After Fanime, I'm pretty certain that I will probably not attend another anime convention for this year.
I honestly spent more time in San Francisco tracking down milongas, but as I returned back to San Jose, I returned to scenes of EMTs carting away people who drank too much, kids puking all over the place and people stumbling back to their rooms (I hope) aimlessly. I guess the shock hit me quite a bit and it's starting to settle in almost a month later. I never really went out as I was usually hosting my own party or at a friend's party. Most of the time, we all stayed within our limits. A few stumbling, but never to the point of puking. So I never really got to see how conventions really were outside my circle of friends.
This time around, as I make my transition out of the anime convention space, I look back and just see a hot mess. What happened to the glory of the 90s where people just liked having fun. When did it become destructive where people think it's a good idea to hit all the elevator buttons to troll about, or take a crap on the hotel floor? Maybe the mayhem was always there, but I was too naive and blind to know that it really existed.
But let me pretend for a moment that it was never this way in the past, in fact let's look at Dragoncon. Now that is a crazy party and I love it. Again, maybe I never witnessed it, but I never saw anyone being a total prick and trying to break stuff or cause any sort of mayhem. Part of it is, I think there was alot to do. The dances were amazing and went until 5AM. There was alot of late night programming, and there was a party floor, that being the multiple bars that turned the whole lobby into a party.
Sure people got drunk and some stumbled about, but nothing to the point where EMTs came rushing in to cart somebody off. So it makes me wonder, if there was something to keep more attendees occupied that they'd be less likely to find their own fun by creating mayhem and destruction? Now granted there's always going to be a few trolls who have no interest in paying for a badge, and making their own fun at the cost of another and the convention; but I'm curious, is there a correlation between a lack of late night quality programming and the amount of fines a convention has to pay for their attendees and ghost?