Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
BlizzCon 2013!
 

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2013!  This news report covers our trip to BlizzCon 2013 for a huge weekend of gaming enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California over the weekend of November 8-9, BlizzCon 2013 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow Blizzard fans. Our exciting trip to BlizzCon 2013 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend.  Main events included exclusive announcements from World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzcon Costume Contest, and StarCraft 2 WCS Grand Final. Panels and workshops included Diablo 3 Cinematic Intros: Bringing Death to Life, new features of StarCraft 2, Art of World of Warcraft, Lore and Story of Diablo 3, Evolving Sound of Warcraft, Diablo 3 Gameplay Systems and Crusader, Creation of Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of the Storm Live Matches, Epic Blizzcon Cosplay, Digital Painting Demonstrations, Digital 3D Modeling, Voices of Starcraft, Iconic Characters of Warcraft, and much more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to BlizzCon saw lots of inspired costumes from StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft and Diablo 3.  I didn't take a lot of cosplay photos for BlizzCon this time around but hopefully next time I will! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our BlizzCon stock convention archives!
Report: Set in the heart of Anaheim, California and deeply entrenched within the confines of the Anaheim Convention Center, the home base of Blizzcon valiantly gathered over 26,000 attendees for 2013, steadily growing upwards from its initial debut of 8,000 in 2005. I knew that this two-day convention was primarily a gamerís convention so I took much fewer cosplayer photos and instead focused more on the content of the show.

Online Membership Preregistration was a nightmare ball of stress. Once the online link goes up, you sign in and hope to God you are in the queue early otherwise you are so out of luck. Those lucky ones able to get in early are whipped into a cart and can pay for a limited amount of friends at $180 each. Emails received are barcodes that redeem your badges when you show up. There is no at-the-door Registration. Once you do show up to the convention, the badge and swag pickup process is a very quick and efficient scan-and-go experience. The swag bag is truly a nice gift for dedicated Blizzcon folks. Members are treated to one-of-a-kind toy items that change every year and can be worth quite a bit after the show.

Blizzcon takes up the entire five street-level halls of the convention center, with the upper levels reserved for press interviews and operations, and the lower level for registration and miscellaneous operational functions. Inside the main halls, the space is roughly divided into five sections, an events staging space for contests and announcements, Starcraft II stage and gaming area, World of Warcraft stage and gaming area, Diablo 3 stage and gaming area, and the Blizzcon Merchandise booth. Scattered between the stage and gaming areas are various industry booths like NVIDIA and Intel showing off their latest hardware, third-party dealers booths selling exclusive T-Shirts, caps, plushies, and computer accessories, Blizzcon art exhibitions, tabletop gaming, Blizzard artists autograph sessions, live art demonstration stages, fan trivia shows, face-painting booths, and miscellaneous food and drink counters. Each gaming section also has huge ornate statues of favorite characters from the games. Hired booth babes dressed as various Warcraft NPCs also frequent the area for photo opportunities.

Promotions for new games and new content were big this year, such as Heroes of the Storm and new expansion pack for World of Warcraft. Each of the stages held tournaments for seasoned veterans and professional gamers. Starcraft 2 had to be the wildest and craziest of them all, with confetti drop for the grand prize winner and full-out televised coverage. The humongous gaming areas are open for all Blizzcon members and you had opportunities to play on the latest titles and packs the games had to offer. I have to express a little more that the gaming areas are bar-none hands-down the most exquisitely fantastic displays of an epic LAN party Iíve ever witnessed; a vast sea of LED-lit machines coupled with the best LED-lit fashionable headsets and accessories. I took plenty of photos of those areas. The Blizzcon Costume Contest was amazing with about 100 entries and unfortunately so many great ones left out. The extremely detailed and ridiculously awesome costumes involved layered armor and embedded lights, more elements of quality craftsmanship than I can really express in words. Sadly, I didnít get many photos of them, but hopefully next time. Despite tons of available dealer slots, the official Blizzcon Merchandise Booth was always super-crowded and if you didnít get there early, most of your coveted items were sold out. I did however manage to snatch up an official Blizzcon 2013 T-shirt, Warcraft towel, and some other Starcraft items from the third-party booths. Options for affordable food are not limited to the convention center itself. There were plenty of food trucks available just outside the front of the convention center and well as an inexpensive fast food court inside the Anaheim Hilton Hotel.

If there is ever a mecca of gaming youíd like to challenge yourself to visit, Blizzcon is one of them. I know there are others out there and Iím sure Iíll visit them soon enough, but Blizzcon was certainly an eye-opener and Iíd like to try visiting it again in the future. Iím not an avid gamer but I can hold my own in World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2 pretty well. Haha

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our BlizzCon stock convention archives!

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