As we reach the height of summer, it means that we’re approaching the climax of con season. Rooster Teeth Expo, Spill Dot Con, Anime Expo and CONvergence all occurred over the previous weekend, and the geek-gasm will be reaching it’s peak with the celebration of Nerdi Gras at the San Diego Comic-Con all next week. And, as tends to happen every con season, the letters are filtering in telling me that many of you have ignored my dictum about trying to hook up at cons.
To be sure, I do believe that love can bloom on the convention floor, but all too often people don’t understand that conventions are social and emotional pressure-cookers; by trying to compress everything into a solitary weekend (or a seeming eternity if you’re going to SDCC) you’re making everything seem more intense. Cons are hotbeds of nerdcrushes, online couples meeting for the first time in meatspace and, of course, veritable hordes of geeks who’re up all night to get lucky… or at least get into the Hentai room after the cosplay contest. Take a bunch of geeks, shove them into a hotel room with bad food, little sleep and near constant stimulation and you end up with a perfect recipe for drama and broken hearts. And drama there will be, because libidos will be running wild and so will tempers. It can be an incredible rush – everything you love under one roof, games, comics, anime, SEX… it’s like the ultimate nerd-high.
Of course, with every high comes the crash. When you throw that much sexual energy into a confined space, you end up with a crash course in some of the hardest lessons in dating in rapid succession. Everyone eventually has to go through these eventually, so the last thing you want is to have to experience them all at once.
So let’s take a look at them before you’re sitting alone in your hotel room, raiding the minibar, crying and abusing the substandard wifi to Facebook stalk your former beloved.
Er… not that I would know anything about that.