Feb 2, 2012

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Blue Milk & Cereal: Would You Attend A “BioCon”?

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Today’s BM&C was seeded by an idea from Zach Lee on Twitter… thanks Zach!

Gaming conventions are always a big deal every year, and Star Wars: The Old Republic along with EA, BioWare and LucasArts attend many of them. Some are for players such as PAX or gamescom, and some are geared for the industry such as E3. These are generally huge stages upon which publishers can catch the eyes of the public, and shine the lights on their wares.

A few years back in 2005, Blizzard sort of redefined the idea of a gaming convention by holding their own – Blizzcon. Since then, they’ve held it every year except 2006 and attendance has grown exponentially. In 2005, just over 8,000 people (including myself) were there. Last year? Over 29,000. And they’ve worked to make it accessible not only on the Internet but also on pay-per-view over DirecTV.

So that got me to thinking… BioWare has plenty of franchises and some equally passionate and numerous fans. Would something like a “BioCom” be possible? A gathering of all of the BioWare games and gamers, focused on letting fans see and play the future? It’s possible that with this week’s announcement of the Guild Summit in Austin, the seeds have already been planted… come on David, 200 people is no different than 20,000! :)

Anyway, would you attend a BioCon if there was one? Would you travel to get your hands on Mass Effect 3 early? How about an early peek at the TOR expansion race? Let us know!

Would you attend a "BioCon" if there was such a thing?

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  1. I would only go if it was in the same city as I am.

  2. great question!
    I would attend based on location. Its not that I would not head across the country but some cities are less expensive to fly too, and the time of year would also greatly impact my travels.
    BUT …. If they have it in the Dallas FT Worth area I would be there.

  3. Thanks for the shoutout!

    I’d be there in a heartbeat, and even though SWTOR would likely be my sole reason for going, I’d get into it. Maybe even try my hand at cosplay…I mean, I’m a lawyer. That’s pretty much a Sith already, right?

    –z

  4. Hell yeah. But only if it’s hosted in the Netherlands, where I live.

  5. If it was in Edmonton, 100% I’d go, in Austin, maybe. I’m interested in all 3 of their major franchises, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and SWTOR, I think it would be a hoot.

  6. Never attended Blizzcon, in-person or virtually, so I am not likely the go to a BioCon either.

  7. Necrotica says:

    Is this a convention where we let people know we have to use the bathroom all the time? ;)

  8. I would not attend because I went to Blizzcon in 2007 and it was one of the most boring and pointless things I have ever done. We didn’t even go back for the second day. I felt bad for people who had to travel far to get there.

  9. Potentially. They have some solid IPs under their umbrella… Mass Effect, Dragon Age, SWTOR… soon they’ll have Command & Conquer, yeah? Could make for a con on par with BlizzCon, with dev panels, tournaments, sponsors, etc.

    I’d love to see a Mass Effect or Dragon Age MMO. They might have a little more freedom there compared to SWTOR, which is licensed. ME MMO might be more FPS-based, and DA MMO your traditional fantasy MMORPG…

  10. Since Austin is only a 3 hour drive away (and I presume it would be there), I’d have little excuse not to go! But seriously, this is one event where it’d be pretty easy to arrange some other activities and head out for a mini-vacation that goes beyond just a potential BioCon.

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