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1st June
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Yes, the ConCrashers were at Fanime this year – not like we would miss the Bay Area’s biggest anime convention! This year’s convention was full of fun times. There were some amazing events to go to outside the usual panels and anime viewings – the Flow concert had huge lines, the Masquerade was a big deal, LMC was also performing and the formal Black & White Ball was an interesting twist for the typically informal convention atmosphere.

The game room was fantastic this year, with big crowds and some of the newest games right out of Japan. The artist’s alley was full of interesting projects, including an amazing cosplay gallery book from a pretty awesome photographer. The dealer’s hall had some great stuff in addition to the usual costume ornaments and Japanese figures & oddities – Aksys Games had a booth where they were showing off their upcoming game Death Smiles.

The convention space was crowded as ever with excellent cosplayers – check out some of the pics on this post and the full gallery if you want to see. There were also some fantastic room parties from a few friends of ours, which made the nights very late and very entertaining.

All in all, Fanime was a fantastic con this year, and we can’t wait to go back and hit it even harder next year!

Like the pics? See the full gallery over on Agius’ Flickr!

20th April
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Cherry Blossom was a lot of fun once again this year, with some great costumes and a very long parade. Too long, really.

Con Crashers were representing for the second Sunday of the festival, since that had all the costume-related events. We got there pretty early, around 11:00, and had plenty of time for shopping and running into folks before the parade started. We were fortunate to find a shady spot to watch from, and I managed to get some good pictures out of it. Afterwards, it was lunch, a bit more shopping, watching Anime Myu, and then heading home before evening plans.

Check out the gallery below, and stay tuned for more convention & event info!

12th April
2010
written by Andrew Evans

So, last weekend was the start of the SF Cherry Blossom Festival. While not exactly a convention, we try to make an appearance there every year due to their Grand Parade, which presents an excellent opportunity for Bay Area cosplayers to get out and show off their amazing costumes. The parade is on the second weekend of the festival, or in our case, this upcoming weekend. Last year was bright, sunny, and a heckuva lot of fun, and we hope this year will be again.

Hope to see you there! Pictures are from last year’s Cherry Blossom.

5th April
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Consider it crashed!

After a small party Friday night and a night out at the Abbey Tavern, we got to WonderCon around noon, hit up the expo floor and wandered around trying things out, reading, and running into people. We stopped by Capcom’s booth and got looks at Dead Rising 2, stopped by EA’s booth for some Dante’s Inferno, and checked out the Browncoat’s presence.

We had a small meetup, with a few comings-and-goings, including Austin of EigoMANGA. Everyone had some kind of panel or other to get to – it seemed our timing was rather poor – so, it was just a stop-in, say hi, head out kind of affair. We also ran over to catch the Destructoid folks at their meetup and say hello. Then off to the preview panel for Splice and Christopher Nolan’s new film.

Lunch, further expo floor coverage, and then we headed to a happy hour being put on by EigoMANGA and Supa Pirate. Some good happy hour drinks and great company there, and then we called it a night.

We actually arrived earlier on Sunday, at 11:30. Wandered the expo floor some more, photographing cosplayers and checking out art exhibits. Ran out to grab some lunch, got back in time for the Chuck panel with a few key cast members, including our favorite Adam Baldwin. We also got to screen the new episode before it airs – not one to be missed!

A bit more on the expo floor, some performance at the Just Dance booth, and running into Dickens Fair folk and other WWII cosplayers, and then we packed it in for the night. WonderCon takes a lot of energy to go through, and we really made an event of it this year. Can’t wait to go back next year!

Be sure to check out more photos of us in our Facebook gallery, and plenty of costume photos on Agius’ Flickr photoset!

29th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

We now have a Facebook page! Also visible on the right bar, we’ll be using this to organize events and collect photos.

Speaking of meetups, this Saturday we’ll be meeting up at WonderCon! Come out and see what’s going on, discuss the weekend, and hit the con. Official Con Page, for program and reference info.

14th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

GDC 2010 was amazing. Here’s the quick rundown:

Monday:

  • Playfish party

Wednesday

  • CDNetworks at 111 Minna
  • GAMMA IV at Mezzanine
  • Wild Pickets party bus over to
  • LucasArts party
  • Harmonix party at Rockit

Thursday

  • Speakeasy party at Metreon
  • Gamespy party on the XYZ Balcony
  • Havok party at Thirsty Bear
  • Tried to hit up Mezzanine, but they were closed

Friday

  • Destructoid party on 6th St

Saturday

  • Finally actually hit the GDC floor!

Nabbed swag from all the booths, enough T-shirts to clothe a small country, but it was a little boring since I was neither hiring people nor looking for a job. Most of the booths were recruiting, some were selling enterprise tools and code, and a few were selling engines or middleware that might interest smaller, indie developers.

Still, it was a great time checking out the companies that attended, meeting people and industry reps, and seeing some of the upcoming trends in game development. We’ll definitely be there again next year!

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9th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

Last night was a party at Orson Lounge in SoMa celebrating Playfish’s new offices in San Francisco. Lots of new hires from the casual game company as well as some old hands and some recruiters, as well as awesome people from companies as diverse as HeyZap, Boomerang Networks, and InnoWate. There was an excellent open bar until 10:00pm, and a DJ spinning some pop-rock music including Beck and Gorillaz. They had a projector set up to show off Playfish’s games above the whole scene.

All in all a great time, and excellently done! Looking forward to more from Playfish and EA around the SF area in the future.

9th March
2010
written by Andrew Evans

We’ll skip the traditional introductory “Hi OMG blog LOL” post and get started with some rockin’ events. All this week is the Game Developer’s Conference here in San Francisco, and while the day job ties me up for most of it, we’ll be crashing the after-parties as much as possible!

Here’s how things are shaping up so far:

Wednesday Night

Thursday Night

Friday Night

It’s going to be an absolutely wild week, and we can’t wait to bring you in on it!

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