It's very easy to be Crusty Old Jaded Gamer Guy as those of us who've been playing games since the 1980s view the landscape of video games in our fourth decade (!) as consumers of the medium.
Sometimes it takes something like the annual RTX (short, you could say, for Rooster Teeth Expo) to remind you that gaming and Internet culture is still full of vibrant, young energy and that the banner for fun is being waved by younger generations who have used the Internet to find each other and to transition those friendships into huge, amazing gatherings.
RTX 2013, which started on Friday at the the Austin Convention Center, drew a big crowd. Last year's event saw more than 4,000 attendees, and from what I saw at the first hours of RTX 2013, the lines for panels, autograph signings and tournaments were long enough to suggest that it's continuing to rapidly grow and that fans of the event -- built on the popular online videos and web gathering spots built by Rooster Teeth -- are more than willing to wait to meet their heroes and to game together.
RTX was where on Friday Richard Garriott's Portalarium company chose to announce that his old "Ultima Online" co-worker Starr Long would be joining the upcoming "Shroud of the Avatar" project and where Rooster Teeth debuted a new animated series, "RWBY."
It was a place where you could purchase a cardboard Minecraft cube, get your photo taken with Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, watch gaming competitions on Jumbotron-sized screens and get lost in a sea of cosplaying teens and would-be YouTube filmmaking stars.
Spill.com's also-popular annual convention was rolled into RTX and the schedule included panels on filmmaking, breaking into video games, making armored costumes and lots of live podcasts. It was a celebration of gaming culture that was off to a good start on Friday.
Check out a photo gallery for some pics I shot the first day.
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