Welcome to the continuing monthly EVE Blog Banters and our 74th edition! For more details about what the blog banters are, please visit the Blog Banter page.
So when this Blog Banter goes live, Fanfest will be over. Hungover geeks from around the world will be departing Reykjavik after a five-day binge of important internet spaceships and partying. Whether you were there in person, watched the streams or read the dev blogs on your mobile hidden under your work desk there was probably something in there that gave you a “nerd-boner”. What for you personally was the most important thing to come out of Fanfest 2016?
I thought about this one a lot and at first I almost wasn’t going to post to it. There wasn’t anything I saw, directly, that ‘made’ Fanfest. Or so I thought, same old same old, trailers, vids, new games, old fixes, panels and drunken singing. No ‘come to Jesus’ moment for me. Or so I thought.
Then it hit me. I was looking at the wrong things, paying attention to the details and missing the bigger picture.
Brace yourself. Sappy Mike writing ahead.
I saw a love for the game from both the players and the makers. I saw pride for what was made and what was broken. People putting their hearts and souls into it and just down right celebrating this magnificent obsession we all have. THAT was, for me the most important thing to come out of EveFanfest 2016. Speakers were welcomed and listened to and even the bitter vets would lighten up for a moment before trying to regain their cool disdain.
The pubs ran out of beer.
*of course* there is no beer at Nora the day after
#evefanfest *grumble* @CCP_Spitfire 3rd time in 7 days they run out of beer. Sheesj
Seriously there was a party.
Oh there were disdainful locals commenting on ‘neckbeards’ but I live in a tourist destination as well, we love commenting on the tourists.
Most of all? I saw the effort and volunteer hours put in by the CCP side. Days and weeks of preparation, of practicing and making presentations. They are programmers and game designers, not public speakers yet they did a damn good job, on their own time.
Be bitter all you want. Snort and laugh at the silly old Mike and his Sappy stuff. Probably drinks the blood of maple trees (I do, I do).
The biggest take away was the love for the game on all sides. No more, no less.
flame away if you want, I have a smile on my face and am trying really hard to swing tickets and time for EveVegas2016. IF I make it, I wants hugs.
fly it like you won it
other thoughts on this from Roc and Kirith