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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

My Digital Life

I don't really have any great insights from my time at the Digital Life convention here in New York last Friday, but I'm writing about it anyway. I love to see gaming conventions come to New York and I hope Digital Life gets bigger and better each year.

The convention was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which is due for a
much needed expansion in the near future. The last time I was at the Javits was when I was sitting for the bar exam so it really brought back the memories. Digital Life is not only a gaming convention, it covers other aspects of technology. There was definitely plenty of gaming booths but it sure isn't E3 or even E .5. But, one of the cool things about Digital Life is that anyone can attend for the very reasonable price of $12. It ran for three days but I only made it on Friday. There were some celebrities in attendance, notably one of the members of Run D.M.C. I also saw Cliffy B there doing some sort of interview.

SOE definitely had one of the better booths at the show and it was quite popular throughout the day. They had nice monitors showing the expansion and SOE's PSP games (
Field Commander looks intriguing), trial packs for SWG and some booth girls with PSP's attached to their belts on which people could play Gripshift and Frantix. It was a lot of fun to see people play EQII for the first time on one of the demo machines. They really seemed to enjoy it. I did get to see the Shimmering Citadel zone and it looks fantastic so I will be striving to gain access.

Of course some of the SOE team was also in attendance. I was again impressed with their energy and enthusiasm and they did a great job of drawing people in and getting them excited about the SOE games. Props to Blackguard who survived the Aggro Me & Co. New York City nightlife tour the night before and still managed to have tons of energy and do a great job of explaining EQII to the people who played the demo.

Of course, Ms. Anna Wainscoat, better known as Queen Antonia, was also present. I was honestly impressed with her positive attitude and the way she handled the fans. The convention ran from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and I know Anna (and the whole SOE team) were actually there much earlier so they were really on their feet for a very long time. She never stopped smiling or signing autographs and there was always a line of people waiting to meet her. So, I have to say SOE got lucky with a Queen Antonia who can handle these types of conventions so well, because I know many people couldn't.

It was a fun time and, as I said, I hope more gaming events come to New York. I apologize for the quality of the following two photos. I'm not much of a photographer.

A portion of the SOE Booth
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Blogger TulsaShag said...

Photo op for pics of the evil queen and that's the best we get? :P

10:08 AM  
Blogger Aggro Me said...

Yeah, I know, I know - I took some more but they just came out badly.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Quylein said...

and that one didnt? LOL J/K, was pretty cool that you had an opt to see her in person.

10:43 AM  
Blogger jaipehg said...

Woohoo, she's in the outfit! Take me along next time, I'll take photos! :D

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