If I may.
This, by far, was one of the worst ACens in recent memory. Hands down. 2008 had the horror of linecon, but this? The inconsistencies? The Crystal Ball? IRT being a-holes? The behavior of those of the convention?
I'm sick and tired of being propositioned and followed whenever I attend the con. I'm not even wearing a skimpy cosplay (like it matters) - I'm dressed from head to foot in black Aristocrat, and I get some creepy SoB following me? F that. I shouldn't have to bring my boyfriend with me as an escort in order to feel like I'm not going to be approached/stalked/followed/cat-called at whenever I'm wanting to go where I wish.
Whenever I attend, people don't seem to respect personal space, property, themselves, or have any respect at all. As someone suggested in this thread, I think that it's time that you guys curb attendees. If people can't act like they haven't been raised in the woods by wolves, they don't need to show up to an event that should otherwise be relatively civilzed. I understand that this is an anime convention. I understand that a certain degree of madness and chaos is to be expected. It should not be solely chaos. High School and college students should know how to remove their heads from their behinds and act like they have a clue. This is not your house, and if you have an attitude of entitlement, you can keep your butt at home. If you don't feel like you need to shower (because this was the smelliest con in recent memory, as well), you can also stay home. The con doesn't need your money, your presence or your stench. In terms of a social dynamic, Acen has declined, but I don't attribute that so much to Acen as I do to the increasing popularity of anime and it's attracting people who fancy themselves to be the chicks from Mean Girls and wannabe frat boys. To be frank, if the Hyatt no longer wanted to host Acen due to the boorish people that attend and the absolute lack of decorum that this con has devolved to, I wouldn't blame them. If anything, I'd applaud
them. It's a lot of money to turn away, but it would show that they stand for something.
I'm one of the people who, last year, bitched about having a formal ball. Quite frankly, how about honestly, truly, doing this, instead of trying to appease angry folk like me? If a person is wearing a sailor fuku, bar them entrance. The IRT can jump down people's throats for everything else. Make yourselves useful. I don't even have any complaints about music - it's like someone's prom and such is to be expected.
And about IRT - the comment from the person who had a seizure because of various issues, and people toking it up in front of this person should never, ever, have happened. IRT spends more time being on power trips instead of reporting obviously reportable things to the proper authorities. How is it that so many people are so focused on shouting and losing their crap with people and drop the ball so horrendously? And passing the buck about 'Well, there isn't anything that we can do about it' and this lack of accountability from upper level management all the way down to the minor staffers is sad, and quite frankly, with attitudes like that, this con is going to suffer the consequences. The petty things like drug use, public intoxication, destruction is going to manifest into something much, much larger, and I say this as someone who has lived in Chicago - it can devolve into potential violence if people feel like they can attend cons and get away with anything, especially considering how people are allowed to walk the con with Airsoft guns with magazines.
Soap Bubble or Hardcore Synergy need to be cancelled. You have two raves and it's taking focus off of the greater con at large. This is a disgrace. When it comes to masquerade or a second rave, there should be no question as to what should take precedence. This is an anime con, is it not? If I wanted a college-style party, I would go down to Cancun or NOLA.
I'll return next year, but if there is no marked improvement, I will no longer recommend this con to other people. There are too many smaller cons that are more deserving of the honor, time and money than 4 days of unabashed immaturity, rudeness and disorganization.
To temper this rant of mine - to those of you that worked tirelessly at this even to try to right the wrongs, even in spite of the disaster that was this year, your efforts are not in vain. You are thanked beyond measure. To those of you congoers that conducted yourself with some degree of decorum and behaved with some degree of maturity - thank you, thank you, a million times over thank you. All of you are the people that get no true thanks, and I guess that you derive your thanks in terms of enjoyment of the con.
This post has been edited by antisocialist: 23 May 2012 - 12:59 AM