Since the other thread got locked asap, and I wanted to chime in, because I went, I figured I'd make a new post.. that'll probably get locked within 5 replies.
So anyway, I went Saturday, stayed overnight, and stayed for half of Sunday. Overall, I thought the show was kinda of weak. My reasoning as such:
Generally, the vendor selection was kind of stiff. For what I was looking for, I found little, what I was looking for others, I found little. Every table seemed to have the same things, common or not. Also, the prices were kinda high. This is nothing on the show itself, it's just that compared to last year, there seemed to be more and a better selection of stuff the year before. And that's what I go for - I see PC5 as the country's biggest VG flea market.
The show was too crowded. A higher attendance aside, the tables were too crammed together, walkways were less open. They seemed to be jammed in, just to get them in there period. The only open comfortable area was the AA booth of all things! The arcade machines were packed like sardines. I think anyone who went can also attest to the Gamestop area being EXCEEDINGLY tight. Next year, they better scope out bigger digs like CGE did for this year.
However, the arcade machines were great. Nice selection, and I got to play a lot of games, and was the highlight for me. Playing Timber, Quantum, and Tapper on dedicated cabs was awesome. Only downside was that it seemed like the world champions were bogarting the machines like crazy! I doubt I would have been able to play Joust, has there not been 2 machines. Also, your average problem with machines with no freeplay, etc etc - minor gripe, as I have to deal with that on my own machine.
The hall where the show was about 10-15 degrees hotter than the area immediately outside. That really sucked, btw. Maybe it was all the cosplay geeks - yikes! Last year there was 4, no there was like 40. Scary shit.
Tommy Tallarico is pretty fucking short. I expected him to be much taller. I was stoked to get Sid Meier's autograph last year, but I didn't even bother with TT. I dunno... I was just expecting someone on, or above the caliber that Sid was from last year, this year.
In my opinion, there was little improvement on the show from last year. It was in the same convention center, same hall, just rearranged differently. More sponsors, yes, but did T-Mobile need to be there? You could have chopped up that booth and given the GS ppl there. It just needed more, but less. Does that make sense?
Combine this with the vendor weakness, and that's my reasoning. I have no idea if I'll go next year.