Block Party: MineCon Is On

By Alec Meer on August 12th, 2011 at 5:35 pm.

They'll all be there! On a poster.

If you’re the kind of chap who wants to talk to other chaps about redstone and biomes, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s full steam ahead for MineCon 2011, the first official Minecraft convention. It’s to be held in Vegas on November 18-19 (which means RPS won’t be there. How about a Britlander one too?) and tickets will cost you $99. That’s a lot of money, but it does mean you’ll be in the company of all manner of like-minded sorts as Minecraft finally, fully launches. There’ll also be keynotes from Notch, contests, folks in costumes, folks with foam pickaxes and merch. Of course there’ll be merch.

More details and ticket purchasing here.

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51 Comments »

  1. YeOldeSnake says:

    The con is on!
    Hustle ftw

  2. Dana says:

    So 99 dollars and there will be merch to buy ? Neat.

  3. kuran says:

    99$ and in Vegas? I think Notch needs a reality check.

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      Luringen says:

      He stated that no matter how many tickets they sell, they will still lose a lot of money on it, but hopes for a sales boost. I guess the price is necessary to afford having it in Las Vegas.

    • James says:

      I’m not sure what a reality check constitutes exactly, but the Markus that existed before money/fame and the current Markus are fairly different (from the perspective of someone who has followed his career since Wurm rather closely).

      I’m not saying he’s evil, or anything specific really. I’m saying that money and fame change people, and I don’t think he escaped that at all. On the other hand, I think maybe he’s starting to realize there are downsides to popularity…so maybe he’ll reign himself in a bit in the coming months.

    • Ryn Taylor says:

      “I guess the price is necessary to afford having it in Las Vegas.” (Luringen)

      That’s what I don’t get. If it was somewhere cheaper, or somewhere just not Vegas, I, and probably quite a few people based on the opinions I’ve heard, would actually be likely to go. Maybe the Vegas-haters are just a loud minority, but if not, Notch seems to be paying more money to get less people to come. And maybe there’ll be more sales because of the conference, but I would think that the more people who came, and the bigger it was, that that would make even more sales.

  4. Stephen Roberts says:

    Minecraft may be bigger than a sky high golden wang statue but is it really enough to host a whole convention around? Will it just be full of journos lurking around waiting for something to happen?

    Sorry if I’ve double posted they are being swallowed up.
    EDIT: it thought I was spam because of the p word.

    • Xocrates says:

      To be fair, Notch did make a poll some time ago trying to estimate attendance.

      We knew this was coming for quite some time, I don’t see why people seem so surprised.

      EDIT: And here’s the poll: http://notch.tumblr.com/post/5388689217/minecraftcon-2011-in-vegas

      Over 40.000 people showed interest, even if only 10% showed up he would have more than enough people to justify this sort of event at release.

    • Nick says:

      “don’t see why people seem so surprised.”

      You don’t see that there are people who didn’t take part in the poll and might not even play minecraft?

  5. westyfield says:

    Why Las Vegas? Why not somewhere like, oh, I don’t know, Stockholm?

    • Unaco says:

      I was at a convention in Stockholm, end of July. Well, not a convention… Conference. On Theoretical Neuroscience. But it was in Stockholm. Aside from the expense, I’d say Stockholm is a great place for a convention/conference type thing… Great people, very helpful, great public transport and airports and the like. Decent weather as well.

    • Daedalus says:

      I’m somewhat mystified as to Notch’s fascination with Vegas. I don’t want to go anywhere near the place, myself. Stockholm would be way better, even if it’s just because I’d be much less likely to be shanked in an alley somewhere.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      You’ve been watching too much CSI. I hope.

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      Martel says:

      I agree. I don’t have any desire to go to this, but if it was in Stockholm I might have tried to use it as an excuse to go visit Stockholm. Vegas is overrated and overly expensive, I can definitely think of a lot better places that I’d rather visit.

    • Kent says:

      I agree, if he’d hosted it in Stockholm I could have taken a bus ride down to it in less than an hour and I would definitely have gone and visit.

    • mickygor says:

      Yea, could justify $99 if it were in Stockholm and included stuff like tours of Mojang, etc, rather than just a nerdfest. There’s nothing gamer about Vegas other than an air of addiction.

  6. Mctittles says:

    $99. Now that’s a real “con”.

    • feda says:

      I feel the same way about all these cons I keep hearing about in recent years. Why the fuck someone would pay an obscene amount of money for a pass plus travel expenses just to go to a convention is beyond me. It’s a clever way to profit off of rich kids, though.

  7. Bilbo says:

    I realise it’s in the US because “notch likes vegas”, but it pisses me off when european people insist on transplanting stuff to the US for no good reason. Make them fly to us for once, for fuck’s sake.

  8. Inigo says:

    it does mean you’ll be in the company of all manner of like-minded sorts

    Jesus Christ, how horrifying.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      I can think of nothing better than being stuck with thousands of Minecraft forum posters and I might be lying.

  9. chiablo says:

    I live 6 hours from Vegas… And I still don’t want to go there.

  10. celozzip says:

    vegas is full of money, notch is powerless to resist!

    • JFS says:

      Is Notch gravitating towards Vegas or is Vegas gravitating towards Notch? That is the question.

  11. abremms says:

    i heard the con venue is going to be a square mile out in the desert of painted plastic cubes stacked 15 high. con goers will have to first excavate the space, then build the convention hall.

    from time to time, Mojang Staff will turn up dressed in green and punch con-goers in the face before tearing down whatever they were working on.

    (p.s. not really, but how awesome would that be?)

    • Teddy Leach says:

      That sounds like a convention I would be interested in. So long as most of the people who post on the Minecraft forums are banned from entering.

    • Wulf says:

      Those forums are unnecessarily hostile.

      I remember trying to share a disability fixing idea (not sight related) and getting shot down for it. Even with a few “those sorts of people shouldn’t be playing it in the first place” remarks. Lovely people.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      They’re not just hostile, they’re brain-dead.

  12. Wulf says:

    Will there be cosplay?

    Please let there be cosplay.

    I wish to see people cosplaying as ghasts, endermen, and creepers.

    GIANT PAPERCRAFT COSTUMES. It might not be glorious, but it would be interesting.

  13. GallonOfAlan says:

    They do need to get a bit more Eurocentric. Even the merch store is in the US so you have customs hassle on this side of the pond.

  14. GrandmaFunk says:

    to all the people whining about the location, there was a poll for it with various locations around the world(including europe!).

    Vegas simply got more support.

  15. Torgen says:

    One reason to hold it in Vegas is the same reason so many conventions are held in Orlando: cheap airfares. Between the casinos on the one hand (Vegas) and The Mouse on the other, getting there from just about anywhere is cheaper than more mundane destinations.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      If you’re in the States. Crossing the Atlantic ain’t cheap. In Europe, EasyJet et al. will fly you to just about any major city for low low prices.

  16. Crabtipus says:

    That’s pretty disgusting when you think of how cheap PAX is.

  17. EOT says:

    Remind me of the reasoning behind holding it in Las Vegas.

    Is it just because Notch is a fat man who likes being surrounded by free buffets and woman who will sleep with him for money? Because unless that’s your thing Vegas kind of sucks…or maybe I’m just allergic to fun.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Yeah, I really don’t get Vegas. If you want to have a good time, Amsterdam is much closer and much better.

    • EOT says:

      Actually, thinking about it Amsterdam would have been a perfect place to hold it.

      The eh…’ladies’…don’t smell like stale sick and shame either.

    • pipman3000 says:

      Because Fallout: New Vegas.

    • pipman3000 says:

      Guys just wanna sit around the place based on their favorite game so they can make references to it while getting drunk off wine coolers :)

  18. kenmcfa says:

    As they said about Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con:
    “Be there…and be square!”
    (Or cubic in this case I guess)

  19. Tei says:

    It would be really out-of-place to show in the convention with a Fallout New Vegas costume :-/

  20. Jason Moyer says:

    RPS could go, they’d just need to have a member who lives outside Eurodisneyland.

  21. Hyperion says:

    Ring a ding ding baby

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    Carra says:

    Las Vegas.

    This is the same name that’s being used in Fallout: New Vegas. Bethesda lawsuit coming in 1, 2, 3…

  23. MythArcana says:

    Oh, great! Now instead of reading how Notch is playing Wii and XBAWKS all day, we can actually watch him play console games in person!