Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend BlizzCon. In case you are not familiar with what it is: BlizzCon is an annual convention organised by Blizzard to showcase their products, meet with the fans, have the play-offs of their e-sports season, all in the same venue and in the place of a couple of days. It is a fun way to spend a couple of days in Anaheim, CA if you are into Blizzard games, or just video games in general. By now, we have seen most of the stuff that was announced in the event either come to fruition in their respective franchises or is common knowledge among the followers of news about video games so there isn’t all that much to write about the event itself. This post is mostly about being fortunate enough to be able to attend BlizzCon and actually going there.
People usually make assumptions about other people who claim to be fortunate enough to attend an event that is 10 time zones away from where they live. These can include, but are not limited to, the other party’s financial stability, time they took off work, etc. When I made the trip and had to utter the words that I was fortunate enough, it barely meant that I had access to the funds necessary for such a trip and I went along with it. This is mostly in line with my general behaviour in spending, which generally involves little to no consideration about middle/long term survival goals, but this was a step up from the usual stuff like blindly backing cool kickstarter stuff in scale alone. I ended up staying 15 days in California, 7 of them at the Hilton Anaheim, and I flew business (admittedly, this was made possible by dumping 3 years worth of credit card miles in 1 2-way ticket but I think it underlines the message).
All of this extravagance, combined with the fine event Blizzard ran and the friends I managed to spend time with, made up for a uniquely melancholic experience. It provided a sense of an ending in financial terms, which will directly impact my lifestyle, while trying to make the most out of the days I had left there. It also officially started the job hunt as I took an interview over skype, from LA, for a position which will be based within a mile from home (at Mobilike). It did not go well.