Launcher Quote: “Losing friends is extremely difficult, but it doesn’t have to define or destroy you.
Just arriving at a convention it had only been two days, he wouldn’t have wanted me to stay home. I had dealt with loss before but never a close friend like this. Reaching out, I received so much support that day from friends nearby and an important reminder that even at your lowest there’s always someone out there to hold you up.
In his legacy I offer you love as I had, go receive it amongst the crowd.
Tony Lorenzo ~ 1986 – 2017″
At their heart, conventions are events that are meant to bring together communities sharing a common interest, whether that is comics, games, movies, anime, and other such mediums. It’s a kind of way to have a real-life powwow lasting over the course of a weekend, put names to internet usernames and twitter handles, and have a shared appreciation and enjoyment of what you normally enjoy in smaller groups (or even on your own). Conventions, on some level, are also a bit of an escape from your routine or the real world for the same reasons I just listed. So when something more real life than almost anything else, that being the death of someone you care about, happens over that weekend, it’s a bit jarring and isolating, as it must have been for those who made today’s game.
Today’s presentation highlights, though a very interesting game mechanic, how a convention community can close ranks and help someone who is in pain during the weekend. You’re obligated to seek out the hugs and support from those in the crowd to help you deal with your emotional turmoil, and while the game gets harder and harder because you need to spot the person in a larger and larger crowd, it’s also a bit more heartening to see that convention events, even massive ones, can have a way of having you come together and seek comfort from a number of people who may or may not be strangers but who you establish a connection with.
In the end, such short term connections and annual long-term friendships re-kindled through convention events combine to make a number of reasons why people continue to attend conventions well into getting older, and is part of the reason why the best conventions tend to be multi-generational events, encouraging that same sense of community down through the years. There’s no greater way this is at play than when they need to come together and help someone that people know well deal with something like losing someone, so while there will always be ways in which they can be better, at its core, conventions should continue forward being communities that can help when needed.