to think. It's a shame. I respected both Notch and the Yogscast for everything they have done with that little curious game.

If you read more. Lots of people say that Lewis and Simon where more then happy to stop and take photos with random people.  
 
From what I heard Notch is kinda going on on twitter. mean wile the yogcast are like " we are gonna make a vlog about it when we get home" 
#10 Posted by ZombiePie (5368 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

I know who Notch is but what in the world is a "Yogcast?"

Moderator
#11 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@ZombiePie said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

I know who Notch is but what in the world is a "Yogcast?"

Some popular minecraft guys. 
#12 Posted by devosion (112 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man:

I really have no idea. I didnt find out about this until I got back to New Mexico and I just kinda decided I wanted no part of it. I love Mojang and Notch, and I love the Yogscast so i'd rather let them settle their drama rather than pick sides. Besides it seems way to complicated to get into without knowing the full story, and only Mojang and the Yogscast know that story.

#13 Posted by Hizang (8534 posts) -

@ZombiePie said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

I know who Notch is but what in the world is a "Yogcast?"

They are always on You-Tube's front page.

#14 Posted by Brackynews (3966 posts) -

Thanks for the blog! I'll read more later.

Anyway, for all my (lack of) time keeping up with the Minecraft community in the past ~15 months, it sounds like the Yog thing is not even the most drama or the worst thing to happen by comparison. It's just the most public because of the convention. Welcome to center stage folks, we've got dancing bears.

#15 Edited by benpicko (1923 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man

@Deusx said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@august said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

Wait... what?

Some massive shit went down.


Check it

http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/mkew4/my_experience_with_the_yogscast_team_at_minecon/

At first I thought Notch was a fuckin' hypocrite. If you saw the interview with the Yogscast you may find out why I thought that way. But after reading this I don't know what to think. It's a shame. I respected both Notch and the Yogscast for everything they have done with that little curious game.

If you read more. Lots of people say that Lewis and Simon where more then happy to stop and take photos with random people.

From what I heard Notch is kinda going on on twitter. mean wile the yogcast are like " we are gonna make a vlog about it when we get home"

I'm still not sure if Notch is trolling or not. In the interview he said that he once woke up in Notch's body and just trolled everyone, before telling everyone he's going on vacation, and the tweet afterwards said 'And as of a few hours ago, I am officially on vacatio. #skyrim'.

#16 Posted by oatz (1103 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man: I found it hilarious to see those two walking estrogen needles finally put in their place.

#17 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Looks like notch had quite a few tweets about them. Course I am unable to find any video of them " Being dicks" ALl I found was them happily signing stuff for kids.  
 
@oatz said:

@The_Laughing_Man: I found it hilarious to see those two walking estrogen needles finally put in their place.

Put in their place? They have not been scolded or reprimanded.  
 
 
What it all sounds like is that Three different cultures ( Sweedish, Brtish, And U.S) Slammed into each other. Lack of sleep or drinking might have come into play.  
 
Also on a side note. 
 
Both groups seem kinda Akward at this kinda event. 
#18 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2480 posts) -

@ZombiePie said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

Any idea of what happened between Notch and the yogcast?

I know who Notch is but what in the world is a "Yogcast?"

There are people, like Notch, who do things, create accomplishments if you will, that make them notable to the public for good reason.

Then there are people who ride their coat tails, record Youtube videos and such, and think they're actually "doing" something worthwhile that people should pay them for.

The Yogcast falls into Category B.

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