Quick notes on both, AM2 was the most obvious example of how American AA’s have become homogenized to only bring profit to print sellers of currently popular fandoms and well-established people on dA or otherwise. This wouldn’t be such a problem if there was some sort of trickle down for those of us who would buck the trend, but there’s not at all. So I’m pretty finished with AAs after ALA since that’s the only con in the area I haven’t tried and have been trying to attend as a vendor for the last couple of years.
Please do not take the above statement to mean that the staff of AM2 are bad; in fact, it’s the polar opposite. I haven’t seen such organization and care from an AA staff in years, so it’s incredibly difficult for me be disappointed in the outcome of the show.
Regarding D3, for those of us who have played into inferno and have witnessed the insane levels of patching and anti-balance that Blizzard has been putting into the game, yeah. I’m finished with Blizzard. I’ve never seen such avid destruction of fun as I have seen in the last month of that game, and the amount of punishment they’ve dished out to people who’ve learned how to play the game on their own terms is ridiculous for a company who supposedly claims that all they ever wanted to make was a fun game.
Just a disappointing start to June (even though it’s more than halfway over).