The rambling thoughts of a super nerd who loves video games, comic books, cupcakes, coffee, and cats.
Just wanted to take a moment to post our policy on harassment on tumblr, it is also on our website, and will be in the program guide. The image attached is the sign we will have displayed throughout the convention.
Emerald City Comicon’s mission is to create a safe, awesome environment where geeks of all kinds can come together. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to race, gender, sexual orientation, body size, disability, appearance, and religion), overly sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
Exhibitors, sponsors and guests are subject to our anti-harassment policy as well and have also been informed. In particular, exhibitors should not use images or material that surpasses a PG-13 rating at their booths. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use over-sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, ECCC Directors and Department Heads may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from Emerald City Comicon (with no refund). If you are being harassed, witness someone else being harassed or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Emerald City Comicon staff immediately (identifiable by green Minion t-shirts or black polos/Staff badges). We are happy to contact our security or local law enforcement, provide escort, a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention.
All attendees, exhibitors and staff are subject to this anti-harassment policy and are expected to follow these rules at all Emerald City Comicon events.
Emerald City is one of my very favorite shows in the world, and this is the iceberg-tip of why.
Obligatory panel plug: On Saturday, at 12:40, in Hall D, Laura Hudson, Janelle Asselin, Bobby Roberts, and I will be talking about harassment in geek communities.
Thank you, Emerald City Comic Con for being a positive example for other fan conventions when it comes to harassment issues.
Perfect. It’s not hard to deliver this message, so I don’t know why other cons are struggling to get rid of the ambiguity in their harassment policies.
Never been to ECCC, hope I get there someday, it seems lovely.
I used to play the same games over and over again. Because I loved them, of course, but also because new games were an unaffordable luxury for my college and immediate post-college years. Since 2007, when I started writing about games professionally, I’ve been completely immersed in the industry and constantly swimming in new releases. Not only does that give me less time for old games, it means some of the new games I intended to play pass me by.
Ashley Esqueda on Hopes for Gaming in 2014
Wow, someone felt what I said was important enough to make a gif! I feel loved. :)
And I mean what I said! It’s never been a better time to be a gamer!
1. My friend Ashley knows her shit.
2. This attitude is super refreshing and how I feel all the time. Don’t enjoy a game everyone else loves? Your opinion is valid, but instead of getting defensive and cynical and snotty, go find something else to love.
2013 was one of my favorite years for video games since I started covering this industry. I didn’t have enough time to play everything I wanted to, and I have a feeling I’ll be wading through last year’s backlog for quite a while, but I’ve had enough memorable experiences with new games that I feel confident putting together my personal top
ten eleven list. Here goes, in no particular order.
The first and the last ones are the only ones with curtains on the sides. That makes it seem like it’s a play, opening its curtains at the beginning and closing them at the end.
I open at the close
I OPEN AT THE CLOSE.
I spend a lot of time in an isolated bubble of nerds. Game journos, game fans, website commenters, social media communities—we live and breathe things like console launches. However, once in a while I step outside that bubble and find that I have no idea how to converse with normal people, the ones who haven’t been following next-gen coverage all year long. For some strange reason, they haven’t been budgeting for $1,000 worth of new gaming technology, rearranging their entertainment centers, or taking sides in the PS4 vs. Xbox One console war. I know, I thought it was weird too.
My non-gamer friends have no idea why everyone’s freaking out about video games this year, this month in particular. So guys: if you care to know what I’ll be talking about for the next few weeks, this is for you.
Inspired by this post on Joystiq. (And while I know Earthbound is wonderful, it’s not on my list because I never finished it. Shut up, I’m working on it.)
There are several games that I would describe as “damn near perfect” or “perfect to me.” Every game has flaws, but some resonate with me so deeply that I can’t be bothered to care about little problems here and there.
Here are a few games I describe as such. This isn’t just me listing my favorite games (although I could; let me tell you about how much I love Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda forever and ever). These are games that have achieved perfection in my eyes, and no matter how old they get or how many generations of games pass, they’re still so damn fun to play.