Look, I know that drunk/high people are a problem and yes maybe they should all step back and realize hey let's cool it a bit and yeah there are jerks that go to the Soap Bubble, but you know what? Not every con is safe. I won't name names, but a friend of mine told me at Kollision Con (a con I like and many many of you guys are praising here) told me had a get-together in his room adn there was a guy that came in and was wasted being mean and rude to everyone. He also told me this guy started punching hotel walls and was arrested later that night for doing so.
While this may be a small incident in compared to more of the ones that happen at ACen (and who knows, *I* only heard one story from Kollision, maybe there's more!), to say ACen is the only place that attracts this kind of rowdy crowd is kind of silly.
I don't think they're going to limit how much drinks are brought into the convention and let's keep in mind, the Soap Bubble doesn't allow bags let alone alcohol into the event, so it's pretty obvious most people are drinking and getting high before the event. Also, I don't think Red Bar or The O'H Grill is going to stop selling alcohol just because ACen is there, there's people not attending ACen also there too.
While I know it's hard, I think ACen should figure out someway to give the kids 11-17 their own dance event and then the 18+ (I say 18+ and not 17+ because 17 isn't the age of an adult, it's my personal opinion though.) Sure the kids will complain, but hey, lots of people have raised concern of underage drinking and other problems. I'm all for that being enforced. Will it eliminate the problem entirely? No. Could it reduce it? I think it's entirely possible.
I know people will argue it until the end of time that Soap Bubble/Hardcore Synergy should be eliminated. Personally I don't think it ever will happen and people can either avoid it or just not go. I am all for them adding restrictions and regulations to the event as going back to the "family friendly event" argument, I agree that it is complete BS for most part that ACen is "family friendly" as well as "the Soap bubble." Personally when it hits night time, if it's possible I'd say, make one big dance for adults either 18 or 21+, have another one geared towards the kids (maybe the kids one in the Hyatt and the Adults' one in Embassy or wherever). They can either have both events one night only or have it two nights, I don't care either way personally, I just don't think dances should be eliminated.
Going back to the original topic of "It's not an anime con anymore", I still highly disagree with that statement. Sure it's not 100% anime but I feel there are plenty panels, photoshoots, video rooms, etc. featuring anime that they don't completely devoid you of it. As for people in cosplay, going back once again, there's lots of anime cosplay! Sure some think outside the box and go as something from a show/movie no one else would think of(or some think alike others and go as Storm Troopers, ;D). To me it would be like saying you can't do an FMA or Death Note cosplay at Wizard World or C2E2 because it's anime and it shouldn't be allowed at comic cons, that's just silly. Me personally, I'll admit I feel I have been doing more American cosplays than anime/Japanese video games in the recent years and have decided to at least make one anime cosplay for next year's event!
The day we see Virgil and The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase set for Anime Central, then okay, we can officially say this convention is just another Wizard World and C2E2. LOL
This post has been edited by STVO: 04 May 2012 - 03:54 PM