Calgary Expo 2017 Fast Approaches!

 

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is one of the biggest events of the year for me. In a lot of ways, it’s like Nerd Christmas… It only comes once a year, it results in lots of gifts being bought by all and there’s lots of scantily clad women in costumes (guess that’s more like Nerd Halloween.)

Holiday comparisons aside, I love covering the Calgary Expo every year and this year is no different. A big change this year is I plan on taking my entire family with me instead of treating the Expo weekend as a guy road trip, so less Final Fantasy XV and more The Incredibles this time around.

This change has made me think of what draws me in every year and if that changes this time around with my son and daughters in tow. I can happily say most of what I enjoy remains intact, but see for yourself!

THE GUEST LIST

While my kids won’t understand who have of the people coming to the event are, it doesn’t change how exciting guest announcement days can be. I may miss the thrill of weekly announcements, but I can happily see all guest announcement days are pretty much a wash for me. I simply lose all productivity waiting for 10 am to roll around when the first new guest is around. That feeling will never change.

THE SHOPPING

Even more exciting for me is finding out what vendors will be taking part in this year’s show. I honestly look forward to the vendor list reveal as much as celebrity guests.

For me, it’s all about finding out what stores are coming back and then mapping out where I can find my favorite products. The more used game stores, the better!

Also, I like finding the truly unique stores. You never know if you will find a Heroes of the North or a Cyanide and Happiness or even a Rue Morgue in any given year, all unique publications that make for great conversations and even better interviews.

THE HOTEL STAY

As much as I hate spending tons of money to book a hotel, I love getting a change of scenery for a few days.

The past five years, we have stayed at The Executive Royal Hotel for our journey to Calgary, with each having its own unique experience. This year, we are looking to change things up and are hunting for hotels with pools and waterslides and kitchenettes, to make the stay more hospitable for the little ones coming along this time. It’s tough leaving a hotel I’m so familiar with, but sometimes, change is good.

THE PARADE

Last year was the first time I got to experience the Cosplay parade in Calgary and I can’t believe how much fun I missed the first four years. This year, I can’t wait to see my daughter’s reaction to all the costumes walking by. It adds a whole new dynamic to the festivities!

THE COSTUME CONTEST

Last year, my friend and contributed Blaze Dobson got on stage for Calgary’s costume contest for the first time, introducing me to another aspect of Calgary Expo that I had been missing out on. This is where the best of the best cosplayers show their skill and I can’t wait to see how both my daughter and my wife react to this.

THE COSPLAYERS

Yes, I know I said scantily clad women earlier and of course, I am looking forward to that! But it’s not all about lack of clothes, there’s a lot more effort than I can pull off that goes into making these costumes and I look forward to seeing all the creativity that goes into it.

But more importantly, I know my daughter is set to be amazed as she sees some of her favorite characters come to life. I can’t wait to see how she reacts when she sees her first Elsa or Princess Peach or Pikachu or My Little Pony or Foxy from FNAF (yes, that list of characters suddenly took a dark turn). It will be a time of wonder for her and I can’t wait to take it all in.

At the same time, my wife has never seen anything like this outside of Halloween and with this being her first convention, this could make for a new experience for her to enjoy!

ARE YOU READY FOR CCEE 2017?

With three months to go, there’s lots of preparations that need to be done, but in truth, I can’t wait for the escape to begin. Calgary Expo is full of hard work for me, but it’s also the one weekend of the year that I can forget my real world responsibilities and just lose myself in need culture.

Expect a lot more coverage on Expo leading up to it and in the month after the event!

 

 

Thought of the Day – How did Goat Simulator ever become popular!?

Why Goat Simulator??

Seriously, I’d love to know where the brainchild for this game come from and why it became so stupidly popular?

I’m not the biggest fan of Goat Simulator and think the game is annoying, but what do you think? Do you like the game? Or do you think Goats are evil spawns of Satan?

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I’ve never been a big fan of the Dead Island series. I don’t know why, but I could never get into them, but this game is a lot of fun to play and the price was definitely right.

What are your thoughts on the Dead Island series? Do you like these retro-styled games?

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Thoughts of the Day – Back to GameOn Programming

We’re getting back to it at GameOnGNT, putting together content on our channel once again.

Long story short, our main computer for editing content on GameOnGNT is no longer working, which has created some hurdles for getting content out for you to enjoy!

Luckily, we are still able to produce podcasts through Spreaker Studio and can now put together video content through XBox One’s Upload Studio App, so while we have some limited options, its still better than nothing!

We also have plans in the works for a new local project involving a few partners. I can’t say too much yet as we get the details hammered out, but get ready for something new and exciting from us!

Footage from this video taken from Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for XBox One.

Life Long Quest – Why Mega Man Legacy is Worth Buying!

Mega Man Legacy Collection is an amazing game for the retro collector looking for another opportunity to enjoy the blue bomber.

This is a great chance for you to play Mega Man 1-6 for the Nintendo again, without pulling out your old systems and carts.

Here’s our thoughts on Mega Man’s latest collection.

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Skylanders, whether you love it or hate it, is a massive gaming franchise. One that I had fallen out of due to the fifth entry of the franchise, Superchargers.

But a new Netflix series, Skylanders Academy, has rekindled my interest. What do you think of Skylanders? Like it? Or leave it?