1.) Registration. Even though I was a pre-reg attendee and got my badge in the mail, I'd go down to the registration area occasionally to check out Linecon 09... strangely enough, it never materialized! Registration, you guys were awesome!
2.) IRT. Usually I get yelled at at least once a year for just going about my normal business. But this year things were different. Every member of IRT that I saw performing their job did it politely and professionally. When one IRT bumped into me when going up the escalator on Friday, she actually apologized (rather than saying "GET THE*#&$*@#&$ OUT OF THE WAY") and she told me that the rudeness of IRT is one of the reasons she joined staff. I don't remember her name but the other IRT with her had callsign Akuma. They were both very nice. I can't find one bad thing to say about IRT this year. Thank you so much everyone for keeping the con running smoothly.
3.) Negotiation with the hotel for discounts on Hyatt food. I remember this being a discussion on the forums for a while (I'm a long time lurker) and I believe it was mentioned that it was pretty much impossible to do. Someone made it happen though. I suppose the Hyatt was sick of having an empty restaurant losing so much business to Giordano's and McDonald's when their rooms are completely sold out. The "Japanese inspired" menu was delicious (curry chicken FTW...even if it's really not that Japanese). Thanks Hyatt and ACEN, for providing affordable fooding options inside the con!
4.) MOVE. They were absolutely amazing both in concert and to the fans afterwards. Motsu even gave out his PSN ID (I sent him a friend request, we'll see if he takes it)
5.) The Spoony Bards. These guys are awesome every year, and thank you ACEN for providing them with the main stage this year. Ever since I met these guys at the Angela Aki/Nobuo Uematsu meet and greet a few years ago, I've been a fan.
I don't have a lot to complain about, and a lot of this may have to do more with contracts than anything else, but they need to be said...
1.) Only one MOVE concert?! What about all the people who couldn't make Friday's show? I'm glad I was able to make it to the con on Friday to see them. I'm wondering if this was either part of ACEN's contract with Avex or whether it was a choice on ACEN's part to cause the concert to be more crowded than usual in an effort to impress Avex for future conventions. Either way this is kind of a FAIL... T_T
2.) The bass during Friday's concert was turned up way too high and drowned out Yuri's beautiful vocals. This is a crime. The same thing happened during High and Mighty Color two years ago, when we could barely hear Maaki for about half the performance (apparently only Friday was an issue and they fixed it for Saturday at that time, though).
3.) Concert delays. I thought the time listed in the program was the starting time for the concert, not starting time for TECH WORK/SETUP. What gives, guys? At least you provided us with one hell of a lightshow before Friday's concert started and some awesome dance music. But Saturday's delays are really inexcusable.
4.) Picture policy with MOVE. I haven't been to a lot of panels/autograph sessions with guests in the past so I'm not sure exactly what the deal is there...but they seemed friendly enough to not be the type of celebrities to say "You can take pictures OF me, but not WITH me - I don't want my image tainted by my fans." I got their autographs and talked to them a bit in Japanese, but was really disappointed that I couldn't get a picture with them since they're my favorite Japanese band. Again, this could be a contract issue or it could be a rule designed to avoid holding up the lines...but the rule was present for both autograph sessions and the panel. A shame, since the panel didn't have THAT many people in the first place. >_<
5.) The TOOL that plowed his way into a crowded elevator when the IRT on the elevator with us told him it was full. I guess on Sunday people don't really care about listening to IRT since getting their badge taken away at that point isn't that big of a deal. The elevators in general during checkout were painful...the only way to really make it fair would have been to keep an IRT on each elevator to ensure people don't ride them up to go down - this makes it really hard for the people on the highest floors. But this is really unavoidable during certain times of day, I guess.
6.) Concert policy concerning bags/cameras. One HEROIC IRT on Saturday attempted to watch everyone's bag who wanted to go into the concert...but still the rule is lame. I understand the "no props" rule, and to a degree the "no bags" rule...I mean, you don't want people sneaking in something that could hurt other attendees or the performers (even though without IRT Hero anybody who doesn't have a hotel room, car, or other place to put their bags is out of luck as far as the concert is concerned)...but why no cameras? Why not just say "no flash photography"? Is it a contract issue?
This post has been edited by akakaze: 11 May 2009 - 08:29 AM