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Most gamers probably already know that you can be both a gamer AND a responsible adult with a healthy relationship and plenty of friends, but we also know that a lot of other people think differently. They think most gamers are just isolated, lonely nerds who shut themselves off from other people in favor of their virtual lives. Well, that's complete and utter crap, according to a recent study. Two professors over at Penn State found interest in this antisocial view on gamers and decided to perform a study, handing out questionnaires to about 150 gamers lined up for the midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, figuring they fit the gamer stereotype well enough. Results of this study showed that these gamers, who were mostly male college students, tend to spend over $200 on video games per year. They also tend to play these games for about 20.5 hours a week. If you showed just these results to those who believe in the socially awkward nerd stereotype, they'd think they were right. However, the results also showed that regardless of their level of dedication toward games, they had just as much dedication toward their social lives. "Not all video game players are destined for lives filled with failing relationships and dwindling friendships," states Penn State's press release. Basically, the results showed that spending a lot of your time on video games in no way makes people antisocial or "forever alone." Especially since the majority of games gamers play these days are, in fact, designed to play with others. Keep in mind, however, that there are still plenty of gamers out there who spend over 100 hours a week on games, pretty much not having a chance to get outside much. Still, as more games and game platforms are becoming more community-driven, these gamers have plenty of opportunity to socialize. As for keeping a healthy relationship, that's a different matter... What are your thoughts on this study? Do you think it will change minds?
So instead of making a forum thread or something about my trip I decided to throw it all together in a blog, so lets see how this works out, I'll be making a post for each day and then a swag post at the end. Friday *I'm going to post all the pictures at the end of the article to make it easier on the eyes.* Getting There So as many of you might know, I currently live in the wonderful state of Ohio. Ohio as many of you hopefuly know, is quite a ways away from New York, let alone Manhatten. As it were, I ended up making the 6 hour drive to my old town in New Jersey, where I met up with friends who were attending the con with me. We then hopped on a bus for a 2 hour ride to the city. Total travel time so far, a little over 8 hours. Not too shabby. We arrived in the city at 11 in the morning, about an hour after the con had opened. We headed over to the hotel first to drop off our bags. Thankfully the bus stop, hotel and convention were all within a 6 block radius of each other. The hotel was great, but more on that later. The Convention The convention center seemed a bit less crowded than last year, owing to the fact that it was Friday rather than a weekend day. We meandered about the show floor for a while before going to out first panel, the Sunrise Panel. The panel itself was more or less an array of Sunrise's executives and studio heads announcing new titles to be released soon. However they were very charismatic and interesting to listen to, even though most of them had a translator. The titles they announced: Phi Brain season 3 (2013) Daily Lives of Highschool Boys (already released) Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere season 2 (recently ended) Binbougami ga! (recently ended) Battle Spirits another season (I know nothing about this show) Gintama (going to continue until further notice) Love Live! (2013) Aikatsu (2013) Accelworld (Already released) Gundam Seed Remake (2013) Gundam Unicorn final episodes coming 2013 The creators of these various shows were all there and talked about their shows. The highlight would have to be the creator/director of Binbougami ga / Daily Lives of Highschool Boys , who cosplayed as a "highschool boy" and wore a "binbougami" hat (Binbougami means God of Poverty in Japanese). After the Sunrise panel we strolled around the convention some more, and my friends all bought stuff. One bought Disgaea DS, two dot.hack games and a Megaman game for PS2. The other two friends bought assorted wallscrolls, a Yoko Dakimakura, among other things. We then headed for our last event of the day, the Robot Chicken panel. Probably the biggest panel on Friday, it was set in the IGN theatre and unfortunately no recording or photography was allowed so I have no pictures of it. However the panel was fantastic, and I'm not even a huge Robot Chicken fan! Seth Green was there, along with various other people associated with the show and guest panelist Macaulay Culkin. They showed off some clips of the upcoming season of Robot Chicken and then launched right into Q&A. Most of the question were meant to be humourous rather than serious, and I felt it worked better that way for this panel. A good majority of the questions were, of course, sexual. After the panel we stumbled across Mo Chocolate, who, if you don't know, was a contestant of Sony's PSN reality show The Tester. We met up with a friend who was unfortunately not able to make it to NYC until around 6pm because of an exam he had that day. We were pretty beat after that long day so we just headed back to the hotel. The hotel itself was great, we stayed at the Staybridge Suites, but we ran into a bit of a snag when I realized that although I had made and paid for the reservation, to be able to check in you need to be at least 21 years old. That little technicality cost us about an hour of time but due to some quick thinking we were eventually able to check in. The room was fantastic, a two double bed room with a kitchen, which was just the right size for our group of five. Two of my friends had brought a suitcase full of rice, jerky, seaweed, ramen, kimchi, and various other foodstuffs. Yeah, don't ask. I just grabbed two slices of delicious NYC pizza for $2 earlier. Day 2 to follow.... Fridays Crowds Sunrise Panel Yoichi Fujita wearing a binbougami hat