Let BlizzCon begin!
As the BlizzCon Eve parties get started, we finally are getting the photos in from Register photographer Rose Palmisano, who battled the masses to get inside the Anaheim Convention Center this afternoon. No luck. She didn’t have a press badge. She had to get in line like the rest of us.
But she got some good shots of the lines, so take a look at our first slide show by clicking image on right.
If you’re not one of the 20,000 fans who managed to get a ticket, you should be glad. Really! Thousands showed up today by 4 p.m. to get their pass for tomorrow. They waited in line for hours.
And if they weren’t staying at a nearby hotel and could walk over, they joined me in forking over $10 for parking at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is my fourth BlizzCon and the first one where I remember having to pay to park on the day before the big show. Those Anaheim Convention Center folks know suckers when they see them.
Blizzard officials are super strict this year about passes. So if you’re hoping to sneak in, good luck with that. Also, any hint of camera flashes got an immediate bark by security, “No photos today.”
I remember my second BlizzCon. The company let me peek inside the convention hall on the day before as they set up the show. Mike Morhaime happened to be there, which was great timing, since I needed to interview him. That ended up in a story titled, “How Blizzard got so big.”
Today, the convention center walkway did offer fans something to look at: A small exhibit of Blizzard art work. Inside the grand convention halls, however, few were admitted. No official cameras, of course. But I noticed a few tweets on Twitter with photos: Like this one and this one. Rumor is there is a lot to hide today and a lot to announce tomorrow.
We’ll have more coverage tomorrow and Saturday so bookmark this blog!
And you know those fancy goody bags Blizzard is giving out? We can’t keep ours so we’re going to give them away to readers. Leave a comment on any of our BlizzCon 2009 posts and when it’s all over, we’ll put all the names in a digital hat and pick some winners. Good luck!
Coverage so far: