As you probably know, PAX Australia is just around the corner. It's safe to say it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, gaming convention on the Australian calendar. But it's also a good opportunity to have a chat about conventions more generally.
Conventions can be a great opportunity to see new products and things you haven't encountered before. That's especially the case if you're not up to date with the day to day minutia of what happens in gaming, entertainment and so on.
I always viewed cons as a bit like a national tournament for esports though; an opportunity for people who all shared the same hobbies to meet up in one location. A chance to hang out, see old faces, laugh, banter a bit, and then go home with or without the spoils.
But Australia has a lot more conventions than it used to ten years ago. There's Comic-Con. There's Supanova. There's the Haven expo up in Queensland's Mackay. There's AVCon. Canberra does its own thing. There's EB Expo and GX Australia. Comic Book Day basically turns each city's comic book store into a mini convention.
Put simply, there isn't a lack of opportunities to meet friends with similar hobbies. Or see the latest and greatest things on display.
So I want to put it to everyone: how do you approach conventions in general? Do you make it a habit to attend every day? Are you a meticulous planner? What are you looking for from a convention before you buy a ticket? Are you a major cosplayer, and does your decision to cosplay (and what you cosplay) affect your approach to the convention?
And just for shits and giggles: best convention you've ever attended. I want to hear about it. Was it PAX? Comic-Con? Or something not on people's radar entirely? Let us know!