East Coast Travelogue №2: The Colonization of Raleigh
What makes a city have an identity crisis? When does freedom of movement become abhorrently violent gentrification? What differentiates a community from a colony?
Previously, on Episode 1 of the Return to the East Coast Travelogue, I had one hell of a time going back to Atlantic-facing shores via the most miserably execrable airport that ever disgraced the air traffic control system.
And then I landed in the diametric opposite for my only business segment on this month-plus voyage: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Which is one of the nicest, if not THE nicest, airports in America!
When it’s not a pandemic, I come out to Raleigh every year for East Coast Game Dev Con (ECGC). It’s a wonderful show that’s not as huge, hectic, and all-consuming as GDC, the largest games industry event of the year. You get a chance to actually sit down and talk to people, and there aren’t as many talks scheduled. You can see the entire expo hall in the span of 10 minutes, opposed to the sprawling mammoth of booths that cost more to set up than what many indie developers spend on entire titles.
One of the students I helped mentor made an amazing sidescroller about frogs that was judged one of the most popular games of the entire show! Frog Token World is now one of the official games of the Frog Slut Army!
And when you speak there, like I usually do every year, you get a free VIP pass and the organizers treat you with that renowned southern hospitality. Which means a VIP lounge at the convention center constantly stocked with water, coffee, and quality snacks (we got soft pretzels this year!!) plus free group lunches and dinner with the other VIPs at…