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Gen’s Tips: Volunteering For Your First Convention

Hey Gen, you might ask, I’m going to be volunteering at my first convention ever, do you have any advice?

Here are my tips:

-Most cons will let you attend for free or refund your badge if you volunteer a certain number of hours for them. If you want to volunteer at a con, go to the staff office and ask the staffers there about it.

-Write down your volunteer schedule and keep it with you. If the back of your badge is blank, write your schedule there.

-Be professional. Most of your hours will probably be badging, which can get really boring. Try not to nap, be on your phone, or play games while badging. It makes the con staff look bad.

-If a congoer comes to you with an issue because they think you are a staffer, don’t worry. Stay calm and just try to direct them to an actual staffer nearby, or to the staff office area.

-If you sign up for volunteer hours, SHOW UP FOR YOUR HOURS. Please. The staff are depending on you to do your job and to be where you need to be so that their con can run smoothly. It’s really frustrating to staff if volunteers don’t show up to their shifts and they have to stretch to cover it.

-Have fun, stay hydrated, take showers, enjoy the fact that you are attending for a lower price than most other people there.

Disclaimer: Gen is not a professional advice person in any way, and can only give tips based on their own experiences.

E3 Boiled Down: Nintendo Conference

Well, we waited, and we were rewarded. Nintendo came out with a plethora of new games and content for existing games mostly for the Switch.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be coming along with a multiplayer Kirby game. From Pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX is coming, along with a Pokemon RPG coming to consoles sometime in the future. The big surprise of the stream was the announcement for Metroid Prime 4, even if we didn’t get any imagery other than the title. A new Yoshi game will be coming, along with Fire Emblem Warriors.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting two new DLC packs, The Master Trials and The Champion’s Ballad. Breath of the Wild will also be getting four new Amiibos.

Reggie Fils-Aime mentioned that at E3 this year, Nintendo will be hosting three tournaments during the week including Splatoon 2, Pokken DX, and Arms. Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle was mentioned again and Rocket League will be coming to the Switch. As a finale, Nintendo ended with a sizzle reel and gameplay from Super Mario Odyssey.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Sony Conference

So this one’s a little late because I had a power outage last night. I did get to watch the conference eventually though and here’s what went down.

Throughout the entire presentation, Sony went all out with the theatrics including starting off with a sitar band and a waterfall. This heralded that we’re getting a new Uncharted game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. After that, fake snow fell in the theater to go with the Horizon Zero Dawn expansion, Frozen Wilds.

Then there were zombies onstage to go with Days Gone.

Monster Hunter World looked amazing, as did the second Shadow of Colossus HD remake. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite was short and sweet and Call of Duty: WWII surprised no one.

Then they moved on to their VR block, showcasing games for the PSVR. These included Skyrim, a space platformer called Starchild, a psychological thriller called The Inpatient, fishing game Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep, Bravo Team, and a platformer puzzle game called Moss. The last few items shown were their big pretty games including God of War 4, Detroit: Become Human, and Destiny 2.

Last but not least, Sony showed new footage of the Spider-Man video game that’s been in development for a while, which features the playstyle of the Arkham games but the definite feel of the web-slinger.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Ubisoft Conference

As usual, Ubisoft gave us a show. This year though, it was full of some unexpected things. Things such as Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a tactical fighting game combining Rabbids and the world of Mario. Other things were completely expected, like their more extensive showing of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The Crew 2 is a new racing game, and South Park has not only The Fractured But Whole, but also a new mobile game coming called Phone Destroyer. There’s a psychological thriller VR game called Transference also in the works, and Ubisoft is very proud of their new pirate battle game Skull & Bones.

No one was surprised about Just Dance 2018 coming out, just that it’s going to have kpop in it and there was a panda who dabbed onstage. Ubisoft doing their own thing as usual.

A new space battle game called Starlink is featuring gameplay using physical collectibles to work in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch, and Steep is still a thing. Remember Steep? It’s the open world winter sports game and they’re going to the winter Olympics. Neat.

Far Cry 5 is coming, with a plot set in the middle of a cult-ridden American town, and last but certainly not least after over a decade of waiting, Ubisoft announced that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is coming.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Bethesda Conference

I took a journey into Bethesda Land. The Bethesda conference this year was short and sweet, and so will be my recap. First up their VR movement was featured with both DOOM and Fallout 4 coming to VR.

Then they showed that Morrowind was joining their Elder Scrolls Online game and that they had a new thing called the Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim where you can buy official mods for the games. Elder Scrolls Legends (the card game video game) is getting a Skyrim expansion, and Skyrim itself is coming to the Nintendo Switch.

There’s a new Dishonored 2 expansion, Death of the Outsider, and they showed a little more of Quake Champions including emphasis on wanting to bring Quake to the esports scene with the Quake World Championship later this year. The only new games announced from Bethesda this year are some sequels: The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: Microsoft Conference

Sorry this is a bit late guys, I had to work during the actual stream. Now that I’ve caught up with everything here’s the tasty bits. Xbox gave us a veritable feast of new things to chew on including a new console announcement and a buffet of games.

The new console (previously known as Project Scorpio) is the Xbox One X, said to be the most powerful console ever to date. The games are a huge diverse group of play options, styles, triple A titles, indie stories, existing games coming to the Xbox, new titles, and everything in between.

Here’s a list of some of them:

  • New Forza game featuring the brand new Porsche 911 GT2RS
  • Metro Exodus
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • State of Decay 2
  • The Darwin Project
  • Minecraft
  • Dragonball Fighter Z
  • Black Desert the MMORPG
  • The Last Night
  • The Artful Escape
  • Code Vein
  • Sea of Theives
  • Tacoma
  • Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Cuphead
  • Crackdown 3
  • Ashen
  • Life is Strange Before the Storm
  • Shadow of War
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Anthem

Along with showcasing these games, among others, in 4k the Xbox One X will also be the smallest Xbox ever and will be able to be backward compatible with not only the 360, but with the original Xbox as well. Microsoft has priced the console at $499.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

E3 Boiled Down: EA Conference

So earlier today E3 started with a bang. Well, more like a little fizz if you ask me, but the first conference of the week has already streamed. Did you miss it? That’s okay. Some of us have to work during the conferences and others (like myself) just plain forgot that there was one today. Still, new games were announced by EA and I watched the conference so you don’t have to.

EA has been big about the sports games, and this year holds no exception. Madden looks prettier than ever, NBA Live lets you play in the street, and FIFA is going to be holding bigger and more competitions. On the not sports side, Battlefield 1 is getting new maps set in Russia, Star Wars Battlefront II is getting lots of upgrades, there’s a new ipa called Anthem, and a new car chase game.

The thing that interested me the most (and no doubt many others) is their new game A Way Out. It’s a couch co-op split screen game about a prison break. EA teamed up with the people behind Brothers to bring back a classic style of gameplay with some new innovations thrown in.

If you’d like to know more, go ahead and watch the restream here.

Gen’s Tips: Attending your First Con

Hello and welcome to Gen’s Tips, an advice column for you and your friends. Each week (hopefully) I’ll be writing up a little something giving tips and tricks about conventions and nerdy stuff. Hey Gen, you might ask, I’m going to be attending my first convention ever, do you have any advice?

Here are my tips:

If you know about the con far enough in advance, preregister. It will save you some money.

Make sure you have a way to get to the con. Your car, a friends’ car, public transit, a hang glider, whatever.

Also make sure you have a place to stay for the duration of the con. If there are lots of people that are going to be sharing a room, be ready to possibly sleep on the floor. Everyone has done it at least once at a con and can relate.

Bring a purse or backpack or messenger bag and keep a water bottle and some snacks in there. You need to stay hydrated during the con and a granola bar can save your sanity in a pinch.

Be nice, be patient, be open. Cons are a melting pot of people and experiences, so it’s best to just take it all in and don’t worry what people are thinking. They’re all doing their own thing and nobody should be worrying about what you’re doing. If someone is, talk to con staff/security.

Don’t be afraid to talk to con staff/security. They are there to help you and to keep you safe. If you feel unsafe at all, please find a staff member and tell them.

Stay hygienic. Sounds weird, but cons do get a nasty smell to them sometimes (which we refer to as Con Funk) Please take showers and wear deodorant during the con. Yes this is a real issue.

And I’m not gonna tell you to have fun, because it’s a con! You will have fun.

-Last tip: After the con is over, and you’re back to normal life, it’s completely normal to get a little depressed. Con Depression is a thing and it will pass. Just keep in mind that there are always cons coming up so keep your spirits up by keeping in touch with your con friends and preparing for the next one!

Disclaimer: Gen is not a professional advice person in any way, and can only give tips based on their own experiences. If you’d like to ask Gen for advice though, head to the contact form and make sure you specify “Gen’s Tips” in the subject line.

Awesome Games Done Quick Raises Over $2 Million for Prevent Cancer Foundation

For the past week, buttons have been mashed, sleep has been lost, donations have rolled in, and records have been broken. Not just speed records on how fast these video games can be played, but also how much money can be raised in a week by the people speed running and those watching (both in person and through their full coverage livestream on Twitch.)

This has been the most money raised in Games Done Quick‘s seven year history, and the most raised during any of their past fourteen marathons. All of the money donated during the marathon is going to the Prevent Cancer Foundation with help from sponsors like The Yetee, Bandai Namco, Magfest, and good friends of Nerd & Tie, the tech wizards of World 9 Gaming.

It is an impressive feat for AGDQ. To hold what is basically a tiny convention for an entire week takes so much work from the event staff, technical staff, speed runners, announcers, and hotel staff. This is a great event that does great things for the gaming community and for charity and this year has proven to be the greatest yet.

Coming up later this year will be Summer Games Done Quick on July 2-9, and you can catch up on previous marathons since 2014 on the GDQ YouTube channel.