While Halloween weekend is a time where many people dress up and party, no one throws a party quite like Youmacon! The annual convention in Detroit ran strong all weekend long, offering plenty for everyone – especially gamers.
The events of Youmacon are spread out between two buildings in downtown Detroit – the GM Renaissance Center and the Cobo Center. They’re just down the street from each other, and luckily the weather over the weekend was mild compared to past years for those who chose to walk between the two or participate in outdoor photoshoots. One great option that the area has to offer is the use of Detroit’s People Mover, a transit between several of attendees can get a pass for the weekend at a mere $5 right after picking up their convention badge. This was an extremely convenient option.
The game room of Youmacon remains one of the best out of all surrounding conventions. The room is massive, and has nearly anything a gamer could want – be it consoles (even the new gen consoles with the latest titles), classic arcade boxes, or Japanese machines. The tournaments were intense, with participants bringing in their arcade joysticks to duke it out with others. There were demos, booths to buy gaming accessories, and more. It’s definitely one of the convention’s biggest draws and is never a disappointment.
The dealer’s room and artists’ alley shared an enormous hall, but being able to move around is never an issue. Aisles are spaced well and never seem cramped. Vendors offered everything from old game cartridges, to apparel, to every kind of collectible imaginable. Some creative gaming t-shirts were a highlight, as well as many figures and statues of characters from anime, games, and other pop culture series. The artist’s alley was overflowing with numerous prints, homemade plushies, and even a custom made Legend of Zelda tarot card deck! The amount of talent on display at Youmacon, whether on the tables for sale by artists or out on the floor in costumes worn by cosplayers, is amazing. There is always plenty to see, no matter what area you’re in.
Other highlights of the weekend included the rave, which kept the party going until the early hours, the return of voice actor D.C. Douglas (gamers know him as the voice of Albert Wesker from Resident Evil and Legion from Mass Effect), and many more panels and activities that ensured not a single attendee would be bored. Youmacon continues to soar, drawing larger crowds each year and leaving them all counting down to next year’s event when this year’s draws to a close.